A New Beginning from Within Around one hundred Foundation employees participated in the strategy process to reshape the international work of the Robert Bosch Stiftung Eight of them explain their experiences Antonia Röhm initially observed the process from the outside The Senior Project Manager of the Robert Bosch Stiftung was taking part in a profes sional exchange program with the Federal Foreign Office when the Foundation announced a fundamental restructuring Months later back at the Robert Bosch Stiftung she no longer sat at her desk but rather in a scenario workshop dealing with the world s possible conflicts 20 years into the future Antonia Röhm was part of a unique project in the history of the Foundation in terms of intensity and personnel deployment Over 18 months more than one hundred employees sought an answer to one key question what do we want to work on in the future Over these 18 months Foundation employees analyzed how Robert Bosch s legacy can be interpreted and implemented today and what philanthropy has to do to remain effective in a rapidly changing world Over these 18 months the field of work was closely examined with the support of interna tional experts This involved research trips and conferences discussions with academics and practitioners and getting to know other foundations worldwide Changing a foundation from within while regular project work continues requires a huge effort from the staff Roswitha Meurers knows the renewal process inside out as she co organized it The Assistant to Member of the Board of Management Sandra Breka works in Berlin and scheduled everything meticulously Who needs to have meetings with whom and when what work can be done on the plane and when are the various deadlines For her it was clear We can t reschedule a single appointment At the kick off event she had the feeling that every thing was possible Everyone was ready to work taking in input with eyes wide open for the new she says I was curious about the result as this needed to be a masterstroke Like all employees Roswitha Meurers was able to apply to be part of an internal working group There were two phases in the working groups the first was to look at different trends regions and topics which led to a Behind the scenes34 Robert Bosch Stiftung TEXT Nicole Zepter PHOTOS Gene Glover Thomas Pirot

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