Events

  • Munich
    12
    Oct
    2020
    Sustainable Business Models

    Impact Salon – Corporate Impact Innovation

    The restrictions imposed by the Corona crisis are a major challenge to the economy in Germany, Europe and the whole world. How do we use the lessons learned from this to make our economic system more sustainable? These are the questions that companies, start-ups, investors and social actors are asking themselves.

    The Impact Salon promotes the discourse between the sectors. The focus is on the role of companies and start-ups in economic and social change. With an opening speech by Prof. Dr. Maja Göpel, Secretary-General of the German Advisory Council on Global Change, different personalities will address the following question in a total of four salons: How can responsible leadership contribute to a peaceful, just and sustainable world in line with the UN’s 2030 Agenda?

  • Munich
    24
    Sep
    27
    Sep
    2020
    Technology for a Better World

    RESPOND – Responsible Leadership Days

    The Responsible Leadership Days are a three-and-a-half-day immersive leadership program hosted by the BMW Foundation as part of the third sprint of RESPOND’s first cohort. Together with the startup founders, we want to explore what Responsible Leadership means for them as founders and entrepreneurs, reflecting and peer-counselling around critical topics such as leadership dilemmas, personal growth journeys, and ethics.

    RESPOND is a BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt accelerator program, operated by UnternehmerTUM, which aims to accelerate startups and empower leaders to take their business to the next level.

  • Munich
    21
    Jul
    24
    Jul
    2020

    BMW Foundation Accelerator Program RESPOND

    To support founders in scaling their ventures and to underline the importance of societally and environmentally relevant business models, the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt initiated the accelerator program RESPOND with support from Europe’s leading innovation and business creation center UnternehmerTUM.

    The second sprint phase will focus on challenges with regard to business models and technologies.

    RESPOND is a five-month program aimed at founders who use innovative technologies and entrepreneurial approaches to solve complex global challenges. In four face-to-face sprints in Munich, the founders participate in workshops on impact-oriented business, marketing, sales, financing and responsible management.

  • Munich
    19
    Mar
    2020

    10. Impact Investing Stammtisch *Cancelled*

    In the first part of this year’s Stammtisch, we want to discuss the current state of the consultations on a sustainable finance strategy for Germany together with Ulrike Bastian (BMW Group) and Robert Haßler (ISS ESG), both members of the Sustainable Finance Advisory Board (SFAB) of the German Federal Government. Established in June 2019, the SFAB is tasked with developing concrete recommendations for action designed to strengthen Germany’s position as a financial and economic center in the long term. The topic of sustainable finance has thus reached the highest political echelons.

  • Munich
    19
    Feb
    2020

    Purpose and Profit: Rethinking Corporate Property

    The question of new forms of ownership is currently occupying many companies. Independence and sense-orientation are at the centre of the debate about “purpose” as a new economic paradigm that replaces the one-sided orientation towards shareholder value maximization. Among the pioneers are start-ups such as Einhorn, Ecosia and Soulbottles, but also medium-sized companies such as Elobau, Alnatura, Arche Naturkost and Waschbär.

    More and more companies are changing their ownership structure in order to remain meaningful and independent in the long run. This means: a company belongs to itself permanently and is managed by people who are personally connected to it. Profits are a means to an end, not an end in themselves.

    Together with the Purpose Foundation we are hosting a BMW Foundation Impact Salon on the topic of Sense and Profit Rethinking Corporate Property at our Foundation House in Munich.

  • Munich
    14
    Feb
    2020
    Political Participation

    Building Societal Resilience in the European Neighborhood

    In the last few years, the European Union has largely concentrated on internal challenges instead of helping increase the resilience of its surrounding states and societies. There is a lack of responsible leadership within the EU when it comes to supporting those countries willing to reform in order to join the Union. This is obvious in the Western Balkans, which can be seen as a missed opportunity to create the stable and peaceful environment that is necessary to strengthen Europe as a whole.

    We need an inclusive European resilience policy, which is promoting political reform, rule of law, economic convergence and new forms of collaboration across sectors, nations and societies. Through our international leadership programs and activities in the European region, we aim to contribute to a united, powerful and inclusive EU, in which citizens can voice their interests – and are heard. Our well-established panel discussion at the Munich Security Conference is part of these efforts.

