SPD – #digitalLEBEN

Social Democratic Party of Germany

From late June to early August 2015, the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) implemented an online participation process for its #digitalLEBEN digital policy program. The project was realized with Adhocracy 3, and was one of the first participation projects based on this software version. Members of the SPD, supporters and interested citizens were invited to participate in the programme debate for the federal party conference in December 2015.

The document was made available online in draft form and could be commented on paragraph by paragraph and discussed among the users. A total of eight different topic areas were up for discussion, the division of which facilitated orientation in the forum. This resulted in a constructive discussion with 500 participants who wrote over 500 comments and contributed to a higher quality of content in the programme debate.

The #digitalLEBEN online participation

participation process

  • Duration: approx. 6 weeks (29 June 2015 - early August 2015)
  • Function used: Edit text/comment paragraph by paragraph


The possibility of online participation meant that not only members but also non-members could participate directly in the discussion of the basic programme. The comments submitted online by 500 participants directly contributed to the revision of the draft of the SPD's Digital Policy Programme. The final version of the digital basic program #digitalLEBEN was adopted at the federal party conference of the SPD from December 10 - 12, 2015 and can be downloaded here.

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