Hertie Innovationskolleg

Neue Ideen für die Zukunft: Abschlussveranstaltung des HIK Jahrgangs 2017/18

Im Hertie-Innovationskolleg (HIK) arbeiten seit einem Jahr die Kollegiatinnen und Kollegiaten des Jahrgangs 2017/18_I daran, neue Ideen und Projekte in den Bereichen Zukunft der Bildung, Zukunft des gesellschaftlichen Zusammenhalts und Zukunft der Demokratie zu entwickeln. Dabei haben sie unterschiedliche Ansätze umgesetzt und ausprobiert. Zum Jahrgangsabschluss möchten sie Ihnen ihre Ergebnisse und Erkenntnisse in 15-minütigen Beiträgen in Kleingruppen vorstellen und mit Ihnen im Anschluss diskutieren:

Susanne Sander vom Deutschen Institut für Community Organizing (DICO) mit ihrem Projekt „Stärkung des gesellschaftlichen Zusammenhalts durch Professionalisierung des 3. Sektors in Berlin“
Dr. Evgeniya Sayko mit ihrem Projekt „Wertediskurs mit Russland – klären, formulieren, vermitteln“
Tina Simon mit ihrer Initiative „Teachers Impact Lab“
Pascal Zimmer mit seinen Ideen für einen „European People’s Fund (EPF)“

Hierzu laden wir Sie herzlich ein am:
Dienstag, 10.4.2018 um 18:00 Uhr, Forum der Hertie School of Governance
Friedrichstraße 180 |10117 Berlin

Anmeldung unter https://www.ghst.de/abschlussfeier.

Die Teilnehmerzahl ist begrenzt, bitten melden Sie sich bis zum 06.04.2018 an.

Lernen Sie die Kollegiatinnen und Kollegiaten, ihre Projekte und das HIK kennen. Unterstützen Sie mit Ihrer Expertise bei der Weiterentwicklung ihrer Ideen nach der Zeit im HIK. Auch Dr. Stiebritz und Ann Kathrin Schubert vom HIK sind vor Ort, um im Anschluss bei einem Glas Wein mit Ihnen in den persönlichen Austausch zu treten.

Einladung zum Werkstatt-Treffen „Wie kann erfolgreiches Corporate Volunteering für Integration aussehen?”

Marieke Schöning arbeitet seit Oktober 2017 in ihrem Projekt „Corporate Volunteering for Intercultural Encounters“ an der Frage, wie Arbeitgeber über Corporate Volunteering (CV) – also durch die Förderung des gesellschaftlichen Engagements ihrer Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter – die Integration von nach Deutschland geflüchteten Menschen positiv mitgestalten können. Jetzt möchte sie ihre Zwischenergebnisse einem „Reality-Check“ unterziehen. Hierzu möchten wir Unternehmensvertreterinnen und Unternehmensvertreter herzlich einladen.

Als Community Managerin der gemeinnützigen Organisation Über den Tellerrand in Frankfurt hat sie erlebt, dass Arbeitgeber einen wertvollen Beitrag leisten können, Menschen für gesellschaftliches Engagement zu motivieren. Engagement-Formate sollten dazu die Bedürfnisse sowohl der beteiligten geflüchteten Menschen als auch der Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter sowie ihrer Arbeitgeber berücksichtigen.

Ihr Feedback und Ihre Expertise helfen Marieke Schöning bei der Weiterentwicklung ihres Projekts. Dazu laden wir Sie herzlich zu einem der interaktiven Werkstatt-Treffen in Frankfurt am Main oder Berlin ein, die sich mit der Frage auseinandersetzen, wie erfolgreiches Corporate Volunteering für Integration aussehen kann. In einer Gruppe von Vertreterinnen und Vertretern aus Unternehmen und Zivilgesellschaft wollen wir gemeinsam Rahmenbedingungen für die Zusammenarbeit klären. Darüber hinaus entwickeln wir Ideen, wie wirkungsvolle CV-Formate im Integrationsbereich aussehen können.
Methodisch arbeiten wir mit Elementen des Design-Thinking-Ansatzes und werden von Anne-Marie Kortas angeleitet, die sich im Projekt „Diversität und Integration“ mit Erfolgsfaktoren für Flüchtlingsangebote beschäftigt.

