1. Democracy depends
    on Engagement

  2. Participation requires

  3. Involvement supports

What we do

We build agile tools
for an interactive democracy

Democracy has to reconcile the often competing forces of public planning, participation and decision-making. Agile tools and processes help to allow enough space for different interests and perspectives to be aired, enabling them to be fairly reconciled, in turn yielding useable results. That’s what we work towards in our Berlin and Hamburg offices.

Our projects span a broad spectrum, from a public participation platform in Togo to prize-winning online participation in spatial planning, via the public consultation concept for the German commission on the storage of highly radioactive materials. Additionally, we implement eParticipation projects such as participatory budgets and urban planning discussions for public sector customers. Interested? Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Favourite Projects

  1. Geological repository for radioactive waste with social consent?

    The lower and upper houses of the German parliament established a commission to make recommendations, with the aim of ensuring “the highest possible security over a period of one million years”. Demos is supporting the Commission by drawing up a concept for involving various expert and interest groups. Because of the conflict surrounding the history, and the importance for future generations, this task requires a high degree of sensitivity and many years experience in public participation procedures.

  2. Public participation platform in Togo

    Economic and political development through participation and transparency: in Togo, we are implementing a municipal platform for public involvement in the advancement of market places. The project is part of a programme initiated by the Kfw Development Bank (owned by the German government) and was commissioned by the GFA Consulting Group GmbH. Thanks to the project, stall owners and residents are able to shape the area in which they live and work. There are future plans to enable the use of the platform in the whole of Togo in order to strengthen this young democracy.

  3. Spatial planning online

    Schleswig-Holstein is the first state in Germany to support its local authorities in introducing a universal IT process for involving the public as well as public authorities and agencies with regards to spatial planning. After the city state of Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein is the second German state to opt for our solution, Demos-Plan. Both applications are operated by the public IT service provider, Dataport. We are happy to make our contribution to the further implementation of eGovernment in Germany through the sharing of interstate systems.


Selected Clients

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Do your ideas match our work? At the beginning of our best projects was always a vague idea. We would be happy to welcome you for a brief informal meeting: Visit us in Berlin or in Hamburg!

Represented by:
Rolf Lührs, Dr. Markus Klima, Hans Hagedorn
Registry court:
Amtsgericht Hamburg
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HRB 110069B
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Chair of the supervisory board:
Dr. Helmut Thamer


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Demos Gesellschaft für E-Partizipation mbH

Hamburg office:
Eifflerstraße 43, 22769 Hamburg-Altona, Germany, +49 40 2286735-70 (Fax -79)
Berlin office:
Panoramastraße 1, 10178 Berlin-Mitte, Germany, +49 30-2787846-0 (Fax -09)
Represented by:
Rolf Lührs, Dr. Markus Klima, Hans Hagedorn
Chair of the supervisory board:
Dr. Helmut Thamer
Contact (Hamburg office)
+49 40 2286735-70 (Fax -79), info@demos-deutschland.de
Contact (Berlin office)
+49 30-2787846-0 (-09), info@demos-deutschland.de
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Registry court:
Amtsgericht Hamburg
Register number:
HRB 110069
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Image Credits

The brand logos or logos of public institutions used on this website in the section “Selected customers” are protected by the respective laws and may be used only with explicit permission of the copyright holder.

Image rights for photos found under the sections "Startslider" and "Favourite Projects" belong exclusively to Hans Hagedorn (HH), Rolf Lührs (RL), Norbert Jordan (NJ) und Matthias Rehkop (MR).

Involvement supports Development (MR),
Democracy depends on Engagement (RL),
Participation requires Transparency (RL);

Favourite Projects:
Spatial planning online (NJ),
Geological repository for radioactive waste with social consent? (HH),
Public participation platform in Togo (MR)