Georg Diez

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Georg Diez is a journalist and writer currently working on democratic innovation as a fellow at Max-Planck-Gesellschaft and ProjectTogether, a Berlin-based NGO dedicated to collective action processes. He was editor-in-chief at The New Institute, columnist and culture critic for Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung and Süddeutsche Zeitung. In 2016, he spent a year as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He studied history and philosophy in Munich, Hamburg, Paris and Berlin, and published books, among other things, on how technology can help reinvent democracy, the recent rightward-turn in Germany, an autobiographically motived inquiry into the thought of Martin Luther, a treatise on suicide and free will, a book series on the historical shift of the years 1980 and 1981 and a memoir about the death of his mother. Together with his co-curator Nicolaus Schafhausen, he is preparing an art exhibition titled “Survival in the 21st Century”, opening in Hamburg’s Deichtorhallen in May 2024. In 2025, his book about the failed promises and potentialities of the 1990s will be published: “The Lost Decade”.

At Berggruen Institute Europe, he is co-editing with Lorenzo Marsili an essay series about universalism and a book series about planetary thinking.