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Framework Future Skills for Openness

Framework Future Skills for Openness

In this paper, we focus on the question of which mindset, skills and tools academics in business (Open Innovation) and science (Open Science) as well as in their working environments in companies, universities and research institutions need, in order to promote an openness culture. We would like to shed light on which competences organisations can promote so that people in the above-mentioned institutions can successfully (co-) create the desired change towards more openness.

(in English)


The flyer Driving Openness gives a short and crisp overview of the central terms and principles of openness. Besides the what, it also summarizes why openness makes sense and how it can be implemented.

(in german)

Discussion paper & Toolkit

Open Circular Science / How to make your research process open and sustainable

The discussion paper presents Open Circular Science as an approach to strengthen openness and sustainability in research projects. A toolkit makes it possible to analyse one’s own research process with regard to the potential for openness and to identify potential for designing resource-conserving, environmentally and climate-friendly research.


Open Circular Science / Canvas

The canvas provides an overview of the phases of an open and circular research process. It should help to identify central fields of action and potentials for a circular design or transformation of the research project.


The flow of knowledge in research and innovation. Presented Open Practices

Das Ökosystem Offene Wissenschaft und Offene Innovation ist komplex und
vielfältig. Der Fluss des Wissens zeigt einige der wichtigsten Open Practices. (In German)


innOmap – the openness of the German innovation system Map (only in German)

Our “innOmap” poster explores the question of how we can make the German innovation system more open and visualises important factors and interrelationships in a map. We also present five derived fields of action to strengthen an an Open Innovation system, as well as a portfolio of possible measures at different system levels.


The Opening of Science. Workbook on structuring the transformation (only in German)

How can you concretely use and anchor Open Practices in science? What do we mean by Open Practices and what benefits do they offer you? This publication summarises the results of the innOsci Future Lab on strengthening Open Science. It invites you to discover Open Practices, to set out on your own path using concrete examples, practical guidelines for action and science policy recommendations, and to shape change processes. The publication, written by Nick Wagner with the collaboration of Marte Kessler and Christin Skiera, is available as a download or printed version.


The Opening of Science. Poster on structuring the transformation

The river of knowledge.

Along the research process, it goes through the science and innovation ecosystem. Questions, topics, knowledge and data can be found in all sectors of society – and so to utilise the resources . Open Practices help to increase research quality and the societal benefit of science.


Open Innovation system/ How can we opening up the German innovation system?

The publication describes five central fields of action – from strengthening a culture of openness to fostering related capacities – to promote an open innovation system in Germany. The workbook deals with possible policies and best practices. It builds upon a system analysis, which was created in the project “innOmap“. Furthermore, the publication introduces personas, who are representing the perspectives of central actors in the innovation system. The workbook thus prompts an exchange about openness in science and economy in Germany.

To get a printed version of the study, please contact Judith Mühlenhoff.

Study (in German)

Openness in international science and innovation policy

What can Germany learn from international science and innovation policy when it comes to promoting openness? This question is answered by innOsci’s new study. It analyzes the various instruments for promoting openness as well as current developments and pioneering countries. The analysis, prepared by the innovation consultancy winnovation, was based on 88 examples from 27 countries. Of these, 15 best practices show that progressive policies think Open Science and Open Innovation bigger and strengthen a shared ecosystem of science and innovation.

To get a printed version of the study, please contact Judith Mühlenhoff.


Generation O – scaling Open Practices in Higher Education: How can we help «open-pioneers», «-innovators», and «-activists» change the Higher Education System?

The innOsci FutureLab Program by Stifterverband works with multidisciplinary teams and utilizes innovation methods to develop solutions for the most pressings challenges in Education, Science and Innovation. In the presentation I will discuss best practices and approaches for designing strategies, support structures, and processes for implementing and scaling open practices in Higher Education and strengthening Generation O (open-pioneers, -innovators, and -activist). I will introduce innovation methodologies such as personas, empathy maps, cover stories, and prototypes and show ways how they could be utilized for systemic change. Finally, I will reflect on ways how open practices can be strengthened to become a powerful tool to make research and science more accessible in all arenas in society.


The innOsci Training Plan for Open Innovation

How can Open Innovation work in practice? The innOsci training plan for Open Innovation helps to make organizations fit for Open Innovation.
The poster is the result of a dialog in the context of our innOpeers program with corporate practitioners and innovation researchers on success factors and obstacles in the implementation of open innovation.

