Digitalisation enables new forms of collaboration and networking. Thanks to support from the Migros Pioneer Fund, the pioneering project Policy Kitchen from the think tank foraus – Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy is taking advantage of this fact by developing a politically independent innovation platform that is accessible to all, creating a low-threshold, location-independent participatory process. The potential of collective intelligence is used to develop constructive solutions outside established political mechanisms. In future, those interested – from ordinary citizens to organisations and experts – will be able to participate in the shaping of foreign policy issues and get involved in society. The resulting concrete recommendations for action are then discussed with decision-makers from all areas of society in order to make a targeted impact with the ideas from the “crowd”. foraus is supervising the participatory process using the platform as a tool.
Policy Kitchen also makes the open source software, the collected knowledge and the tested methods available to other organisations and offers them consulting for their implementation.