Online Partos Innovation Festival 2020

It’s time for the 7th edition of Partos’ annual Innovation Festival. The creation of an inclusive and sustainable world is what drives NGOs, civil society leaders, researchers, governments and social entrepreneurs working in the development sector. Collaboration is key to create this world we envision. Therefore, Partos, through its innovation platform The Spindle, organises the Partos Innovation Festival to celebrate innovative collaborations and to share ideas, inspiration and new trends. This year we’ve chosen a theme with much timely relevance: Digital Civic Power. Due to the current situation and this year’s theme, Partos has decided to organise this edition on the 8th and 9th of October online! This means that the festival is open for everyone around the world, free of charge!

Host of the Festival

We are happy to welcome Monique van Dusseldorp this year as the host and facilitator of our festival! Monique van Dusseldorp is a well-known curator of seminars and conferences on creativity, innovation, and technology. Over the last 20 years, she initiated and organised a series of internationally renowned events, all with a top line of speakers.

Keynote Speakers

This year's theme

Our current world is characterised by a great interconnectedness, in which the digital transformation has been one of the most disruptive trends of our time. A trend that offers a great number of challenges, but at the same time many new opportunities. The importance of civil society in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals is widely agreed upon. Especially its countervailing power that can point at damaging processes and measures is of great importance, as well as its convening and co-creative power. What can civic organisations learn from best practices on the use of data and digital technology? How can it strengthen civic organisations’ strategies on inclusive and sustainable development and improve their impact? In order to oversee, comprehend and harness these complex developments, the Partos Innovation Festival 2020 focuses on Digital Civic Power. The online Festival is a perfect opportunity to shed light on this complexity from various angles and to showcase promising initiatives, approaches and tools. Through the Festival, we hope to alert, inspire and to provide a shared agency for participants, and as such fuel the civic digital power for an inclusive and sustainable world for everyone. 


The Partos Innovation Festival 2020 takes place through an online format divided over three blocks. The first block focuses on civic digital power. During this block, civil society organisations and digital innovation experts share their experiences, and reflect on the challenges and opportunities of civic digital power. The second block addresses various inspiring digital tools needed for civic action. The third block takes us on different Digital Journeys. Click on the blocks to see the full programme. 

Block 1 | October 8 | 15.00-17.00 | What are inspiring examples of new, digitally enabled forms of civil society cooperation that are secure, inclusive, fair and informed by a locally led agendaIn the first block of the Partos Innovation Festival, civil society organisations and digital innovation experts will share their experiences and challenges – as well as interact with an international audience of civil society organisations and activists.
Read the full programme. 

Block 2 | October 9 | 10.00-12.00 | What are the most inspiring digital products or services that contribute to an inclusive, just, collaborative and sustainable world? What can civic society organisations learn from best practices on the use of data and digital technology in sustainable and inclusive development? In this session, we will dive into these questions and share ideas and inspiration about digital tools for civic action. 
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Block 3 | October 9 | 14.00-16.00 | This final block of the Partos Innovation Festival will focus on Digital Journeys. Jeremy Heimans discusses how power works in a hyperconnected world, and how social movements make use of it while creating a better world. You'll also get the opportunity to learn from more than 30 Partos members (all development organisations) active in The Spindle's Digital Journey in which they accelerate digital transformation.
Read the full programme.

Practical Details

  • What. Online Partos Innovation Festival
  • Whom. All striving for a better world
  • Programme.
    • Block 1: Civic digital power for a better world | October 8 | 15.00-17.00 (CEST)
    • Block 2: Digital tools for action | October 9 | 10.00-12.00 (CEST)
    • Block 3: Digital journeys | October 9 | 14.00 - 16.00 (CEST)
  • Registration. Free of charge and via this webpage
    • If you have registered, you will receive an e-mail on forehand with all the information you need, including the login details. 

Flashback to the Partos Innovation Festival 2019

Last year, things were slightly different. With a jam packed Pakhuis de Zwijger (a festive location in Amsterdam) we celebrated innovation within the development sector. Watch the aftermovie to get that feeling again!