INNOVATION

Artificial Intelligence, Smart Cities, Big Data: There is a lot of buzz about digital innovations. Yet, technology is not all about codes and numbers. It is part of a pervasive societal change. MOTIF is a research institute and creative agency that operates at the intersection of culture and technology in order to guide organisations towards their digital future.

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Technology changes society and society changes technology. Therefore the mindset of the innovators is part of the product. Co-creating the future to us means bringing an interdisciplinary, human-centric perspective in technological innovation processes. We know that in the long run the most successful innovations are not only avantgarde but social, diverse, open and sustainable.

 Formats:

  • Ethics in Emerging Tech Workshop
  • Ethics in Emerging Tech Talk
  • Interdisciplinary Product Development
  • Multidisciplinary Co-Creating Sessions
  • Pitch Tank


You want to innovate sustainably?

Contact us: contact@motif-institute.com


PROJECTS

GAME 

Pitch Tank

In the self-designed board game PITCH TANK business ideas emerge within seconds. In three phases the players develop their idea, collect know-how, and choose their business model. With questions such as “What happens if your fashion brand suddenly has to work with AI?” or “How can I obtain venture capital with my idea of a  smart watering-can?” they have to meet the challenges of the start-up world with creativity and boldness.

GAME

PITCH TANK

In the self-designed board game PITCH TANK, business ideas emerge within seconds. In three phases the players develop their idea, collect know-how, and choose their business model. With questions such as “What happens if your fashion brand suddenly has to work with AI?” or “How can I obtain venture capital with my idea of a  smart watering-can?” they have to meet the challenges of the start-up world with creativity and boldness.

Image: UdK Berlin

WORKSHOP

Science Fiction as Creative Method
Feminist Futures

In workshops, talks and exhibitions Sci-Fi imagination and narration serve as tools for public engagement in technological processes. We have recently facilitated writing workshops at RightsCon, Z2X Festival and the Goethe Institut Tunis.


WORKSHOP

Data Walking

Data Walking is a workshop format that challenges the current understanding of data. By walking through, investigating, mapping, discussing and visualising data, it aims to stimulate new ideas and debates around widespread datafication. Developed by Alison Powell, data walking constitutes a new form of reading (smart) cities. We have conducted the workshop at various conferences such as re:publica or information+.


Image: William Schmidt

ABOUT

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

MOTIF is an independent research institute and creative agency founded by Katrin Fritsch and Helene von Schwichow. As we have both backgrounds in science and industry, we are able to link different contexts such as cultural studies, digital technologies, and strategic communication. This allows for an interdisciplinary approach that focuses on long-term developments rather than short-term hypes. The digital sphere is our area of expertise. Our aspiration is to work on cutting-edge innovations without losing the sight on larger economic and cultural dynamics.