Dr. Angela MerkelChancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
“I am pleased that something long-term has emerged from such a great idea. And I welcome this form of dialogue on the internet.” Angela Merkel
For over 12 years, all citizens have had the opportunity to engage in an open dialogue with the Chancellor on the direktzu® platform www.direktzurkanzlerin.de. Once a week the Federal Press Office responded to the posts that had received the most user-support through the voting function. The flood of incoming issues was thereby arranged on a democratic principle according to their relevance to the majority. The Chancellor’s platform was the first public direktzu® platform. An average of 500 users actively participated in the public dialogue every day. Up to 4,000 new registrations per year were recorded. During the lifetime of the project, the pages were clicked almost 1 billion times. More than 9,000 contributions were published, which were read 45 million times.
Stuttgart21Railway Development Project Stuttgart-Ulm
The railway project Stuttgart-Ulm ('Stuttgart21') is arguably the most controversial major public construction project in Germany. The project leaders brought in direktzu® to tone down the emotional debate and facilitate an open and broad dialogue for both supporters and opponents. With direktzu Stuttgart21, they engaged the public in more dialogue, but with less effort.
Read more about the successful deployment of direktzu® in the major construction project Stuttgart 21.
Dietmar WoidkePrime Minister of Brandenburg
Dietmar Woidke became Prime Minister of Brandenburg after the resignation of Matthias Platzeck. He continued the existing civil dialogue with Brandenburg citizens. By the parliamentary elections in September 2014, he had responded to 1,548 posts that were read by 13,662 users on the platform direktzu Dietmar Woidke.
Bürgerdialog HessenHessian State Chancellery
The direktzu® platform Bürgerdialog Hessen was used by the Hessian State Chancellery from 2012 to 2013 for transparent dialogue with citizens. In this project period the state government regularly asked citizens’ opinions and concerns regarding certain issues. In this way suggestions and ideas on business, sport, energy, integration and research were gathered and the responses from the state were then published transparently to the citizens. The responses from the state attracted over 40,000 views on the direktzu® platform.
Christian UdeLord Mayor of Munich
“This service is very actively used. By enabling every user to vote on the posts you can really see what the most pressing concerns are of the citizens of Munich. direktzu Christian Ude is an attractive added service which allows Munich residents to address their city council directly and to publicly voice their concerns.” Christian Ude
Energy Politics for BrandenburgThe Brandenburg Ministry of Economic and European Affairs
Throughout the year the people of Brandenburg are invited to post their questions about the county’s energy policies on the direktzu® platform Energiepolitik für Brandenburg. Issues regarding renewable energy, conventional power plants and electricity grids are answered every two weeks by the Ministry of Economy and European Affairs of the State of Brandenburg.
Joachim Kardinal MeisnerArchbishop of Cologne
"As a church we needed to strengthen our dialogue. direktzu Kardinal Meisner offers ideal conditions for engaging with people concerned with issues of faith."Joachim Kardinal Meisner
Ursula von der LeyenFormer Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
From early 2009 until the change of leadership at the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Ursula von der Leyen replied to 9,112 bundled posts from citizens. The open exchange with interested and engaged citizens on direktzu von der Leyen has achieved more than 280,000 views.
Horst SeehoferPrime Minister of Bavaria
"direktzu Horst Seehofer makes it possible to collect feedback from the population. This feedback is important to ensure that good and correct political decisions are made ." Horst Seehofer
Dr. Norbert LammertPresident of the Bundestag
“More than 2,000 letters from citizens are received by the President of the Bundestag each year. So the idea of bundling and prioritizing issues and thereby making the dialogue with citizens more efficient is of course attractive, especially as direktzu® itself includes a democratic element in user-votes.” Norbert Lammert
Ilse AignerFormer Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
As Minister of the Federal Minsitry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Ilse Aigner introduced the platform direktzu Ilse Aigner to facilitate open dialogue with citizens. The automatic bundling and prioritizing of posts on the platform gave the minister the opportunity to reply to 8,602 concerns.
