Anja Adler, Dr.

Anja Adler is the vice-head of the project team for the Third Engagement Report at HIIG. The third engagement report is a report on civic engagement for the German Federal Government, which is commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ). In her former role, Anja has already supported the HIIG project Decide in is political communication and development.

Over the past ten years Anja has been passionatly advocating for more and better participation in her role as freelancing author, facilitator and project developer. Thanks to her interdisciplinary education Anja researches at the intersection of theory and practice, thereby perfecting the crossing of boundaries: she is involved enough to gain everyday knowledge and distant enough to critically reflect on her role and challenge her perspective. With her applied research she has collaborated with organisations like the Robert Bosch Foundation, Mercator Foundation, Wigwam, Betterplace Lab or Wikimedia to better understand the effects of digitalisation on civic participation and vice versa. With her own collective Open State she additionally develops her own projects called real-life laboratories to explore forms of sustainable, decentral and non-hierarchical collaboration.

Anja studied communication und cultural studies in Berlin und Bloomington, USA, followed by a PhD on the role of political online participation at the NRW School of Governance with Prof. Christoph Bieber and Prof. Karl-Rudolf Korte. Her book “Liquid Democracy in Deutschland” has been published in 2018. 

As co-captain of the DIY-raft Panther Ray Anja loves to conquer the alternative urban open spaces for herself and others in her freetime.

Anja Adler


Researcher: Third Engagement Report

Lectures and presentations

Liquid Democracy: „Operation gelungen, Patient tot?
re:publica 2016. re:publica. Station Berlin, Berlin, Germany: 04.05.2019 Further information

Anja Adler

They don't know either - Musings on Impact, Money and Community
By Design or by Desaster. Faculty of Design and Art. Universita di Bolzano, Bozen, Italy: 11.04.2019 Further information

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The Future of Democracy
OuiShareFest. OuiShare. Parc de la Villette, Paris, Germany: 18.05.2016 Further information

Anja Adler

Moderation of workshops and panels

Auftaktkonferenz von Einstein Center Digital Future, Berlin, Germany: 06.12.2017 Further information

Anja Adler

TOA Festival. TOA Festival. Berliner Funkhaus, Berlin, Germany: 13.07.2017

Anja Adler

Die digitalen Dimensionen der Demokratie. Freidrich-Ebert-Stiftung. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Berlin, Germany: 30.11.2016 Further information

Anja Adler

Organisation of events

Die Demokratie zukünftig dem Zufall überlassen?
with attending Vip: Moderation. 31.01.2019. Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany (National) Further information

Anja Adler

Media appearances

Podcast on Open State of Politics and Alter Ego (13.10.2017). Medium
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Firmenberatung: So geht Nachhaltigkeit (09.04.2019). salto
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