Focus topic "New Working Lifetime"

We are getting older and older. This is good news because it means we have more time to live our lives! The paradox is that we hardly notice. We rush through our professional careers like we always have done: Education, work, retirement. In the middle of all this, the "rush hour" of life, we combine the raising of children, care and career. All at the same time. And everything else that is important to us – commitment to other activities, or just leisure time – we put off until later.

This could all be quite different, if we would just take the most important promise of demographic change at its word: More "life" time. In the course of our lives, life expectancy has increased by two to three years in each decade. This equates to more than five hours of "gifted" time to live for every single day. Surely there is a better way for us to invest this wealth of time, for ourselves and for society? And to structure our working lifetime quite differently? To work for longer, later in life, but also to be able to take time out earlier on? To learn new things and invest quality time focussing on the family and common welfare?

With its focus on "new working lifetime", the Körber Foundation wishes to promote the disentanglement of our tightly scheduled lifestyles. It confronts people with new ideas and role models, how life, work and time could be combined differently – in a dynamic and self-determined way. It is, after all, gainful employment which determines the rhythm of our lives. 

Focus topic "Digital Literacy"

Digitisation is the driver of innovation. It not only constantly creates new business models, services and products, but also fundamentally changes the way we learn, work, consume and communicate. In short: how we live.

To manage this radical transformation of society successfully, we need digitally literate citizens. Only people who use this new technology in a competent, creative and responsible manner can take advantage of the opportunities of digital transformation without losing sight of the risks.

With the focus topic Digital Literacy, the Körber Foundation wants to strengthen civil society's powers during this process and to increase public awareness of the requirements of autonomy and civil rights in the digital age. We therefore cooperate with model initiatives for digital education, support exchanges of experience and project transfer in this field and conduct lobby and public relations work on behalf of the topic. In various dialogue formats we discuss, with experts and stakeholders from industry, science, politics and civil society as well as the general public, the rules and values by which we want to live together in the digital age. We should all be involved in deciding on the topic of the kind of society in which we want to live in the future.

Our operational activities, implemented in close cooperation with local partners, concentrate on the Hamburg area. Findings and practical examples from this work are communicated via our nationwide networks.

Focus topic "Russia in Europe"

Since the beginning of the Ukraine conflict, relations between Russia and the majority of its European neighbours have been in serious crisis. Dialogue and understanding with Russia have been a major part of the Körber Foundation's work over many decades.

We are convinced:
that Russia belongs to Europe
that many political, social and economic challenges in Europe can only be met together with Russia
that it is essential for Russia and the other countries of Europe to continue the path of rapprochement and reconciliation in the context of the historical experiences of the 20th century.

Therefore, with our focus on Russia in Europe, we devote ourselves to the rejuvenation of an open, critical and constructive dialogue between Russia and its European neighbours.

Our topics are the historical roots of current conflicts, questions of identity and values, current challenges of foreign and security policy and perspectives of civil society cooperation. Our partners in this dialogue are social thinkers, (foreign) political decision-makers and multipliers of cross-border understanding. It is especially important for us to involve representatives of the next generation in the exchange.

The goal of our dialogue work is both to identify different perspectives and also to identify similarities. We want to strengthen actors in politics and society who are prepared to build bridges across the borders and divides between cultures. This is our contribution to international understanding with Russia.