Selected PublicationsBertelsmann Stiftung (Hrsg.). (2009). Lernen von Obama? Das Internet als Ressource und Risiko für die Politik. Gütersloh: Bertelsmann Stiftung.
Bertelsmann Stiftung (Hrsg.). (2010). Wie Politik von Bürgern lernen kann. Potenziale politikbezogener Gesellschaftsberatung. Gütersloh: Bertelsmann Stiftung.
Eckert, G., Novy, L., & Schwickert, D. (Hrsg.). (2013). Zwischen Macht und Ohnmacht. Facetten erfolgreicher Politik. Wiesbaden: Springer.
Schwickert, D. (2011). Strategieberatung im Zentrum der Macht. Strategische Planer in deutschen Regierungszentralen. Wiesbaden: Springer.
Schwickert, D. (2011). Strategieentwicklung in deutschen Staats- und Senatskanzleien: Bestandsaufnahme und Handlungsempfehlungen. Gütersloh: Bertelsmann Stiftung.
How could populist movements become that strong in France, Italy and Germany? And how can progressives push back their influence? Eight proposals.
Over 700 guests attended the Progressive Governance Symposium and our tenth-anniversary celebration on 3 July 2017. Managing Director Dominic Schwickert takes stock of the day.
Progressives are convinced that in times such as these, when fundamental questions are being raised about the future of our societies, a narrow-minded approach to politics is out of place. Only through wide-ranging debates, exchanging ideas and opinions, and interacting with scientific and social research can fresh impetus be generated to take us beyond the current impasse of political debate.
Terra Nova (France), Volta (Italy), and Das Progressive Zentrum (Germany) present strategic answers to the crucial question of how progressives and democrats across Europe should counter populism.
John Podesta is best known for his service as chief of staff to former US president Bill Clinton. He further chaired Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, served as a Counselor to Barack Obama and is the founder of the our US-partner think tank “Center for American Progress” (CAP). On May 3, 2017, Das Progressive Zentrum had the honour to welcome John Podesta for political talks in the German capital.
On 7-9 October 2016, Das Progressive Zentrum joined the third edition of the Cluny Forum as a cooperation partner. Created three years ago by the French-German Association “Trait d’Union”, this Forum creates new bridges between young and innovative managers from business as well as from the civil society working in one or both countries. Gathered together, they exchange experiences about their own working environment, discuss common challenges and design new ideas in a European perspective.
Important elections lie ahead in Germany. In the autumn of 2017, the German federal election will take place and prior to that, there is the politically highly significant state election in North Rhine-Westphalia. Against this background, we invited Guillaume Liegey to Das Progressive Zentrum in order to share some of his ideas about modern campaigning strategies.
On 23 and 24 September 2016, the European Reformists Summit entitled „Rebuilding Trust“ took place in Lyon. The event, being composed of an introductory roundtable, three workshops and a closing session, was organised by a European network of think tanks, consisting of Das Progressive Zentrum (Germany), Les Gracques (France), Institut Montaigne (France), Astrid (Italy) as well as Policy Network (UK).
On Friday, July 1, we hosted a roundtable discussion on the US American Presidential Elections. We were delighted to engage in a discussion with Ken Gude (Senior Fellow with the National Security Team, Center for American Progress), Paul Nolte (Professor of Contemporary History, Free University of Berlin), and Barbara Junge (Deputy Editor, taz.die tageszeitung). The roundtable was chaired by Sudha David-Wilp (Deputy Director Berlin Office and Senior Transatlantic Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States).
On 28 June 2016 German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, together with the German Federal Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth, officially launched the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE-project at the Europasaal of the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.
In the context of our transnational, civil society project “Dialogue on Europe” we are happy to announce new partnerships with five renowned think tanks from our project countries. Our new think tank partners supported us in organising the #EuropeanTownHall Meetings and have been contributing to the Opening Conference in Berlin.
We are delighted to officially announce that we have started new strategic cooperations with the Italian think tank Volta as well as the French think tank Terra Nova.
Two weeks before British citizens go to the polls, our third roundtable on the Brexit referendum took place. Our key questions concerned current British debates, the latest developments in British politics at the eve of the referendum, as well as British, German, and European perspectives on how to proceed after this – in any case – decisive moment for Europe.
The recent Polish and French elections are especially topical and worrying reminders of the current rise of right-wing populist parties all over Europe. To debate this urgent European problem, Das Progressive Zentrum, with support of the German Federal Ministry of Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, organised an international roundtable, which took place on December 16, 2015 in Berlin.
In the past weeks, the think tank Das Progressive Zentrum has not just been thinking but also doing. And we have been doing an awful lot! We have been expanding and renovating our offices on Werftstraße, located in the heart of political Berlin and just a stone’s throw from the Federal Ministry of the Interior, from the Federal Chancellery, central station and Schloss Bellevue, official residence of the President of Germany.
In addition to updating our virtual space we have used the summer recess to update our physical space too. And so, since the 1st of September, we have significantly expanded our office space in the Werftstraße in the heart of Berlin. In addition to numerous new work spaces, we now also have another large conference room available for our use and for very different event formats.
We have revamped our website, expanded our offices in the heart of political Belin – and have grown our team at Das Progressives Zentrum.
On the 15th of October 2015, the German Foreign Minister, Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, spoke about the state of European politics at an evening reception organised by Das Progressive Zentrum and the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung. Opening words of welcome were spoken by Dr. Roland Schmidt, Director of the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung, and by Dominic Schwickert, Director of Das Progressive Zentrum. In his keynote address, Steinmeier outlined that Europe is faced with monumental challenges.
Festgemacht an Zahlen, Daten und Fakten steht Deutschland im internationalen Vergleich nicht so schlecht dar, wie es manche hierzulande empfinden. Und doch: Die Empfindung, dass wir eine grundlegende Krise erleben, könnte ein richtiger Kompass sein, denn wir stehen vor großen nationalen und globalen Herausforderungen. Wir müssen sie in den Blick nehmen und die Gestaltungsaufgabe annehmen, wenn wir eine lebenswerte Zukunft gewinnen wollen.