Thomas Gegenhuber investigates in his lecture new and alternative forms of organizing and how they can contribute to coping with the crisis. An example he uses during his lecture is the #wevsvirus [#wirvsvirus in German] hackathon hosted by the German Federal Government. The hackathon also falls into the category of open social innovation: a bureaucratic organization, such as the German Government, making an open call to civil society in search of solutions for the crisis at hand.
Thomas wrote an article where he reflects on the hackathon’s lessons learned. Stanford Social Innovation Review published this article as part of an ongoing online series dedicated to “rethinking social change in the face of coronavirus.” If you want to learn more about research related to the #wevsvirus hackathon, also check out the website opensocialinnovation.net.