As football fans worldwide roar at their televisions, the German Bertelsmann Stiftung is kicking off another prize with arguably more at stake than the World Cup. Has your project found new ways of involving underrepresented citizens? If so, you could be in with a chance of winning the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2011, with prize money of € 150,000!
If you know of a project run by a governmental organisation that deserves to win the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2011, simply visit vitalizing-democracy.org by 22nd August to nominate it. You can also discuss projects that have been submitted so far. By the following phase, which lasts until 6th October 2010, 20 projects will have been selected and you can continue to discuss them on the website. This will be followed by a public consultation before the prize is presented in June 2011 in Gütersloh, Germany. The person who nominates the winning project will be invited to the award ceremony.This is not only an opportunity for governmental organisations that have run successful projects: the platform is already attracting a large number of project descriptions from across the world that can serve as inspiration for other organisations that wish to follow their lead.
The Bertelsmann Stiftung renamed the annual Carl Bertelsmann Prize in honour of its founder, Reinhard Mohn, who passed away in October last year. Since being founded in 1977, the Bertelsmann Stiftung has given away around € 666 million to 700 projects. This is your chance to be the next project to benefit.
You can find full details of the eligibility criteria on the website under the “About” section. Please note that although non-governmental organisations can be involved in the delivery of nominated projects, the responsible body must be a governmental organisation and prize money can only be paid to them.
The platform for taking nominations and allowing discussion and rating of projects was created by DEMOS GmbH, a joint venture between TuTech Innovation GmbH and Binary Objects.