Policy Kitchen is a policy crowdsourcing methodology developed by foraus – Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy. It enables a diverse network of thinkers to co-create policy recipes to pressing foreign policy challenges. The methodology is built on a crowd innovation platform, physical workshops, and a support process to bring the best recipes to impact.
Policy Kitchen is public and allows for bottom-up participation in the political process. Any person, irrespective of background or location, can participate and contribute ideas. To ensure a high level of expertise, we partner with experts and professionals of various sectors (science, government, international organizations, NPO, business, etc). Collaborations with the Open Think Tank Network and other partners allow us to scale participation internationally.
The code for Policy Kitchen is made available as open source software. We encourage and support other actors in using participative methods in their respective domains. Contact us, we’re happy to help.
Policy Kitchen is supported by Engagement Migros.
Selected Policy Kitchen challenges
Pilot challenge on Biodiversity in fall 2018: In 7 workshops across Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany, more than 100 participants generated 43 Ideas. 5 ideas were chosen by a jury consisting of Pascale Baeriswyl (State Secretary, FDFA), Kurt Fluri (MP, Liberal Party), Alice Glauser (MP, Swiss People’s Party) and Adèle Thorens (MP, Green Party), Renat Heuberger (CEO Southpole), Thomas Vellacott (CEO WWF Switzerland), Eva Zabey (Director Redefining Value, WBCSD) as well as Florian Egli (Vice President of foraus). The ideas were presented to the Swiss Delegation to the COP-14 on Biodiversity. A final publication is expected in fall 2019.
The challenge “Towards a Swiss AI Strategy” (winter 2018/19) aimed at generating inputs for the Swiss Federal Working Group on AI. In collaboration with swissnex San Francisco and Microsoft, 3 workshops were held in Switzerland and San Francisco. 68 participants representing youth, industry, policy makers, academia, and civil society generated 38 ideas for the working group. A summary can be found here.
For our first global challenge “Towards an inclusive future in AI” (spring 2019), workshops were held in Bangalore, Berlin, Boston, Geneva, Jaipur, Paris, San Francisco, São Paulo, Seoul and Vienna. Partners include the swissnex Network, the Open Think Tank Network, AI Commons as well as the Berkman Klein Center and Wadhwani AI. More than 90 participants generated 43 ideas. The ideas were first presented at the UN conference AI for Good Global Summit. An advisory board consisting of Jonathan Andrew (Geneva Academy), Amir Banifatemi (XPRIZE, AI Commons), Jessica Cussins Newman (UC Berkeley, Future of Life Institute, The Future Society), Jan Gerlach (Wikimedia), Brandie Nonnecke (CITRIS Policy Lab, UC Berkeley), Malavika Jayaram (Digital Asia Hub & Berkman Klein Center) and Livia Walpen (Swiss Federal Office of Communications) will review the ideas and guide the final publication.
About Policy Kitchen
Video message from Policy Kitchen workshop on AI in Zurich to San Francisco
Interviews at the Policy Kitchen workshop in São Paulo, Brazil
Idea upload at the Winter School for Think Tankers in Geneva, Switzerland
Issue mapping at swissnex São Paulo, Brazil
Idea upload with Bosch Alumni Network and Polis180, Berlin, Germany
Expert input by Alpan Raval (Wadhwani AI) at swissnex Bangalore, India
Idea pitch with Bosch Alumni Network and Polis180, Berlin, Germany
Expert input by Amir Banifatemi (XPRIZE, AI Commons) at the AI For Good Global Summit 2018, Geneva, Switzerland
Idea pitch with Ponto at the Swiss Embassy in Vienna, Austria
Informal conversations with Uli Sigg (former Ambassador) in Zurich, Switzerland
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