In its own projects and together with partners, it works primarily in the three areas of good governance, democratic public sphere and social cohesion. Good Governance: We support decision-makers of today and tomorrow, from international institutions to the municipal level. The Hertie Foundation provides ideas for reforms and a contemporary exchange between the state and its citizens. Democratic Public Sphere: Democracy needs controversy, but also respect for dissenters and the knowledgeable use of old and new media. We contribute to this with educational offers and events. Social Cohesion: The increasing polarization of society makes it more difficult to achieve the objective balance of interests without which a democracy cannot function. We support individuals and initiatives that counteract this.