We want it,
we own it,
We are able
to create it!
In 2027, Switzerland will once again host a national exhibition. It offers the ideal framework for a diverse country to reflect together on our future. However, X27 does not only want to reflect on this, it also wants to actively shape our future. We, the initiators of X27, are the individuals, groups, organisations and companies who are already doing this. X27 will show that the future in Switzerland has already begun: decentralised and diverse; from idealistic to innovative, future projects are already coming from the middle of society. Everyone around X27 is united by the conviction that shaping the future of Switzerland is in the hands of all of us.
X27 is an invitation to everyone to participate in shaping the future. And X27 is the promise that the National Exhibition 2027 will be like none before: the reinvention of Switzerland in a process that invites participation. And a stimulating festival without a beginning - but above all without an end. With a brilliant climax in 2027.
There is neither a region nor an association nor any other organisation behind X27. X27 is a loose but determined association of people from Switzerland who are convinced: The future belongs to all of us - that's why we have to shape it together.
X27 is an open system: the more people who join, the broader the idea of Switzerland as a creative society, the better X27 can reflect how the Swiss people in all their diversity approach their future.
Dear X27 Community, Co-dreamer:in and Co-designer:in,
Soon it will be time for our first decentralized and future-designer:in supported Rendez-vous of Switzerland #7. We have been talking for a long time about living diversity in collaboration and collaboration in diversity - et voila!
For us, the next national exhibition starts now. We are convinced that the next Expo is ideally suited as a date and format to generate a creative culmination, synchronization and transformation moment in our society. In the face of our multiple world woes, we are no longer willing to put ourselves on the back burner. The tingles are too tight.
True, the Federal Council communicated in March that it would not make a financial decision until 2028. But we find that there are moments in life when the party just has to go on anyway. Because it is time. And because we feel the creative power and desire to do so. Now is the time for a fun, explorative and future-oriented venture. An inspired venture that invites everyone to join in.
As a decentralized bottom-up endeavor, we see it as our task to outline an initial vision and purpose and to develop a tangible attitude to open up a space for collaboration, participation, co-thinking and co-creation.
If in previous national exhibitions star architects and exhibition luminaries ran riot with iconic buildings and experiential worlds and we were privileged to admire their handiwork, today we believe we are being asked to lend a hand(work) to the architecture of our thought buildings. How, you ask?
It is probably time to capture the current zeitgeist - or to free it from its Gini bottle. In any case, we have a longing for a space of encounter and confrontation with the spirits of our time . And we have a great desire to explore and commit this encounter in an artistically refined, powerfully vulnerable, sometimes loud and sometimes quiet, both intellectually pompous and more often effectively simple way.
To this end, we would like to extend the following invitations to you (in chronological order):
Bern, May 23, 2291 Festival - Peter Sauter and Schanon Neukom have developed a wonderfully creative scenography, which will become a real Futur II space through the moderation of Alice Baumann. We will literally look back from the future to the year 2023 and ask ourselves: "What did we do right back then to ver[h/w] the zeitgeist of 2023 and shape the Switzerland of the future?"
Bern, 03 June, Changemaker Festival - The program is out - it's going to be a blast. Inspiration hall, childcare, climate puzzle and climate talks, dance, good talks, fuck-up night or inner compass space. There will be space to try out and learn new things as well as to just be and share with a community of engaged people!
Registration GATHERING X27
Lichtensteig & Zoom, 08 - 10 June, Gathering X27 Movement - We invite everyone who feels an intrinsic motivation to animate the Movement X27 to an informal drop-in-drop-out hybrid gathering. Super many Anglicisms, but you get what we mean. Come by, then and as long as it suits you, on site in Lichtensteig or each morning from 10-12 hybrid also on Zoom.
FUTURE FESTIVALWAKKER PRICE
Lichtensteig, June 30, Future Festival - The small town of Lichtensteig will be celebrating big things from June 30 to July 2: The small town in Toggenburg has reinvented itself with innovative ideas and concepts and will be awarded the Wakker Prize 2023 . On Friday, June 30, the celebrations will begin with the Future Festival, for which we have developed a spatial concept ranging from Temple, to Playa, to the Marketplace of Ideas, to umWELT. There will be many opportunities to get involved - more on that soon! On 01 June is the official celebration for the Wakkerpreis award ceremony and on Sunday the festivities will end with a lavish brunch.
