The Schöpflin Biotop is a think-tank looking at future issues for the Schöpflin Foundation. The Schöpflin Biotop focuses on organisations and projects that don't fall within the main program areas, but are so interesting and promising, we want to explore them. From the Biotop new themes can arise and new cooperations can form. This is where we experiment as a Foundation for our own future.
Photo: Finnegan Godenschweger
The Kreuzberg Children's Foundation is committed to educational equity and youth engagement. It supports projects, awards scholarships and implements its own programs - in Berlin-Kreuzberg, Germany and beyond. It believes in the abilities of young people, supports their engagement and facilitates educational opportunities. In doing so, the Foundation focuses on those who receive little support from the education system, their parents or their social environment.
With the »Children and Youth Involvement in Germany« funding program, the Kreuzberg Children's Foundation aims to encourage children and young people to help shape their own living environment and our society in an active, responsible and democratic way.
In line with this participatory idea, a youth council decides on all incoming applications for funding. In total, the young people decide on a sum of 90,000-100,000 euros per year.
The Foundation also encourages young people to contribute their ideas and voice in the other bodies of the Foundation, whether in the general meeting, the supervisory board or in the conception and implementation of events and projects.
Together, we want to involve even more young people in the Youth Council and give them responsibility.
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Elbkulturfonds of the Hamburg Ministry for Culture and Media
Since its opening in 2019, Mikropol, an approximately 50 m2 toilet block, has developed into a self-organised and open neighbourhood centre as well as a place for meeting and active urban design. The range of activities offered by neighbours for neighbours is constantly growing and ranges from tea drinking to concerts and discussion events.
For three years now, thanks to a lot of voluntary work and cooperation, the neighbourhood has had access to a free and open space, which at the same time tests how a future district centre can look and be organised. The Mikropol is thus a place that makes political, social and cultural action possible for everyone and establishes relationships. In this way, the project represents a counter-design to increasingly privatised, regulated and optimised structures in big cities.
The plan is to have a gathering of well-known companions, comparable projects across Europe and the neighbourhood. Accompanied by a cultural programme, an international resonance space for micropolitical practices will be created over three days and questions about a micropolitical future will be explored together. In addition to the Mikropol, another architecturally redesigned space for gatherings will be created.
Photo: Kelvin Kioinganga
Bantaba Media Plus e.V. (in corporation) is a group of migrant and refugee activists, mainly with media and journalism backgrounds, working with and for refugees and migrants to increase their social engagement and participation, especially within media.
Bantaba Academy aims to strengthen the capacity of refugees to make meaningful contributions to decision-making processes through the media. They advocate for refugee inclusion and self-advocacy, social justice and diversity to ensure positive change in the refugee debate, especially in Berlin, including media, policy and humanitarian systems.
Refugees have limited agency in most aspects of their lives due to their circumstances, often without the ability to find employment or their own spaces. They need better access to networks and better coordination with funders and partners. Bantaba Academy is creating more safe spaces, especially in the media sector.
Together, we can implement an ambitious plan to support refugee initiatives and innovators. We want to improve refugee integration locally, nationally and internationally, working toward a society that empowers newcomers, a country that integrates communities, a partner that gives every refugee member of society a voice in decision-making processes that affect them. We want to promote a Germany that ensures everyone has a say.
Photo: Marco Urban
The Foundation Gesunde Erde - Gesunde Menschen (Healthy Earth - Healthy People) mobilises healthcare, politics and society for the protection of the planetary health and a future fit for grandchildren, using communication which reaches mind and heart.
With campaigns and on social media, the Foundation, together with disseminators from its diverse network, inspires for the future and actively engages in political advocacy for planetary health.
What has been missing in the debate around climate protection: the why. What does everyone want: health! This goal unites and touches us. In the heated public debate it forms a base for constructive exchange. The interdisciplinary team of the Foundation uses this positive narrative for solution-oriented communication. This way, they activate and connect diverse sectors of our society.
Our common goal is the strengthening of a societal base for climate protection, humans and animals, and the preservation of a healthy earth. Our partnership seeks to explore how the approach of »planetary health« and a solution-oriented, creative and science-based communication can be used to secure a better future for the young and next generations.
[Translate to English:] Foto: Ingo Hoehn
BAK Bundesamt für Kultur
Max Kohler Stiftung
Theatre Basel is the largest three-part theatre in Switzerland. In the tri-national metropolitan region, it offers a broad and demanding programme of opera, drama and ballet, as well as a programme for children and young people (Junges Haus).
With the »Foyer Public«, Theater Basel is rethinking its role as a public, cultural and social venue: it is opening up its foyer and making it part of the public space. As a membrane between theatre and urban society, the neighbourhood and the city, culture and social life. The »Foyer Public« is a laboratory for the future of the theatre and perhaps also of the city.
We strive for an entrepreneurial and artistic exchange: With knowledge transfer, advice and guest performances. We share visions and experiences regarding the design of public and semi-public space.