  • Munich
    29
    Nov
    2019
    Impact Salons

    Responsible Leadership and Digital Responsibility

    At our Impact Salons on the topic of “Responsible Leadership and Digital Responsibility” we together with the participants want to illuminate different perspectives of a values-based digitalization process.

    Prof. Dr. Manfred Broy, co-founder of the Center for Digital Technology and Management, and Jutta Juliane Meier, founder of the nonprofit platform Identity Valley, will briefly introduce the topic.

    In three Impact Salons, the participants then will have the opportunity to explore different perspectives in greater depth. Insights into industry will be given by Alfons Riek (Festo AG), Morris Clay (Revision Foundation) will talk about “Innovation and Ethics,” and a third Impact Salon with Maximilian C. Moehring (Keyp GmbH) will address issues around the topic of governance.

  • Munich
    19
    Nov
    2019
    Global Talk

    Will Europe Succeed in Assuming Responsible Leadership in a Bipolar World?

    The two leading powers, the United States and China, dominate the emerging bipolar world order – what role remains for Europe? Urgent questions need to be solved by the new EU Commission: Does Europe have the power and strength to assume a leading global role? Can the EU develop a common foreign and security policy necessary for this purpose? In what economic areas does the EU have to make progress in integration in order to play a stronger role globally? And how can Europe’s citizens contribute to this process?

    We have invited three experts to discuss these issues as part of our Global Talk series: Prof. Dr. Carlo Masala, Professor of International Relations at the Bundeswehr University Munich; Ralph Freund, Vice President of Republicans Overseas Germany; and Thomas Wu, Senior Advisor & Partner at Falcon Group, Switzerland.

  • Berlin
    25
    Oct
    2019
    Berlin Global Forum

    Breaking the Patterns – Responsible Leadership for Inclusive Societies

    Deeply divided societies have become a reality in many parts of the world, with authoritarian governments coming to power all over the place. Many citizens feel insecure – nationalism, particularism, and a roll-back of liberal and multilateral values are on the rise and rapidly transforming societies everywhere.

    Responsible Leaders in all realms of society are urgently needed to overcome centrifugal tendencies. Often, our individual patterns of thought and behavior do not allow us to see possible solutions. With our Berlin Global Forum we invite participants to think about their own role in society, their own “blind spots,” and their own levers of change.

    A new understanding of our unconscious biases might unleash new dynamics for social cohesion, ultimately providing the precondition for open, inclusive and peaceful societies in line with the 2030 Agenda.

  • Berlin
    11
    Oct
    17
    Oct
    2019
    Zukunftsbrücke: Chinese-German Young Professional Campus

    Achieving the 2030 Agenda – Rethinking Global Partnerships for Sustainable Development

    The United Nations 2030 agenda is based on two basic beliefs: One, that global challenges can only be solved together; and two, that climate policy, poverty reduction and sustainable development are inextricably linked. With this year’s Zukunftsbrücke, we will examine how the SDGs in Germany and China are understood, and which new paths and partnerships will allow us to advance towards their fulfilment. Under discussion will be the roles of nation-states and new cross-sector partnerships from politics, academia and civil society, and ultimately the responsibility of individuals and leaders to work towards a fair, sustainable society.

  • Baden-Baden
    06
    Oct
    10
    Oct
    2019
    German-Russian Dialogue

    Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence: Shaping the Future of our Societies

    This year’s 12th German-Russian Dialogue Baden-Baden deals with the opportunities and challenges of digitalization and artificial intelligence for our societies. Once again, some 30 young leaders from Russia and Germany will meet at Palais Biron with experts, politicians, managers and (social) entrepreneurs in different discussion and working formats to engage in a dialogue with each other and to develop ideas on a rapidly change future in the digital mode.

  • Munich
    29
    Sep
    2019
    Bits & Pretzels Conference

    Impact Salons

    On the sidelines of this year’s Bits & Pretzels founder’s festival, we will host Impact Salons on September 29 at our office on Prater Island.

