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welance

On 28, Mrz 2017 | No Comments | In | By Robin Sontheimer

welance

*2017 I Transforming a freelance collective I welance

 

Context

The Gig-Economy is growing and with it the amount of freelancers. welance is a freelance collective building and marketing digital products. welance has been a freelance collective since 6 years and is in the middle of reinventing itself. I joined as a partner to infuse my knowledge on participative organisations.

 

Outcome

The anticpated outcome is an organisation that reflects the culture and needs of a freelance collective and provides services to both clients and members. To achieve this we are looking into different organisational models, developing our own tool to match projects and freelance teams and other exciting stuff . Stay tuned!

Agenda S-1

On 10, Mrz 2016 | In | By Robin Sontheimer

Agenda S-1

*2015 I Corporate e-participation I partou eG

 

Context

A shift in business strategy at partou eG in the beginning of 2015 resulted in founding a task force to develop a product that would support the new business model and target market and allow a quick commercialisation.

 

Outcome

Agenda S-1 enables employees to place one item (second last, before ‘other’) on the Agenda of their management board. The three-step process allows for item input, item discussion and item voting. The most voted item is placed on the agenda. Results of the meeting are fed back into the software. Training and additional services like external moderation round up the product.

Participation as a Service

On 10, Mrz 2016 | In | By Robin Sontheimer

Participation as a Service

*2015 I Funded research project I partou eG

 

Context

How to democratise corporates? How to alter processes and software coming from political participation to suit the needs of businesses? These were the main questions when writing the research proposal ‘participation as a service’ in the context of ‘KMU-Innovativ’ from the ‘Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung’. In partnership with Liquid Democracy e.V., HRpepper and Forschungszentrum Informatik at Karlsruhe Institut of Technology.

 

Outcome

With the project half way, the group was able to create a common understanding of the theoretical background on (e)participation, executed expert interviews, analysed cases and developed models as well as 7 principles on e-participation to assist consulting. Beyond that, conceptualisation of new services and software features is in the making with implementation starting in Q2, 2016.

partou eG

On 10, Mrz 2016 | In | By Robin Sontheimer

partou eG

*2014 I Cooperative for e-participation I partou eG

 

Context

Growing demands in the market of the non-profit association Liquid Democracy e.V. and expansion strategies into commercial markets asked for a shift in the business model and strategy. Due to a non-commercial ideology within the association, a corresponding brand and restraining laws alternative growth scenarios had to be developed.

 

Outcome

The partou cooperative was founded as a spin-off from the association to tackle commercial demands of the emerging e-participation market with a different business model, new brand and a more pragmatic and business oriented organisational culture. The two organisations would build a value network and co-develop their common software. Differentiated by their business models and its resulting offer.

Adhocracy 3

On 10, Mrz 2016 | In | By Robin Sontheimer

Adhocracy 3

*2014 I Operating system for e-participation I Liquid Democracy e.V.

 

Context

With two organisations starting to build their business on the open-source software ‘Adhocracy’ which organically grew over the past years it became clear that the technology had to be adapted. A shift in business models, ever expanding requirements from upcoming projects and the need for flexibility in process design framed the redesign.

 

Outcome

Adhocracy3s product vision was to develop a modular embeddable single-page application. Modular to allow project managers to tailor participation processes to client needs, embeddable to locate the application in the clients/projects context and a single page application to be able to design an experience of a participation and collaboration tool rather than an ordinary website.

Towards Democracy in the Digital Age

On 10, Mrz 2016 | In | By Robin Sontheimer

Towards Democracy in the Digital Age

*2013 I Redesign of an e-participation platform and its commercialisation strategy I Master Thesis

 

Context

Liquid Democracy e.V. is a non-profit association providing e-participation software for qualitative political participation. Due to demands that exceed the possible commercial earnings of a non-profit, without being at risk to lose the non-profit status, a strategy has to be developed that sustain operations, meets increased customer expectations and incorporates the core values and vision of the association.

 

Outcome

Conceptual redesign of the e-participation software ‘Adhocracy’ aligned to customer needs and strategic considerations embedded in a modular service framework. Including a business design for a social enterprise accompanied by a business case for the commercialisation of the redesign.

People.Play.Politics

On 10, Mrz 2016 | In | By Robin Sontheimer

People.Play.Politics

*2013 I Scenario on political participation I Honours Programme

 

Context

The honours programme at TU Delft allowed to embark on a journey detached from regular studies. Starting point had been questions like ‘How to support or change political participation through design?’ and ‘How democracy will develop in the digital age?’ Multiple projects have been executed throughout the programme.

 

Outcome

In one of the projects a scenario was developed to paint a picture of future political participation. Including a historical derivation and choosing a set of core trends the scenario describes a local community that has established a variety of interactions that reinterpret the meaning of ‘active citizenship’. The scenario is supposed to inspire, spark debates and open a space to conceptualise future products.