Dear network members,

Our call for ideas went out in November 2017 and we received 37 submissions - now we are happy to inform which ideas will be put into practice this year!

On April 4, an alumni jury (for a list of the jury members, see below) selected five projects for implementation. We will jointly hack into environmental governance issues, listen to podcasts about online education, build trust between the public & private sectors and the media, pool our expertise in citizen participation, and re-design an old train in Portugal.
Here a brief overview of the selected projects and people you can contact to learn more:

Back on Track: Creating Gardens of Listening

The Back on Track project will create a Listening Lab, in a degraded suburban railway in Portugal, to trigger reflection and dialogue on urban change among its communities through immersive audio experiences. The aim is to foster a sense of place, develop listening and dialogue skills and engage citizens in an urban transformation co-design process.

Contact Person: Tiago Castro (

Policy Kitchen Biodiversity

How can we drive the identification of solutions and foster international cooperation to keep the planet habitable in the context of global environmental change? In cooperation with the grassroots think tanks foraus and Polis 180 this project uses the knowledge of the crowd to find potential solutions to these challenges. It will take place both online and in form of an in-person hackathon in Berlin (tentatively scheduled for October).

Contact Person: Nicola Forster (

Citizen Dialog and Local Participatory Governance (in French)

The goal of this project is to pool the knowledge of Bosch Alumni Network members with regards to engaging citizens in local governance issues. It will allow the network members to discuss their experiences, participate in various online trainings, and jointly develop tools for promoting citizen dialog and participatory local governance.

Contact Person: Fatiha Zanniby (

Project Ungoverned? The Online Learning Landscape

With online learning on the rise, questions of educational quality and legitimacy have become increasingly prevalent and calls to explore governance have emerged. Which ethical principles guide this emerging space? Which existing challenges need to be explored? Which governance mechanisms need to be developed? This project will explore these and other questions in a series of podcasts and a one-day online symposium tentatively scheduled for November 2018.

Contact Person: Kim Ochs (

Trust & Transparency

This project will organize a cross-sectoral exchange between the public, private, and media sector to improve the mutual understanding and the knowledge of each other’s constraints and expectations. The exchange will take place in form of a two-day conference, with expert presentations and interactive workshops during which participants are invited to share their experiences. The expected output will be a collection of recommendations for improving the quantity and the quality of information provided to citizens on governance issues.

Contact Person: Brigitta Boka (

Jury members:
Irene Weinz & Clemens Spiess (representatives of the Robert Bosch Stiftung)
Charlotte Carnehl & Sarah Hammerl (representatives of the iac Berlin)
Tarek Alsaleh (representative of the Global Diplomacy Lab)
Mirko Hohmann (external advisor, Global Public Policy Institute)
Lobna Jarra (representative of Baladiya)
Sarah Markiewicz (representative of Global Governance Futures)
Christina Tsafoulias (representative of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program and co-president of the RBFAA)


Other news