Democracy is in need of inspiration, interconnectedness, and courage, as well as space for questioning, reimagination and passionate discussion. Das Progressive Zentrum’s Democracy Lab offers this kind of space – for a creative, interdisciplinary and international exchange of questions on democratic innovation. The Democracy Lab’s goal is to develop approaches which can respond to the liberal democracy’s crisis. Our aim is to equip liberal democracies with changeable, and therefore sustainable approaches, ideas and procedures.
The Lab operates as a platform and networking space, accommodating various interdisciplinary projects, with the aim of developing concrete ideas and practical proposals for the future of democracy. Within the Lab we will analyse and research, discuss and create together. It will serve as a space for experimentation and solutions. The projects will be formed in cooperation with our partner organisations with the main goal of bringing together young experts, practitioners and activists from all divisions of society.
Policy fellow Katarzyna Anna Klimowicz evaluates a new phenomenon on the political scene in Europe: network parties. This paper identifies common features of network parties by looking at best practices and characteristics, especially in the organisational structure and political programmes.
In his discussion paper “Beyond (this) democracy — seven sketches towards a new democratic purpose”, Hanno Burmester explores the current crisis of our political system and challenges established perspectives on democracy. He argues that what it takes to both solve the crises and revitalise democracy is the re-definition of a 21st-century democratic purpose and a radical, transformative approach to politics.
“The question is not how to stop the populists, but how to strengthen liberal democracy”
On Monday, 28 May, Das Progressive Zentrum hosted a roundtable with two internationally renowned scholars, Peter Hall and Cas Mudde. To discuss populist politics, its effects on social cohesion and the future of liberal democracy, they were be joined by two experts on democracy: Marieluise Beck and Hedwig Richter. The event was chaired by foreign policy expert Constanze Stelzenmüller.
Roundtable on: Populist politics, its effects on social cohesion and the future of liberal democracy
Das Progressive Zentrum will host a roundtable with two internationally renowned scholars, Peter Hall and Cas Mudde. To discuss populist politics, its effects on social cohesion and the future of liberal democracy, they will be joined by two experts on democracy Marieluise Beck and Hedwig Richter. The event is chaired Constanze Stelzenmüller and will be streamed live on our Facebook page.
On 28 June, the Democracy Lab of Das Progressive Zentrum will host the second Innocracy – Conference in Berlin.
Laura-Kristine Krause lays out four paths towards implementing and seizing the opportunities of digital democracy in Germany.
On Tuesday, 28 November over 100 participants as well as 28 Session Hosts and Speakers from ten different countries gathered at betahaus in Kreuzberg, Berlin, to exchange ideas and learn about concrete projects on how to innovate democracy.
This was the post to watch the live broadcast of INNOCRACY. You may watch the individual sessions of INNOCRACY on the main stage from 1 December 2017 onwards. Please return to this page.
On Tuesday, 13 December, an expert discussion took place at Das Progressive Zentrum with the populism experts Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser and Nicole Loew.
For the INNOCRACY Conference on Democratic Innovation on 28 November 2017, we gave you the opportunity to present your project or idea in the field of democratic innovation as a session host.
Please note that this Call for Ideas is closed. Thank you to everyone who applied with their ideas and projects. We selected 11 projects out of over 50 applications to participate in the Conference on Democratic Innovation.
The Democracy Lab, a project launched in April 2017 within “Das Progressive Zentrum”, presents its first Discussion Paper. It focuses on the reasons why we need better democratic institutions, more flexible and agile processes, and new mental models to adapt our democratic system to the current challenges of the 21st century. The paper essentially calls for a debate on the architecture of liberal democracy.
On April 27th we celebrated the opening of the Democracy Lab. In the offices of Das Progressive Zentrum, circa 50 guests from the fields of politics, civil society and the media discussed what the future of democracy should be like.