Constructive News

Ulrik Haagerup


Born in 1963, Ulrik Haagerup is the Executive Director of News at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. Winning the Cavling Prize in 1990 and awarded The Order of the Dannebrog in 2012, Ulrik stays first of all a passionate journalist. He is an international public speaker on leadership and the author of the books A Good Idea – Did You Get It? (2004) and Constructive News: A Confrontation with the Negative Worldview of the Press (2012). In 2008 he was a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Journalism, and from 1994 – 2007 he was the Editor-in-Chief at Jyllands-Posten and NORDJYSKE Media. Prior to that, he was an investigative reporter and the Senior Managing Editor at Jyllands- Posten from 1986 – 1994. His education as a journalist includes being a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, in addition to furthering his education at INSEAD, IMD, the Stanford Research Institute, and Wharton.

InnoVatio Publishing AG


In the mid-80s it became clear that neither politics, finance, science nor culture alone held the solutions for sustainable growth. The concept of the “round” table was coined in 1985 in Switzerland before it became a political concept with the fall of the Berlin wall.

In Fribourg, InnoVatio as a publishing house offered not only authors a platform for their multi- stakeholder ideas, but also an intellectual home to managers in the form of future workshops. Private university concepts for Flensburg, Koblenz, Karvina or Witten were discussed and developed further. The technology parks in Dresden and Ostrava came into being. The cultural management academy, Kulturmanagement Akademie, for the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival opened its doors.

Between 1987 and 1990, thanks to its Swiss heritage, the publishing house was able to use opportunities for supporting alternative thinkers in East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Hungary which would have been impossible from West Germany.

After the fall of the Berlin wall, the significance of the media and the information they transmitted became ever more relevant. Accordingly, together with the Allensbach Institute for Public Opinion Research and academics from universities in Mainz, Dresden and Munich, the publishing house founded its own media research institute, Media Tenor. Initially only from Germany, and from 1996 internationally, data on the media’s influence on voter decisions, consumer decisions, share prices or vacation trends are continuously collected and made publicly available. The terror attacks in New York and Washington led to an additional focal point for the publishing house: Together with the World Economic Forum, and later with Prince Ghazi of Jordan, the C1 World Dialogue Foundation was founded in Basel, and engages the willingness of people to enter into dialogue with each other on various continents and, by means of concrete projects, provides documentation to schools, universities and the media in order to overcome stereotypes in teaching, research and mediation.

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