© Maciek Pożoga
© Maciek Pożoga
Open, resilient societies thrive where people stand up for them with confidence and conviction. This is why the Allianz Foundation supports people and organizations from Europe and the Mediterranean in securing or creating spaces for free development. We support risktakers from civil society, from the arts and culture sector, and from local communities who fight for artistic freedom, freedom of expression, civil rights, fact-based journalism, or marginalized groups – and offer an example of solidarity in action.
In many places the possibilities for these thought leaders to act are currently being restricted. Growing economic, political and social rifts within societies and between states undermine cohesion in Europe. Increasing divisions threaten the European value system. The open society model is also increasingly under pressure from external actors. The challenges of our times – climate change, flight, migration, increasing nationalism and authoritarianism – require cross-border alliances and cooperation more than ever.
The Allianz Foundation is working together with like-minded actors to strengthen the diversity and solidarity of our societies – in the here and now, and for the coming generations.
The Secretary General of the German Section of Amnesty International in conversation with Esra Kücük, CEO of the Allianz Foundation, talking about freedom of civil society, the climate crisis as a human rights crisis, and solidarity with risktakers.
Esra Kücük, CEO of the Allianz Foundation, in conversation with Allianz Foundation Fellow Maja Göpel about the courage for transformation, necessary new narratives for a society fit for the future and cooperation as new realism.
Risktakers are people and organizations who dare to commit to a world worth living in. They leave familiar paths and established ways of thinking to test new approaches for a sustainable future. On the occasion of the launch of the new Foundation, we asked some risktakers about their motivations and visions.
From eco-playwriting programs for Algerian students to building a climate justice network in Europe - Get to know our ten Climate Cultures grantees!
What will narratives of post-migrant Muslim life in Europe look like if we choose new ways of thinking and stop (re)producing stereotypes? A new project by the Young Islam Conference (JIK) provides opportunities to answer that question.
What happens when artists, scientists, farmers, cooks, and winemakers come together? And when they are joined by philosophers, activists, and local experts who are all interested in food as a research subject and as a medium for convivial interaction? The results go way beyond the taste.
What kind of world do we want to live in in the future? What role should digital technologies play in determining this? And how can we work together to create equitable and diverse visions for the future? Read the blog contribution from Nandita Vasanta, Project Lead at SUPERRR LAB.
Since 2020, “drift-backs” have become routine practice. Vulnerable refugees are loaded onto life rafts with no engine and left to “drift” back toward Turkey. This practice is illegal and highly dangerous. Forensis published a year-long investigation into the practice in the form of a navigable, web-based map.
Fondazione Studio Rizoma is an international hub advancing an independent cultural and social program while serving the wider development of its surrounding ecosystem, with a focus on the city of Palermo. Here you can read their self-description.
Autostrada Biennale was established as a non-governmental organization in Prizren, Kosovo. It plays a key role in understanding today’s society through contemporary art, strengthening the local community and stimulating creative ideas for a more inclusive and more sustainable future.