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we-magazine special: FutureChallenges

FutureChallenges, our third edition of we-magazine, is dedicated to, a new open online platform. is about the most important issues of our time, global megatrends, like climate change, migration, scarcity of resources, globalization … and especially the way they interconnect, reflect and magnify one another which will be decisive in shaping our common future.

So why did WE decide to dedicate this issue to FutureChallenges?

For us it is of the utmost importance that an institution like the Bertelsmann Stiftung is finally reaching out to the Web, that they embrace abundance and let the network set the agenda! Their goal is to build a highly connected virtual space based on the principles of participation, transparency and openness. is definitely a step in the right direction – WE will follow its path and see how it becomes more open and social.

WE are very proud to introduce an incredible line-up of authors – just to name a few: Peter Kruse, Hans Rosling, George Siemens, John Hagel III, Peter Spiegel, Isaac Mao, Emer Beamer and many more …

The magazine at a glance is here, the PDF is free for download:

we-magazine 03 – FutureChallenges

As a little insight, WE wants to leave you with a note from Paul Morland, our 24/7 indefatigable copyeditor. A note he dropped to one of the Bertelsmann team members right after finishing his work on we-magazine:

“At nearly one on Sunday evening I now feel I can pour myself another stiff drink and wind down a little from the three non-stop hours spent with Ulrike on the other end of the phone who was furiously typing the last and final English corrections I made into the proofs of the magazine before it goes to press. It’s always amazing how many little errors can creep and sneak their way in – like malicious live things – into what you might consider at first glance as nicely done and dusted.

The past few weeks spent working on the texts have been a really rewarding time for me partly because – frankly speaking – it’s a big change for me to be working at the start of something that might actually move and make a difference: too much of my work is focused on stuff that disappears in gated communities where the translator is held to be about as important as the typesetter – the very last link in the food chain. But not only that – the human clay we’re dealing with is also much more interesting and so sticks in the memory.

I particularly enjoyed your comments which clearly showed that you were not a born-in-the-cradle internet geek but were having difficulties climbing the “learning curve” as the jargon puts it. Such a note of candor is so refreshing and important too in a high-caliber project that is supposed more to include than exclude the “non-experts” of which obviously I am one. The internet might be indispensable for my work – what home reference library can replace its resources? – but I am far from blogging and logging and browsing and rousing!!”

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