    As this year’s event features inspirational speakers who are working towards positive change, we see many opportunities to create synergies, bring in new perspectives of purpose-driven entrepreneurship, and connect with 5,000 international founders, investors, and decision-makers from the startup ecosystem.

    As a global leadership organization that is committed to inspire, connect, and engage leaders, we are delighted that President Barack Obama will be in Munich to open Bits & Pretzels on September 29 in a moderated conversation followed by our impact salons in the afternoon.

  • Munich
    23
    Jul
    2019
    Denkraum

    Denkraum: Good Life and Sustainable Cities 2030

    Civic participation, climate change, health, and mobility: many global problems are concentrated and intensified in urban areas. But this also makes cities a breeding ground for solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN 2030 Agenda. Through our Denkraum event entitled “Good Life and Sustainable Cities 2030,” we, as a foundation, want to contribute our share.

    The city as a place for solutions: During the Denkraum event, we want to dive deeply into the multifaceted dimensions of this topic. The focus on the Sustainable Development Goal #11 – “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” – provides a positive scenario for participants. We invite our guests to think outside the box. What does Responsible Leadership look like with a view to the common good and life in sustainable cities?

  • Munich
    04
    Jul
    2019
    Political Participation

    Global Talk: Now it’s up to France and Germany

    Europe has voted. With a high voter turnout and a clear vote for the pro-European parties, it has come out in favor of a strong European Union. Now, it is up to France and Germany, as the traditional “twin engine” of the EU, to assume responsible leadership and, together with the other member states, take forward the next steps in European integration.

    There are many open questions, however: Can France and Germany use the momentum of the European elections to concertedly realign the EU? In what policy fields can this succeed? What does Responsible Leadership look like in the current situation?

    Sabine Thillaye (LREM – La Republique en Marche), Chair of the European Affairs Committee in the French National Assembly, and Markus Ferber (CSU), Member of the European Parliament, will discuss the opportunities and necessity of strong Franco-German cooperation at BMW Welt.

  • Munich
    22
    May
    2019
    Political Participation

    Book Reading and Discussion “Hotel Dellbrück”

    Through our book reading-cum-discussion, we want to get Responsible Leaders engaged with issues such as flight, migration, and search for identity, all of which are related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Michael Göring, chair of the Zeit-Stiftung, will read from his current novel “Hotel Dellbrück” and discuss the book’s historical background with Horst Möller, the former director of the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History.

    Following on “Spiegelberg – Roman einer Generation” (Spiegelberg – Novel of a Generation), Michael Göring in his fourth novel again deals with major themes around the German war and post-war experience. The generational novel tells of the fate of the Jewish children who in the late 1930s were sent to the UK in the so-called Kindertransport. Based on individual stories, Michael Göring traces the big societal transformations, from the Wirtschaftswunder (economic miracle) of the 1950s to the self-emancipation and search for meaning of the ’68 generation to the present-day refugee crisis. He emphasizes how important it is not to miss the right moment to boldly step into the unknown.

     

  • Munich
    06
    May
    2019

    Global Goals: Strengthening Africa With Investments

    The BMW Foundation together with its network partner PHINEO, a non-profit consultancy, will convene a group of impact investors in Munich to discuss how the UN Sustainable Development Goals can be achieved on the African continent through impact investment. The event will provide a platform for impact investors to exchange best practices in trying to promote sustainable development through investment in Africa. It will also feature entrepreneurs telling the story about how they are striving to make a tangible impact on the ground.

  • Berlin
    09
    Apr
    2019
    Berliner Stiftungswoche

    5,000 Facebook Friends and Still Lonely?

    In the virtual world, we are connected ever more closely, sharing interests with people from different countries. In real life, however, we become increasingly distant from those who perhaps live just around the corner. What can we do to prevent loneliness, isolation, and social division? Through its Sustainable Development Goal #11, “Sustainable Cities and Communities,” the United Nations calls for a more inclusive society. In Germany, the digital platform nebenan.de and its foundation are among the organizations working to promote neighborliness and community building.

    As part of the Berliner Stiftungswoche, the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt and Sebastian Gallander want to discuss ways of living together in the future. Sebastian Gallander is head of the nebenan.de Foundation and a member of the global BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network.

