Academy for agile processes

The starting point for the Academy for Agile Processes are procedures developed by the artist Ute Reeh since the 1990s. They turn seemingly unsolvable problems into the engine of joint projects. In this way, very concrete solutions and often socially relevant and transferable innovations always emerge.

What is the Academy for Agile Processes (AAP) and what does it do?

With the AAP, we provide the large systems (education, administration, research, etc.) with a flexible infrastructure that can initiate social change and cohesion on the basis of the everyday experience realm. In this sense, the academy makes unexpected, constructive and concrete solutions conceivable and possible – especially those that neither specialists nor laypeople can achieve alone.
The Academy for Agile Processes ensures the general availability of the methods developed through an interplay of artistic and scientific analysis.
In this sense, a core area of the AAP is the ‘distillation’ of generally understandable and available tools to support open-ended work, to promote the creation of participatory structures and to make them available.

In what way is that achieved?

The academy ‘docks’ onto external systems. It sees itself as a temporary structural extension. We provide support on two levels that go hand in hand: First, the focus is on concrete, empirical work on the ground. This work directly addresses the needs, or ‘creaking’ areas, and initiates and accompanies solution processes.
All processes are accompanied scientifically, by means of (auto-)ethnographic and artistic methods, analysed and the generated findings and derived procedures are subsequently made generally available. In this way, we see a constructive coexistence of theory and practice guaranteed.
On both levels, the AAP draws on a broad and experience-guided methodological expertise, which spans a wide range between practice and scientific analysis.

The academy generates innovation quite by accident. Quasi incidentally.