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INNOCRACY 2018 | The Next Democracy


Transforming Paradigms, Institutions and the Market

Thursday 28 June 2018
9.30am – 6.00pm
Kalkscheune, Berlin
Johannisstraße 2, 10117 Berlin

This was „Innocracy 2018: The next Democracy“


Discussion Paper of the Conference

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In the discussion paper „Beyond (this) Democracy“, Policy Fellow 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.

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About Innocracy 2018

Traditionally, the main focus of liberal democracies has been to provide the framework for citizens to lead “good lives”, often with an exclusive focus on material prosperity. Economic prosperity and social mobility were at the core of the “social contract” and helped to legitimise the post-War political system.

Today, the ecological crisis and rising inequality fundamentally challenge this long-lasting political focus. In addition, automation and digitisation have a transformative impact on the labour market and the social system. The rise of authoritarian and illiberal movements demonstrates the vulnerability of liberal democracy, as they attack fundamental values of liberal democracy and put into question collective identities.

These challenges are fundamental. They require new answers – democracy will not be saved by defending the status quo. Thus, to preserve the achievements of democracy, we will have to rethink society in all its aspects. Innocracy 2018 invites you to confront the systemic challenges democracy must overcome in order to survive.


Our thematic clusters




How must democratic institutions and structures change to serve citizens in times of fundamental transformation?





How can we re-integrate political and economic systems (i.e. democracy and capitalism) into the boundaries of our eco-system?





Which kind of governance does it take to make technological progress compatible with the “social contract”?





How can we create individual and collective identities that serve as drivers to build the next democracy?



Our Session Formats


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A facilitated workshop format which aims at working together on a question in a collaborative environment.

Duration: 1-1,5h


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A short, catchy stage presentation followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Duration: 0,5h


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A flexible dialogue format; You’re free to invite guests or have a discussion with the participants.

Duration: 1-1,5h


Are you interested in learning more about Innocracy? Would you like to support us? Then download this overview of the Conference!


We encourage next-generation thinkers and doers to apply and are looking forward to your ideas! In case of questions or remarks please contact us at:


The Democracy Lab deals with the topic of political participation of young people within the framework of the project „Democracy 2025: Demokratische Innovationen für eine Gesellschaft im Wandel“, supported by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth as part of the program „Demokratie leben!“.

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