This year, the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft is celebrating a milestone anniversary. For thirty years, we’ve been championing a free, open, cohesive society and exploring ways to achieve it. Projects such as Denk ich an DeutschlandNew Urban Progress and Digital Europe 2030 have provided forums to share ideas and discuss the big issues of our time. In this anniversary year, we want to reflect on our own past work – but with a focus on the open future of social and political transformation. We ask questions such as: what were the key drivers for us and for society? What made us pause and think? What is still relevant – and what will become relevant in future? This anniversary year, the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft will seek to answer these questions and put forward ideas and approaches for tackling the challenges facing us today.


You’re invited to join in the discussion at our conference Bound to change: where are we heading? on 22 September. There will also be an accompanying publication that sets out the key parameters for building a resilient future society. We’re taking the anniversary as a chance not just to reflect on our past impact but also to look ahead to the future, and to identify the issues that the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and society as a whole will have to grapple with in the years to come.

Please contact Antonia Marx (, if you have any questions about our anniversary year.