Strengthen Individuals – Move Organizations – Effect Social Change
We support social change and promote the commitment of individuals to the common good. We regard strengthening people as a driver of change. For us, every change starts with the individual – and many local changes can set broad social change in motion.
Our work focuses on the concept of good governance. We understand good governance as controlling social processes in a way that prioritizes the common good. This includes the responsible handling of power and resources as well as the constructive design of relations between government, market, and civil society players.
The values of transparency, participation, due process, and focus on the common good form the basis of our professional program, in which participants learn to strengthen their leadership and innovation skills. We are convinced that the viewpoints of various actors must be considered and diverging interests negotiated peacefully to develop sustainable solutions to social challenges. Transparency in all actions and in the disclosure of one’s own interests as well as the participation of all concerned in the deliberative decision-making process are important prerequisites for effective and responsible decision-making.
The Goerdeler Kolleg supports current and future leaders from all areas of society in incorporating the principles of good governance in their direct professional environment and volunteering activities. By acquiring knowledge and skills and developing robust networks, participants are better equipped to initiate sustainable change processes and shape social change effectively and in line with democratic principles.