On November 14, 2019, the WHU Foundation and the Haniel Foundation invited to the traditional WHU Hauptstadt-Dialog in Berlin. In the rooms of bUm, a joint project of betterplace and KARUNA, about 40 sponsors and friends of WHU as well as alumni of WHU, Haniel Foundation and Hertie School, which was an academic partner this year, met.
After a brief welcome by Dr. Peter Kreutter (WHU Foundation), Florinn Bareth (bUm) presented the development history and the goals of the bUm in the opening impulse, which represents more than just physical space for committed civil society. The bUm in the Kreuzberg transformer station [Umspannwerk Kreuzberg] offers non-profit organizations and socially committed actors space for working, learning, events and intersectoral encounters. Through exchange and solidarity, it aims to promote sustainable cooperation. Stephan Peters (betterplace lab) then gave an insight into the work of the betterplace Academy, a free online learning platform that provides training formats on digital topics for social organizations.
The main lecture by Professor Gerhard Hammerschmid (Hertie School) presented the research focus of the new "Hertie Centre for Digital Governance". The center examines the perspectives of a European governance approach for the digitization of public administration. To achieve this, the center combines evidence-based analyses of digitization phenomena with findings from good governance and normative standards. It pursues an interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral and cooperative approach from a global perspective, aimed at closing information gaps between policy areas and regions.
At the subsequent get-together, the guests were able to discuss the diverse impressions from the lectures with old and new contacts in a relaxed atmosphere.
The 7th WHU Capital Dialogue is expected to take place in November 2020.