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.
The Schöpflin Biotop is also developing the Foundation’s regional initiative, »Lörrach im Wandel« (»A Changing Lörrach«). Here we want to bring people on board and support them as they develop a positive future vision for their own region; we will also help them to create the change needed to achieve their vision. The »Wandelbudget« (»Budget for Change«) provides grants of between €100 and €1,000 for this initiative. The funding is allocated to projects that promote social change, greater social justice, environmental responsibility and economic public good in Lörrach and the surrounding area. The »Zukunftsforum« (»Future Forum«) is a citizen-oriented participatory platform that each year addresses different issues. It brings together people from the fields of education, culture, civil society, politics, administration and economics to strengthen the region and promote regional networking.
Another area of the work of the Schöpflin Biotop is research projects and training schemes for NGO management teams. Biotop works with partner organizations to develop leadership programs. The programs are then attended by people who work in administration, and with NGOs and social enterprises. We change the focus of the courses each year in order to study a range of issues, including management, voluntary work and remuneration systems; and as part of each course, we look at the specific issues facing those NGOs with colleagues taking part on the course.
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betterplace lab is a digital-social think-and-do tank and the sister of betterplace.org, Germany's largest online donation platform. In the betterplace co:lab workshop series, full-time employees and volunteers learn about collaborative working approaches in order to develop skills for jointly dealing with complex global challenges.
Good collaboration takes time, a commitment to others, give-and-take, and the courage to take risks. True collaboration means adopting different perspectives. With these newly acquired skills, the workshop participants have an impact in their fields of engagement – and thus initiate a cultural change toward more social, more effective interactions.
The betterplace co:lab program consists of five workshops that build on each other. Over the next two years, a total of 66 workshops will be offered, allowing more than 500 people to participate. In addition, process coaching will support eight cross-organizational groups – so-called clusters – that are working on a social issue of the future.
Photo: More in Common Germany
More in Common is an international initiative committed to reinforcing social solidarity. It wants to contribute to strengthening society at its core and prevent "us vs. them" discourses. More in Common operates in Germany, France, Great Britain and the USA and aims for transnational learning processes.
We are convinced that new approaches are needed to respond to the challenges of populism and social fragmentation. More in Common works according to principles of evidence-based political opinion research, and, together with partners, develops narratives, strategies and tools for civil society activities.
More in Common published the study »Die andere deutsche Teilung - Zustand und Zukunftsfähigkeit der deutschen Gesellschaft« ("The Other German Division - State and Sustainability of German Society") in 2019, for which more than 4,000 people throughout Germany were interviewed. Together, we want to transform the insights gained into tools for social practice, so that as many organizations as possible can benefit from them for their own work.
Photo: SEND e.V.
The Social Entrepreneurship Netzwerk Deutschland e.V. (SEND) (Social Entrepreneurship Network, Germany) represents and is the voice of social entrepreneurs in Germany. It brings together social entrepreneurs at national and regional level; fosters interaction with the charitable, economic and civil society sectors; and promotes a better political environment.
As a lobbying and networking organisation SEND promotes the improvement of conditions for social entrepreneurs and gives them a louder voice. As such SEND is a pioneer for responsible business in Germany.
Together we shall work to ensure that in the future everyone will benefit from progress and innovation. We want to improve conditions for those players who – through their enterprises and using the most innovative methods – are creating a sustainable, fair and social future. That is why we fully support the development and dissemination of new solutions to the most complex challenges faced by society.
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The Zentrum für Politische Schönheit (Center for Political Beauty) describes itself as an assault team that establishes moral beauty, political poetry and human greatness – all with the aim of protecting humanity. The Center is one of the most innovative incubators for political performance art and is a byword for a broader form of theatre: art must hurt, provoke and rise up in revolt. This can all be summed up by the term »aggressive humanism«.
The aim here is to promote and support the development of a transparent, self-determined and democratic society. In this context, action – particularly action through art and specifically theatre – that is targeted, disruptive and extraordinary, can lead to greater awareness and thus to change. As an incubator for political performance art, the Zentrum für Politische Schönheit has a central civil-society role to play.
Together we can make the lessons of the Second World War one of the most important issues for the younger generation and thereby actively promote the defence of human rights.
€100 - €1,000
Lörrach and beyond
Sometimes it doesn’t take much to bring about positive change in a region. Through its »Wandelbudget« (Budget for Change) the Schöpflin Foundation provides organisations and citizens with straightforward and rapid financial support – from €100 to a maximum of €1,000 – enabling them to implement their ideas for change. The total amount allocated to the »Wandelbudget« each year is €10,000.
Often small and fledgling initiatives are unable to get going because there is no or insufficient start-up funding to put a plan into action - and the usual funding sources are too expensive. The »Wandelbudget«will simultaneously activate and uncover social momentum within the community.
The »Wandelbudget« is aimed at projects that promote social change, greater social justice, environmental responsibility and economic public good in Lörrach and the surrounding area. Through its »Wandelbudget« the Schöpflin Foundation wants to bring about positive change in the Lörrach region.
Lörrach and beyond
The Zukunftsforum (Future Forum) was launched in autumn 2016 by the Schöpflin Foundation in association with the citizens platform, fairNETZt. It brings together players from different spheres to examine key issues and is intended to pave the way for stand-alone initiatives and projects. The Future Forum’s findings were presented and discussed this autumn at the Future Day event at Lörrach castle.
Civic involvement can grow if it is visible and when different initiatives are networked. Equally when initiatives and projects are given professional support and encouragement, viable and truly effective ideas and concepts can be turned into a reality.
The Zukunftsforum should identify existing projects and areas where action is needed and then initiate concrete projects. The overall aim is to strengthen regional networks, promote greater sustainability and bolster social cohesion.News
International and national
up to € 5,000
Sometimes it doesn’t take much to bring about positive change. Through its »Rapid Response Grants« the Schöpflin Foundation provides organisations and projects with straightforward and rapid financial support - enabling them to implement their innovative and sustainable ideas, projects and initiatives. The maximum grant is €5,000 per project, no applications ca be submitted.
As soon as we have announced subsidies for the year 2021 we will mention them here.
International and national
up to € 5,000