Societal Development

The social engagement undertaken by nextpractice aims at revealing the interaction of contending unconscious cultural forces, nurturing informed debate and using it as a means to promote new social development. nextmoderator® sessions enable the participation of large numbers of people in structured processes of thought and reflection. From discussion of climate change in the EU parliament in Brussels to an international youth exchange program under the patronage of Kofi Anan, from discussions on how to tackle the drug problem in a major city to a grassroots level debate on the future of a small township, the same principle applies: purposeful focused network-based debate fosters a common understanding and increases the chances that the collectively produced solution will actually be implemented.

Commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS), nextpractice conducted a series of several hundred in-depth interviews with senior managers and experts on the future of Excellence in Leadership whose results are yet to be announced. In 2013 the study on cultural value preferences Life and Work in Old Age conducted in association with the Körber Foundation provoked furor and much heated debate among the experts.

The 2007 trend report on mobility, one of the regular series of such reports produced by nextpractice, also excited widespread public interest as it evidenced that the automobile was losing its importance as a status symbol in Germany at time when nobody had picked up on this emerging trend. On behalf of the Bertelsmann Stiftung nextpractice has also produced numerous studies on such diverse topics as demographic change, the future of Europe, and civic participation. The study on demographic change was presented by the then German President, Horst Köhler.

nextpractice has also collaborated with the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute on specific issues in the GDI to produce a regular series of reports on specific issues in the GDI Consumer Value Monitor (CVM). nextpractice worked together with the Handelsblatt, a leading German business newspaper, on the Handelsblatt Management Trend Radar. And the Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) uses a technique built on the nextexpertizer® for assessment of its worldwide development aid projects.