About us - Civic Innovation Platform

About us

The Civic Innovation Platform (CIP) is a project initiated by the Policy Lab Digital, Work & Society unit of the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS). The Policy Lab pools processes related to the digital transformation within the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in this area and develops perspectives for the working society of the future. It is a central point of contact for researchers, practitioners and social partners, focusing in its work on a human-centric approach to digitalisation.

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About us: the Policy Lab Digital, Work & Society

With the Policy Lab, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has established what for ministries is a new type of organisational unit that works on an interdisciplinary and agile basis, combining the functions and methods of a conventional think tank with those of a contemporary future lab.

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The Federal Government’s AI strategy

The German Federal Government’s artificial intelligence strategy (AI strategy) was adopted in November 2018 under the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS), the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). A central component of the strategy is the interdisciplinary dialogue between the communities of science, research and business and civil society on digital innovation and socially minded technology design.

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The Civic Innovation Platform sees itself as a building block for and an element of an emerging AI ecosystem for the common good to which as many people as possible from different areas can contribute. For this reason, we are committed to encouraging networking, collaboration and mutual advice with strong partners from different parts of society. They are part of the community and are doing their bit to ensure that innovative projects that are closely in line with social requirements can be developed.