Neue Arbeit - Neue Kultur Kiel e.V.

National Network

Neue Arbeit - Neue Kultur Kiel e.V.Fraunhoferstraße 13
24118 Kiel

+49 (0)431.59298570
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
Fields of Activity
  1. Democracy and community development
General Information
Neue Arbeit – Neue Kultur Kiel e.V. (NANK Kiel) is a non-profit association that was established in 2010 by Gerd Neuner and Dr. Hans Meves in Kiel, Germany. Currently, the board consists of the chairman (Gerd Neuner), the vice-chairman (Dr. Hans Meves), a treasurer (Peter Dohse) and a member for public relations (Jan Jankowski).The association has no paid staff. All members are working on a voluntary basis. The Association finances its activities through membership fees. (2013). In addition, NANK Kiel is financed by grants. Currently, the annual budget is currently approximately 15000 Euros. NANK Kiel has established an international network including partners from Germany (Weiterbildungsverbund KielRegion), Poland (University of Szczecin), Denmark (IBC – International Business College Kolding). The Association organizes international New Work and New Culture Workshops, lectures and presentations in order to achieve its disseminate its concepts and ideas. Moreover, the main activities include the preparation of funding applications.
Mission and Objectives

NANK Kiel aims at the creation of a new culture of work that is defined by social economy and community production. For this purpose, NANK Kiel developed a concept for Centers for New Work and New Culture (as shown in the annex). These centers shall be used as institutional structures that enable people from all kinds of society to define their own work culture and to experience their own strengths and talents. The idea is to develop small-scale, local work that creates jobs by providing the community with necessary goods and services to make people more independent from “classical” paid work. This concept is oriented towards the “New Work and New Culture” by Prof Frithjof Bergmann (University of Michigan, USA). New Work and New Culture seeks to replace the traditional wage labor system with flexible forms of work that are oriented towards the actual needs of the people.

Main Projects / Activities

Currently, NANK Kiel prepares the development of the Centers New Work and New Culture in Germany, Poland and Denmark. In this context, the association has submitted several funding applications for national and international funding programmes (e.g. EUSBSR Seed Money Facility; Bundesministerium für Forschung und Entwicklung: Ideenwettbewerb zum Auf- und Ausbau innovativer FuE-Netzwerke mit Partnern in Ostseeanrainerstaaten; Projektförderung: Stiftung für deutsch-polnische Zusammenarbeit). Moreover, NANK Kiel is currently working a funding application for the project support facility of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS). Among these activities, NANK Kiel and its international partners are expanding their national and international networks in order to raise the interest for their activities and to promote international and intercultural cooperation among European societies. The improvement of the concept for the Centers for New Work and New Culture is a third current field of work.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

NANK Kiel contributes new ideas and concepts for a new cultural understanding of work in Europe and beyond. The objectives of NANK Kiel are addressed to several fields of action of the ALF. Mainly “Education and Youth”, “Cities and Migration” and “Peace and coexistence” are in the focus. Work is a central part of life. The culture of work influences the well-being of the people and so it also affects on the social and cultural cohesion within societies. Especially in multi-cultural societies the issue of work may be a crucial factor for the peaceful coexistence. Moreover the members of the association are developing sustainable concepts for sustainable culture of work, production and consumption in both in rural and metropolitan areas and by that they are addressing issues of migration and sustainable development Thus, the organization can contribute to the peaceful development of the Euro-Mediterranean Region by promoting new and alternative education concepts for all kinds of society.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

NANK Kiel wants to participate in the ALF Network because the association currently is searching for other organizations that aim to improve the living conditions of people in Europe and the Mediterranean Region by developing sustainable concepts for sustainable culture of work, production and consumption NANK Kiel aims to learn what similarities exist between the regional working-cultures across Europe and the Mediterranean Countries and how current challenges in the context of work are being addressed in these countries. Moreover, NANK Kiel wants to establish better connections to the Mediterranean area in order to get new ideas and impulses for the concept of the Centers for New Work and New Culture and the development of the association. The Centers for New Work and New Culture shall help to improve the living conditions in European countries. This has become even more important, since the European refugee problem has intensified dramatically.

Contact (1) Full Name
Dr. Hans Meves
Head of the organisation
Gerd Neuner
Contact (2) Full Name
Jan Jankowski