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There are plenty of people around the world with the courage to try something new and turn ideas for a better future into reality. Here you’ll hear from our project cooperation partners, network members, and participants in addition to experts in fields that motivate us and make a difference in society.

Background story | Culture | 15. May 2020
“Journal Rappé”: News wrapped in Hip-Hop
Post-colonialism, environmental issues and development in Africa – these are the topics of the ten “Journal Rappé” episodes presented at this year’s Munich Biennale. The Senegalese hip-hop stars Keyti and Xuman release daily video episodes from 15 to 24 May.
Background story | Head of Unit | 31. March 2020
Farewell Dr. Nathalie von Siemens
After 7 1/2 years, Dr. Nathalie von Siemens resigns from her position as Managing Director of Siemens Stiftung. Close collaborators reflect on their shared achievements.
Interview | Development Cooperation | 30. March 2020
Full speed ahead!
Our social enterprise in Kenya, WeTu, is celebrating its one-year anniversary. What challenges did the company face at the beginning? What has been accomplished so far? And what comes next on the issues of water, energy, and e-mobility? - An interview with Tilmann Straub.
Interview | Education | 27. February 2020
A new culture of sharing
How does copyright work with Open Educational Resources? What are the biggest challenges to implementing OER on an everyday basis in schools? What is Siemens Stiftung's role in the OER movement? We sought answers from our expert, Corinna Hartung.
Interview | Education | 29. January 2020
Unlocking every child’s gifts
In an interview, Stefanie Trense reports on new approaches to inclusive experimental teaching.
Interview | Culture | 9. January 2020
How Music In Africa is changing the music landscape
The Music in Africa Foundation founded in 2013 with its online portal musicinafrica.net has become an integral part of African music life. In an interview with music journalist Max Nyffeler, Aisha Deme (Senegal) and Serge Maboma (Cameroon) talk about the changes that working with Music in Africa has triggered in their professional lives.
Interview | Education | 15. November 2019
Local actors – internationally networked
They pool knowledge and information while connecting people, initiatives, and organizations – the role of networks is increasingly important across the board.
Interview | Development Cooperation | 28. August 2019
Constant dripping wears the stone
When Max Steiner tackles something, the focus is on social commitment and support for the disadvantaged. In Bolivia, the country of origin of his wife and his second home, he finds a broad field of activity with “Lentes al Instante”
Interview | Development Cooperation | 21. May 2019
Driving development with e-mobility
Innovative mobility solutions also for rural regions in Africa. Rolf Huber tells us about the potential of e-mobility and the approaches of WeTu, the Siemens Stiftung social enterprise.
Interview | Education | 14. May 2019
Do Design Thinking and STEM go together?
For the first time, the Design Thinking method is to be systematically combined with MINT subjects. An approach to promoting creativity meets natural science and technology subjects. Can this succeed? Cultural studies graduate Christine Niewöhner is responsible for the pilot project "Design Thinking in MINT" in the Siemens Stiftung's Education department. She is just returning from the kick-off workshop for educators in South Africa. And she believes: Yes, it can work wonderfully. Here she talks about her experiences.
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