At bUm, a physical space for a dedicated civil society – which is a joint project of betterplace, a platform for donations, and the social association KARUNA – the event brought together about 40 sponsors and friends of the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management as well as alumni of the WHU, the Haniel Foundation and the Hertie School, this year's academic partner.
After a brief welcome by Peter Kreutter (WHU Foundation), Florinn Bareth (bUm) presented the development history and the goals of bUm. Stephan Peters (betterplace lab) then gave insights into the work of the betterplace academy, a free online learning platform that provides training formats on digital topics for social organisations.
The main lecture by Gerhard Hammerschmid presented the research focus of the Centre for Digital Governance. The Centre develops a European governance approach to the digitisation of public administrations. To achieve this, the Centre combines evidence-based analyses of digitisation phenomena with findings from good governance and normative standards. It pursues an interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral and cooperative approach from a global perspective.