30 Years Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft


This year, the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft celebrates its anniversary. For 30 years it has been providing impulses for a free, open society and its cohesion. Since then, numerous projects such as the "Denk ich an Deutschland"-conferences), the transatlantic exchange project "New Urban Progress" or the "Politikwerkstatt" with several workshop sessions on European politics have promoted the exchange of ideas and the discussion of important questions of our time. In 2022, we want to look back on successful years and key messages. In doing so, we ask ourselves several questions: What has moved us and society in the last decades? What has been thought-provoking? What is still relevant – and what will become relevant? The Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft will provide answers to these questions in the anniversary year as well as meaningful and thought-provoking impulses for the challenges of our time.


As early as the 1970s and 1980s, Alfred Herrhausen was concerned with topics such as the question of an economy in harmony with the environment, a common Europe as an opportunity for the continent, and an international policy that works for society as a whole. The Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft builds on these values and ideas. It regards democracy, a social market economy and sustainability as foundations that must be promoted.
Against this background, the team of the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and its companions have been tone setting for the socio-political discourse since 1992. In doing so, they provide ideas for future-oriented change and for a society worth living in. Their insights are directed at decision-makers in politics, administration, economics, and those who shape our future. The Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft is a think tank that brings society and economics together.


After 30 years, it is time for an evaluation of our work and our projects. This will result in a publication that has the potential to suggest to policymakers and the business community means for a better and more resilient society. In the publication, we want to elaborate effective parameters for the future of society. Building on this, the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft would like to seek exchange – with thought leaders in politics and economics.

At the same time, the retrospective on the occasion of the anniversary will be an impulse for the future where we will be extracting the elements that will accompany society and the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft in the future.

It is also considered that an event will take place: Together with experts, we will continue thinking the change – also in the next 30 years.