Die Termine:
Berlin
7. Februar 2018, 15.00 bis 18.30 Uhr, anschließend optional Snacks & Gespräche
Kitchen Hub von Über den Tellerrand e.V.
Roßbachstraße 6, 10829 Berlin

Frankfurt am Main
13. Februar 2018, 15.00 bis 18.30 Uhr, anschließend optional Snacks & Gespräche
Küchen-Atelier von Über den Tellerrand Frankfurt e.V.
Im ATELIERFRANKFURT, Schwedlerstraße 1, 60314 Frankfurt am Main

Bei Interesse und zur Anmeldung schreiben Sie bitte eine Mail an SchoeningM@hertie-innovationskolleg.de.

Die Werkstatt-Treffen sind kostenfrei und finden in deutscher (und bei Bedarf englischer) Sprache statt. Wir freuen uns sehr auf den Austausch!

Hier finden Sie die Einladung noch mal als PDF.

 

Während der Veranstaltung „Werkstatt-Treffen: Corporate Volunteering for Intercultural Encounters” am 7. und 13. Februar 2018 werden Fotos aufgenommen. Diese sollen im Rahmen der Öffentlichkeitsarbeit auf der Inter-netseite der Gemeinnützigen Hertie-Stiftung, des Hertie-Innovationskollegs und Über den Tellerrand kochen Frankfurt e.V. sowie auch auf Facebook-Seiten, veröffentlicht werden. Wenn Sie hiermit nicht einverstanden sind, wenden Sie sich bitte an Ann Kathrin Schubert (SchubertAK@ghst.de).

The EU Slovak presidency at its end: Exploring the Slovak position on the European migration policy

A guest-comment from Anna Borgström Korba

The so called „migration crisis“ has uncovered a cleavage between the Eastern and the Western members states of the European Union. The four Visegrad States in particular formed a strong block against the European proposal which tried to handle the increasing number of asylum seekers in Europe through binding quotas among all EU countries. In this article, the author elaborates on the position of Slovakia, as the holder of the presidency of the European Union in the second semester of 2016, regarding migration and asylum policy. The article builds on an interview with Vladimir Simonak, Head of unit of the Home Affairs at the Slovak Permanent Representation in Brussels. This article does not differentiate between „migrants“ and „asylum seekers“; the word migrant will cover both groups.

Slovakia’s position towards the current European migration and asylum policy could be summarized by three statements. Firstly, Slovakia opposes binding quotas for member states set by the European Union. Secondly, Slovakia seeks to avoid Muslim migrants in the country. Thirdly, Slovakia understands solidarity not as a concept which should be applied within the European Union but in the direct aid to people in war-threatened areas and the protection of the EU borders. “The Slovak government is of the opinion that the EU should deal with the underlying reasons of the migration crisis and terrorism rather than with their consequences. The efforts should be therefore directed to improving conditions in the migrants countries rather than dealing with consequences“, explains Mr. Simonak. At the Bratislava summit in September this year, Slovak Prime Minister Fico reiterated that his country is ready to strengthen the security of EU borders and is advocating for two parallel alternative approaches in which some EU members will accept the EU quotas while the others participate only in security measures.

The escalation of the migration crisis has questioned the general Slovak statement on human rights and has put the country which until then had never experienced any substantial migration waves) under pressure. To understand what is behind the Slovak position towards the EU´s migration policy we first need to take a historical perspective.