  • Munich
    23
    Mar
    29
    Mar
    2019

    Münchner Stiftungsfrühling

    “The Transformation of Finance: What Roles Could and Should Foundations Play?” – this is the topic of a panel discussion, which will be hosted by the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt during the next Münchner Stiftungsfrühling. Taking place on March 23–29, 2019, the Münchner Stiftungsfrühling provides foundations with a platform to present the diversity of their engagement. The BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt supports the event series and, in addition to the panel discussion, also co-organizes a workshop with the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie on the question: How can innovation and entrepreneurship help improve society? Social initiatives and startups from Munich and nearby areas introduce themselves. After that, participants have the opportunity to share their experiences.

  • Berlin
    28
    Feb
    2019

    Film Screening of “The Price of Free”

    On February 28, 2019, the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt shows the film “The Price of Free.” The award-winning documentary is about the decades-long struggle of the activist Kailash Satyarthi to liberate children from slavery and child labor. Even today, more than 150 million children worldwide are victims of slavery and abuse. Satyarthi was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for his work and commitment.

    Produced by Participant Media, the film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in Salt Lake City, USA. The trailer shows how much effort it takes even today to give every child the freedom to be a child.

  • Munich
    15
    Feb
    2019

    Global Dialogue at Munich Security Conference

    As part of this year’s Munich Security Conference, the BMW Foundation will host a panel discussion on the topic of “Reshuffling the Pieces: Building a New Multilateral Order.” The panel brings together a diverse group of political decision-makers and foreign policy experts to discuss the future of the multilateral order, how it can be reshaped by newly emerging coalitions of states, and what role responsible leaders can play in this geopolitical power play.

    The rise of nationalist politics with a focus on a “nation first” strategy is threatening a global system that has not been perfect but that has so far ensured stability and prosperity. Success in achieving a new multilateral order will take more than consensus-building; it will require a global mindset shift towards responsible leadership.

    Panelists will include Wang Huiyao, Founder and President of the Center for China and Globalization, People’s Republic of China; Norbert Röttgen, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, German Bundestag; and Stephen Hadley, former National Security Advisor of the United States of America.
    This event is already fully booked.

  • Paretz
    06
    Dec
    08
    Dec
    2018
    Regional Network Activities

    Responsible Leaders Meeting in Paretz

    After extensively realigning our activities in the last few years, we now want to focus more strongly on the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders’ regional network in Europe. We start in the German-speaking area and invite a small, select group of Responsible Leaders from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria to Paretz, Brandenburg. The goal of the meeting is to build and expand the Responsible Leaders Network.

    The BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt promotes responsible leadership and inspires leaders worldwide to work towards a peaceful, just, and sustainable future. Through our activities, we aim to advance the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

  • Munich
    26
    Nov
    2018

    Munich Impact Investing Stammtisch

    The next Munich Impact Investing Stammtisch will take place on November 26. Karen Hitschke, Chief Information Officer at Yunus Social Business, will present the world’s first “Social Success Note,” an innovative financing model for water filtration systems in Uganda.

    The Stammtisch will be hosted by Hogan Lovells, at Karl-Scharnagl-Ring 5. The event will start at 6:00 p.m., refreshments will be served. Registration is required. Please send an e-mail to Kerstin von Aretin.

  • Paretz
    05
    Nov
    08
    Nov
    2018
    BMW Foundation & Toniic Retreat

    Serving the Planet through Financial System Change

    As the global population is growing faster and faster, resources are becoming increasingly scarce and the gap between the rich and poor is widening. These developments pose enormous challenges for the global economy. How can we achieve a just and sustainable society? And what role does the financial system play?

    Both the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt and Toniic consider responsible leadership and positive social change to be of central importance. And both organizations see the need to make the existing financial system fit for the global challenges of the future. The key question is: What helps people and our planet most?

    How could such a transformation succeed? This is what the BMW Foundation & Toniic Retreat in Paretz is about. With a view to the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), up to 40 international leaders from the finance sector will discuss ideas and alliances and swap experiences and expertise.

