About us: the Policy Lab Digital, Work & Society
at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Think tank and future lab
With the Policy Lab, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS) has established an interdisciplinary and agile organisational unit that is new for federal ministries. It combines the functions and working methods of a conventional think tank with those of a modern future lab. The purpose of the Policy Lab is to identify new areas of activity which are emerging for the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs as a result of the digital transformation in interaction with other trends − such as globalisation, demographic change or changes in social values − and to develop new approaches to solutions for the working world of the future. In this regard, the Policy Lab is seeking to systematically approach digitalisation from the point of view of people and their social and societal relations, to develop possible future scenarios within the framework of a forward-looking strategy, and to identify the scope for exerting influence through policy on the basis of a close exchange with stakeholders.
We are promoting AI-based digital-social innovation
Within the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS), the Policy Lab Digital, Work & Society is responsible for the Federal Government’s AI strategy, which is being jointly overseen by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). In this connection, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has initiated a number of AI projects, including AI learning and experimentation rooms for companies(in German only), regional AI future centres(in German only) and – as Policy Lab projects – the Observatory of Artificial Intelligence in Work and Society (in German only) and the Civic Innovation Platform model project.
The project is exploring instruments for supporting and facilitating innovation processes in society aimed at harnessing AI on behalf of social and societal progress. The Civic Innovation Platform sees itself as a component and an element of a growing AI ecosystem for the common good, which the Policy Lab wants to actively help expand and shape in conjunction with the Federal Ministry for the Environment and the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.