Democracy Lab Final Report

Transformation instead of innovation

Summary

After two years, the Democracy Lab presents its final report on the future of democracy.

In April 2017, we launched the Democracy Lab. The Lab is a space within the independent think tank Das Progressive Zentrum dedicated to the future of democracy and democratic innovation. We created the Democracy Lab as a place for thinkers and doers to gather, network and think about new ideas for politics and civil society. Our mission from the start was to rethink on a fundamental level what a democratic state and society have to offer. We were not interested in restricting ourselves to small procedural innovations but to think beyond the existing framework: transformation instead of innovation

A big thank you to our supporters

We’d like to thank the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) for their support.

The Democracy Lab continues

The Democracy Lab will continue its work in 2020 – stay tuned for more details!

Authors

Hanno Burmester

Policy Fellow
Hanno was a Policy Fellow at Das Progressive Zentrum until October 2021, where he worked primarily on the future of democracy. With his consulting company unlearn, he advises DAX corporations, medium-sized companies and public institutions on the cultural side of digitalization.
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Paulina Fröhlich

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Content

Summary
Authors

Hanno Burmester

Policy Fellow

Paulina Fröhlich

Head of Resilient Democracy

We develop and debate progressive ideas and bring together leading actors who turn thoughts into action. Our think tank’s goal: making the just transformation a reality. ▸ Learn more