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Reinhard Mohn Prize Contest 2011

The search for the winner of the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2011 has begun!  As one of Europe’s largest charitable foundations, the German Bertelsmann Stiftung awards a significant monetary prize every year. In 2011, the Reinhard Mohn Prize (previously known as the Carl Bertelsmann Prize) will celebrate and recognize governmental institutions (including agencies, departments, school systems, etc.) that have shown innovative democratic leadership by making a strong and lasting contribution to “Vitalizing Democracy through Participation.”

The Bertelsmann Stiftung has asked Europe’s leading consultancy in participation, IFOK, and its American subsidiary, Meister Consultants Group (MCG), to identify and assess innovative projects and structural measures that are prize-worthy. The research team assisting in gathering and assessing nominations includes Peter Levine (CIRCLE at Tufts), Archon Fung (Kennedy School at Harvard), John Gaventa (Inst. for Development Studies at Univ. of Sussex), Andrea Rommele (Hertie School in Berlin), and Matt Leighninger of Everyday Democracy.

Please participate in our search by nominating any initiative that you think exemplifies the responsibility and role of governments for democratic innovation. This can be a project you have organized, or supported, or led, or researched – or simply one you have heard or read about. You can submit your project nomination directly via the online platform that has been established at (it is a fairly straightforward application).

Your support and input will be rewarded. The person who nominates the ultimate winner of the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2011 will be invited by the Bertelsmann Stiftung to attend the international symposium and prize ceremony taking place in June 2011. This all-expenses-paid trip offers the opportunity for you to exchange ideas with other experts in the field and to celebrate the winning project at an exclusive gala event where the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2011 will be presented. In addition, all submissions will be available for other users to view and rate, giving you the unique opportunity to promote a project to a new, wider, international audience.

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