Ralf Fücks is managing director of the Center for Liberal Modernity, following 21 years as president of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, the political foundation associated with the Greens. At the centre of his work were green economics and ecological innovation, migration, the future of Europe and international politics. Before that he was co-chair of the German Green Party (1989/90) and Senator of Environment and City Development in Bremen.
Fücks is considered a pioneer thinker, seeking cross-party discourse. He is an advocate for liberal ecology politics, focusing on innovation rather than prohibition. Of special importance to him is a dialogue with the business community, which he considers an invaluable actor of a “green industrial revolution”.
Fücks is a regular contributor to national and international media and co-author to numerous books. In 1991, he was editor of the book “Sind die Grünen noch zu retten?” (Is There a Future for the Green Party?). In 2013 his book “Intelligent Wachsen – Die grüne Revolution” (Smart Growth – The Green Revolution) was published in German, followed by English, Polish and Russian editions. His second book, “Freiheit verteidigen – wie wir den Kampf um die offene Gesellschaft gewinnen” (Defending Freedom – How We Can Win The Fight For An Open Society) is dealing with the challenge liberal democracy is facing at home and globally. In September 2019, the anthology “Soziale Marktwirtschaft ökologisch erneuern“ (“Greening the Social Market Economy”) was published by Fücks together with Thomas Köhler at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.
Intelligent wachsen – Die grüne Revolution (“Grow intelligently – The Green Revolution”), Hanser Verlag, Munich 2013; English translation: Green Growth, Smart Growth, Anthem Press, New York 2015
Freiheit verteidigen –Wie wir den Kampf um die offene Gesellschaft gewinnen (“Defending fredom –How we can win the fight for an open society”), Hanser Verlag, Munich 2017.