Slovakia has no colonial past, and no direct historical relationships with oversees cultures, as it was the case for colonial powers such as France, Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom and Germany. Moreover, it had a historically weak engagement in international affairs. Under Hungarian rule for almost 900 years until the collapse of Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918, the main effort of Slovaks had been their self-determination in the Central European context. After the collapse of Austro-Hungarian Empire, Czechoslovakia was formed, but its integration into the world economy was undermined by the Second World War. At the end of World War II, Czechoslovakia was revitalized but included in the Soviet bloc and its internationalization was therefore again limited, this time by the Cold War. The first independent engagement in international issues did not open up for Slovakia until the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The ethnic composition in Slovakia is also typical for the Central European countries, with no significant representation of non-European communities. Slovakia is currently representing German, Hungarian, Polish, Ruthenian and Roma minority. Hungarians represent the largest ethnic minority; their activities, together with those of the Roma minority, remain very sensitive issues in Slovak domestic politics. The request of Hungarians to strengthen minority rights is generally perceived by Slovaks as an effort to gain autonomy and, gradually, separation from Slovakia. The issues of patriotism and ethnic politics therefore attract voters very easily and create opportunity for the rise of nationalist parties. The short period of Slovak independence and self-determination inevitably had a negative impact on the country’s current position.

To understand the low tolerance for other religions it is significant to understand the development of the role of religion in this post-communist society. After the ban of religion and forced materialism during the communist era, the importance of religion significantly and gradually increased; it took however two decades to create bridges between the Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox Church represented in the country.

The economic development of the country also plays a strong role in the Slovak opposition to the proposed EU quotas. Within the last decade, Slovakia has enjoyed a good economic growth and a stable macroeconomic development. Slovaks are also proud of adopting the Euro in 2009 as the first Visegrad country to do so. Despite these facts, the country has failed to maintain a strong middle class, it suffers from high unemployment and strong brain drain. Corruption hinders both the blossoming of state projects, as well as the effective spending of the EU funds. Corruption subsequently weakens regional policies and contributes to the fact that some regions are depopulated and lack low wage workforce, for example in the healthcare or in the construction sectors. Contrary to the German position, the Slovak government does not however believe in migration as a positive stimulus for the economic growth. “There would be some job opportunities appearing by providing services to arriving people but this is a costly way of creating new work opportunities“ – argues Mr. Simonak.

Despite the Slovak position on the European Union’s migration policy today, Slovak politicians will have to face the issue of globalization and with it also that of migration. In order to become a more diverse society in the future, Slovakia will need to deal with issues of non-EU migration and fundamental human rights applicable for all nationalities and minorities. Slovakia has become an open and independent country 23 years ago. Now it has to responsibly face its global challenges.

Social entrepreneurship in Central Eastern Europe – are we making the best of it?

A guest-comment from Alexandra Ioan, PhD Candidate at the Hertie School of Governance/ Research Assistant in the SEFORÏS Research Project

Social enterprises in Central and Eastern Europe are part of an increasingly active civil society that slowly becomes aware of its potential and role in countries still undergoing development of their democratic systems. They are organizations looking to fulfill their social missions through commercial activities, such as selling products and services on the market or to governments. They are important partners in social service delivery but are we doing enough to tap into their innovation potential?

Research shows that most social enterprises in the region focus on delivering basic social services or on work integration for disadvantaged groups (see for instance the preliminary results of the EU-funded SEFORÏS research project: www.seforis.eu). An important contribution of social enterprises shouldn’t however be forgotten. That is their innovative capacity and their role in dealing with complex social issues in alternative ways.

Social enterprises are not a completely new phenomenon in Central and Eastern Europe. Classically categorized as social economy organizations, cooperatives, mutuals and credit unions have been operating all across the region for decades. In most cases they are essential structures that foster solidarity in their communities through their focus on work integration or financial support structures. However, a new wave of social enterprises has also started emerging. Newer support organizations (which are themselves social enterprises) such as NESst ( www.nesst.org) or the Impact Hub (www.impacthub.net) are investing in developing programs and organizations that respond through innovation to emerging and changing social needs in the region. Their portfolios include organizations working on environment and sustainability topics, on alternative educational models, on developing custom-tailored products for people with disabilities and many more. These social enterprises build their business model around alternative solutions to the social problems they address and in this way push the boundaries of what is thought possible and desirable in the social sector. Their activity is therefore also focused on innovating around social issues and not only on purely providing social services.