  • Munich
    25
    Oct
    26
    Oct
    2018
    Munich European Forum

    Building a Strong Europe for Citizens

    Public confidence in the European project has dramatically fallen. A widespread gap between citizens’ expectations and the perceived or real shortcomings of the EU’s political performance has given rise to populist movements across the EU. These movements seek to block the path to further European unification, challenging its core values of freedom, democracy, rule of law, tolerance, and solidarity. With the elections to the European Parliament in May 2019 just around the corner, the European Union is facing a make or break situation.

    Therefore, the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt is taking a clear stance for the principles and goals of a united and strengthened Europe. As a foundation with German roots and a global orientation, we strongly believe in and advocate the values of the European community. The Munich European Forum assembles some 200 European leaders from politics, business, and civil society to send a clear pro-European message: We need to strengthen the EU and bring it closer to its citizens.

    The Forum is not a solitary event. It concludes and puts into a larger perspective the results and ideas of the first cycle of a dialogue process conducted over the last 18 months: Under the title “Refocusing Europe,” three European Tables dealt with key issues related to Europe’s economy, security, and identity. They will serve as starting-points for the discussions at the Munich European Forum.

  • Berlin
    28
    Sep
    2018

    How Can Augmania Boost Employment in the MENA Region?

    Unemployment rates in the MENA region are among the highest in the world. While qualified individuals seek job and further training opportunities abroad, growing digital economies offer new flexible working modalities. They can provide employment in emerging sectors and thereby retain talent in the region.

    Founded in 2015 in Silicon Valley, Augmania is a web-based, interactive campaign builder providing Augmented Reality (AR) solutions to marketeers around the globe. The founder and CEO of Augmania, Rania Reda, envisions to boost new skills and create new employment opportunities in the MENA region by pushing for local development of AR content. The tool is planned to be available free of charge to partners with social impact.

    This BMW Foundation Impact Session convenes selected members of the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network, who make themselves available bro bono to tackle and provide solutions for a number of challenges Rania is facing to make her vision reality.

  • Paretz
    27
    Sep
    28
    Sep
    2018

    Kick-off Workshop of the Bundesinitiative Impact Investing

    According to the UN, it takes an additional US$2.5 trillion annually to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Impact investing is one possibility to mobilize private capital. In the German financial industry, however, impact investing is still considered a niche sector.

    The Bundesinitiative Impact Investing wants to change this and promote the development of an impact investing ecosystem in Germany. On September 27 and 28, more than 50 impact investing pioneers from different sectors will meet for a kick-off workshop to lay the groundwork for the future activities of this cross-sector initiative.

    The Bundesinitiative is supported by the Bertelsmann Foundation, the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, the Association of German Foundations, and Phineo. As National Advisory Board to the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment, the initiative is an integral part of the worldwide impact investment movement.

  • Paretz
    06
    Jul
    08
    Jul
    2018
    Zukunftsbrücke: Chinese-German Young Professional Campus

    Zukunftsbrücke Alumni Days

    The Zukunftsbrücke Alumni Days provide a space to strengthen and broaden the alumni`s commitment to sustainable partnerships between Germany and China.

    They aim to create new relationships between the participants from different Zukunftsbrücke – Chinese-German Young Professional Campus groups and provide an opportunity to reflect about leadership and the social responsibility it entails. In addition, each meeting focuses on a specific topic, whose socio-political and ethical relevance is discussed in a Sino-German context. This particular meeting will focus on Artificial Intelligence.

    The Zukunftsbrücke – Chinese-German Young Professional Campus is a project of Stiftung Mercator and the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, in partnership with the All China Youth Federation (ACYF).

  • Munich
    05
    Jul
    2018
    Denkraum

    Circular Economy 2030: Pathbreaking Alliances for Competitiveness and the Environment

    The circular economy is an alternative economic model with high economic potential for European economies, which does not harm nature or future generations. Unlike Denmark, Finland, France, and the Netherlands, however, Germany remains poised in the starting blocks.

    At the Denkraum, we want to discuss and develop ideas how to pave the path towards a circular economy – for this model for the future can only succeed with broad support from across society.

    The keynote speakers are Dr. Maja Göpel, Secretary General of the German Advisory Council on Global Change, and Thomas Rau, entrepreneur, architect, and visionary. The participants will subsequently engage in small-group discussions with experts and flesh out their ideas.