Register for interviews
Zoom, anytime, Interviews - We want to get to know you, your thoughts and ideas! Contact us for a 30-45 minute interview to tell us about your visions, projects and thoughts.
Creative urbanites are allowed to try out living in the Städtli and in return get actively involved in the community with their ideas.
The zukunft.bahnhof foundation is initiating the "Summer of Pioneers" program, which is well-known and successful in Germany, in Switzerland for the first time. In 2023, 20 creative people and digital nomads will be allowed to get a taste of the country air in Lichtensteig, St. Gallen, for six months and help to create creative forms of living and working that are suitable for grandchildren. The program starts on May 1, 2023 and runs for six months until the end of October.
The Nexpo and X27 project initiatives both have an X in their names. The common X stands for the common goal: the change towards a sustainable future supported by society.
On 25.10.2022 the letter of intent for the cooperation between X27 and Nexpo was signed in Bern. This is a very important step towards the next national exhibition. This will convince the federal government and the cantons, and hopefully also the other project initiatives.
The diversity of our organizations and approaches, is just the right thing. Under the keyword "Diversity in Collaboration", we thus represent a huge quality of our Switzerland: the diversity, and the way we deal with this diversity.
20 years after the doors opened, the anniversary of Expo02 was celebrated in Biel on Saturday evening. In addition to a tribute to the formative "Arteplages", a look into the future and towards the next national exhibition was ventured: X27 had the opportunity to demonstrate what is meant by "zukunften" with a playful project presentation in the form of an interview with TV presenter Benard Rentsch and Noémie Roten from the Service Citoyen arch project. In the subsequent stage discussion with the current national exhibition projects, association president Peter Sauter was able to make X27's point of view heard: We are convinced that nothing stands in the way of all initiatives joining forces under the common leitmotif of "shaping the future".
(Picture: René Tanner)
On May 12, the future of Switzerland was kneaded - conceptually and literally! 60 future makers rolled back their sleeves at Rendez-vous #6, discussed their ideas and visions for a future worth living and gave them a form. Between the modeling phases, the core team X27 presented the most important milestones of the last months and years, introduced the "Bureau X27" and informed about the advanced talks of a collaboration with Nexpo and Muntagna. Our conclusion: What happened at Rendez-vous #6 on a small scale has potential. Now we have to take the chance of the National Exhibition to shape the future of Switzerland together with the broad population!
(Picture: thomas fuerer fotografie)
The most important next step in the further development of our project initiative was the establishment of an office, the "Bureau X27". It started work at the end of last year. Priority tasks of the Bureau are communication, support for the development of ideas for concrete X27 projects as well as funding up to and including our 6th "Rendez-vous of Switzerland" on 12.05.2022.
From the very beginning, we have been of the opinion that the next national exhibition must be developed from the combined strength of all the movers and shakers. We want to shape our future together. This is also the great wish of the Confederation and the cantons. Joint discussions and coordinated activities of all project initiatives are currently taking place under the motto "Diversity in Collaboration". The aim here is not to harmonise activities, but to sharpen complementarity.
Muntagna / NEXPO / Svizra27
2021 digital "X27 OPEN" have always taken place on the 12th of the month.
The fact that the OPENs have been so interesting and successful has always meant a lot of work. The Équipe X27, which still works on a voluntary basis, adapts itself and its possibilities to the current project developments and challenges. At the moment, the focus is more on organisation than on communication. However, anyone who has the time and inclination to prepare and organise an OPEN should contact the "Bureau X27".
If you haven't been there yet or would like to refresh your memories of the 12th of each month, you can do so in our review.
Arching Projects are initiatives that are already working on forward-looking solutions today. They look beyond their backyards and think beyond their self-interest. We can only progress in all areas of society through coordinated cooperation.
Arching projects are called such because they look to the future. They already exist today or are still being founded. Through the framework of X27, the arching projects are made visible and tangible for the general public from now until 2027. Unlike previous expos, Expo X27 will not be "deconstructed" but will have a lasting impact.
Does that sound abstract? It is not at all! In Switzerland today, there are already hundreds, or rather thousands, of small and large arch projects that are committed to the common good or sustainability instead of short-term profit. In schools, companies and institutions, but also in self-organised citizens' initiatives, think tanks, start-ups or networked groups of artists, people are already working on concrete and realisable solutions for a future of Switzerland that is fit for children.
