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Creative Bureaucracy Festival

This year the Creative Bureaucracy Festival was held for the first time and the GDL was one of its partners. The goal was to unite public-sector innovators with individuals to share best-practice examples from differents fields of work and inspire new ideas. Subject areas covered issues such as education, health, transport, work, security and housing. The overaching topic included digitalisation, transparency, participation and trust. Around 1200 Guests showed up to listen to 165 exceptional speakers from all over the world. The event formats differed from traditional panel discussion to more innovative and inclusive formats.

GDL members Julia Kloiber and Nicola Forster were there with an Open Situation Room tackeling the topic: Co-creating ideas for digital government challenges The Open Situation Room (“OSR”) format was created to tap into the capacities of innovative thinkers and doers from different walks of life to tackle problems and to mobilise the problem-solving resources of broader sections of the public. Gathered around the table were not only senior officials as in a traditional situation room, but also young entrepreneurs, academics, designers, artists or social activists. 

Pictures of the event were taken by: Robert Schlesinger, Copyright

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Julia Kloiber

Julia is an activist who is passionate about growing open communities.

She works as a project lead for the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany and as a consultant for The Engine Room. Julia has been running multiple community projects that foster the reuse of open data. Code for Germany, her latest project in collaboration with Code for America, is a civic tech community with 25 labs and more than 350 members across Germany.

Julia leads open data projects in close collaboration with companies and governments alike. In 2015, she co-organised the international Code for All Summit in New York, a two-day conference that brought together leading experts and practitioners in civic tech. Earlier this year she kicked off a prototype fund for civic tech projects in collaboration with Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Nicola Forster

Nicola Forster is the Founding President of the Swiss crowdsourced think tank foraus (Forum Aussenpolitik) as well as a social entrepreneur and public sector innovator. He is a co-founder of the political movement Operation Libero, the German grass-roots think tank Polis180, several foraus spinoffs around the globe, the staatslabor as well as the Global Diplomacy Lab. With his innovation consultancy crstl.io, Nicola advises different foundations, international think tanks and foreign ministries on creative formats and strategic innovation. He is the Founding Curator of the Global Shapers Bern Hub (World Economic Forum) and sits on the boards of the WEF Open Forum Davos, Fondation Science et Cité (as Vice President), Law and Economics Club as well as Foundation Jean Monnet pour l’Europe. Nicola is a Swiss Ashoka Fellow and Mercator Fellow. He has been ranked among the top 99 foreign policy leaders under 33 by The Diplomatic Courier. Nicola regularly contributes to Swiss and international media and is a frequent keynote speaker, panelist and moderator (e.g. with the Open Situation Rooms design thinking format).


Nicola holds a degree in law (lic.iur./MLaw) and has studied in Zurich, Montpellier and Lausanne. He is currently based in New York, Berlin and Switzerland and has lived in a wide range of countries, including Ethiopia, Russia, Australia and Belgium.

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