Policy Paper (in German)

Daring more openness

The recommendations presented in the paper show how policy can strengthen the application of Open Innovation methods in companies. They are the result of a dialogue conducted by the Stifterverband as part of our innOpeers program with corporate practitioners and innovation researchers on success factors and barriers to the implementation of Open Innovation.

Discussion Paper (In German)

Open Science and Innovation

The number of researchers has never been as large as it is today. There have never been more scientific publications – with an upward trend. However, many scientific findings remain unnoticed and unused by society. With this paper, the High-Tech Forum emphasizes the opportunities of a strategic opening for the German innovation system.

Podcast (In German)

New im Think & Do-Podcast

The 19th episode of the Stifterverband podcast is dedicated to the topic of Open Data and makes clear why it is so important for science and research. Marte Kessler from innOsci, the forum for Open Innovation Culture, sheds light on the background. This year, the Stifterverband presented the Open Data Impact Award for the first time. In an interview with Lukas Grasberger, award winner Michael Schmitt explains his research and how the award helps him in his research.

Podcast-Episode on Podigee

Insights (in German)

Results from the innOsci Future Lab

Creating added value for society with Open Science: A poster shows the first results from the innOsci Future Lab 2020 and presents needs for action and four options for action from the perspective of Open Innovators and users.

Discussion Paper (In German)

Open and collaborative — do we need to rethink innovation?

Reflections from the roundtable discussion at the Mission M Congress for young doers in small and medium-sized businesses, November 2020

Discussion Paper (In German)

Transformation Map to a new, open Mindset or What do Mucki-Buden have to do with organizational development?

We live in a VUCA world that is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. The digital transformation accelerates innovation cycles and changes innovation processes. Platform economies, networks, and innovation ecosystems are gaining in importance. New fields of innovation such as connected mobility, sustainable energy supply and digital health are closely linked to global challenges and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and require radically new radically new solutions. We need a 360-degree perspective in order to respond to VUCA and transformation processes, to master challenges, and to develop sustainable and develop meaningful solutions. A strategic opening of organizations that explicitly enables the exchange of knowledge and collaborative innovation, and thus a 360-degree perspective, can help. However, old structures often stand in the way of new meaning. A mindset shift is necessary. But, how can the change succeed?

Discussion Paper (In German)

Review of the expert discussion “Data Literacy – What is needed for a data culture of tomorrow?

Against the backdrop of the current process to develop a data strategy for the German federal government, the Stifterverband invited participants to an expert discussion entitled “Data Literacy – What is needed for a data culture of tomorrow?” on September 2, 2020. Participants included external representatives from the fields of politics, science, business and civil society, as well as experts from the Stifterverband’s “Data Literacy Education” funding program.

Discussion Paper

From Open Science to Accessible Science

Together with Philipp Schrögel, the discussion paper “From Open Science to Accessible Science” was developed as part of the Wikimedia Fellowship Free Knowledge, as a stimulus and basis for discussion for Open Science actors & pioneers on the topic of diversity and inclusion in the sciences. The paper has been published since July 2020.

Discussion Paper (In German)

Open Science and Open Innovation

The study “Open Science and Open Innovation: New Indicators for the Analysis of the Science and Innovation System in the Digital Age”, published in September 2019, examines new requirements for research and innovation monitoring arising from innovative forms of cooperation with business and society and how Open Science activities can be collected and evaluated.


Open for innovation: why engaged firms are more creative

Under the title “Open for Innovation: Why engaged firms are more creative,” ZiviZ at the Stifterverband, together with Boehringer Ingelheim and the Bertelsmann Stiftung, investigated how corporate citizenship has a positive impact on innovation. The study was published in March 2019.


What do we gain from Open Science and Open Innovation?

As part of the initiative for Open Science and Innovation that preceded the founding of innOsci at the Stifterverband, the study “What do we gain from Open Science and Open Innovation?” has been produced. It provides an overview of the potentials of strategic openness, creates a new integrating framework for the diverse concepts of openness, and gives indications for appropriate political action.


What are the benefits of opening up science and innovation?

Based on the discussions and interviews with experts, the Stifterverband has prepared a discussion paper outlining the most important observations and developments.