Global crises call for local innovation.

The pandemic has hit local communities around the globe and compounded many of the challenges that cities were already facing – overcoming economic and social distress, mitigating and adapting to climate change, and fighting the rise of populism and the polarisation of societies.

Despite its many disastrous implications, this pandemic also presents a historic opportunity to transform the way we live and work together and address the problems at hand. The growing consensus that economic recovery needs to go hand in hand with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is just one positive example. While the pandemic is global, its impact is primarily felt at the local level. But at this level we can also tap into our greatest resources. As the world faces unprecedented challenges, local innovation has proved to be its greatest asset. Municipalities are drivers of innovation. They are best placed to identify the needs of the community, free to experiment with a range of solutions, and can respond quickly and flexibly to unexpected developments.

To take advantage of this window of opportunity, we need to act now. This is why our Conference and Local Labs are designed to unlock this immense local potential and create tangible solutions.



Inspiring speakers share their personal journeys and expertise and show that a better world is possible and how everyone can make their own contribution towards achieving it.


In a variety of formats tangible solutions to societal issues are showcased. 


Interactive workshops allow for hands-on learning and serve as laboratories for both experiencing and testing out creative solutions.


Mutual appreciation and respect lay the foundations of the interactions at the Conference.

At ACT NOW we strongly believe that local innovation can only happen together: With the local communities – for the local communities.


Find out what excites us most at ACT NOW and why we do what we do.
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Mathis Dippon
“We all know that transformative action is needed. We aim to bridge the gap between knowing and doing. Collaborative local innovation is the best means to shape this change.”
Nicola Gold
“With the ACT NOW Sprint, we tap into the knowledge, creativity and skills of The Innovation in Politics Institute’s community of best-practice experts, aligning them with the needs of local decision makers.”
Marie Wutzler
“If we want to create scalable solutions with a long-term impact, we must use methods suited to our times. This is why we designed the ACT NOW Sprint, where we apply design thinking methods to local policymaking.”
Martina Fürrutter
“With the sprint method, we bring together a diverse group of actors to jointly tackle a local challenge. It’s particularly important that we involve young people and benefit from their perspectives and ideas.”
Laura Giesen
“Dealing with the pandemic and addressing climate change both require us to do things in radically different ways. We believe that local participatory processes are most effective at generating the necessary level of courage and trust.”
Amadea Horvath
“People believe in things they can see, feel and understand. Local politics is the most effective way to make democracy visible, tangible and accessible. So let’s drive forward local action because we really need people to believe in democracy.”