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openPetition supports petitioners in creating their petition, collecting signatures and submitting the petition to the appropriate recipient. In addition, openPetition solicits statements from parliamentarians regardless of the formal petition process. Whether it is about the preservation of a youth club, the shutdown of nuclear power plants, changes in the law or the construction of wind turbines: every day, users start petitions on our platform and bring about change - locally, regionally, nationally and little by little across Europe as well. More than 10 million people use openPetition and are thus part of digital democracy.
The openPetition team
Jörg Mitzlaff - studied computer science in Berlin and worked as a software developer and IT manager at Infoseek, eBay and idealo, among others. During a break in 2009, he set up the openPetition platform. Since 2012 he has been the managing director and co-partner, and since 2020 the sole partner of openPetition non-profit GmbH.
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 - is an editor specializing in public relations. It supports users and users in gaining through public relations and social media campaigns attention to their concerns.
Cai Schultz - studied political science in Würzburg, Potsdam and Lisbon and works as an editor at openPetition. He wants to use the profit potential of digitization within the meaning of democracy.
Tra My Lisa Nguyen - studied American Studies and Cultural Studies and became part of the openPetition editorial team after graduating. She has been involved in cultural exchange since childhood and believes that democracy must above all be inclusive - created by all, for all.
Dóra Simon - is an editor at openPetition. As a political scientist, she wants to work to the citizens and to contribute to strengthening direct democratic elements and promote civic engagement.
Jacqueline Neuwerth - studied culture-language-media and worked in public relations for cultural institutions at home and abroad. As an editor at openPetition, she wants to motivate people to get actively involved in political events and thus shape the common future of Europe.
Hangzhi Yu - has been a federal volunteer service worker at openPetition since September 2021. He has been committed to low-threshold (youth) participation for several years and is particularly enthusiastic about the enormous variety of opinions and topics that he comes across openPetition
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 - 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.
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. Hannah is currently on parental leave.
Jochen Taeschner - studied computer science at Humboldt University in Berlin. He is convinced that social participation should not fail due to digital obstacles. At openPetition he works on improving social participation in a sustainable way.
Karina Taubert - studied English and computer science at Humboldt University of Berlin. She focuses on user experience and tidy code in software that really helps people. Since November 2020 she is a web developer in the openPetition team.
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.
openPetition is the result of a voluntary initiative by Jörg Mitzlaff and online since April of 2010. In July 2012, the openPetition profit company by the shareholders Jörg Mitzlaff and Campact eV was founded. Since 2020 is the founder Jörg Mitzlaff sole shareholder of openPetition gGmbH. For 2021, we plan to convert the gGmbH in profit responsibility property . By the tax office for corporations Berlin I the openPetition gGmbH is serving recognized for promoting education, promoting democratic government and promotion of civic engagement, according to the latest available exemption decision of 24.01.2019 as charitable.