Democracy and participation, Communities

European Glass Bead Game


Who is behind this?

Lot Vegter

Institute for Social Innovation


Who is joining forces?

Impact Lab: platform for social entrepreneurship, leadership and social innovation


Nieuwplaatz: art collective and cultural incubator


Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

Connecting policymakers, decisionmakers, artists, citizens and scientists via the Glass Bead Game. Inspired by Hermann Hesse's novel 'Das Glasperlenspiel' (1943). A profound and interactive game for adressing societal issues interdisciplinairy.

Where will your idea take place?

Leiden, Netherlands. We invite five participants from this call to co-host one game.

Why does Europe need your idea?

By connecting local initiatives and European democratic issues, know how is spread. We will facilitate a European Changemakers Community on designing a New European Democracy. This call can be the start of something bigger. The impact of the game can only be defined by intention: Connect Europe.

What is your impact?

There will be a Community of Practice that wil gather online and live, playing the Glass Bead Game. Practical tools are shared on how to transform democracy. And facilitators will be educated on how to facilitate the game locally.

How do you get there?

The essence of the game is that the design is never finished. We share a blueprint, framework and a set of rules. We will play five games in Nl and Europe. Each game consists of three rounds where glass beads connect a chain of innovative ideas on a specific issue. The power of the game is that it speaks to the imiganiation and anyone can make it their own, depending on the democratic challenge that is faced.

What is your story?

Stimulating ownership, being mindful of abundance and facilitating innovative projects is our passion. Co-creation, dare to innovate, share dreams and stimulate creative and inspired action brings positive change to Europe.

Who are you doing it for?

You, me and us.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

What an amazing amount of idea's!!! I invite you all to Leiden, Netherlands! Please feel welcome to reach out and connect and play the Glass Bead Game!


Lot Vegter

guido enthoven



Idea created on Jan. 18, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 23, 2018

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