Only four more weeks until the Creative Bureaucracy Festival 2020 kicks off! Our programme is already jam-packed with great ideas, inspiring stories, and fantastic speakers. We can’t wait to show you – so here’s a first glimpse at what we will put on display for the festival’s attendees.

From September 28 to October 2, we’ll have more than 100 sessions, organized along several themes. We’ll be looking ahead at what our post-COVID-19 world will look like and will discuss what ecosystems enable innovation.

Our speakers come from all across the planet – from the Americas to Australia and from South Africa to Scandinavia. Attendees get to hear both, from those at the highest levels of government and from local heroes working hard to make their communities better.

Does this pique your interest? Then register now and get access to all sessions – we’d be happy to see you at the festival!

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We are looking back and ahead at the same time – to imagine the government of tomorrow and to find the elements we already have to build it. Several key formats serve as a compass in this endeavour. This year we want to focus on people, experiences, and stories in the following areas:

Learning from...

What can business, the civic world, the creative economy and the public sector can learn from each other to be more effective, more innovative and more attractive? And what variety is there in different corners of the globe?

The silver Lining

The pandemic crisis has generated the urgency to innovate at speed. Things that seemed impossible are now possible. What improvements will stay and what changes do we still need for the "new normal"?

Creative Bureaucrats

Stories from the frontline and the lived life of the bureaucrat. Personal accounts from inspiring bureaucrats and their close allies on how they have improved their systems or made their work more meaningful.

Energy from Below

Showcasing the impacts on people of projects that have harnessed the power of civil society and improved community life, from reducing complex procedures to involving citizens in co-designing services.

The Innovative Ecosystem

A deep-dive into the mechanisms that drive system change most effectively – from national entities to local labs. How should these integrate with the existing mainstream? And how can we create critical mass and scale up?

Becoming a Public Servant

What skills do today’s bureaucrats need and where can they acquire them? An exploration of the different paths into life as a public servant and the best examples of programmes meeting 21st century needs.