In a Nutshell
The Atlantic Community is the first online platform for transatlantic debate on key issues of international politics and globalization. We facilitate thought-provoking open discussion on the common challenges facing North America and Europe with daily commentary from policy experts, journalists and decision-makers.
The Atlantic Community operates under two guiding principles:
We intend to provide an arena for these discussions. The Atlantic Community will end the exclusivity of policy discussion and open the door to the next generation of thinkers and young leaders. We provide a collaborative sounding board where users can contribute to the debate 24 hours a day and actively engage in setting the transatlantic agenda.
The Open Think Tank Idea
The Atlantic Community not only functions as an author driven online magazine, but also as an open think tank. Community software allows users - senior policy makers and casual readers alike - to contribute solutions to the challenges discussed on the website. We target users of differing nationalities, cultures and backgrounds to achieve an unprecedented diversity of opinion and response in our Policy Workshop. We believe that the open think tank will level the playing field on policy opinion, producing a knowledge pool that will both empower the next generation and facilitate the informed decisions of our policy experts. This newly generated content generated by collective intelligence will result in a stronger and more sustainable transatlantic partnership based on a plurality of ideas: ideas that will be relayed to policy makers on both sides of the Atlantic through our Executive Summaries. We seek to constantly improve our ability to influence decision makers with the results of our debates.
The Atlantic Community was conceived in 2006 by the Atlantic Initiative, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Berlin and an office in Washington DC. Through their work on the website Global Agenda to revitalize the German foreign policy community, the founders of the Atlantic Initiative recognized the need for a new English-language venture that would strengthen transatlantic ties and reinforce the idea that today's transatlantic agenda is global. The Atlantic Community is supported by a start-up grant from the European Recovery Program fund of the German government's Ministry for Economics and Technology (BMWi), and with personal investment from founders Jan-Friedrich Kallmorgen and Dr. Johannes Bohnen.
Features of the Atlantic Community
The Issues section is the resource for all published material on the Atlantic Community and functions as an archive. Readers can access all past content through an index of terms, enabling comprehensive issue-specific searches: published discussions and responses appear with original articles and users can track the development of Atlantic Community topics.
The Policy Workshop is the centerpiece of the Atlantic Community. Opinion articles by weekly columnists (e.g. decision-makers, journalists and policy experts) prompt users to share their views and to argue the relative merits of proposed solutions. Guest writers contribute work on topics of current interest, taking a position on the issue with a short, concise op-ed style. The arguments of the most interesting debates will be presented in form of an Executive Summary, prepared by our editorial staff. Wherever possible, this collective intelligence will be distributed to decision makers. If members of the Atlantic Community have contributed to an Executive Summary, they will be named as an author in the memorandum.
The Context section of the Atlantic Community provides supplemental information to support informed community debate in the Policy Workshop. Editors select the relevant news and commentary and present it to readers: items from international think tanks, newspapers, and well-regarded journals. The future flagship feature of the Context section will be Executive Summaries, one-page reports that distill the ideas from Policy Workshop discussions into applicable solutions for opinion leaders and policy makers.
The Community section showcases the social networking features of the Atlantic Community. Here members can benefit from the expertise of other Atlantic Community members and establish real-world contacts. Members can also create more elaborate profiles which express their personal interests and professional areas of expertise. The Community section also features regular polls to help users get to know one another's opinions and better understand the demographics of those registered.
About the Atlantic Initiative
The Atlantic Initiative is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Berlin dedicated to advancing transatlantic cooperation. We believe that the challenges of the twenty-first century can only be overcome if Europe and North America work together.
We endeavor to:
In order to attain these goals, we operate on two basic levels:
1. Navigating International Relations
This unique dual service provides decision-makers with a key information source on the most pressing global issues and helps opinion leaders to analyze policy more effectively.
2. Strengthening Transatlantic Networks
For more information see www.global-agenda.org.
As a think tank, we monitor, analyze, and communicate current security, economic, and cultural matters, and seek to anticipate future developments. Our newest project, the Atlantic Community, is the first online platform for transatlantic debate on key issues of international politics and globalization.
The most current project of the Atlantic Initiative is the website Atlantic Community, which combines our two operating levels of navigation and networking. Using English as a lingua franca, this open think tank on global issues introduces part of the Global Agenda concept to an international audience - in particular the Global Must Reads. The Atlantic Initiative therefore connects transatlantic leaders - both active and future - and provides a platform for long-term relationships based on mutual trust.
The Atlantic Initiative was founded in 2004 by Dr. Johannes Bohnen and Jan Kallmorgen.
Advisory Board Members of the Atlantic Initiative
Founding Members of the Atlantic Initiative