In the focus area "Social Cohesion in Germany and Europe," we concentrate on three aspects:
- Compromise on values and attitudes
- Active citizenry and participation
- Equal opportunity and fair access
Compromise on Values and Attitudes
We support compromise on mutual values and principles that form the foundation of our ability to live together in Germany and Europe. In this process, the discussion about values resulting from various religious concepts is especially important. For us, one central topic is the immediate living environment: your school, your community, your career. Here, various environments and attitudes collide. European understanding can only be achieved if the positive effects of European integration are experienced in everyday life and personal experiences are made. In this way, with our projects, we counteract populistic, anti-European, and antidemocratic movements in numerous member states of the European Union and in the surrounding regions.
Active Citizenry and Participation
A democratic, social, and solidly united municipality needs committed citizens to take responsibility for themselves and others in their community. In Germany and Europe, we give strength to these players in civil society and support their ideas and responses to the current societal questions. We promote the international exchange among committed citizens and pay special attention to the participation of "silent" groups such as young people. We incorporate new forms of civic involvement such as socioentrepreneurial approaches and social movements into our work.
Equal opportunity and fair access are two important keys for social cohesion. That is why we develop and support plans that enable all citizens appropriate access to education and science, culture, health care, and other social services. In order to achieve the necessary structural changes, we work together with the institutions that shape these structures: hospitals, ministries, policy makers and administration in the federal government, states and municipalities, and civic organizations.