Vision Saxony PRIZE

Education , Government , Infrastructure , Non-Profit & Social Impact , Technology

by Ralf Lippold | Nov. 10, 2018
A prize competition on creating ways that enable a prosperous future of the Free State of Saxony and its citizens in the next 5-10 years.

Imagine, what you have seen in the best-run companies locally can be spread to a whole state, including how the government and policy making, networked economics, or the way of how education and curricula adapt to current and future challenges. 


You might have noticed in the press that the right-wing party AfD is the strongest party currently in Saxony. Dresden, despite its legacy of inviting artist, entrepreneurs and social innovators over centuries. is facing weekly marches of Pegida. The economy, though we write almost three decades after the reunification, is in large part shaped by decisions made at companies' headquarters outside Saxony (often with devastating impact when closings are announced). A low unionized workforce and low tariff connection (only a quarter of all firms are part of branch tariffs) have led to rather low wages.

What sparked the idea of Vision Saxony Prize?

In June 2007, I was working in the newly opened BMW car manufacturing plant in Leipzig, Saxony, being responsible for the time quality of production (while still ramping up to 700 cars per day, and having first deliveries to BMW Welt in sight where nearly 100% time quality was needed in order to run logistics operations to Munich smoothly), I attended a workshop at MIT (Massachussets Institute of Technology).


"When I met Professor Forrester, I was working in Saxony for a premium car manufacturer. Helping ramp up production of the car plant had been like going through a second German reunification at a fast pace as cultures from West and East Germany met to achieve a shared vision. An organization is (in some broader sense) a replication of the larger society, with all its challenges. Policies at the plant and changes in the network of personal relationships there had (often subtle) implications for the overall work outcome, but understanding these dynamics was proving difficult."

From: MIT Technology Review, Alumni Letters, August 18, 2015

What I experienced first hand, while working with colleagues from Saxony and other East German regions at BMW, was that Saxons are pride and exceptionally capable of dealing with complex challenges in most creative in innovative ways. Building up the plant back then we were all in the "same boat"  and achieved a great success going live on May 1st, 2005, delivering the first BMW 3 Sedan to the first customer)


Over the years I have brainstormed and initiated various projects to extent my experiences from working at the BMW Plant Leipzig to the larger whole: Saxony. Here my own thoughts for an MIT ClimateCoLab proposal from 2016, and a more recent prototype as part of the ongoing MOOC Transforming Capitalism Lab. These could be one way

So far the actions are literally the "drop on the stone".  Now I am prepared to take it to a new level, by creating a Vision Saxony Prize, inspired by Peter H. Diamandis' Huffington Post article in 2012 "An XPRIZE for Jobs: Can We Radically Reinvent How We Create, Finance, and Find Jobs in America". Having built up networks globally over the course of the last ten years I have send out "beacons" and connected with friends who are open to support such an ambitious project.

Why should you care?

Become part of the design team of the Vision Saxony Prize. Learn together with others to set up a thrilling and ambitious project, and become part of a movement from which you can take back knowledge to your own projects. 

Very much looking forward to hearing from you to join this initiative :-)




PS.: You can reach out to me either through commenting, approaching me via HeroX or any other network I am active on, or just send an email to ralf(dot)lippold(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Ralf Lippold Nov. 15, 2018, 8:11 a.m. PST
    In order to join the new Social Transformation Lab, s.lab, an initiative of the Presencing Institute (DEADLINE for applications: November 30, 2018) a team of 4-5 people is needed.

    Are you curious, open and no matter where based around the world to join such a project as the Vision Saxony PRIZE to set up bringing it out into the world?

    You are very welcome to join?
    • Ralf Lippold Dec. 22, 2018, 2:52 a.m. PST
      Even though the deadline for being part of the Societal Transformation Lab was due some weeks ago, the idea to set up a Vision Saxony PRIZE is still vibrating in my mind and heart.

      Feel free to contact me or comment here if you eager to be part of it.

      You do not necessarily live or have any connections with Saxony. The format should be in such a way that it can be scaled and used in other regions that foster challenges either economically, socially, environmentally or otherwise.