Andreas Heinecke

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Andreas Heinecke
Born (1955-12-24) 24 December 1955 (age 68)
OccupationSocial entrepreneur & Academic
Known for

Andreas Heinecke is a social entrepreneur and the creator of Dialogue in the Dark. He is the first Ashoka Fellow for Western Europe[1] and a Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship Global Fellow.[2] He is also the founder of Dialogue Social Enterprise and an honorary professor and Chair of Social Business at the EBS University of Business and Law, Wiesbaden, Germany.[3]


Heinecke was an active Osher Fellow of the Exploratorium, a science and technology museum in San Francisco, from February to March 2019. [4]

Social entrepreneurship[edit]

Dialogue in the Dark was launched in Frankfurt in 1988. Since then, numerous Dialogue in the Dark exhibitions and business workshops have evolved worldwide and are established independently through a social franchise system. More than 9 million visitors and participants have taken part.[5] In 1997, Dialogue in Silence was created as a complimentary experience to Dialogue in the Dark, during which participants, in total silence, discover a repertoire of non-verbal expressions with the help of hearing-impaired guides and trainers.

In 2009, Heinecke founded Dialogue Social Enterprise GmbH to establish an umbrella corporation for current and future projects, the latest one being Dialogue with Time, created together with his wife Orna Cohen and opened in Israel in August 2012. The exhibition guides are seniors of 70 years old and up, allowing visitors to enter into a dialogue of generations and experience aging.

Heinecke is working towards integrating his "Dialogue in the Dark" project in business school education for imparting social literacy. As described in a concept paper by Heinecke "our objective is to not only rethink business education: it is also to redesign business behavior. It is also to change the understanding towards people who are marginalized by society, specifically those with disabilities. Dialogue Social Enterprise focuses on the potential rather than deficit, ability rather than disability and is a real-time example of an inclusive world. It is our endeavor to leverage this model to help other key stakeholders in society to bring inclusivity in their thinking and bring about a transformation of business behavior."


  • In 1998, Stevie Wonder Vision Award in New York[6]
  • In 2004, Best Practice in Universal Design in Tokyo[7]
  • In 2005, First Ashoka Fellow in Western Europe[8]
  • In 2006, Deutscher Unternehmerpreis (Category Sustainable Entrepreneurship)[9]
  • In 2007, Outstanding Global Social Entrepreneur by the Schwab Foundation, Geneva[2]
  • In 2008, Member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Social Entrepreneurship[10]
  • In 2009, Global Award Winner for the best Innovative and out-of-comfort-zone event by the YPO[11]
  • In 2009, Dragon Award for the category “Business with Conscience”, Dalian[12]
  • In 2011, Deutscher Gründerpreis in Berlin[13]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Heinecke, Andreas (1990): Das Ostjudentum im Werk von José Orabuena. Frankfurt am Main: Lang (Europäische Hochschulschriften Reihe 1, 1182)[14]
  • Heinecke, Andreas (2007): Public-Private-Partnership, öffentlicher Dienst und soziales Unternehmertum. Chancen und Risiken. In: Achleitner, Ann-Kristin (Ed.): Finanzierung von Sozialunternehmern. Konzepte zur finanziellen Unterstützung von Social Entrepreneurs. Stuttgart: Schäffer-Poeschel (Handelsblatt-Bücher), pp. 160–167[15]
  • Heinecke, Andreas (2008): Jenseits der Dinge. Zur Gegenständlichkeit des Immateriellen. In: Deutsche Arbeitsschutzausstellung; Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin (Ed.): Szenografie in Ausstellungen und Museen. Essen: Klartext, pp. 18–27[16]
  • Heinecke, Andreas (2009): Dialogue in the Dark. In: Earl Steele, Philip; Obem, Anna; Starzyńska, Dorota (Ed./Ashoka Publication): Creating Change. Innovations in the World of Disability. Warschau, Friends of Integration Association, pp. 46–51,[17]
  • Heinecke, Andreas (2009): Dialog im Dunkeln – Ausstellungen als soziale Unternehmen. In: Rousseau, Manuela und Reifurth, Katharina: Fundraising- Management, Methoden und Instrumente. KMM Hamburg. Institut für Kultur- und Medienmanagement p. 252-262[18]
  • Co-author and led by Heinecke (2011): The Social Investment Manual A Guide for Social Entrepreneurs[19]
  • Co-author and led by Heinecke (2012): Governance of Social Enterprises A guidebook to corporate governance of social enterprises[20]
  • Heinecke, A., (2012), Why Can You Not Do Good and Earn Well? Social Entrepreneurs Caught in a Moral Conflict, in Corporate Governance in the New Normal, SID Conference Paper[21]
  • Heinecke, A. & Mayer, J. (2012), Strategies for Scaling in Social Entrepreneurship, in: Social Entrepreneurship and Social Business, Volkmann C., Tokarski K.O., Ernst, K. (Editors), 191-209[22]


  1. ^ "Andreas Heinecke | Ashoka | Innovators for the Public". Ashoka. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  2. ^ a b "Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship - Profiles". Archived from the original on 2011-08-09. Retrieved 2012-10-12.
  3. ^ "Honorarprofessur für Social Business". Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  4. ^ "Dr. Andreas Heinecke | Exploratorium".
  5. ^ "Dialogue SE". Retrieved 2024-02-13.
  6. ^ "History of Dialog In The Dark". Archived from the original on 2013-01-21.
  7. ^ "Andreas Heinecke博士来深参加DID研讨会_猎头中国有限公司-行业领先的知名猎头公司-国际化人才猎头服务". Archived from the original on 2017-04-26. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  8. ^ "The Ashoka Globalizer | Ashoka | Everyone a Changemaker".
  9. ^ "Business & Social Enterprise (BZSE)". 2014-10-17. Archived from the original on 2017-04-26. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  10. ^ "Social iCon 2009". Archived from the original on 2012-10-24. Retrieved 2012-11-28.
  11. ^ "Philosophie Management". Philosophie Management. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  12. ^ "Andreas Heinecke, CEO, Dialogue Social Enterprise, wins the Dragons A…". Archived from the original on 2013-01-31.
  13. ^ "Deutscher Gründerpreis: Suchergebnisse". Archived from the original on 2013-02-10.
  14. ^ "Das Ostjudentum im Werk von José Orabuena - Bücher nach Sprachen - Peter Lang Verlagsgruppe". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2012-11-29.
  15. ^ "Public-Private-Partnerships : öffentlicher Dienst und soziales Unternehmertum - Chancen und Risiken - EconBiz". Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  16. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2012-11-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-06-11. Retrieved 2012-11-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ "Forum Alpbach: Who is Who". Archived from the original on 2013-01-14.
  19. ^ "The Social Investment Manual | Forum:Blog | the World Economic Forum". Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-11-29.
  20. ^ Achleitner, Ann-Kristin; Heinecke, Andreas; Mayer, Judith; Noble, Abigail; Schöning, Mirjam (2012). "The Governance of Social Enterprises: Managing your Organization for Success". doi:10.2139/ssrn.2018937. SSRN 2018937.
  21. ^ "Why Can You Not Do Good and Earn Well? Social Entrepreneurs Caught in a Moral Conflict | Forum:Blog | The World Economic Forum". Archived from the original on 2013-04-14.
  22. ^ Social Entrepreneurship and Social Business - An | Christine K. Volkmann. Springer. 25 April 2012. ISBN 9783834927293. Retrieved 2017-04-25.