In recent years, there have been continual discussions about crises such as the financial and economic crisis, the public debt crisis, the climate crisis or the migration crisis. The current COVID-19 pandemic poses a global challenge in a form which we have not experienced for decades and it generates multi-facetted consequences. During such crises we are constantly looking for guidance and new maps that can both support us and guide us through such uncertain and turbulent times. But who are the organisations looking for ways out of these crises? Who are these professionals who offer us the ideas to overcome these challenges?
Over the past months, the Julius Raab Foundation in cooperation with FASresearch, went on a quest to find answers to the following scientific question ‘Who in Europe, especially in the German-speaking region, is currently providing significant ideas and bringing about changes tackling the important (economic, social, ecological, technological and geopolitical) challenges of our time?’. FASresearch visualised a network comprising of 370 organisations (think tanks, research institutes, universities, NGOs, public and state-affiliated institutions, supranational organisations, platforms, initiatives, interest groups, etc.) on the basis of 55 in-depth interviews with leading experts in politics, public administration, business, science and research, NGOs and think tanks. A data-derived inspirer and changemaker-index reveals those organisations that were often considered to create new ideas or to be effective in bringing them to implementation (‘Authority Value’) and that enjoy significant attention in both traditional and social media (‘media attention’).
Learning ability and new unconventional ways of cooperation of various inspirers and changemakers are crucial in order to come out of crises stronger. The Julius Raab Foundation in cooperation with FASresearch has identified these inspirers and changemakers over the last few months. Together, with this study, the two organizations would like to offer way to navigate through the networks of ideas and innovations.