  • Berlin
    17
    Jun
    20
    Jun
    2018
    8th Global Diplomacy Lab

    Strategies for Overcoming Urban Violence

    The Incubator Lab of the 8th Global Diplomacy Lab focuses on gaining a better understanding of the issues of violence and segregation that affect the urban youth globally. Examples from Berlin will be contrasted with those from other regions of the world, allowing members to gain a global perspective and connect to the global landscape to identify common trends before delving into the particular context of Chicago.

    The Incubator Lab also focuses on strengthening members’ skills (e.g. mediation, problem analysis) and developing ideas to be further explored during the Impact Lab. By the end of the Incubator Lab, members will have identified concrete questions to be addressed in depth in the Impact Lab.

  • Munich
    11
    Jun
    2018

    Munich Impact Investing Stammtisch

    We are looking forward to the second Munich Impact Investing Stammtisch this year. Nina Freudenberg, Invest Manager of Sonanz, will give a presentation on the topic of „Private Equity Fonds in underserved markets“.

    This time, we will be guests of the Siemens Foundation (Kaiserstraße 16), which offers an ideal setting for lively networking and interesting discussions. The event will start at 6.30 p.m., refreshments and snacks will be provided. Please sign up until June 6 with David Eckert.

  • Munich
    12
    Apr
    2018
    Global Talk

    Do We Need a United States of Europe?

    In 2018, the European Union continues to face major challenges: the Brexit negotiations, how to deal with refugees or the topic of security call for decisions which will fundamentally impact the future of Europe. All reform proposals notwithstanding, the ultimate goal continues to be controversial: the concepts range from making institutions more democratic to mutualizing finances, from a Europe of Citizens, of Regions, of Nation-States to a centralized Euro state.  Martin Schulz, the failed SPD candidate for chancellor, recently reintroduced the idea of the United States of Europe, which goes back to Winston Churchill, into the European debate. Is Europe ready for such bold plan?

    We will discuss this question during our Global Talk at BMW Welt with two representatives of the younger generation of politicians: Kevin Kühnert, federal chairman of the JUSOS, and Dr. Christoph Ploß, CDU Member of the Bundestag.

  • Bonn
    21
    Mar
    23
    Mar
    2018

    Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development

    The Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development is an event designed to celebrate, empower, and connect the global community that is committed to furthering the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda.

    The festival is organized by the United Nations SDG Action Campaign and takes place in Bonn once a year. It provides a dynamic and interactive space to showcase the latest innovations, tools and approaches to SDG implementation and connect organizations and individuals from different sectors and regions to exchange, build partnerships, and make the impact of their solutions scale.

    We are a supporting partner of this year’s festival. Responsible Leaders from our network will be part of the three-day program featuring inspiring talks and workshops.

    Read more about the program here.

  • Munich
    06
    Mar
    2018

    Munich Impact Investing Stammtisch

    Together with BonVenture, the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt co-hosts the Munich Impact Investing Stammtisch. We are happy to welcome a representative of BlackRock. Carlo M. Funk, Vice President ETF & Index Investment, will give a kick-off presentation on the topic of “Sustainable Investing in the Portfolio Context – Much Ado about Nothing?”

    This time, we will be guests of the Social Impact Lab (Balanstrasse 73 / Bldg. 21A / 3rd floor), which offers an ideal environment for lively networking and inspired discussions. The event will start at 6.30 p.m., refreshments and snacks will be provided. Please register until February 26 with David Eckert.

  • Berlin
    20
    Feb
    2018
    Fishbowl Discussion

    One Year of President Trump – Challenges and Opportunities for Transatlantic Affairs

    Germany and the United States share an unbreakable bond of friendship. A year after the inauguration of Donald Trump, this post-war certainty is increasingly put to the test, as both the United States and Germany are facing a variety of domestic and foreign-policy challenges. It is for this reason that the Transatlantic Core Group, initiated by the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, aims to revitalize the relationship with new actors and through innovative approaches.

