Global Bildung Manifesto

Better Bildung, Better Future

A Bildung Manifesto for a Global Renaissance 2.0

May 9, 2021

We need better Bildung for a better future
– for the sake of coming generations and for our own!

With this manifesto, we, the signatories, offer a framework for Bildung. This manifesto speaks to people around the globe, to governments and other leadership, proclaiming that our collective future is a future of Bildung.

Humanity is at a crossroads where climate change, disruptive technologies, globalization, wealth inequality, mass-migration, extinction of species, and many other wicked, complex problems challenge the current structures of society, and hence social calm and world peace. The sudden spread of the corona virus is an existential wake-up call to humankind: We cannot disrupt existing structures and circumstances without unsettling consequences. Our future is at stake.

We need creative efforts, not just in order to create the road to peace, but also to build the road wide and in the direction of a better future for all humans and life on the planet. We want the path we choose, to preserve and further develop democracy and human rights. We want the path we choose to promote the science that allows us to keep everybody safe. And we want to promote a culture that allows everybody to be free and have access to Bildung.

Bildung beyond borders.


Why Bildung?


Bildung is the combination of the education and knowledge necessary to thrive in one’s society, and the moral and emotional maturity to be both a team player and have personal autonomy.

Bildung is also the ‘education’ bringing this about; Bildung is the process as well as the result.

Bildung is a dynamic concept, one that can evolve.

Bildung is knowing one’s roots and being able to imagine and co-create the future.

Bildung offers wholesomeness. It is a means in itself; it is not instrumental. It allows us to be fully humane and treat the planet and other species with their inherent dignity, thus enabling us to live within planetary boundaries.

Bildung is a promise of an achievable utopia towards which everybody can contribute.

Bildung is a force of peaceful societal transformation.


Why now?


If there is anything positive coming out of the corona pandemic, it is the sudden human connection around the globe. As national borders close, the human spirit connects; as markets crash, culture is shared; as people are confined to their homes, they take up singing on their balconies. The disruption of the industrialized society is opening a window to that which makes us human, and which could be at the core of civilization in the future. As the plague of 1348 paved the way for the Renaissance in Europe, the current pandemic could, if we so choose, be the door to a Renaissance 2.0 around the globe. We have an opportunity that no generation may ever experience again.

The future is open and we are the generation who needs to define it on entirely new terms. We have the science, knowledge, technologies, and opportunities available that no previous generation ever had.

For too long, education has focused almost exclusively on skills for the job market and how each individual can contribute to economic growth. Humans have been reduced to consumers and cogwheels in a commercial machinery.

We have made mistakes by giving the markets too much power.

We have deprived ourselves of the education and Bildung that could have made us flourish and protect the planet.

It is time to change.


What kind of Bildung?


Bildung is for life, a meaningful life, through all phases of life. From childhood, via adolescence and adulthood into old age.

Bildung is always Bildung in a context, and the complexity of the issues we are facing is higher than ever before. The Bildung we need to develop must match the challenges and complexities of the circumstances we are facing.

Bildung is the refinement of that which is unique in each one of us, and also includes the tolerance towards others who have the same right to their uniqueness.

Bildung is the foundation of conscious citizenship, empowerment and emancipation; it is the prerequisite for political freedom and democracy.

Bildung emerges from confrontation with that which challenges one’s existing worldviews. The catalysts can be new insights, skills, art, literature and deep conversations with unlike-minded people.

Bildung is open-ended, curious, and loves surprises. Bildung means suffering pushbacks and making mistakes. Bildung is fun and play. It is lore and cultural depth. It is developing one’s voice and having a say in one’s life.




For this, we need awareness about Bildung and how crucial it is. We have to develop new programs within existing institutions, and completely new Bildung platforms. We shall revitalize the many teaching methods that already exist in addition to the development of new ones.

It must be a joint effort to empower citizens who can take personal responsibility for the betterment of society. Bildung will have to be a visible agenda across the globe, fostered by a network of actors from all levels, ranging from individuals, communities, cities, regions and nations to whole continents.

Investing in Bildung, in human meaning-making and development, must have our highest priority.

While the funding will have to be top-down, the goal is a strengthened capacity of the citizens to self-organize bottom-up, around what makes life richer and more meaningful at the individual as well as the societal level.


By whom?


Bildung is universal and concerns all humans and all societies.

Citizens, governments, researchers, local communities, businesses, NGOs, educational institutions, and teachers need to unite around this endeavour.

People need to request it, take the initiative and self-organize around it.

Governments, businesses and NGOs depend on it and should not just encourage it; they should see it as the best investment in a prosperous and peaceful future.

Wherever Bildung takes place, educators should be free to do what they do best. They should be provided with an open landscape of Bildung opportunities for their work and for their pupils and students.

Everybody can learn and everybody has something to teach.

We all have an obligation to expand our understanding.

Let us become a species of Bildung by having the courage to open and step into the door towards a global Renaissance 2.0.

