oPEN Lab | Project Partner

ifok GmbH

Founded in 1995, ifok is now one of Germany’s leading strategy and communications consultancies. We shape complex transformations – considering all stages, from strategy to implementation. Our work results in ground-breaking strategies, innovative solutions, and strong alliances. Dialogue and communication, technical expertise and neutral moderation are our tools of the trade. Through building networks and involving all those who provide new insights, we create consensus-based results with impact. For us, successful communication is based on professional expertise: as a think tank, we know the trends and drivers of change, the state of science and current controversial issues. We use data-driven analyses as well as our intensive contacts with stakeholders.

For our clients from the public sector, business, and civil society, we focus on efficiency and offer all services integrated under one roof: strategy consulting, dialogue and stakeholder participation, moderation and mediation, network and change management, public relations and campaigns, digital communication and e-participation, event management as well as office and project management. Digitalisation and industry 4.0, energy and climate, mobility, infrastructure development, open government, sustainability strategies in society and business, health and the future of work are our topics.

Role in Project

Community and stakeholder engagement is crucial for the successful implementation of technical and social innovations in the new Positive Energy Neighbourhoods in Genk, Pamplona, and Tartu. Drawing on its experience as a market leader for participation and engagement, ifok will work with local citizen engagement leaders and expert partners to thoroughly plan citizen and value chain engagement and co-creation activities based on the local social and cultural contexts. By building on existing collaborative structures and enabling the establishment of new, complementary structures, ifok will support the living labs in their implementation of oPEN innovation principles and processes and facilitate co-creation and participation of the relevant stakeholders and engagement of the whole community at each of the three locations.