Cases

2015

The Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels represents the interests of the German book publishing industry. Facing massive changes within the publishing industry caused by digitalization, new...

2014

Digital Bauhaus is an annual summit for the creative economy. Set in Weimar, home of the original Bauhaus, it focuses on a specific topic each year and features hands-on workshops, keynote talks,...

2013

Cologne Conference Futures (CCF) is a small, invitation-only conference format dedicated to explore the current and future evolution of digital media and technology. It is part of the renowned TV and...
¡SPEGMA! is a monthly trend column we write for ARTE Creative, the interactive online network of French-German public-service broadcaster ARTE.

2012

On behalf of Berlin's cultural affairs department (Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs) and its Permanent Secretary for Cultural Affairs André Schmitz, we developed and conducted K2, a one-and-half...
Allianz AG commissioned us to conduct a co-creation workshop on "The Future of Mobile" at the NEXT12 innovation conference. We collaborated with Sylvie Reinhard (CEO of the Lift Conference).

2011

Daimler's Finance & Controlling division hired ZIA to prepare and put on their annual internal summit for senior management, which had a thematic focus on current global trends and their impact...
At the request of XING – Germany's major social network for professional life – we conducted a workshop series to facilitate the brand's re-positioning and strategic reorientation.
From Sketch is a monthly webvideo format we developed for ARTE Creative, the interactive online network of French-German public-service broadcaster ARTE. In each episode of the series we invited an...
EVOline – a manufacturer of power solutions – brought us on board to strategically rethink the  entire concept of the brand and relaunch its public appearance.
Trend Update is the official monthly business periodical of the Zukunftsinstitut, published by the futurologist Matthias Horx.

2010

In cooperation with their IT services division and the Douglas Holding Academy, we produce a series of top management meetings on digital trends and future technologies for the retailer DOUGLAS Group.
Creative.NRW, initiated by the Ministry of Economics of North Rhine-Westphalia, asked us to develop and conduct a scenario workshop exploring the future of the creative industries and the cultural...

2009

The Nationaltheater Mannheim invited us to develop a hit play that would bring a broader clientele to the theater. For the project – code name "Lorem ipsum" – we adapted the classic Beckett play...
We were invited by the Goethe-Institut New York to present Slow Capitalism: The Slime Economy, a weekend-long participatory festival playfully investigating the contradictions of a capitalism on...
Telepronto was an improvised collaborative lecture performance presented at the conference "The Performance of the Lecture on the Web" in Hamburg in 2009.
txtr is a German startup for e-book retailing and reading apps. We used our expertise in brand development to position txtr's e-book reader within a highly competitive market.

2008

We helped Blatand GmbH hone in on the quintessence of their innovative Bluetooth GPS hip belt with a comprehensive brand strategy process to ensure the efficient positioning of the product.
We conduct an annual team retreat focusing on future trends and organizational development for Daimler's M&A department.
On behalf of Bertelsmann Foundation, the largest privately operating non-profit organization in Germany and major holder in the Bertelsmann AG, we conceptually developed and edited a book focused on...
Domain Name Scrabble is an entertainment format involving improvised startup pitches we created for the blogger conference re:publica in 2008.
Folge 137 is a series of six satirical radio shows we produced for German public-service broadcaster Deutschlandradio Kultur.

2007

In the summer of 2007 we organized the festival 9 to 5 – Wir nennen es Arbeit. Over the course of three nights and two days a large and diverse group of participants explored new forms of...
On behalf of shopping.com – a subsidiary enterprise of eBay – we designed a psychological online test that helps consumers find suitable products for themselves and gifts for others.
Das Geschäftsjahr 2006/2007 – Eine kurze Geschichte der Zentralen Intelligenz Agentur is a documentary about the rise and fall of Zentrale Intelligenz Agentur.

2006

Powerpoint Karaoke is a show format that extends and revolutionizes the traditional and widely despised Powerpoint presentation. Participants are asked to lecture spontaneously on the slides of a...
ZIA's visual designers Martin Baaske and Thomas Weyres have created unique covers, illustrations, and book designs for various books written by ZIA members.
ZIA invented and launched the live and participatory show Onkel Milgram's Open Mike. It combined popular open mike/poetry slam contests with the infamous 1961 Milgram experiment.

2005

Riesenmaschine is a collaboratively operated award-winning blog that embraces the idea of progress and engages critically and humorously with social and technological trends. For years Riesenmaschine...