Democracy and participation

The European Network of Democratic Innovators


Who is behind this?

Sophie Pornschlegel

Das Progressive Zentrum


Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

Representative democracy is under pressure in Europe. Beyond sharing challenges, European countries also host a number of inspiring innovators with ideas on improving democratic structures & processes. In order to connect and combine their strength, we want to establish a long-lasting community of democratic innovators (eg. activists, researchers, social entrepreneurs). Our efforts will help boost their potential, pool knowledge and provide a platform for sharing best practices.

Where will your idea take place?

Berlin, Germany
Bochum, Germany
Warsaw, Poland

Why does Europe need your idea?

With knowledge & skill-sharing, our objective is to empower innovative civil society initiatives and thus increase the impact of their own work. We will also connect them to political decision-makers in order to implement concrete measures to innovate political processes and structures from within.

What is your impact?

Democratic innovators will be more efficient & impactful in their countries as they are part of a European network (esp. East-West). The created connections will carry on beyond our work. Political decision-makers will acknowledge the value of democratic innovations to revive democracy.

How do you get there?

Building on our network from “Innocracy - Conference on Democratic Innovation”, we will map democratic innovators in Europe, organise 3 topic-specific co-creation workshops (Bochum, Berlin, Warsaw) and build an online platform as a resource for knowledge sharing and personal connections. With a combination of research, networking and expertise-sharing, we create rooms that empower the growing network of democratic innovators.

What is your story?

In our work in the Democracy Lab, we see many innovative ideas that lack the resources to be impactful - we want to change that. We believe that democratic innovations are the path to strengthening democracy & making it more resilient.

Who are you doing it for?

We want to address both civil society organisations and political decision-makers with our formats and information. We especially want to support initiatives from countries where the democratic rule is currently directly threatened.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Reach out – get feedback, ideas and inspiration from the Advocate Europe Community! We would crowdsource proposals for initiatives you would like to see be part of the network - and on what topic the first meeting of the network should focus on (digital democracy, electoral processes, etc.)


Sophie Pornschlegel


Idea created on Jan. 15, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 16, 2018

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