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The home for civic 

innovators, policy makers 

and citizens at the 

heart of Europe

 

Mission

Supporting innovative public and private sector actors committed to addressing societal challenges

The factors that contribute to our collective inability to meet pressing societal challenges is long: fragmented thinking, polarization, insufficient diversity within policy-making circles, lack of tools and methodologies to foster collective intelligence. 

 

Various centres have emerged around the world in service to public authorities to address this need, such as Civic Hall New York, Liberté Living Lab (Paris), or Public Hall (London). It is time now for Brussels to develop its own Civic Hall, as a power center for Belgium, Europe and the world, and as a uniquely cosmopolitan city.

The mission of Civic Hall Brussels is to support ambitious public managers, corporations, civil society organizations, and in general all those committed to better address today’s greatest policy challenges through policy innovation and thus to ensure democracy’s health and future. 

 

We aim to do so across governance levels represented in Brussels, equipping them with the best collective intelligence technologies, delivered by the top thinkers and service providers, supported by the facilities of a dedicated space.

 

 

Space

A place to restore trust and

positively shape the future of democracy

via collective experimentation, 

empowerment and creativity

Civic Hall Brussels will provide spaces for deep work and events, as well as shared spaces, open to diverse audiences, to foster serendipity. It’s an events and social workspace, uniquely equipped to foster innovation; a learning ground; a think-tank; and an accelerator nurturing startups and public actors through intrapreneurship and open innovation programmes.

  • A physical space, in full service to civic innovators and policy-makers, where they can work, meet and learn in one place​

  • Independent, non partisan​

  • Multicultural, multi-generational,  with a deep culture of collaboration and engagement

  • 100% focus on the common good and matters of general interest

 

  • Just a stone’s throw away from the European quarter and Belgian - federal and local - institutions: closely connected to the most  important institutions, governments and public bodies in Brussels, at the crossroad between 'Brussels-Europe' and 'Brussels-City'

  • Addressing multiple levels of power at local and international level: EU, countries, regions, cities... 

  • Flexible spaces for collaborative work, events and creativity, uniquely  equipped for collaborative leadership and facilitation

Community

A mix of private and public innovators in residence, plus professionals and citizens from multiple horizons

200-300

Civic innovators and policy makers in residence

360°

Open to the general public and  citizens

A hub for GovTech, CivicTech, and impact entrepreneurs from the private and public sectors, with a great diversity of profiles: experts in policy-making, design thinking, citizen deliberation, future studies, citizen movement, philosophy, collaborative leadership and facilitation, data, coding, diplomacy, disinformation fighting, marketing, communications, social media...

Intelligence

Do, think, train, innovate

Civic Hall's activities are structured around 4 main strands of work:

  • Do: serving our residents, organizing workshops, developing technologies, offering Living Lab services...

  • Think: through publications and events, on- and offline

  • Train: via on- and offline learning sessions and workshops

  • Innovate: through collaborative R&I, hackathons, acceleration programmes...

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Past event

Make democracy great at last

Challenging times call for inventiveness and resilience. But are governments equipped to face today and tomorrow’s crises? On November 19 of last year, we held our first online summit to discuss and meet around this question with Civic Hall Brussels, Liberté Living Lab, CitizenLab, the Policy Lab, Dreamocracy and top experts from around the globe.

10+ top international, innovative democracy experts:

Claudia Chwalisz

OECD

Rudy Cambier

Liberté Living Lab

Xavier Troussard

EU Policy Lab

Micah L. Sifry

Civic Hall New York

Lex Paulson

School For Collective

Intelligence

Stephen Boucher

Dreamocracy

Magali Plovie

Brussels Parliament 

Emilie van Haute

Policy Lab

Robyn Scott

Apolitical

Carina Hallin

 IT University of Copenhagen 

Wietse Van Ransbeeck

CitizenLab

Ilse Taildeman

Brucity

Nicolas Stühlinger

Innovation in Politics Institute

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