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The Third Engagement Report

The Third Engagement Report is a report on civic engagement that focuses on “The Future of Civil Society: Young Engagement in the Digital Age.”

By a decision of the German Bundestag from March 2009, the German Federal Government is encouraged to present a scientific report on the development of civic engagement in each legislative period. These Engagement Reports are written by an independent commission on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ).

Each report puts an emphasis on different dimensions of civic engagement. The Third Report will focus on: “The Future of the Civil Society: Young Engagement in the Digital Age.” The report aims at providing recommendations for courses of action regarding a sustainable engagement policy as well as giving stimulus for political discourse revolving around current developments and innovative approaches to civic engagement.

Prof. Dr. Jeanette Hofmann is chairing the expert commission. Dr. Theresa Züger is the head of the head office that supports the commission, based at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), Berlin.

Duration01.10.2018 - 30.09.2020
Sponsors Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth


Anja Adler, Dr.

Researcher: Third Engagement Report

Lorenz Grünewald-Schukalla (on parental leave)

Project Manager: Third Engagement Report

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The HIIG researches the development of the internet from a societal perspective with the aim to better understand the digitalisation of all spheres of life.

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Lectures and presentations

Junges Engagement: Bestandsaufnahme, Potentiale und Herausforderungen
Wir für Klima, Demokratie und Gerechtigkeit!. Zukunft Bildung Schleswig Holstein, Landesbeauftragter für politische Bildung,. Landeshaus, Kiel, Deutschland: 17.01.2020 Further information

Theresa Züger

Wekstattgespräch Demokratie im digitalen Kontext. Deutsche UNESCO-Kommission. Futurium, Berlin, Deutschland: 27.09.2019 Further information

Theresa Züger

Das RUN DMC-Meme zwischen Aneignung und Abkürzung
re:publica19 tl;dr. re:publica 2019, Berlin, Germany: 07.05.2019 Further information

Lorenz Grünewald-Schukalla, Georg Fischer

Moderation of workshops and panels

Workshop #engagierdichglücklich. Tincon e.V.. Kühlhaus Berlin, Berlin, Deutschland: 07.05.2019 Further information

Theresa Züger


Advisory Board Politics&Society Programm Track re:publica 19.

Theresa Züger