Dialogue process | #gutlebendigital

Shaping digitalization to improve quality of life as much as possible

In two dialogue phases with events, individual interviews and an online participation option, visions, indicators and concrete projects for a good life in the digital age were derived for 11 topics. They should provide orientation for robust future decisions in politics, business, civil society and for each individual:Results are available summarized as a document and interactively available here:

1. I: The Individual

The people with their individual needs are the starting point for the shaping of digitalization.

2. Fundamentals

Digital technologies are used for more participation, openness and diversity – and coherent rules are set.

3. Work & Economy

Sensible interaction between human and machine extends freedom and saves resources.

4. Leisure, Arts & Culture

Digital technologies provide easier and more diverse access to culture and leisure activities.

5. Education

Across all age groups, competence in dealing with technology, with oneself and with other people increases.

6. Health

More and better data will facilitate a comprehensive understanding of health, prevention and treatment.

7. Environment

Digital technologies support the protection of natural resources through greater transparency and efficiency.

8. Transport & Mobility

Simpler, safer, faster, more environmentally friendly and interconnected mobility for people and goods.

9. Housing

(There have not yet been sufficient results for a comprehensive evaluation for this topic.)

10. Community

Digital and analogue possibilities allow more people access to and to participate in the community.

11. Security

Common action ensures people’s informational self-determination.

12. Politics & Administration

Digitalization strengthens democracy and improves societal decisions.


The dialogue process #gutlebendigital offers orientation for robust future decisions in politics, business, civil society and for each individual. Recommendations for action as well as concrete measures and projects were developed and made visible.


#gutlebendigital uses proven methods from futurology and organizational development to visualize and connect the collective intelligence of the participants: Appreciative Inquiry, Future Search, Futures Literacy Labs, but also studies and lectures. Study with description of the whole process (in German).


The two-year dialogue process involved citizens and specialists on quality of life and digitalization from civil society, science, politics, business, etc. Opinion leaders and actors with a variety of perspectives are connected to each other.

Digitalization discourse

Internet of Things
Artificial Intelligence
Augmented Reality
Social Networks

Visions –Indicators – Recomendations for action


The impact of digitalization on our quality of life

Various disciplines

Various sectors

Discourse on quality of life


#Need: Digitalization already has a considerable impact on people’s quality of life, democracy and the future viability of our societies. It raises new and old questions about self-determination, co-determination, participation, and security. So far, however, digitalization is still largely discussed without insights into the quality of life. At the same time, digitalization is only marginally part of the quality of life discourse. It is time to combine the two discourses in an open dialogue process.

#Host: Dialogue processes require a neutral and methodically competent coordination that can bring all actors together. Since 2009, the non-profit think tank Center for Societal Progress e.V. has been developing new ways and methods to improve people’s quality of life. We have led our own processes (e.g. Schöne Aussichten – Forum für Frankfurt and Zukunftsmodell Soziale Marktwirtschaft) and were actively involved in major federal government processes (Zukunftsdialog der Bundeskanzlerin and Gut leben in Deutschland).

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Key Statements (German)

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