Goethe-Institut – New Work

How can the Goethe-Institut leverage its new location as catalyst for New Work?


The Goethe-Institut aimed to leverage the relocation of its headquarters as a catalyst for New Work: creating new spaces and working environments to foster new forms of collaboration and innovation culture. Together with a selected group of stakeholders and relocation ambassadors, we went through a compact process of organizational prototyping. We developed the Goethe-Institut vision for New Work and identified concrete opportunity areas related to the new location.


In a two-day Hackathon the teams created prototypes that have been implemented, evaluated and iterated within the new Goethe-Institut headquarters. These ranged from rituals and tools for desk-sharing and working in open spaces to specific solutions on how to make the collective skill-set more tangible and increase peer-to-peer exchange. The process served as a New Work collaboration training: self-initiated, trustful, cross-department cooperation creating tangible outcomes quickly in a fail-and-learn approach. We complemented this successful prototyping approach with different formats of inspiration and training.

"An innovation agency with a very pragmatic approach. Their work with prototypes offers us a lot of potential to apply these methods in the longer term."

Tina Lierheimer & Daniela Gollob,Organizational Development Officers, Goethe-Institut
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