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.
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.