In partnership with the Alfred Landecker Foundation, Humanity in Action launched the Landecker Democracy Fellowship in 2020. Each year, the Fellowship brings together 30 diverse leaders from the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States who spend one year on creating projects that reinvent democratic spaces, strengthen social cohesion and build connections across communities. With financial support, the second cohort of the #LandeckerFellows work together from November 7, 2021 to November 6, 2022. They build community and maintain close ties to the Alfred Landecker Foundation and the Humanity in Action alumni networks beyond their Fellowship.
Our goal for this Fellowship is to build a new generation of leaders whose approaches to political and societal challenges become catalysts for democratic placemaking and community building. We support them in their efforts to bring about societal change, to strengthen democracy and to strive toward an inclusive version of social cohesion. We task our Fellows with planning, designing and managing public spaces, on- and offline through local, national, regional or international civic engagement projects. By fostering strong partnerships, our intention is for our Fellows to develop a meaningful and sustained reach into society.
“We believe that all people have the right to live without fear, persecution and suffering. We want to secure the future of democratic and open societies in which citizens have the chance to participate and the space and knowledge to disagree. We are committed to helping to shape the debate on the key challenges of our generation.”
The Alfred Landecker Foundation
Our Landecker Fellows are young professionals with demonstrated leadership experience. Each of them designs, tests and implements a project that has a publicly visible impact. They have the vision, commitment, experience and networks it takes to shape society. They come from diverse backgrounds including politics, business, the arts, activism and academia. Landecker Fellows have vastly different identities and ideas, but share democratic values. They are collaborative, passionate, hands-on and empathic protagonists. They feel responsible for facilitating societal change. Born in or after 1980, they are based in the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States.