We invite people to join spaces for open and deep dialogue, exploring the biggest challenges of our time, unleashing our collective potential for sustainable solutions that will transform people, organisations and systems.


Our Beginning


Collaboratio helvetica was established in December 2016 by a group of dedicated individuals from foraus, euforia, Coworking Switzerland, GreenBuzz and the Impact Hubs for Bern, Geneva and Zürich, with the support of the Engagement Migros development fund, to catalyse collaborative innovation towards the SDGs.


What we are

Collaboratio helvetica is at once platform, community, organisation, laboratory and movement. Today, we are a growing community of co-creators with various backgrounds, united by a common mission to work towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), regenerating the Swiss culture of collaboration. We explore and cultivate the internal, organisational and systemic conditions for collaboration. This spirit of cooperation allows us to unleash the untapped potential in the spaces “between” different actors, ways of working, organisations and institutions.


The implementation


How we want to reach our vision

We seek to cultivate the conditions needed for genuine collaboration to achieve the fairer and better world that we all know is possible. At the very bottom of it lies one seemingly simple element: meaningful conversations. We wish to bring our partner organisations, their members and entire systems, as well as the citizens of Switzerland, into a profound discussion. Through this process we can explore our realities, perceptions and hopes for a new “business as usual”. The collaboratio helvetica way is an approach that seeks to expand awareness and provide capacity for collaboration building on a local, organisational and national level.

To achieve this goal, collaboratio helvetica organizes Social Labs and Dialog Evenings, which are platforms for addressing social challenges. In our Social Labs we bring together a rare blend from government, NGOs, intergovernmental organisations, business and civil society. These groups seek to explore the institutional, human and environmental root causes of the SDG-related issue on which the respective Social Lab is focusing, which we call a Quest. Our style is very “hands-on”, experience-based, collaborative and impact-driven. It builds on years of tested theoretical frameworks and action-research methods for societal transformation, innovation and renewal. These include Theory U (Otto Scharmer, MIT), Integral Worlds Theory, Appreciative Inquiry, Art of Hosting, Design Thinking and others. Such cutting-edge collaborative methodologies have resulted in considerable innovation, with outputs that are physical (prototyped solutions), human (new capacities and skills), social (increased trust and collaboration) and intellectual (new knowledge and learning).


Collaboration is vital to sustain what we call profound or really deep change, because without it, organisations are just overwhelmed by the forces of the status quo.

Peter Senge