About openPetition

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openPetition supports petitioners in creating their petition, collecting signatures and submitting the petition to the relevant recipient. In addition, regardless of the formal petition process, openPetition requests the opinion of parliamentarians. Whether it is the preservation of the youth club, the decommissioning of nuclear power plants, legislative changes or the development of wind turbines: Every day, users start petitions on our platform and advance changes: locally, regionally, nationwide and bit by bit also in Europe. More than 6 Million people use openPetition and become part of digital democracy.

The openPetition team

Jörg Mitzlaff
Jörg Mitzlaff - studied computer science in Berlin and worked as a software developer and IT manager at Infoseek, eBay and idealo. He got involved with Mehr Demokratie eV before he founded the platform openPetition in 2010. Since 2012 he is shareholder and managing director of openPetition gemeinnützigen GmbH.
Jessica Seip
Jessica Seip - Heads the editorial department and is an expert in campaign strategies. As a cultural scientist, she was active in the radio landscape for several years before her employment at openPetition. In addition to our users, she also looks after NGOs and advocates equal rights at all levels.
Conner Defosse

- was initially a federal volunteer at openPetition and now works in the editorial office. He is interested in the means by which citizens can make themselves heard and become more active. Therefore, he makes participation opportunities as simple, attractive and effective as possible.

Anna Frey
Anna Frey - is an editor and specializes in public relations. She studied media and communication consulting in Austria and supports users in attracting attention to their concerns through press work and social media campaigns.
Maria Plass
Maria Plass - is currently completing her compulsory internship in the editorial team of openPetition. She is studying sustainable social policy with a focus on communication and is very interested in children's and educational rights.
Hanna Schöttes
Hanna Schöttes - has been doing her federal voluntary service in the editorial office of openPetition since September 2020. She is particularly interested in motivating people of all social backgrounds to participate in politics and in supporting them in joint discourse and the implementation of projects.
Jonas Hantelmann
Jonas Hantelmann - is a software developer at openPetition. Prior to that, he trained as an application development IT specialist and taught ICT at a school in Ghana.
Steven von Roden
Steven von Roden - After studying Business Information Systems in Dresden, the software developer moved to Berlin. Here he prefers to work with open source software and is impressed by the (musical) diversity of the city.
Thanh Dung Nguyen
Thanh Dung Nguyen - is a web developer at openPetition. After studying cognitive science in Osnabrück, she worked as an IT consultant and traveled a lot abroad. In addition to data protection and democracy, social justice is a major issue for her.
Hannah Schwarz
Hannah Schwarz - trained as an IT specialist for application development and has been working as a web developer at openPetition since August 2020. She volunteers for a non-partisan pro-European association and wishes to make Europe easier to understand.
Jochen Taeschner
Jochen Taeschner - studied computer science at the Humboldt University in Berlin. He is convinced that social participation must not fail because of digital obstacles. That is why he works with openPetition to improve these sustainably.
Ralf Engelmann - is an honorary system administrator for openPetition. He is particularly committed to privacy and data economy. Full-time, he works at an Internet Preisvergleichsportal.

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.

making policies more comprehensible - If a petition reaches the openPetition-quorum, we ask the respective parliament, i.e. all elected representatives of the region, for a statement.

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

Neutrality and democratic values - openPetition is politically neutral: We do not intend to influence political opinion or support political parties unilaterally. All petition requests as well as recommendations for partner NGOs do not reflect our point of view, but show a colourful mixture of opinions - no matter where you come from or what you believe in. Because we want to promote constructive political debate, we pay attention to respecting our Terms of Use: Racism, misanthropy and discrimination have no place with us. We invite everyone to interfere under fair conditions. We see diversity of opinion as an enrichment for common, democratic discourses.

Privacy - Digital democracy can only work if personal data is safe from uncontrolled government access and selfish economic interests. If algorithms influence political opinion-forming, then they must be made transparent and easy to understand for everyone. Citizens must retain control of their data and the algorithms for processing the data at all times. The right to oblivion must be taken into account as early as the collection of data. As a non-governmental organisation for citizens' concerns, we want to support the idea of a digital democracy and protect your political footprint on our platform. Please read our Privacy Policy.

Charta der Vielfalt 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.
  • In terms of acceptable content on our platform we are committed to our terms of use only. Our terms of use are based on democratic rights and values and are permanently being developed further in dialog with our users.
  • 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.

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