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Publically crowd-source solutions

Foreign policies challenges by Policy Kitchen

Foraus is a Swiss Think Tank that shapes foreign policy through the promotion of open dialogue and informed decision making. With Open Social they built Policy Kitchen, an innovative online community platform to enable a diverse network of thinkers to find creative policy recipes to press foreign policy challenges. 

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“The Open Social platform, and especially the ideation feature we’ve built on top of it, is disrupting the way we create bottom-up policy advice in an international network of ‘open think tanks’. We’re very happy with the collaboration so far and look forward to a future where global challenges are solved by a connected global civil society.”

– Jonas Nakonz, Lead Policy Kitchen, Foraus

foraus’ Challenges
Foster Participatory Policy-making

Enable participation
foraus policy kitchen challenge


Enable public participation in foreign policy

Creating a healthy democracy relies on public political education and participation. foraus wanted to contribute to these by creating an online platform where the public could participate in the democratic processes of foreign policy making in Switzerland in an engaging and meaningful way.

Connect experts
foraus policy kitchen topics

share knowledge and collaborate

Connect experts with policy-makers

To foster fact-based policy-making foraus wanted to create a platform where the public could not only participate in policy debates, but where public participation can cross-pollinate with the work of academics and researchers.

This process would enable academics and researchers to then also share knowledge and collaborate with politicians or law-makers despite geographic separation.

Find ideation
foraus policy kitchen ideas


Find an ideation tools with community features

foraus was looking for a tool that combines community and ideation software. They did their homework, analyzed various ideation tools (such as Climate CoLab, DCENT, and MMOWGLI), and came to the conclusion that these tools lacked proper social networking functions.

Open Social’s Solution
Policy Kitchen Crowd Innovation Platform

Working closely with foraus to build an online community that meets their requirement, Open Social helped them launch the innovative crowd innovation platform Policy Kitchen in 2018. 

A perfect fit for the foraus model

The versatility of Open Social allowed foraus to create an online community that fits their participatory policy-making methodology and allow the public to debate and contribute to Swiss foreign policy. 

A Policy Kitchen Mobile App Policy

Kitchen is accessible as a web-bases community as well as a native mobile app, making it more accessible to a wider public.

Foraus -Policy Kitchen - Crowd Innovation

By building the Crowd Innovation extension on top of our community software, we were able to help foraus create the perfect platform to meet their goals.

Set a challenge

This extension allows Policy Kitchen community members to create a Challenge and invite members to solve it.

Go through the Phases

Each challenge has set phases, which have a start and end date, moving the ideas through the flowand include idea creation, editing, viewing, commenting and voting.

Vote on ideas

Members have the possibility to vote on their favorite ideas, which leads to the best community ideas being selected.

The platform is focused on creating impactful publications. To empower that, Open Social added the real-time collaboration extension to the platform.

Publishing workshop results

Open Social’s platform allows content to be easily generated by members. As a result, foraus can easily compile the ideas, suggestions and discussions from their members into publications or reports that can be presented to policy-makers.

Collaboration over Competition

Crowd Innovationallows members to collaborate with one another on ideas. This means that members have joint ownership over ideas that are suggested. This is made possible with the Realtime Collaboration extension.

Foraus -Policy Kitchen - Real-time Collaboration

How Can a Crowd Innovation Platform

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Watch Open Social CEO and co-founder Taco Potze and foraus’ Digital Innovation Manager Eduardo Belinchón discuss how innovative technology can help organizations crowd-source ideas from an online community and drive real-world change. 

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Policy Kitchen Milestones


Launch of the Policy Kitchen platform and pilot challenge on global biodiversity protection


Crowdsourced recommendations for European Digital Policy presented to members of the European Parliament in Berlin.


Preliminary results of Inclusive AI challenge presented at the AI for Good Global Summit


Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis briefed on Policy Kitchen at the 10-year anniversary event of foraus


First OpenTTN-wide challenge on“Feminist Foreign Policy” launched


BAFU, the Mercator foundation and the Bern University
for Applied Science mandate Policy Kitchen to gather
civil society inputs on shaping a sustainable digital world

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