Authorities in Central and Eastern Europe are becoming aware of the contributions of social enterprises. For instance, Romania, Poland, Slovenia and the Czech Republic all passed specific legislation for social economy organizations. These legal frameworks do however focus primarily on cooperatives as organizing forms and governments generally understand social enterprises as solutions for reducing unemployment rates and especially as solutions for employing people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups. Although this work of social enterprises is essential and extremely valuable, there might also be other ways to take full advantage of the creative capacities of these organizations. An openness for alternative business models, as well as an openness towards more diverse target groups could prove essential in enabling them to deliver the best possible outcomes of their work. Moreover, intense collaboration between classical forms of the social economy and younger social businesses would only enrich the chances they create for their beneficiaries.

Just to give you a quick example: the EU-funded SEFORÏS research project has studied social enterprises in 7 EU countries (UK, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Hungary and Romania), China and Russia. Romania was the country where the least amount of social entrepreneurs interviewed (23% of the sample) reported that they introduced new or significantly improved products, services or processes in 2014. Although 85% of the Hungarian social entrepreneurs reported this, there is still a lower focus on innovation from social enterprises compared to Sweden (99%), China (97%) or Germany (88%).

Central and Eastern Europe is still a region where basic social needs are unmet and where there is a lot of space for developing solutions and taking action. Ensuring the provision of basic social services is vital and social enterprises have naturally taken over this role in partnership with governments. However, the lives of their beneficiaries could be improved even more if they had the appropriate regulatory framework, access to resources and political and societal support to innovate. In this way, they would not only maybe find more efficient and effective solutions to the current issues in the region but also to emerging ones that have not yet reached the political agenda. Social enterprises, old and new, have the potential to do so.

Ausschreibung für den Deutschen Integrationspreis startet

Mit einem völlig neuen Ansatz startet die Gemeinnützige Hertie-Stiftung heute ein neues Projekt für Geflüchtete: Den Deutschen Integrationspreis. Mit dem Preis möchte die Stiftung überzeugende Projekte finden, fördern und sie bei der Umsetzung begleiten und auszeichnen. Dafür wird die Stiftungsförderung erstmalig mit Crowdfunding kombiniert. Für die Finanzierung von Projekten und das Preisgeld stellt die Hertie-Stiftung über 200.000 Euro bereit.

Wie funktioniert der Deutsche Integrationspreis genau?
Der Preis besteht aus zwei Teilen: Der Finanzierung und der Auszeichnung. Nach einer Vorauswahl werden die Projekte für den Crowdfunding-Contest, der im März 2017 startet, qualifiziert. Die 20 Projekte, die dabei die meisten Unterstützer gewinnen, erhalten eine Anschub-Finanzierung durch die Hertie-Stiftung von bis zu 15.000 Euro. Eine Jury wählt unter den erfolgreichen Contest-Projekten die Träger des Integrationspreises aus, der mit insgesamt 100.000 € dotiert ist.
Die Hertie-Stiftung arbeitet dabei mit der größten deutschen Crowdfunding-Plattform Startnext zusammen.

Welche Projekte können sich bewerben?
Bewerben können sich Sozialunternehmen, gemeinnützige Organisationen oder private Initiativen mit Projekten, die…

    • das gesellschaftliche Zusammenleben für und mit Geflüchteten gestalten.
    • das Eigenengagement und gesellschaftliche Teilhabe Geflüchteter fördern.
    • innovative Lösungsansätze beinhalten.
    • vernetzen und unterschiedliche Akteure zusammenbringen.

Voraussetzung ist, dass das Projekt innerhalb Deutschlands umgesetzt wird, die Bewerber ein Crowdfunding-Projekt auf Startnext mit einem Finanzierungsziel von mindestens 10.000 € durchführen und sich in der aktiven Planungs- oder Umsetzungsphase befindet. Bewerbungen sind bis zum 11.12.2016 möglich.

Weitere Informationen und die Möglichkeit zur Bewerbung finden Sie auf der Homepage von Startnext.