Policy Kitchen

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Policy Kitchen is a policy crowdsourcing method developed by foraus - Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy,

built on a digital innovation platform and physical workshops, so called Policy Cooking Days.

It enables a diverse network of thinkers to collaboratively generate bottom-up policy recipes for pressing global challenges.

The process is public, anyone can contribute. We launch our first campaign on biodiversity this September.

We aim to connect the global network of open think tanks and other actors on Policy Kitchen and thus enable large-scale transnational collaboration on issues with a multilateral scope.

This will be an important step to strengthen democratic participation in international policy making.

The code for Policy Kitchen is made available as open source software for other actors willing to use participative methods in their respective domains.

Click here to visit the Policy Kitchen platform!


    Policy Kitchen generates policy recipes in 5 steps:

  •   Cut -Raw ideas are generated at Policy Cooking Events and online by the crowd

  •   Mix - Ideas are collaboratively refined on the platform, author teams are consolidated

  •   Fry -The best ideas are selected by the crowd and a high-level jury

  •   Simmer - Selected ideas are developed into full form policy recipes with the help of experts

  •   Serve - The policy recipes are served to decision-makers and the public with events, media work and other channels for maximum policy impact

Biodiversity refers to the variety of living organisms, species and ecosystems found on our planet. High levels of biodiversity provide crucial services to human societies. However, indicators show accelerating rates of decline in biodiversity since the 1970s. Biodiversity is a genuinely international issue highly relevant to foreign policy. We tackle this challenge from three angles: Global governance, trade and development cooperation.

Cook with us at one of the following Policy Cooking Days:

  • Lausanne: Saturday, 15. September, 14-18h @ Espace Dickens, Avenue Charles Dickens 6, 1006 Lausanne
  • Genf: Tuesday, 2. October, 17-20h @  Grenus Voisins – Coworking café, Place de Grenus 4, 1201 Genève
  • Berlin: Friday/Saturday, 5./6.October @ IAC Berlin
  • Basel: Thursday, 11. October, 17-20h @ Unternehmen Mitte, Gerbergasse 30, 4001 Basel
  • Zurich:Saturday, 13. October, 14-18h @ GZ Schindlergut, Kronenstrasse 12, 8006 Zürich
  • Liechtenstein: Saturday, 20. October, 10am-12pm @ Raum H6, Universität Liechtenstein, Fürst-Franz-Josef-Strasse, 9490 Vaduz
  • Bern: Thursday, 25. October, 17-20h @ Theaterplatz 2, 3011 Bern

We welcome participants from multiple sectors and multiple levels - no need to be an expert. The Policy Cooking Days will be held in English and either German or French. Participation is free and includes snacks and drinks after each session.

Register now!

Or share your ideas directly on the Policy Kitchen platform! 

Policy Kitchen wird ermöglicht durch Engagement Migros, dem Förderfonds der Migros-Gruppe.

Get in touch with us and let us know your ideas for an exciting and global challenge!

Core Team

Jonas Nakonz

Project Lead 



Eduardo Belinchon

Digital Innovation Manager


Ronya Alev