    In a Fishbowl Discussion with Peter Wittig, German Ambassador to the United States, we would like to explore the role that civil society and citizen diplomats can play in bringing new stakeholders and voices into the conversation and in co-creating a new playbook for transatlantic engagement and cooperation.

     

  • Munich
    16
    Feb
    2018
    Global Dialogue at Munich Security Conference

    Transforming Fragile Societes – What Role for Economic Elites?

    Collaboration with local partners, for example partners from the private sector, and civil society actors has become an undisputed part of comprehensive and effective international development cooperation. However, the question of how to deal with the old economic elites in the process of society transformation has not yet received necessary attention. On the one hand, post conflict changes in government often fail to affect the dominant role of a country’s business elites, which is considered necessary for the preservation of a functioning economy; on the other hand, old elites are often replaced with new corrupt ones. The issue of transitional justice is as complex as it is unresolved. The fundamental problems of corruption, lack of transparency, and entanglement of public and private interests often remain untouched.

  • Munich
    07
    Dec
    2017
    Global Talk

    France and Germany: Does Europe’s Motor Still Have Power?

    In France, the voters have provided the new French President Macron with a broad political base. In Germany, where Chancellor Merkel was given the mandate to build a new government, the situation is still unclear after the failure of the Jamaica coalition talks, but another grand coalition seems highly likely. It appears that the course is set for France and Germany to again become the motor of the European Union.

    This could be an important precondition for a realignment and necessary reform of the EU. But the starting positions – such as increased security policy cooperation or a common European minister of finance – are highly controversial and require both the will to reach agreement within and the ability convincingly argue its case vis-à-vis others.

    Former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer and former French Minister of Defense Sylvie Goulard will discuss the current situation at the Global Talk.

  • Munich
    27
    Nov
    27
    Nov
    2017

    Munich Impact Investing Stammtisch

    Together with BonVenture, the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt hosts the Munich Impact Investing Stammtisch. Dr. Bernd Klosterkemper, from Ananda Ventures, will kick off the event with a brief introductory talk on the topic of “Opportunities and Obstacles for Impact Investing in the European Market.” The talk will be followed by light refreshments and an opportunity for discussion and networking.

    The Stammtisch takes place on the premises of IBPro e.V. (Lindwurmstraße 129 E). Please confirm your registration by November 13 by sending an e-mail to Katherina Schweitzer.

  • Munich
    27
    Nov
    2017
    Panel Discussion

    One Year into the Trump Administration: America’s Changed Role in the World

    One year after Donald Trump has emerged the winner of the U.S. presidential election, Germany and Europe are still concerned about their transatlantic ally. True, the Europeans’ worst fears – that the United States will turn its back on the global free trade system and the Western system of alliances – have not come true. But the willingness to engage in multilateral cooperation seems to be dwindling rapidly in the Trump era. There is still no clear foreign policy vision of the Trump administration. One year into the Trump presidency, we want to discuss the altered global role of the United States.

    Therefore, we have invited Dr. Christoph von Marschall, the Washington, D.C.-based chief correspondent of the Tagesspiegel and first Helmut Schmidt Fellow of the ZEIT Foundation and the German Marshall Fund, to the BMW Foundation’s Munich office. The discussion will be moderated by Stephan Bierling, Professor for International and Transatlantic Relations at the University of Regensburg.

  • Berlin
    24
    Nov
    2017
    Berlin Global Forum

    Restoring Public Trust

    Our BMW Foundation Global Table series concludes every two years with the Berlin Global Forum. In the heart of the German capital, we present results, cross-sector initiatives, and political recommendations for action that have emerged during the Global Table process to an international public.

    During the last two years, our focus has been on good governance in fragile societies. Five BMW Foundation Global Tables took place in the Netherlands, Tunisia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Colombia, and Greece. Topics included the lack of trust in state institutions, the radicalization of youth, and the difficulties of achieving reconciliation and transitional justice in post-conflict societies.

