Understand different cultural and sector-specific perspectives
Design innovative solutions for a sustainable European energy future
Implement ideas in your own professional environment


The Lab consists of three parts:

Kick-off Seminar in Berlin (6 days) with experts on energy systems and system innovations including field visits and coaching

Exploration Phase (10 weeks) in which participants test their prototypes in the context of their professional environment (supported by mentors)

Reflection Seminar in another European capital (5 days) for the presentation of results and the joint formulation of lessons learned

Key Benefits

Kick-Off Seminar
Deep-dive into system innovation approaches
Understand your personal contribution to large systems change
Develop prototypes for change

Exploration Phase
Test your prototype jointly with your peers
Benefit from mentor expertise
Document your personal learning journey

Reflection Seminar
Share your story with the group
Comprehend systemic common ground
Pinpoint success factors for systemic change


The Lab offers an extraordinary opportunity for participants to exchange, co-create and reflect in an international setting.

It combines scientific expertise, practical insights and innovative methods such as Design Thinking, Presencing or Gaming with Leadership and Advocacy Coaching.

Agenda Kick-Off Seminar

•   Sunday evening: Welcome
•   Monday: Systems and their innovation - What are we talking about?
•   Tuesday: Innovation and I: Navigating as a Change Maker
•   Wednesday: Keynote on German Energy Transition and field trip to innovators
•   Thursday: Refining prototypes and advocacy training
•   Friday: Strategies for exploration phase and coaching
•   Saturday: Farewell

Target Group

The lab addresses 25 Young and Mid-career Professionals who work in staff positions across Europe preparing energy-related decision-making in politics, economy and civil society with the drive to be part of a large-scale transformation by making concrete change happen.

Do you consider yourself a pioneer? Are you entrusted with energy-related innovation and transformation strategies in your job? Do you wish for a new perspective on wicked problems you are dealing with? Would a group of peers help you try something unusual?

Then this lab is for you!


Time commitment
We expect you to spend the time equivalent of one working week during the 10 weeks of the exploration phase (in addition to the seminars).

Participant fee
The regular fee is 750 EUR. Please indicate if (and why) you need financial support in your application.

Cancellation Policy
In the case of cancellation, we will be able to refund you if you cancel by the end of January 2016 at the latest. In that case, we would need to keep 50 Euros as allowance though. We will not be able to refund you in case of cancellation any later than that.


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