Exploiting the opportunities of participatory processes

Cultural institutions, sponsors and cultural policy-makers are repeatedly confronted with challenging issues. In many cases, they affect different interest groups and a large circle of people. Participation can be an advantage here: Involving stakeholders creates new perspectives and integrates diverse experiences into the solution of complex issues. Moreover, the joint development of solutions strengthens their acceptance.

Whether it is a comprehensive participation process for cultural development planning or the participatory expansion of a project by workshops and surveys, actori is experienced in the conception and implementation of participation: Moderation of large cultural policy processes, topic-based surveys, development of strategies and utilisation concepts with different stakeholder groups.

Successful participation in 5 steps


Definition of a framework

First, actori will clarify with you what the goal of the participation is and where the boundaries lie.

Find the right people

You will be supported in answering the question of who should be involved in the participation and in what form.


Strategic planning

Participation processes and formats will be designed specifically for you (e.g. methodology or director's plans).


Strong, sympathetic and situation-sensitive moderation

In the first step, the initial situation is recorded and analysed. All information is collected sensitively, used anonymously and evaluated. Best practice and comparative analyses help to classify the situation and determine the goals. At the end of the process step, there is clarity about the strengths and weaknesses of an organisation; the central fields of action are also identified.


Preparing results

actori will compole work results, structure them and prepare them for further communication.


Clients we have advised in this area (excerpt): Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst – Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst Brandenburg/Sächsisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst/Kulturplan Lausitz – Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Stadt Detmold – Kulturrat Thüringen – Stadt Sindelfingen – Deutscher Alpenverein – Landesarchiv Nordrhein-Westfalen – Stadt Nürnberg.

Our services

  • Interviews and surveys
  • Digital participation formats
  • Workshops
  • Meetings and conferences
  • Complex participation processes (e.g. cultural development planning)
  • Cultural political communication and information events.


Frank Schellenberg
Managing Director