In brief

About the Project

We all live in an open society! It offers people the greatest possible individual freedom and, at the same time, the greatest possible level of personal security. In its most shining moments, Europe has demonstrated that this type of society can guarantee both prosperity as well as security and freedom.

But our country is also experiencing a change. The discourse in the media and public discussions are being increasingly dominated by radical and populist groups. They advocate for building walls and social exclusion rather than for tolerance and openness. As a network of private citizens, action groups, coalitions, and institutions, the Initiative Offene Gesellschaft aims to counteract this development. It brings together forces for a powerful and creative civil movement in order to prevent society from drifting away into a closed-off world. The initiative makes the projects, events, and promotions under its umbrella – which all have the objective of actively defending democratic values – more visible and farther reaching.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung supports this engagement for democracy, tolerance, and cohesion. For this reason, the Foundation established the program titled "Campaigns for an Open Society" to encourage smaller initiatives, groups, and associations to get involved with their own activities for a strong society.