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The New Generation Voices Video Series



In the New Generation Voices series, the Bertelsmann Foundation in partnership with Humanity in Action Germany has created a collection of digital animations portraying how young Germans and Americans see common global challenges and how the future can be shaped best by working together.

All four episodes were both authored and narrated by Humanity in Action Senior Fellows.

Episode one, narrated by Humanity in Action Senior Fellow Shasti Conrad, explores social cohesion since the COVID-19 pandemic. While activism may not look the same as it did prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, society has proven that social cohesion is here to stay.

Climate change is everywhere, and it affects all of us, but it does not affect all of us equally. What can we do to help? This and more is being explored in the second animation, Climate Change, narrated by Humanity in Action Senior Fellow Amy Turner. The outcome is clear: we have an opportunity right now to not only address the climate emergency, but to build a better, more equitable society for the entire planet.

Some 30 years ago, the digital revolution sparked the hope for a better, more just and more creative world. However, repression, surveillance and disinformation have made innovation a threat rather than a promise for access to a better world.

This and more is being explored in the third animation titled Digital Revolution and narrated by Humanity in Action Senior Fellow Arne Semsrott. As the video showcases, in order to preserve the idea of a free and decentralized internet, we need the next digital revolution to be open and available to all people of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The fourth and final episode, narrated by Humanity in Action Senior Fellow Maria Krayem, explores precisely this – the future of democracy.

As the episode highlights, we must promote a healthy democratic culture based on facts, mutual respect and coexistence in order to build the foundations for democracy that are resilient and deliver for all members of society.

This animation is part of the Wunderbar Together 2021 initiative that aims to promote the importance of robust German-American relations. Wunderbar Together 2021 is a comprehensive and collaborative initiative funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and implemented by the Goethe-Institut.