Matthias PlatzeckFormer Prime Minister of Land Brandenburg
“We were immediately impressed by the concept. It is a highly democratic system.
Since the platform direktzu Matthias Platzeck was introduced I have written over a hundred responses that have been read more than 1.3 million times. Matthias Platzeck
Jürgen NimptschLord Mayor of Bonn
“I am impressed by how easy it is to use and publish posts on the direktzu® platform direktzu Jürgen Nimptsch. This has the positive effect of allowing more people to participate in the communications process and to provide background information on individual factual issues.” Jürgen Nimptsch
Dirk NiebelFederal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development
"I am generally in favour of open dialogue. direktzu® is an outstanding tool due to the objectivity and directness of the dialogue." Dirk Niebel
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang BöhmerFormer Prime Minister of Saxony-Anhalt
"The platform direktzu® should contribute to increasing active citizenship in political life." Wolfgang Böhmer
In 2010 the Prime Minister of Saxony-Anhalt (from 2002 to 2011) was looking for a direct dialogue with the citizens of his state. By the change of government the platform direktzu Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Böhmer had recorded 86,270 views of responses to issues.
Thomas PinkMayor of Wolfenbüttel
Since 2012 the governing mayor of Wolfenbüttel, Thomas Pink, has been listening to the concerns of the townspeople on the platform direktzu Thomas Pink. His answers have so far gained over 50,000 views. In March 2014 the organization „Zukunftsprofil – Innenstadt Wolfenbüttel“ presented 29 current project plans on the platform to encourage citizens to vote and discuss them openly.
Markus LeweMayor of Münster
“I have been approached by many about direktzu Markus Lewe. It is vital for a city like Münster to be accessible via the internet in a quick and simple way.” Markus Lewe
Manfred GörigDistrict Administrator of Vogelsbergkreis County
"I want to create an opportunity to integrate new ideas and questions into my daily business. Several interesting contributions on direktzu Manfred Görig have been integrated into my politics. With every new post it becomes more and more interesting for internet users - and for me because I want to find out what people care about." Landrat Manfred Görig
Dr. Martina MünchMinister for Education, Youth and Sport of Land Brandenburg
"It is important to learn democracy and active participation. Politics should listen to citizens. Therefore I use direktzu®." Martina Münch
Hillary ClintonFormer Secretary of State of the United States of America
In the Democrats’ pre-election campaign of 2008 relevantec GmbH in cooperation with the University of California and the University of Washington DC gave the US citizens the platform "Straight to Hillary Clinton". Users voiced their opinions and questions to the former Senator of the State of New York.
Barack ObamaPresident of the United States of America
In cooperation with the University of California and the University of Washington DC, the platform "Straight to Barack Obama" was provided for US citizens by relevantec GmbH. During the Democrats’ primaries of 2008 users discussed the then Senator of Illinois, Barack Obama, and shared their opinions transparently among themselves.
Harald WolfFormer Senator for Economics, Technology and Women's affairs for the State of Berlin
During the tenure of Harald Wolf, from 2007 to the end of 2011, citizens of Berlin showed great interest in direct dialogue with the senator via the direktzu Wolf. Wolf’s responses to the forwarded posts on issues of economics, technology and women reached over 700,000 readers.
Beate BlechingerFormer Minister of Justice of the State of Brandenburg
Beate Blechinger was Minister of Justice in the state of Brandenburg between 2004 until 2009. During her term she initiated citizen dialogue with the help of direktzu® and expanded the internet and communications presence of the Justice Department.
Jörg SchönbohmFormer Minister of the Interior of Land Brandenburg
The interior minister of Brandenburg Jörg Schönbohm (1999-2009) responded to the concerns of citizens until the change in state government in late October 2009.
FU BerlinFree University of Berlin
On the platform of direktzu® profound, the Free University of Berlin’s start-up funding, students with business ideas can network, share their experiences, ask questions and communicate with each other.