POPULATION FORECASTS: Calculating demographic change

Most people in Germany are now aware that the country’s population is shrinking, aging and becoming more diverse. Having detailed data on future demographic structures can help policymakers make far-reaching decisions about which actions to take.

Deutschland Spanien Wahrnehmungen und zukŸnftige Entwicklungen(© Siegfried Baron)

Event: German-Spanish Conference 2014

A Bertelsmann Stiftung's conference, held in May 2014, focused on the future of the German-Spanish relations.

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Project description: German-Spanish Forum

The German-Spanish Forum has been planned to be a regular bilateral platform of exchange between Germany and Spain, organized by Bertelsmann Stiftung in cooperation with Spanish project partners.

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Project description: Trilogue Salzburg

Outstanding international personalities annually meet at the Trilogue Salzburg in order to discuss future issues. One of the Trilogue Salzburg's unique aspects is the equal consideration it gives to political, business and cultural viewpoints. Committed debates on basic principles and values have established the conference format as an extraordinary think tank event.

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DIVERSITY IN GERMANY: Integration begins in the community

Demographic change in Germany primarily manifests as a decrease in the size of the population and an increase in its age. In other words, Germany is becoming home to fewer people who on average are growing older. In addition, the composition of the population is changing as a result of immigration, which is necessary to ensure the country’s future. The result is a more diverse society. Whether and how the country’s diverse inhabitants can learn to live together as one can be seen most readily at the community level. Which strategies can cities and towns use to help people who are not German become part of German society?

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Local structures for senior care and networks that bring the relevant participants together are two possible solutions to mold demographic change in communities.

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FUTURE-ORIENTED SENIOR POLICY: Innovative approaches for housing and support

The focus here is intergenerational, community-based housing and support – which are critical for safeguarding a sustainable future for Germany.

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SCIENCE YEAR 2015: City of the Future

Organized by the German Ministry for Education and Research, Science Year 2015 is dedicated to the topic “City of the Future.” For many people, cities are the center of their lives and their everyday experiences; where people work, relax, learn and participate in cultural activities. Cities are also where issues critical to society’s future make themselves felt: good jobs, climate protection, sustainable transportation, health, immigration and demographic change, to name but a few. They are also where responses to these challenges are being rethought and reworked.

SHAPING COMMUNITIES: Ensuring quality of life in communities

Communities and regions undergoing demographic change compete with each other, not only for inhabitants and good job opportunities, but also for the factors that make them attractive locations to live and work. The impacts of demographic change are diverse.

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Social Investment: Financing Social Change

At its core, social impact investment is about bridging the gap between social impact creation and the provision of capital. The development of a market for social impact investment enlarges the capital base for socially motivated organisations and thus provides space for prevention, innovation and scaling-up of impactful approaches in the social sector.