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Inspiration platform

Promoting co-creative work in politics and administration

For many citizens it appears as self-evident that governments make daily choices that influence our lives. Usually, governments are expected to improve the state of affairs. They are seen as administrators of public problems and their policies are seen primarily as strategies to solve these problems (Bason, 2014). Instead, however, political infrastructures are needed that are prepared for challenges that can only be solved through cooperation, tolerance and diversity.

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Increasing complexity and global trends put existing national decision-making and leadership structures to the test, while the demand upon public institutions for more transparency, participation, responsibility and communication is rising.

Not only is the role of citizens constantly changing; the role of politicians or civil servants, mayors and city councils is also affected. A “participatory citizenry”, which today is less involved in party politics and more in projects for the common good, is addressing new demands on the public sector that can no longer be tackled with existing instruments.

Living together in a globalized and digital world has brought about many changes and requires new approaches – also within politics and administration. In order to develop appropriate future-oriented strategies, it is necessary to generate creative ideas and fields of action to meet the changing needs of the design of politics and administration.

We, the Politics for Tomorrow initiative, are convinced that innovative methods placing human well-being at the center of public action can make a significant contribution to supporting a policy of cooperation and diversity. These approaches and methods are already successfully applied in the public sector worldwide (eg MindLab in Denmark, Nesta in the UK, GobLab Chile, La27région in France etc.). Together with public organizations, based on international know-how, we are developing new approaches to political processes and innovations in the public sector that focus on human well-being and civic participation. What is missing is the visibility of the effects and thus the legitimation of these methodological approaches in the German-speaking world.

In order to encourage interested people in politics and administration, we would like to present existing local examples of this work and German-language materials that describe concrete methods and procedures. With the support of the Hans Sauer Foundation and Heinrich Boell Foundation in cooperation with our project partners, the staatslabor (Switzerland) and the Innovation in Politics Institute (Austria), we plan to develop an inspiration platform in which innovative case studies from politics and administration in Germany, Austria and the Switzerland are collected and made visible to the public. These descriptions are supplemented by a bibliography and a tool kit of methods. The aim is to disseminate and promote innovative and co-creative methods of working and learning in the German-speaking world.

This German-language (online) knowledge resource can only be developed with your help! We are looking for:

  • People who apply co-creative approaches in the public sector (Human Centered Design such as Design Thinking or other creative or participatory formats)
  • People who know of or have already described cases in which co-creative work has been applied in politics and administration
  • People from politics and administration who want to use co-creative approaches in their work and are interested in supporting us in the development of the Inspiration Platform
  • We look forward to hearing from you! Please write to us at

Our dedicated team brings together many years of experience in design, organization, administration, politics, research and education. We are experts in the public sector, new learning approaches, sustainable innovation and Design Thinking. We use our interdisciplinary expertise in the areas of strategic design, organizational research, transdisciplinary research, organizational development and new learning in order to stimulate social change processes. Our realm of experience encompasses numerous collaborations, where we have worked in close cooperation with a network of experts from a wide range of disciplines.

With our projects, we want to promote the integration of creative resources in social learning processes and to work for sustainable transformation, which is developed and implemented interdisciplinarily, collectively and applicably at the interface between politics, civil society, science and business.