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MOTIF is an independent think tank that operates at the intersection of technology and society. In times of rapid technological change, we advise organisations and policymakers on equitable tech. We do research, translate our findings into feasible formats, and work towards social justice in the digital age.

MOTIF is an independent think tank that operates at the intersection of technology and society. In times of rapid technological change, we advise businesses, non-profits, and policymakers on responsible tech. We translate complex questions of the digital age into feasible formats. Our focus lies on artificial intelligence, mobility, and innovation.


PROJECTS


AREAS OF EXPERTISE

DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE FOR CIVIL SOCIETY

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE & ETHICS

An active civil society is crucial for a functioning democracy. The COVID-19 pandemic showed the importance of digital infrastructure for civil society work. Free, open source technologies and access to knowledge and networks are urgently needed. That's why we, together with CityLAB Berlin, created Digital Vereint, a platform that supports civil society organisations and their digital work.

PLATFORM WORK AND THE DIGITAL ECONOMY

DIGITAL PRODUCTS & RESPONSIBILITY

DIGITAL PRODUCTS & RESPONSIBILITY

The platform economy transforms the world of work and promises new possibilities in terms of openness, equality and flexibility for workers. At the same time, research shows that platform work perpetuates problems such as precarisation and discrimination. Our qualitative research aims to explore platforms from intersectional perspectives and to put vulnerable groups at the centre. Read our study on women in the platform economy.

GENDER AND TECHNOLOGY

SUSTAINABLE STRATEGIES

The tech industry claims to be future-oriented, yet it still has a diversity problem. Women* are facing fewer opportunities and sexist work environments. The lack of diversity and equity is reflected in technological innovations. We advise governments and organisations on gender equity in the digital sphere. Also,  we  facilitate workshops for digital product development and embrace the imagination of feminist futures for the internet.

To us, strategy goes beyond business planning. Together with our clients, we co-develop long-term strategies that consider societal implications from the very beginning. In workshops and regular check-ins, we ask the right questions – and translate the outcome into feasible, clearly structured strategies. Our toolbox includes qualitative research, games, future scenarios and more.


DIGITAL PRODUCTS & RESPONSIBILITY

DIGITAL PRODUCTS & RESPONSIBILITY

ETHICS AND EQUITY IN AI

INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH

INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH

Artificial intelligence affects various areas of our daily lives and is currently at the center of many public debates. While one side has great hopes in AI, other voices fear dystopian scenarios. Our goal is to spark a discussion on AI and society that goes beyond hopes and fears, to foster education in AI and to advocate for ethics in AI applications. To do so, we give talks and lectures, and facilitate training workshops for employees.


The interplay between technological innovations and culture is in constant motion. Profound data is required in order to estimate and navigate new and old societal challenges. That’s why we tackle tech-related topics with methods of the social sciences. Our recent work includes research on gender effects in the platform economy and the future of smart cities.

ABOUT



ABOUT


ABOUT

MOTIF is an independent think tank founded by Katrin Fritsch and Helene von Schwichow in 2018. We like to do research on urgent socio-technical questions and translate our findings into accessible, creative formats. Our work includes qualitative research and academic writing, as well as lecturing, creating concepts, and facilitating workshops. We collaborate with universities, schools, research institutes and public organisations. In 2019, MOTIF was nominated on the Forbes 30 under 30 list in the category tech.  

Are you interested in our work? Send an email to:
contact@motif-institute.com

MOTIF is an independent think tank founded by Katrin Fritsch and Helene von Schwichow. As we have both backgrounds in science and industry, we like to research urgent societal questions and to translate complex contexts into creative, accessible formats. 
Critical, yet constructive.
Future-oriented, yet based on the present. Tech-savvy, yet human-centric. Interested? Contact us: 
contact@motif-institute.com

TEAM

TEAM

Katrin Fritsch

Katrin Fritsch - Co-Founder and Managing Director.
Katrin is a data and society researcher, writer, and creative consultant. She has worked in several agencies, lectures at universities and holds an MSc in Media and Communications of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Katrin Fritsch - Co-Founder.
Katrin is a data and society researcher, writer, and creative consultant. She has worked in several agencies, lectures in universities and holds an MSc in Media and Communications of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Katrin Fritsch is a data and society researcher, writer, speaker and creative consultant. She has worked in several agencies, lectures in universities and holds an MSc in Media and Communications of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

 

Helene von Schwichow

Helene von Schwichow - Co-Founder and Managing Director.
Helene studied communication in social and economic contexts in Berlin and Paris. Previous to MOTIF, she worked as a content strategist in start-ups and as a research assistant at UdK Berlin and the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet & Society.

Helene von Schwichow - Co-Founder.
Helene holds a master degree in Communication in Social and Economic Contexts from the Berlin University of the Arts. She has worked in content curation and communication in start-ups and as a research assistant at HIIG and UdK Berlin.

Helene von Schwichow holds a master degree in Communication in Social and Economic Contexts from the Berlin University of the Arts. Before founding MOTIF, she has worked in content curation and communication in start-ups and as a research assistant at HIIG and UdK Berlin.

 

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Diana Kozachek - Freelance strategist.
Diana is enrolled in the masters degree programme on future studies and has worked as a digital communications concepter in creative agencies, such as Scholz & Friends Berlin, for clients such as the European Commission or Car2Go.

Diana Kozachek is currently enrolled in a masters degree programme in future studies. She has worked several years in creative agencies such as Scholz & Friends Berlin as a digital communications concepter for clients such as the European Commission, BMVI, Audi and Car2Go.

AS SEEN IN

AS SEEN IN


FORBES 30 UNDER 30: CATEGORY TECH

NETZPOLITIK.TV: FEMINISTISCHE NETZPOLITIK

INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM - MANY WORLDS, MANY NETS,

MANY VISIONS: AGAINST PREDICTION

FORBES MAGAZINE: THE LEARNING MACHINE


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