On Tuesday, 28 November 2017, the Innocracy – Conference on Democratic Innovation took place at betahaus in Berlin. During the one-day conference, an international community of innovators, experts, academics, and politicians discussed and shared ideas on how to innovate and revive our democracy.

We are in a phase of systemic transition: from the post-war understanding of what a democracy is, and how it works, towards a different, deeper democracy. The conference sought to openly explore what the next steps for the remaking of democracy could be. In around 20 sessions, we explored three interconnected levels: new ideas and mental models; the remaking of structures; and the re-designing of processes.

During the day, speakers and session hosts from more than 10 countries shared their insights and expertise. The objective of the conference was to discuss how our democracies can adapt to changes and respond to socio-economic, cultural, technological and ecological transformations. Maja Göpel, Secretary General of the German Advisory Council on Global Change, opened the conference with a keynote speech, whilst Robert Misik, Austrian author and journalist, closed the conference with an endnote.

The conference was organised by the Democracy Lab, of the independent and Berlin-based think tank Das Progressive Zentrum in the context of the project „Democracy 2025 – Democratic innovations for a changing society“. The Democracy Lab offers a space for creative, interdisciplinary and international exchange on the topic of democratic innovation.

Conference on Democratic Innovation

Tuesday, 28 November 2017
9.30am to 6pm, followed by snacks and drinks

Registration starts at 9am.

4th floor at betahaus
Prinzessinnenstraße 19-20, 10969, Kreuzberg, Berlin


The Programme Booklet has been uploaded here.

The final programme on page can be found here.

Please find here more information on the formats and the background of the conference

Please find here the Call for Ideas for the Conference. More than 50 people applied to present their ideas and projects at the Conference, 11 were chosen to participate.

About the organisers

The Democracy Lab of Das Progressive Zentrum works on the topic of populism in the context of the project „Democracy 2025: Democratic innovations for a changing society“, supported by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) as part of the Federal Programme „Demokratie leben!“. The Democracy Lab offers a space for creative, interdisciplinary and international exchange on the topic of democratic innovation.