Impact & Innovation Lab

To meet the demands of a changing political environment, think tanks must develop new approaches to analyzing, advising, and communicating international policy. Resources and knowledge from all sectors of society must be brought together to develop viable policy solutions to global challenges. With this in mind, we launched the Impact & Innovation Lab in 2017 to share ideas and foster innovation in the think tank landscape.

Our mission

The Impact & Innovation Lab is a learning and experimentation space for new approaches to policy consulting and advocacy. We advise think tankers on how to develop their working methods in a co-creative, people-centered, and impact-oriented way. We support the DGAP in organizational, product and staff development. In doing so, we are guided by the question: What skills, processes and products do we need to create added value in the democratic political process?

Our activities

We combine foreign policy expertise with process competence and creative methods in order to provide the best possible support for those responsible in policy, business and civil society in finding impact-oriented solutions. To this end, we initiate pilot projects, moderate workshops and design processes in which people can contribute their ideas and new things can emerge. Our work is inspired by design thinking, art of hosting, systemic organizational development, art, video games, intercultural and scientific communication, among others.

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Past events

Official Visual of the OTT Conference
10:00 | 20 - 22 Apr 2021

Think Tanks and Change

On Think Tanks Conference 2021 in Partnership with DGAP (Online)
13:00 - 14:00 | 13 Apr 2021

Virtuelle Machtspiele

Chancen und Risiken von Videospielen für die Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik
DGAP Regionalforum München
Web Talk
Creative Bureaucracy
10:00 - 12:00 | 01 Oct 2020

"Games for Impact"

Videospiele für die politische Kommunikation nutzen
Think Tank Veranstaltung
Web Talk