Future Challenges affect everyone. They concern all of us, not only a handful of decision-makers. We are highly and widely connected people living in a interdependent world, people of different cultures, religions and political backgrounds. We all share the same common basic values. The internet gives us a face and the opportunity to take part in the global commons debate. Fc-Org invites you to step into this global forum and join the conversation.
“FutureChallenges” is an initiative of the Bertelsmann Foundation. Politically nonpartisan, the Bertelsmann Stiftung is a place where people come together to create forward-looking change. Our project work involves more than just developing compelling ideas. We are committed to ”helpfully improving the way things are,” to quote Reinhard Mohn, the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s founder (read more).
We inhabit an increasingly interconnected world, yet today’s policymakers and advisors view each issue in a vacuum, focusing primarily on the near-term impacts. Efforts to improve this system and broaden the field of vision of our policymakers are critical today, and will be into the 21st century.
The central goal of this project is to help policymakers, communities, and citizens understand how some of today’s most significant issues are likely to interact and to encourage them to act on this information.
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We@FutureChallenges – The Team
Ole has studied economics and political science in Gothenburg, Kiel and Greifswald. He joined the Bertelsmann Stiftung in 2002. After having been engaged in demographic issues he initiatied the idea of futurechallenges.org in order to address global interdependencies as a future topic. Ole is also engaged in Google Collaboratory and as a blogger on his personal blog (www.globaler-wandel.eu).
“When developing futurechallenges.org, I became more and more aware of what an amazing environment the Internet is. With its decentralized structure and self-organizing capability, it poses an on-going challenge to existing processes, eternal truths and well-defined structures.”
fc_org-Team Twitter: @futurechall_org
Blog: Globaler Wandel
Anneliese joined the Bertelsmann Foundation’s Washington, DC office in August 2011. A lifelong learner, Anneliese has many disparate interests, including: graphic design, food politics, English literature, yoga, global migration, and identity issues. She is thrilled to contribute to Future Challenges and to be working on a project that explores the interactions between megatrends.
“I think that Future Challenges plays a key role in reaching out to global citizens and providing a platform for discussion and debate. As the world becomes more interconnected, it is important for individuals to engage in collective dialogue, make their voices heard, and participate in shaping our shared future.”
Tom has been with the Bertelsmann Foundation in Washington for two years, and is spending two more years at headquarters in Germany. Prior to joining the Bertelsmann Foundation, Tom enjoyed life as a neuroscientist, rowing coach, business student, consultant and cupcake mogul. He loves foreign languages, singing, and playing backgammon.
“Futurechallenges.org has given me the opportunity to use my curiosity both about these central issues for the future and about the new tools which we can use to address them. I can’t overstate the excitement of working with a truly global and multilingual network of partners, and of exploring the capabilities of tools which are new to me. I love the central challenge of making an impact in these critical areas.”
Blog: Thomas Fries
Nicole joined the Bertelsmann Stiftung in 1998 and is a highly experienced management assistant. She has been with the Futurechallenges project ever since it started in 2010 and she keeps a tight rein on the creative energy of the team. She is the person to turn to when it comes to special events, workshops and administrative issues.
“For me, working for Futurechallenges brings it own special kind of rewards. Discovering the interrelations of our themes and presenting their interdependencies in the way we do is very much moving into new territory and for me personally is a very exciting experience. I also love our decidedly international outlook with the stream of different insights and viewpoints from all four corners of the world that reach us through our steadily growing network of bloggers.”
Mario is interested in international politics, development, citizen journalism and social media (not to mention soccer, tennis and watching films). His interest in international politics brought him to such diverse places like NATO in the Netherlands, the German embassy in Washington, D.C., and the Foundation for Development cooperation in Australia. If you’re following FutureChallenges’ social media channels you’ll know what part of his work for FutureChallenges looks like.
Getting insights from FutureChallenges’ worldwide blogger network with local perspectives on global issues is extraordinary. I’m happy to be in contact with dedicated people from all over the world!
Blog: Beyond Borders