• Bold ideas for the future

    A series of short essays addressing an altered future

What is #ThinkForwards2020?

Thinking ahead in unusual times: Building on the multimedia project "Think. Order. Form. Forwards" we are now picking up last year’s thread and putting the project’s content in the new perspective of the year 2020. How can we maintain and shape our community in and after the pandemic? How can a free and open society function in the future? How are our perspectives changing, and what can we do as citizens? If the pandemic marks a turning point, can positive things happen? #ThinkForwards2020 rethinks, looks ahead and gives impulses for concrete action.

Why #ThinkForwards2020?

Think. Order. Form. Forwards - last year we took up Alfred Herrhausen's thoughts and ideas in this multimedia project with 40 participants and conveyed them into a discourse of the present. With our new project #ThinkForwards2020 we are now looking further ahead. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the topics from Think. Order. Form. Forwards appear in a new light: The current development of the world underlines their progressiveness and significance. With #ThinkForwards2020 we want to reflect, give impulses and make an active contribution to shaping the future of our free and open society.

How does #ThinkForwards2020 work?

#ThinkForwards2020 is launched with a series of short essays. Participants of Think. Order. Form. Forwards reflect on their contributions from today’s point of view and derive concrete recommendations for action for an altered future. European cohesion, the economy for people, digital learning – the essays address industry actors, politicians, citizens, and society as a whole alike. Contributors are, amongst others, Denise Feldner, Ulrike Guérot, Hafsat Abiola-Costello, Margret Rasfeld, Thomas Straubhaar and Heiko Fischer.

Click here for the short essays. You will find them in publications in the section Free Thinking.

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