They are unsung heroes. Fighters for the common good. Unconventional thinkers. But rarely do they receive the praise they deserve. We want to change this and celebrate them.

This is why, every year, Charles Landry and the team of the Creative Bureaucracy Festival identify three people in government who have made a difference and who have contributed to making the lives of citizens like you and us better. At each Creative Bureaucracy Festival, we honor these changemakers and innovators with the Creative Bureaucracy Award – a badge of honour for those striving to make good things happen in the public sector but who are overlooked far too often.

Award recipients 2019

Amalia Zepou

As a former Deputy Mayor for Civil Society and Innovation in Athens, she built the synAthina platform, which systematically mobilises citizens to participate in public problem-solving processes, initiating a "new era of social innovation," according to the OECD.

Geoff Mulgan

As a former government advisor and then Chief Executive of NESTA in the UK, he helped initiate and drive forward numerous government innovation projects worldwide. He is considered a leading expert in social and public innovation.

Daniel Zimmermann

At the age of 27, he was elected mayor of the city of Monheim am Rhein in Southwestern Germany. Since he took office, he has become a role model for modern, citizen-centric, and pragmatic public management at the municipal level.

Award recipients 2018

Jutta Weitz

An employee of the housing administration in Berlin-Mitte, Weitz gave vacant commercial spaces around the Auguststrasse area to artists and cultural professionals. Thanks to her commitment and foresight, the neighbourhood has become the art district we know today.

Christian Bason

As director of MindLab, one of the first interministerial innovation labs worldwide, he advised the Danish government on the reform and renewal of the public administration - and has become a thought leader on helping governments better meet the need of their citizens.

Gabriella Gómez-Mont

As head of the Laboratorio para la Ciudad innovation lab in Mexico City, she initiated projects such as “City for Children” in difficult neighbourhoods or crowd sourced a Mexico City constitution. Her experience as artist, documentary filmmaker and journalist helped her work.