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MA, Marinus Waleson, Netherlands

Drs., Brechje Schouten, Netherlands

MA, Esli Verheggen, Netherlands

Mr. Carin Zandbergen, Netherlands

Eugène Bernard, Netherlands

Nico Andreas Heller, Germany

Wim Krijbolder, Netherlands

Jan-Mattijs Heinemeijer, Netherlands

Ms. Azucena Badenes, Spain

Drs. Elke Oegema, Netherlands

Professor Jacob Wonjun Lee, Korea

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Mr. Ludvig Claeson, Norway

Irena Sgier, Switzerland

Marianne With, Denmark

Secretary General, FNV, Raymond Svensson, Sweden

Drs. Erik Han Bakker, Netherlands

Mathias Picker, Germany

Mrs. Tereshchenko Vladlena, Ukraine

Armin Sieber, Switzerland

Thomas Huttinga, Netherlands

Educational adviser, Gunvor Vestergaard, Denmark

Sean Malik, Australia

Kåre Wangel, Denmark

Tetiana Shevchuk, Ukraine

Hans Polman, Netherlands

Lichko Maxim, Ukraine

Iryna Sokur, Ukraine

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Anna Rohalska, Ukraine

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Larysa Andriichenko, Ukraine

Mrs. Iryna Poplavets, Ukraine

Inna Chornomorets, Ukraine

Mr. Iurii Nikolenko, Ukraine

Inna Klymenko, Ukraine

Орина Pry a Tsehelnyk, Ukraine

Valerii Holub, Ukraine

Daria Yemets, Ukraine

Olena Dubas-Chorniuk, Germany

Mr. George Pór, United Kingdom

Sergii Nosach, Ukraine

Чорненька Світлана Олексіївна, Ukraine

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Ivan Sorokolit, Ukraine

Andriy Chvaliuk, Ukraine

Stanislav Olefirov, Ukraine

Halyna Yarmolenko, Ukraine

Mr. Valentyn Stolitnii, Ukraine

Mr. Kevin Stephen Acott, United Kingdom

Ms. Mel Lenehan, United Kingdom

CEO Torben Riise, United States

Ludmila Morozova, Russia

Drs Niels Brans MEM, Netherlands

Karin Berger, Switzerland

Founding Partner, GeoFusion, Michael Rawding, United States

Dr. Carlos Nunes, United States

Sales, Leadership and Performance Coach, Dietrich Willke, Brazil

Prof.Dr. Malte Brinkmann, Germany

Mark Storm, the Netherlands

Mr. Grant Danduroff, Armenia

Herde, Per-Inge Svensson, Sweden

Martin Fylking, Sweden

Karl-Erik Edris, Sweden

Dan Claesson, Sweden

Robert F. McTague, United States

Dr. Mariana Bozesan, Germany

Simone Scholtens, Netherlands

Hector Infer, Spain

Henk Hadders, Netherlands

Ms. Tetiana Shmatukha, Ukraine

Dr. Danielle Johnson, United States

Griet Hellinckx, Germany

Mr. iyad alsaka, Netherlands

Jean Toussaint, France

Philippe Trahtenbroit, France

Sr. Marcus Pereira da Costa, Brazil

Bruce Cuthbertson, United States

Dr. Sibylle Breiner, Germany

Ms. Joyce Ferman, United States

Mr. Vitalii Nabok, Ukraine

Ines Medeiros Martins, Brazil

Janeth Jimenez Luengas, Colombia

Geoffrey R Ainscow, United States

Mr. Steve Simon, United States

Mr. Demyan Om Dyakov Slavitskiy, Ukraine

Mr. Mark Brown, United Kingdom

Szabó Anna, Hungary

Life Skills Advocate David Yap, Australia

Professor Soomyung Jang, Korea

Melanie Lenehan, United Kingdom

Mr. Edgardo Candela, Peru

Signing the Manifesto on European Bildung Day May 9th 2021


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Rieta Aliredjo, Netherlands

Mr. Niklas Limacher, Switzerland

Dr. Marion Fields, Finland

Chris Shern, Denmark

Mrs. Kateryna Batsenko, Ukraine

Chumachenko Serhii, Ukraine

Ward van der Meiden, Netherlands

Marius I. de Vries, Netherlands

Specialist Sanna Rekola, Finland

Chandra Boon, Canada

Dr. Philip Walsh, Canada

Brandon Norgaard, USA

Mark L. Vincent, USA

Christin Cieslak, Belgium

Yurii Pyvovarenko, Ukraine

Garry Nicholson, United Kingdom

D.Soc.Sc. Vesa-Matti Lahti, Finland

Maria Lindahl Strøm, Denmark

Anri Heinonen, Finland

Inês Maria Pinheiro Medeiros dos Santos Martin, Brazil

Severi Hämäri, Finland

Klaas van Egmond, Netherlands

Nicolai Tillisch, Denmark

Dr. Katriina Siivonen, Finland

Dr. Mihail Krikunov, Ukraine

Mrs. Mette Hvid Brockmann, Denmark

Lene Rachel Andersen, Denmark

Andrey Vargas, Costa Rica

Sturla Bjerkaker, Norway

Sandra Verbruggen, Netherlands

Nadjeschda Taranczewski, Germany

Nadja Pass, Denmark

Elena Tochilina, Ukraine

Professor Jaume Torroella Cuenca, Spain

Gretchen Colon, USA

Dr. Niamh O’Reilly, Ireland

Paul Karpawich, USA

Evert Vixseboxse, Netherlands

Mr. Imran Parray, India

M.Sc. Christian Poll, Denmark

Eva Lisa Janssen, Netherlands

Cand.ling.merc. Povl Henningsen, Denmark

Michiel Tolman, Netherlands

Mr. Kees Spijker, Netherlands

Dr. Zachary Stein, USA

Vladan Lausevic, Sweden

Annemarie Dekker Spaargaren, Netherlands

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COO, Reed Shafer-Ray, USA

Imam & PhD Fellow, Naveed Baig, Denmark

lic.oec.HSG, Jens Ostergaard, Switzerland

Tomas Björkman, Sweden

Bert Meeuwsen, Netherlands

Kenneth Mikkelsen, Denmark

Dr. Armend Tahirsylaj, Kosovo

Erika Tanos, Sweden

Christer Nylander, Sweden