Raúl Krauthausen has been working in the internet and media world for more than 15 years, as a disability-rights activist, founder of the non-profit organization Sozialhelden (Social Heroes), communicator and Design Thinker. The web is his second home.
Raúl Krauthausen uses a wheelchair to get around. He was born in Peru, went to school in Germany, graduated from high school in 2001 and then worked at different multimedia agencies. In 2002 he began studying for a master’s degree in Communication at the Berlin University of the Arts.
In 2004 he founded the activists’ network Sozialhelden to call attention to social problems and to motivate people to change their way of thinking. His networks and projetcs like “Pfandtastisch helfen” and “Leidmedien.de” were awarded many prizes as did Raúl himself. In April 2013 Raúl Krauthausen was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit for his social engagement and in 2018 he received the Grimme Online Award for his “personal achievements”.
He has been an Ashoka Fellow since 2011 and has turned his focus to his work with his two nonprofit organizations, Sozialhelden and Ability Watch. In addition to his tasks in project management and strategic planning, he also represents the 15 current Sozialhelden projects and their goals to a wide audience.
He is a frequent speaker at a wide spectrum of events on topics that are important to him. Since 2015 he has had his own television talk show “KRAUTHAUSEN - face to face” in which he and his guests discuss inclusion and the arts. He has developed online video productions for, amongst others, ze.tt, ZDF, Sozialverband Deutschland and the Federal Agency for Civic Education. In addition he publishes a weekly newsletter with articles about inclusion and innovation. Since 2019 he has taken on the role of co-creator of a podcast within the Sozialhelden project “Die Neue Norm”.
Raúl Krauthausen is Germany’s best known spokesperson for inclusion. Standing up for his cause - humorous, inspirational and motivational – that’s Raúl Krauthausen as a keynote speaker.
- Social Activism with Playfulness and Passion instead of Pity and Pathos
- Making things happen: How the NGO “Sozialhelden” successfully does just that
- Accessible Projects: Developing Social Networks - without Time, without Money and without a Clue
- Tomorrow’s Network connecting Social Heroes with Pioneers
- Interacting with People with Disabilities in the Business World and Everywhere Else
- How Language and the Media Influence Society’s View of People with Disabilities