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Migration & Integration

Migration is fact. There have always been and will always be refugee and migration movements, because people are looking for a life worth living. People are leaving their homes because of factors that render their lives miserable and deprive them of any hope for a better future – such as wars, climate change, lack of resources, discrimination and persecution. The Schöpflin Foundation supports initiatives and organizations advocating an open Europe of cultural pluralism and diversity.

Media & Society

Journalism is going through a period of radical transformation. The challenges and opportunities of digitization are causing massive changes in the market and demand new solutions. Innovative and public-interest oriented formats as well as support programs for good journalism and freedom of information and expression are answers to what some call the "media crisis." These formats and offers contribute to diversity and quality of information media, which are prerequisites for an open society and a vibrant democracy.

Schöpflin Biotop

The Schöpflin Biotop think-tank focuses on projects that are not mainstream, but which are so interesting and promising that we feel they are worthy of further investigation. The Biotop may throw up new issues, or give rise to new cooperation projects. In short, the Biotop is where the Schöpflin Foundation can experiment with its own future.

Economy & Democracy

In the right quantities, the economy and democracy go together like salt and pepper. But today the pursuit of profit dominates the taste of politics; and democracy has become too insipid. That is why we promote organisations that are working on a »new recipe« – one that will make the economy more digestible and will once again give people a taste for democracy.

Learning & Participation

Learning is the sum of discovery plus experience.  In a constantly changing world, we create experiential spaces that invite people to initiate processes and actively shape change.  We see school as a place of educational innovation and participation, where children and young people can freely develop as creators of the future.  The Schöpflin Foundation supports its partners in finding new answers and concrete ways to create the school of the future.


Our Venues

The Schöpflin Foundation’s culture and debating venue – a place for agitation.

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Act before addiction takes hold.

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An innovative school where learning is experienced as a community.

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The ideal breeding ground for creativity, inspiration and innovation.

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A very special place where individuals learn how to become integrated members of the community.

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A creative town planning project using the knowledge of the many to re-design part of the town…

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Find out in our film what we have in common as a foundation with many different activities.

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European cities establish “Alliance of Safe Harbours”


The alliance, created at a conference in Palermo and designed to uphold the right to asylum,...

Fighting against manipulative narratives in the election campaign


Schöpflin Foundation supports the DISKURS zur WAHL podcast produced by Das NETTZ.

Using the ‘knowledge of the many’: urban development as a collaborative process


A new district emerges courtesy of a participation project that combines art and planning.

From utopia to reality: “open social innovation” as a new instrument for solving challenges facing society as a whole


Guest article by Philipp von der Wippel.

1,600 suggestions and ideas give rise to a “vibrant new quarter”


Schöpflin Foundation presents results of the urban planning process for the FABRIC site

Citizens' Assembly hands over report to Bundestag President


On March 19 the Citizens' Assembly, "Germany's Role in the World", presents its recommendations.

Why we need a supply chain law


Interview with Miriam Saage-Maaß from European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights.

A sustainable economy is all about lobbying for the future


Guest article by Dr. Katharina Reuter, BNW (German Federation of Sustainable Economy).