The Aspen Institute Germany is pleased to announce the call for applications for the second year of its Laboratories of Democracy Initiative. The project brings together German and American state legislators to facilitate a values-based discussion and an exchange of ideas about common policy challenges on the subnational level. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once wrote about the power of states as the “laboratory of democracy,” where new and innovative policy approaches can be tested. This project draws on that notion focusing on the role of state legislators in creating policy solutions and fostering transatlantic relations.
The program consists of two off-the-record gatherings where participants will meet – one in Germany and one in the United States. At these meetings, participants identify important policy topics at the subnational level, discuss potential policy solutions and transatlantic cooperation opportunities, visit best practices in the region, and meet with local policymakers, business representatives, scientist, and other experts. A few virtual meetings will be part of the program as well. Besides general transatlantic topics, each exchange focuses on a core topic that is relevant on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2022, the focus will be on climate and energy and what values-based leadership should look like at state level in light of climate challenges. The results of this exchange will be summarized in the form of policy recommendations and will be shared with relevant decision-makers and institutions.
The second program year will take place in in Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, from May 10-14, 2022, and Trenton, New Jersey, from September 13-17, 2022. Each gathering will last five days including travel days. Travel, accommodation, and meals will be provided for the participants by the Aspen Institute Germany.
The project is supported by the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany, funded by the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi).
The program is open to members of all state legislatures from across the United States and Germany. From each nationality, seven participants will be selected to participate in the program on the basis of their interest, qualifications, availability, and suitability for the program. Candidates must be willing to commit to all aspects of the exchange. They are expected to take part in both portions of the program as well as in the virtual meetings and to actively engage in all discussions and the development of policy recommendations. The participants should be in some way engaged in climate and energy policies and have an interest in international exchange and building relationships with their counterparts across the Atlantic. All sessions and discussions will be conducted in English. German participants therefore need to have proficient English skills.
Applications are due by Monday, February 7, 2022. Interested candidates are asked to submit a current CV to Wiebke Wartenberg, Program Officer Transatlantic Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates will also be asked to participate in a short phone or Zoom interview to discuss motivation and expectations for participating in the program.
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