Volker Baisch

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2007


This profile was prepared when Volker Baisch was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
The New Idea
In a nation where men still struggle to spend quality time with their children and often grapple alone with what it means to be a father, Volker is transforming the way corporate culture and society understands and supports fatherhood. Through his organization, Vaeter e.V. (Fathers’ Association) and his corporate program, Dads—Fathers in Balance, Volker is empowering fathers both in and out of the work place. 
In corporations and businesses across Germany, Volker is introducing the concept of work-life balance and finding ways for companies to give their employees more flexible schedules and credit for the skills they learn as parents on paternity or maternity leave. Working with everyone from CEOs to junior staff, Volker is transforming corporate culture to support and celebrate fatherhood for the benefit of fathers, mothers, and children across the country.
Seeking to give men not only the freedom to embrace fatherhood, but also the skills and confidence to do so, Volker reaches out to society through media and speaking engagements, online communities, and Father Centers where men can gather to learn and socialize together, and with their children. Using a wide variety of outreach techniques from field trips, to celebrity-endorsed campaigns, to father-child classes and support groups, Volker is tackling the challenge from every angle and transforming fatherhood from an unattainable ideal to a real and fulfilling experience for men and their families across Germany.
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