The Award

The Award


Implementation of beacon projects

The Leonardo Award honours organizations and individuals who, in the era of globalisation, devote their zeal and lifeblood to the search for innovative solutions to the daunting challenges in the field of learning, be it in a company, an organization or society.

They have all initiated projects with model character. In these projects the focus lies on the interplay between knowledge and learning in companies and society, as well as the importance for the lifestyle of individuals and the success of businesses.

The prize was awarded for the first time in 2010 to Professor Jacques Delors. Since 2012, the international Leonardo jury has now presented the award in three categories: "Thought Leadership", "Company Transformation" and "Crossing Borders". The overlaps between the categories are intentional, as multidimensionality, in the sense of the namesake Leonardo da Vinci, is understood as part of the holistic consideration of education.

"It's about the attitude!"

"In this day and age, we need more than smart tutorial programs", explains Leonardo Secretary Günther Szogs. The Leonardo Award is characterized by a revolutionary approach to the issue of knowledge, which does not shy away from necessary drastic changes in the communication of knowledge in companies, and at the same time takes into account specific cultural needs in the context of a European perspective. This approach is characterised by a brave procedure to reshape the relationship between all those involved in the knowledge and production process, whether participants in companies themselves, customers, suppliers or participants from society. Whether the realignment of energy policy, demographic change, or the wide differences in the economic strengths of various regions – dealing with all of these issues goes along with communicative dealing in companies – based on education that promotes insight. This approach to learning is reflected in the projects for which these distinguished personalities stand.

This concern of the Leonardo Award is today understood to be particularly important by many societal decision makers. "Although we only created the award a few years ago, it has been greeted with a very positive response" confirms Günther Szogs. This is confirmed by the support and patronage on various levels: From the city of Bonn with Lord Mayor Jürgen Nimptsch via the Federal Ministry of Education and Research under Federal Minister Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka or the International Centre for Vocational Education and Training (UNESCO-UNEVOC) and the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz.

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