News from this focus area

How Authoritarian Regimes Create a Climate of Fear

Why are so many societies becoming susceptible to authoritarian thinking again? Herta Müller, Nobel laureate in literature, has given a lot of thought to this question.

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Science Barometer 2017

In the light of public discussions about anti-experts and fake news in recent months, the science barometer takes a...

A Large Audience Comes with a Large Responsibility

Soccer reaches and excites people like almost no other sport. But time and again violence and racist chants also occur in the stadiums. The project Learning in Stadiums fills them with political education instead. While handing over the project to the DFL Foundation, personalities from professional soccer and society discussed the responsibility of the sport.

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Who Is Going to Vote?

In a movement called Demo, young people have joined together to convince their generation that democracy requires commitment and dedication. A workshop demonstrates that politics can be fun and that participation is worth the effort.

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The Future of Europe Comparing Public and Elite Attitudes

The study highlights the split in attitudes between elites and the public over Europe’s future, but also reveals a...

Magazine "START Stories"

"START Create Cultural Change" is a program for cultural managers in Greece. In the magazine you find photos and...

START spots - Cultural Collaborations 2016/2017

START spots introduces thirty vibrant socio-cultural places in Germany that inspired exchange and cultural...

Why Is Populism So Popular?

A group of international journalists is hunting for answers surrounding the events of the French election: why is the concept of a united Europe in such peril right now? The first event of the Bosch Alumni Network is proof that different perspectives inform your own opinion – and that the networking of the alumni opens up new possibilities.

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Handbook Land Reclaimers - Shaping the Future Locally

German language publication on the projects supported between 2013 and 2019, the course of the program, and the...

EPIM Policy Update October 2016

The Policy update by the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM) is prepared for civil society...

Magazine "START Stories"

"START Create Cultural Change" is a program for cultural managers in Greece. In the magazine you find photos and...

Homage to a Longtime Friend

The recently deceased Karl Dedecius appreciated and utilized cultural diversity as a builder of bridges between Poland and Germany. His legacy seems more relevant than ever in today's Europe. On the occasion of his 95th birthday on May 20, 2016, he was honored with a tribute event.

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We Have Lost a Dear Friend and Valued Adviser

Karl Dedecius was one of the most significant and inspiring partners the Robert Bosch Stiftung ever worked with in the promotion of international relations.

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About this focus area

What holds us together? In a society that continues to become more diverse, and in which old structures such as families and clubs are losing their power to unite, there are numerous potential breaking points: between the young and the old, the poor and the rich, the haves and the have-nots; between urban and rural regions.

The strengthening of social cohesion in Germany and Europe is a major focus area of our work – in health and science as well as in education and international understanding. With our projects, we promote an open and cohesive society in which all people have the opportunity to shape their living environments – regardless of their social, ethnic, or cultural background. Each one of us can take on responsibility for the common good, and the more people actively embrace this responsibility, the stronger the social fabric that holds us together becomes.

In the focus area "Social Cohesion in Germany and Europe," we concentrate on three aspects:

Werner Krüper

Compromise about Values and Attitudes

We support communication about the shared values and principles that form the foundation of our coexistence in Germany and in Europe. As part of this process, we examine attitudes that stem from varying frames of reference, such as culture, religion, and national or social origin. For us, a central starting point is the immediate environment: schools, neighborhoods, and workplaces. Here, different living environments, attitudes, and values encounter one another in everyday life, and this is where we have to shape our coexistence in a diverse society. In the same way, European understanding and communication can only succeed if people witness and personally experience the positive effects of European integration in their daily lives.

Alina Simmelbauer

Active Citizenry and Participation

A democratic, social, and solidly united municipality depends on committed citizens to take responsibility for themselves and others in their community. In Germany and in Europe, we work to strengthen these actors in civil society and support their ideas and responses to current societal questions. We promote 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 socio-entrepreneurial approaches and social movements ‒ into our work.

Ilja Mess

Equal Opportunity

Equal opportunity and fair access are two important keys for social cohesion. That is why we develop and support plans that ensure appropriate access to education and science, culture, health care, and other social services for all citizens. In order to achieve the necessary structural changes, we work together with the institutions that shape these structures: hospitals, ministries, policy-makers, administration in the federal government, states and municipalities, as well as civic organizations.