Byebye 2021 – and hello, 2022!

collage of photos from events in 2021

The year is drawing to a close – let's take a moment and cherish the good things it brought us. Here are our highlights of 2021:

Becoming SUPERRR

We kicked off the year with a New Year's reception that brought together the SUPERRR communities from London and Berlin online. We shared our coping strategies during lockdowns, burnt the unwanted legacies of 2020, and folded origami cranes (at least we tried). What else happened?

  • We resumed our Berlin gatherings during the summer months, physically distanced, socially connected. In Berlin we had a few picnics in the park – it was great to see familiar and new faces and to catch up.
  • In the summer we renovated our SUPERRR Space on Moritzplatz and added a brand new kitchen for events and office life. We hosted a vernissage of the fabulous Nadja Buttendorf and had a launch party for our DING magazine. Sophie Utikal lent us one of her extraordinary textile artworks.
  • The team is growing: Five amazing people now shape SUPERRR Lab – this year we welcomed Oki, Ouassima and Nushin – and we all have big plans for 2022!

Shaping networks

Even though travel opportunities were limited, we expanded our networks, started new collaborations, and got to know new friends and allies.

Doing and Writing

And of course we were busy planning workshops, writing texts, and working on projects.

  • We wrote about internet access and not-so-broadband for the Infrastructure Atlas published by Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.
  • Our expertise on AI and recruiting, co-authored with Lorena Jaume-Palasí, was published and extensively quoted in the third gender equality report.
  • We contributed a chapter on digital civil society to Chris Piallat's book Der Wert der Digitalisierung.
  • In the COVID-19 Infrastructure Playbook, we collected the stories how civil society organizations throughout Europe contribute to requesting, designing and operating public digital infrastructure during the pandemic.
  • We published over 20 interviews on the SUPERRR Blog and the New New blog.

Here's to New Things

We've set ourselves some ambitious goals for 2022. Influencing the political agendas is hard. Future Thinking has always been our method of choice, while we strive for real-world change. Next year, we are planning to expand our foresight work and to develop methods and formats that enable political decision-makers and civil society actors to create their own digital visions and missions to guide digital transformation. Stay tuned for more!

Thank you!

To all the people who supported our work and collaborated with us! It was a pleasure to work with and learn from you! Thank you to our funders and partners: Allianz Kulturstiftung, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Center for the Cultivation of Technology, Deutsche Stiftung für Engagement und Ehrenamt, European AI Fund, the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, Goethe-Institut, MOTIF Institut, Open Society Foundations, Robert-Bosch-Stiftung, Ashoka Deutschland, Schöpflin Stiftung, Simply Secure.