The new practice of public problem-solving

Award ceremony for the 2018 Dr. Michael Endres Prize to Anne-Marie Slaughter

For much of the 20th century, public problem-solving was synonymous with policymaking. Policymaking – top-down government analysis, decision and action – remains essential to solving public problems at scale. However, a new practice of public problem-solving is emerging, both in government and out. From the top-down, teams of engineers, designers and new thinkers in government are looking for existing solutions and hypothesizing possible approaches, starting small, testing, measuring and connecting. From the bottom up, social entrepreneurs and civic organisations are using the same tools and methods, drawing on human-centered design, new technologies, public-private collaboration and continuous adaptation.

Join us as we honour the 2018 Laureate, Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO of New America, and explore the elements of the new practice of public problem-solving. The prize will be awarded by jury chair Horst Köhler, former President of the Federal Republic of Germany. Afterwards, Kati Marton, journalist and author, and Thomas Bagger, Director of Foreign Policy, Office of the Federal President will join Slaughter in discussion, moderated by Henrik Enderlein, President, Hertie School.

The Dr. Michael Endres Prize of the Hertie School, a 50,000-euro research prize, honours distinguished academics whose work centres on topics within the spectrum of the Hertie School’s research and teaching, and who have helped bridge academic research and policymaking.

The prize is named for the long-time Chairman and current honorary Chairman of the Hertie Foundation’s Board of Trustees, Michael Endres, who was instrumental in founding the Hertie School in 2003 and who has helped guide its successful development since.

Laureate 2018

Anne-Marie Slaughter is currently the President and CEO of New America, a think tank and civic enterprise with offices in Washington and New York. She is also the Bert G. Kerstetter ‘66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–2011 she
served as director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Prior to her government service, Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002–2009 and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School from 1994-2002.


Kati Marton is an author and journalist.  She has published nine books and contributed as a reporter to ABC News, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal,  Vanity Fair, among others.  From 2001 to 2002 Kati Marton was Chief Advocate for the Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations. Marton has received numerous awards for her reporting, including a George Foster Peabody Award. She is currently working on a biography of Chancellor Merkel and serves as a trustee of Central European University and the American Academy in Berlin, founded by her late husband, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke.


Thomas Bagger is Director of Foreign Policy in the Office of the Federal President. From 2011 to 2017 he was Head of Policy Planning at the German Federal Foreign Office. From 2009 to 2011 he served as Head of the Foreign Minister’s Office in Berlin. His previous postings abroad included Washington DC, Ankara and Prague. He also worked as a speechwriter for Foreign Ministers Klaus Kinkel and Joschka Fischer. Before joining the Foreign Office in 1992, Bagger worked as a research associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Ebenhausen.


Henrik Enderlein is President and Professor of Political Economy at the Hertie School.