Corona Crisis & Politics: Best Solutions Sought

Online platform for collecting innovative measures and projects launched

Vienna, 27 March 2020. In cooperation with Act.Now, The Innovation in Politics Institute is launching an online platform to address the non-medical, secondary problems of the coronavirus crisis as a service for political decision makers. Under the motto “Coping with the Crisis”, the platform collects best practices from politics, business and civil society.

When cities, municipalities and even countries are on lockdown, how do we provide elderly people with food and medication and counteract the isolation of people living alone? How can we support businesses on a local level with home office technology? Which distance learning opportunities work for schools and universities?

The secondary effects of the coronavirus crisis currently concern not only politicians and policy makers, but also citizens and entrepreneurs. Internationally, the search is on for measures and projects that can rapidly alleviate the negative effects on our society and economy. However, with the acute workload in all affected areas, there is often a lack of resources to identify international best practices quickly and accurately.

In cooperation with Act.Now, The Innovation in Politics Institute is launching the online platform “Coping with the Crisis” The platform presents innovative measures and projects from politics, business and civil society which contribute to solving daily problems caused by the coronavirus crisis. These best practices don’t only already improve the lives of many people today, but can also be applied in other communities, regions and countries.

“Politicians and civil society in Europe are now looking for solutions to tasks they have never faced before – from educational programmes for children at home, to support programmes for businesses and employees, to the online coordination of large groups. Some have already found good solutions that can serve as models for others. With our Europe-wide network, we are bringing together these best solutions and making them available online,” says Edward Strasser, founder and CEO of The Innovation in Politics Institute.

Patricia Kahane, Founder Act.Now: “The mayors in particular need support now, as the municipalities currently bear the main burden of responsibility. We invite everyone to share their promising initiatives which are already working. We will make sure that these urgently needed solutions are quickly made known wherever they are needed.”

Call for workable solutions in all areas of politics and society

Representatives of politics, business and civil society from are invited to make their best practices available to the general public on the “Coping with the Crisis” platform and thus offer concrete assistance across countries. All innovative measures and projects are freely accessible on the website of the Innovation in Politics Institute and Act.Now.

About The Innovation in Politics Institute

The Innovation in Politics Institute is a Europe-wide organisation with offices in Vienna and Berlin and partners in Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The Institute’s mission is to improve political work in Europe by rewarding and supporting courageous, creative politicians who break new ground and achieve concrete results – regardless of their party affiliation and the political level at which they are active.

About Act.Now

Act.Now is an independent initative which strengthens social cohesion in communities, cities and regions. Act.Now helps to build national and international networks for Mayors and local leaders, civil-society initiatives, NGOs, institutions, public organisations, experts and young people. The multi-regional geographical focus of the activities lies in Europe, Turkey and the Middle East.


Ronny Zuckermann
The Innovation in Politics Institute
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