Good society - social democracy #2017plus

The 2017plus project raises the question of what constitutes a Good Society.

For the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung this includes social justice, environmental sustainability, an innovative and successful economy and an active dialogue. The Good Society is supported by the fundamental values of freedom, justice and solidarity. We need new ideas and concepts to ensure that the Good Society will become reality. For these reasons the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung is developing specific policy recommendations for the coming years. The focus rests on the following topics:

  • A debate about the fundamental values: freedom, justice and solidarity;
  • Democratic participation;
  • New growth and a proactive economic and financial policy;
  • Decent work and social progress.

The Good Society does not simply evolve; it has to be continuously shaped by all of us. For this project the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung uses its international network with the intention to combine German, European and international perspectives. With numerous publications and events between 2015 and 2017 the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung will concentrate on the task of outlining the way to a Good Society. For more information on the project: (only in German).


The following activities by FES China are part of the 2017plus project:


The German Energiewende - the task of the century

The German energy transition ("Energiewende") aims at replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources such as wind, sun, water, and biomass and has been a topic of much debate. Hailed as an example by many, there are still many significant challenges.



Daniel Buhr on Social Innovation Policy and Industry 4.0

Since a few years, concepts such as Industrie 4.0 and Industrial Internet are being heavily discussed. Deep integration of information technology and manufacturing via large-scale digitisation and networking of workflows promises to profoundly reshape the relationships between manufacturers, customers and suppliers. Due to the potentially enormous gains in efficiency and flexibility as well as new business models and opportunities, interest in the topic has exploded all over the world, particularly in Germany (where the term Industrie 4.0 originated), the United States and China.

During his visit in Shanghai, Daniel Buhr, Professor for Policy Analysis and Political Economics at Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen in Germany, gave several presentations on how such a radical development could be tempered by adequate and socially-sustainable innovation policies.