    The Berlin Global Forum is about an equal exchange, convening leaders and decision-makers from all walks of life and world regions for a strategic dialogue. We believe that global challenges can only be solved collectively and especially by bringing together different perspectives. This way, we want to contribute to the development of concrete solutions in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Berlin
    19
    Nov
    22
    Nov
    2017
    Global Diplomacy Lab

    Memory, Truth and Justice

    The overarching theme of the 7th Global Diplomacy Lab is the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities. The Lab builds upon the previous Incubator Lab in Buenos Aires, where GDL members engaged with the complexity of the former Argentinian military dictatorship and its ongoing political and social consequences. At the upcoming GDL Impact Lab in Berlin, GDL members will draw on their experiences and insights from the Incubator Lab to address a concrete challenge relevant to the field of diplomacy.

    In a joint endeavor with the ESMA Memory Site Museum, a key Argentinian institution devoted to promoting memory, truth and justice, GDL members will focus on the following challenge for which the museum is seeking creative solutions:

    How can the ESMA Memory Site Museum – a former clandestine center for detention, torture, and extermination – attract mass audiences while maintaining quality and effectively serving its main purpose as a historic tool to say “Never Again”?

     

  • Paretz
    09
    Nov
    11
    Nov
    2017

    Thinking about German-American Relations in an Innovative Way

    The Transatlantic Core Group (TCG) is a network supported and shaped by American and German leaders. During a workshop in Paretz, Brandenburg, it will reflect on German-American relations in an innovative way and rethink public-sector collaborations.

    The workshop aims to develop, together with leaders from government, business, the cultural and the civil-society sectors, a comprehensive vision of transatlantic cooperation to be able to meet social and political challenges.

    The BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt founded the initiative in 2015 together with the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and the Atlantic Council.

  • Berlin
    06
    Nov
    06
    Nov
    2017
    Discussion

    Fighting Human Trafficking in the Philippines and Beyond

    Together with Maria Cecilia Flores-Oebanda, freedom fighter and internationally renowned social entrepreneur, we want to talk about the topic of “Modern-Day Slavery: Fighting Human Trafficking in the Philippines and Beyond.” Through her organization Visayan Forum, Cecilia has rescued and transformed the lives of thousands of victims and systematically changed the awareness and legal prosecution of human trafficking in the Philippines.

    The event will be in English. For more information and to register, please click here.

  • Baden-Baden
    08
    Oct
    12
    Oct
    2017
    German-Russian Dialogue Baden-Baden

    The World in Transition: Globalization, Digitization, New Media

    This year’s 10th edition of the German-Russian Dialogue Baden-Baden, which will be held on October 8–12, 2017, is themed “The World in Transition: Globalization, Digitization, New Media.” Once again, some 30 young leaders from both countries will gather at Palais Biron, where they will participate in different discussion and workshop formats to engage in a close dialogue with experts, politicians, and business leaders and develop new ideas on economic and social issues.

  • Hamburg
    26
    Apr
    30
    Apr
    2017

    Connected Cities

    Cities and communities in the United States and Germany are confronted with similar challenges. They play a pivotal role when it comes to finding solutions to global problems, such as, for example, climate change, digitization or migration. Additionally, cities serve as laboratories for social innovation and testing new approaches. This is why the Transatlantic Core Group (TCG) has created the concept of “Connected Cities” – to establish a transatlantic dialogue and to foster an exchange of best practices and ideas between professionals and municipal-level officials on both sides of the Atlantic. The first starting point of the concept is building a dialogue between the cities of Hamburg and Chicago on migration and social inclusion.

  • Munich
    17
    Feb
    2017
    Global Dialogue at Munich Security Conference

    Establishing Governance in Fragile States

     

    Europe is surrounded by unstable neighbors: The conflict in Ukraine, authoritarian developments in Turkey, and extreme corruption and increasingly illiberal tendencies in the Western Balkans are proof of an unsettling trend at Europe’s borders. At a time when the EU is struggling to prevent its further fragmentation, the accession prospects of the countries in Southeast Europe are receding, exacerbating brain drain, political apathy and reform bottlenecks in Europe’s neighborhood. Not surprisingly, the approval rates of the EU are declining dramatically in these countries. Powers like China, Russia and (in the case of majority Muslim societies such as Bosnia and Herzegovina) Saudi Arabia are stepping into the growing political vacuum in Southeast Europe, potentially threatening to undermine EU security interests. This would become even more obvious were the US to withdraw from the European theatre.