Open State (DE)

Friday 12 April / 9:45-10:30

“They don´t know either…” Musings on impact, money and community


Open State is a multidisciplinary transition design studio and strategy consultancy that was founded in 2012 in Berlin. We work with NGOs, communities, family owned businesses and global corporations on the eco-societal change we need to tackle complex challenges like climate catastrophe or global migration.

In our talk we´ll give a brief intro on how Open State came to life, what drives us, and what methods and process we use in our work. The specific focus of this keynote will be our work with businesses and corporations.
We hope to deliver some inspiration and provocation by sharing our best and worst practises, what we´ve learned along the way and our aims for the future.

Anja Adler

Anja is an author, researcher & facilitator aiming to spread the knowledge and practice of alternative forms of decision-making and organizing. At Open State she works with professional teams on improving their internal communication and conflict resolution skills. With a PhD on Liquid Democracy, she also accompanies political participation projects. Her homebase is Berlin, where you can regularly meet her as captain of the DIY raft Panther Ray on the waters of the capital. More info: www.anjaadler.deand

Dominik Wind

Dominik is a consultant & transition designer passionate about sustainable technology and critical design.

At Open State Strategies he supports decision makers to develop sustainable visions for their companies and to actually work towards them by implementing realistic strategies and much needed cultural change.

Dominik is a lecturer at three universities, father of two, and lives in the Bavarian countryside.


Recommended Readings

“The responsible company – What we´ve learned from Patagonia´s first 40 years” (Yvon Chouinard & Vincent Stanley)

“Ours to Hack and to Own. The Rise of Platform Cooperativism, a New Vision for the Future of Work and a Fairer Internet” (Trebor Scholz & Nathan Schneider)

“FabCity. The Mass Distribution of (Almost) Everything” (ed. Thomas Diez)