On 1 June 2018, I facilitated a half-day barcamp on the future of government together with two design thinking experts from Luftmenschen. About one hundred young people under (or around) 30 years from academia, public sector, consultancies, trade unions, and startups with an interest in public administration participated in the event, following an invitation from exhibition company Wegweiser. The event took place at Microsoft Atrium in Berlin.
Here’s a trailer of the barcamp:
At the barcamp, the participants came up with their own topics which they discussed at parallel 10 group stations in two consecutive sessions. Major topics were the digitalisation of the public sector, including the potentials of artifical intelligence and blockchain, innovation and knowledge management, the future of work and hierarchy as well as more open recruitment and career paths in government. Each group produced a results poster and a idealised user persona to communicate their findings.
The barcamp served as a staging event for the congress “Zukunftskongress Staat & Verwaltung 2018” (#ZKSV2018), where the results will be presented by a few participants themselves as well as McKinsey & Company, who condensed the barcamp results into an action catalogue. A panel of government officials and chairpeople of political youth organisations will discuss the ideas and demands.
Here’s the full panel discussion with Berlin’s CIO Sabine Smentek and the chairpeople of their parties’ youth organisations Kevin Kühnert (SPD), Ricarda Lang (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen), Ria Schröder (FDP), including a few interjections by the barcamp participants seated behind the panel.
I’ve written a summary on the barcamp (in German):
Wegweiser has also written a report on the barcamp (in German):