Arching projects have always existed; they stand for the innovative capacity, the pioneering spirit and the social commitment of the Swiss population. Now is the right time to join all positive forces so that Switzerland has a future worth living for.
Are you involved in a project working towards a liveable and sustainable Switzerland and would like to contribute to X27 as an arching project? Then get in touch here.
Are you involved in a project yourself that is committed to a livable and sustainable Switzerland and that you would like to contribute as an arch project? Then get in touch here.
Even though many small and large things will take place between now and 2027, the time will come in just a few years: X27 will be the big Swiss rendez-vous with the future, the "national exhibition". X27 is proclaiming 2027 the "Swiss Year of the Design Society" and is creating a snapshot of the future of our country in an inspiring series of live experiences, forums and events.
Instead of experts and designers planning concepts for themed and designed spaces and formats that are then filled with content, X27 takes the opposite approach. At X27, the "contents" in the form of the arch projects and their creators are networked, bundled and expanded throughout Switzerland. This gives rise to wishes, visions and ideas for activating and involving other interested parties and the wider population.
From this moment on, experts and designers with their specific skills and the desire for great moments of encounter and groundbreaking experimental spaces come into play. Only then do the digital and physical realisations and the right decentralised and central locations crystallise. So
X27 has already begun. It is a process that in the coming months and years will produce the concrete forms that we will experience in 2027. The dreams and images for this are emerging from now on, in our heads, on laptops, at kitchen and office tables. Now is the moment to let the imagination run wild. What will our meeting place look like, how will we welcome all the people who are interested in our arch project?
What is certain is that in 2027, the Swiss Year of the Design Society, there will also be a big, boisterous party to go with all the important content!
Significant societal change requires a solid organisation: genuine co-determination and broad-based decisions are not empty words but lived values. X27 works with the organisational model of sociocracy. Its principles ensure that we make decisions jointly and that mutual respect is the basis of successful cooperation. Conflicts are addressed openly and defused in the interest of our communally formulated goals at X27.
In learning together, bearing responsibility together, and feeling the power of swarm intelligence, it is evident: at X27, the future of work has already begun today.
X27 is organised in these domains:
You find this project exciting and have the time and desire to get involved in an X27 domain?
X27 has not received any public project planning funds to date. Instead, X27 is pulsating with the lifeblood of people's conviction. But organising and running a national exhibition costs money. Switzerland will shoulder this responsibility in a joint effort as it always does with expenditures that benefit everyone. Tax money from the public purse, contributions from business and sponsors of various kinds will buttress the costs.
X27 has already thought about how the Swiss population can participate in the financing of the next Expo in a promising way. And will also have a direct benefit from it.
For this purpose, we are developing the CUBIX, a digital currency concept that can be used to support arch projects and that will also serve as an avatar, entrance ticket or to buy a bratwurst in the X27 future country of Switzerland.
Landi 1939, Expo 1964, Expo.02 - Swiss national exhibitions were always children of their time. They expressed the concerns and emotions of the people in this country. This expression should be no different in 2027. X27 shows how the Swiss population is taking its future into its own hands: confidently and as a matter of course. This action is not a question of ideology, place of residence, origin, profession or age. We all want to shape our future and have a say in the Switzerland of the 21st century. Not only these supporters.
No can do, no can do...
I think the idea of an X27 is excellent. The event offers the opportunity for a cross-generational, formative experience.
Managing Director Family Business
To give people hope.
X27 is a great platform to network with people who are thinking ahead to the future!
Sales Manager, Local Councillor
Together from the region for Switzerland.
Self-employed, business angel, initiator
Future-oriented action and design are promoted and made visible with X27.
Learning facilitator and moment creator
I love the hashtag #gestaltungsgesellschaf(f)t
Do you also want to support X27 with your vote?
Great ideas never come about on their own. People with the will to create inspire each other, and swarm intelligence sharpens their plans and refines their concept. That is precisely how the minds behind X27 work. Some have been committed to an entirely new kind of national exhibition for years, while others were bitten by the philanthropic X27 bug only a few months or weeks ago.
Yes to the X27 means Yes to the future, it means helping to shape the future, breaking new ground, experimenting, enabling extraordinary projects, discovering, experiencing and working together for a future-oriented Switzerland.
A rendez-vous with the future will take place thanks to a great team of pioneers. I am happy to be a part of it. Together, an opportunity for Switzerland.
