The openPetition team
Many thanks to our former Colleagues from openPetition.
The openPetition mission and how we want to achieve our goals
Make politics simpler - We advise and support petitioners so that each openPetition achieves maximum effect, i.e. reaches the relevant parliament and is processed there.
making policies more visible - We make sure that politicians know what moves citizens in their constituencies. For this purpose we have developed the Wahlkreisradar.
Strengthen the right to petition - We are politically committed to a more effective petitions system. To this end, we talk to politicians and administration in the petitions committees in Germany at federal, state and European level.
Bringing petitions to parliaments across Europe - We want to open up the possibilities of the right of petition online in other European countries and help citizens to address their concerns to their political representatives through online participation.
Modernising parliamentary democracy - We want a modern online right of initiative and demand the right to be consulted and consulted on new, urgent citizens' concerns in parliaments and specialist committees.
To achieve these goals, openPetition engages in various Networks, alliances and initiatives ,
Values & principles
Transparency - openPetition demands transparency and openness from politics and business. One can only demand what one lives. This is why we support Transparency Germany's "Transparency Civil Society Initiative". For this purpose, we have compiled information about goals, source of funds, use of funds, personnel structure and decision paths at openPetition in accordance with the guidelines of the initiative in the current transparency report.
diversity - At openPetition, diversity management goes beyond pure equality and anti-discrimination policies: diversity for us it also means looking at people with odd résumés. The most important thing for us is whether future employees share our values and our democracy mission. This is the prerequisite for everyone to be able to get involved on our platform, regardless of gender, level of education, age, nationality and their political opinion, within the framework of our democratic order.
We are non-profit.
openPetition is the result of a voluntary initiative by Jörg Mitzlaff and has been online since April 2010. In July 2012 the openPetition nonprofit GmbH was founded by the partners Jörg Mitzlaff and Campact eV founded. OpenPetition gGmbH is registered as a non-profit GmbH in the commercial register of the district court of Berlin-Charlottenburg under number HRB 144054 B. OpenPetition gGmbH has been recognized by the Berlin tax office for corporations I for the purpose of promoting education, promoting the democratic state and promoting civic engagement in accordance with the latest exemption notice dated January 24, 2019, serving non-profit purposes.
We are independent
- openPetition is politically neutral. The topics on the platform cover the entire democratic political spectrum. openPetition does not adopt the demands and statements of the petitions - this also applies to petition recommendations.
- Our independence form our associates is stipulated in the Articles of Association.
- More than 10,000 committed citizens already support the work of openPetition with a donation or a regular contribution.
- Financial independence is important to us. Therefore, state funds or party donations are out of the question for us. So far we are financially supported by the Campact. e.V. campaign network and in return send out a partner mailing four times a year. Other NGOs and associations can also advertise their petition requests with us in individual cases and against payment. However, we are striving for 100% financing through small donations from our users.