A Fresh Breeze in the East

With unconventional ideas the Land Reclaimers shape their environment and enhance the local population’s living conditions. 20 new projects have now started in Eastern Germany and strengthen the civil society in rural areas. In a new think tank the Land Reclaimers take it one step further.
Robert Bosch Stiftung | December 2016
They deal with the subject of dementia, they make appearances on regional and local TV stations, and take musical theater to retirement homes and schools - with their unconventional ideas, committed individuals from Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-West Pommerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thüringen are trying to improve the quality of life in their communities.

Twenty new citizen projects have now been added to the Land Reclaimers - Shaping the Future Locally support program, with each receiving up to 50,000 euros for the local implementation of their ideas over the next two years.

"We are convinced that, to actively shape change, people are needed who can dream, develop ideas, and - in the process - try out unconventional methods and make advancements," says Uta-Micaela Dürig, Chief Executive Officer of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Handbook Puts 50 Innovative Citizen Projects on Display

Since 2013, a total of more than 50 initiatives have received funding. The handbook of land reclaimers paints the picture of the funded projects from 2013 to 2019. In an interview, those responsible for the projects take stock and provide some insight into what the future has in store for the land reclaimers.