Founder Head-on / Board of Directors Expo-Event Swiss LiveCom Associa
I have been involved in the construction and design of Expos in several countries; it is a pleasure for me to now bring this international experience to Switzerland.
Dipl. Civil Engineer ETH/SIA, Managing Director
Participation and collaboration are buzzwords.
X27 is serious and consistently breaks new ground. We believe that if we want to create something new, we can using the synergy of our talents, energy and creativity.
Are you inspired by X27 and want to become part of the movement? We look forward to hearing from you by email.
We want to represent the cross-section of society. What unites us all is the will to invent and build a network and an infrastructure that inspires our country's pioneering spirit and gives a home to our country's groundbreaking ideas and projects.
Without private persons, companies and institutions that support X27 from all sides and in all forms, further project development would be unthinkable. A special thank you for services rendered so far:
Aroma, Zurich | Event Design
Autoglobal AG, Safenwil | CRM Consulting and Support
Basil Böhni, Zurich | Fundraising
BlueGlass Interactive AG, Zurich | Homepage and Social Media
Designers' Club, Reto Gehrig & Rio Kawaguchi, Zurich | Graphic Design
Fabritastika, Brüttisellen | Communication Design
ITSA, Inter-Translations SA, Bern | Translations and Interpreting
MME, Legal, Tax, Compliance, Zurich | Legal advice and Support
Nexell GmbH, Zug | CRM Consulting and Support
Rudolf Streuli, Uster | Fundraising
Standing Ovation AG, Zurich | Event consulting
Cri Hübscher, Zurich | Platform development
Switzerland Innovation Park Zurich | Dübendorf
JEFF Zurich GmbH, Zurich | One-Stop-Shop for creative communication
Annette Keller, Zurich | Consulting Photo Editing
Apparence AG, Zurich
AXA Winterthur, Winterthur
BlueGlass Interactive AG, Zurich
Dieter Marmet, Zurich
Graber Pulver Architekten AG, Zurich
Harald Reinprecht, Augst
Hiltl AG, Zurich
intosens AG, Zurich
KPT Insurance, Berne
Marco Eberhard, Zurich
Marianne Zahnd, Uster
Nick Traber, Zurich
nightnurse images GmbH, Zurich
Obere Mühle, Dübendorf
Patrick Bachofen, Thalwil
Pensimo Management AG, Zurich
Raphael Uebelhart, Zurich
Roger Staub, Zurich
Sportanlagen AG Wallisellen, Wallisellen
Steff Fischer, Jules Blanc AG
Tanja Abegg, Bassersdorf
Tavolago AG, Lucerne
Tessina Czerwinski, Zurich
tokyoblue GmbH, Zurich
Willi Sauter, Tägerwilen
SENN, St. Gallen
Anna Sauter, Wangen-Brüttisellen
Do you want to know more? Then read our white paper. Here you can discover step-by-step what X27 is, how we work, and how you can be part of X27.download
X27 pursues the goal of making forward-looking projects from Switzerland visible and networking them. In a new form of national exhibition, they are to be made accessible to the general public.
Your pioneer script until 2027 guides you step by step through our initiative and shows you in which phases you can get involved and how.
Your involvement with the future of Switzerland begins in the X27 HUBs distributed throughout Switzerland. Get inspired, meet other pioneers and exchange ideas here. Together you will discover pioneering future projects, so-called arching-projects, and develop your ideas while continuing to strengthen the network.
On the digital X27 platform you create your X27 profile, you network with other pioneers, design the rules of the game of the digital future space, share your own, but of course also other arc projects with the public here and thus gain visibility and support.
We are launching an unprecedented experiment. X27 motivates the state, the economy and other organisations to make the CHF 850 million that would otherwise be spent on the planning and infrastructure of a national exhibition the direct responsibility of the population. Through CUBIX, these funds can be used by the 8.5 million inhabitants to directly enable those projects that correspond to their ideas and dreams for a sustainable and liveable future.
Your CUBIX is now worth CHF 100 and becomes a blockchain currency. From now on, you can also financially support your favourite arch project on the digital X27 platform. Within an X27 voting, you also decide which arch projects and topics you would like to see at the national exhibition.
The National Exhibition 2027 will be a significant meeting point for the future. In a programme curated by X27: Your arching-projects, future forums and events will show the innovative power of our country, our future. Created by Switzerland. For the whole world.