Policy Kitchen is a policy crowdsourcing methodology developed by foraus – Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy. It enables a diverse network of thinkers to find creative 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 (e.g. science, government, international organizations, NPO, business). 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 are happy to help.
Since its launch in September 2018, more than 10 challenges have been carried out. Over 600 people from four continents have participated and have shared their valuable ideas.
The highlights are:
- A pilot challenge on biodiversity. The corresponding paper was published in autumn 2019, followed by a stakeholder event attended by high-profile panelists in Bern.
- The global challenge on «Inclusion in Artificial Intelligence», with workshops in 8 countries and a presentation at the AI for Good Global Summit. Results were published in a paper in autumn 2019 and presented at a multi-stakeholder event in Geneva.
- The list of demands on European digitisation policy developed by Policy Kitchen which was published by Polis180 and Ponto in spring 2019. They were further discussed with high-profile panelists in Berlin.
The Policy Kitchen Community consists of people from different interesting job sectors. Politicians, scientific experts, government officers, students and many more have come together to create better policies. Not only do they come from various sectors, but they are also people from all over the world and from varying generations.
We offer tools and many years of experience in participative processes – from physical workshops to international online communities. We are happy to support you in the conception and implementation of your participatory process. You can find our offer and references here. We look forward to hearing from you via this email.
Policy Kitchen is supported by Engagement Migros.