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co-creating future cities.

we develop, implement & communicate digital projects for healthier urban environments. 

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Who we are:

We support both the public and the private sector by networking stakeholders, coordinating and moderating innovation processes, facilitating internal and external communication and breaking down complexity to make smart cities and digitalization accessible for all. 

When it comes to developing smarter, interconnected, more resilient and sustainable cities, collaboration and co-creation are key. For us, environmental and social benefits come before profit.

Digital technologies can play an important role here, but they do not have to: We care about clever solutions for real people, about digital products and services which make our lives easier, more convenient, safer, healthier and happier. 


turn ideas into projects

Good ideas are a dime a dozen. The real challenge is to implement them. We support municipal and private institutions methodically, organisationally and conceptually.

ensure good communication

Few things are as neglected as good communication - externally, but also internally. Yet it is a central element when it comes to the successful development of smart solutions. We help finding the right words, narratives, stories and channels to help smart solutions come to life.

make complex topics accessible

We help breaking down highly complex topics to make them accessible and understandable for both internal and external stakeholders and the broad public.

try, fail, learn, try again, fail better.

Truly sustainable digitalisation means: trying, testing, failing, learning, continuing, Sounds easier than it is. Many businesses and most public institutions lack failure culture. We help change that to the better. 

co-creating more liveable, healthy and regenerative future cities. 


Supporting companies, cities and regions in defining their specific smart city potential and finding solutions that have a chance of long-term and sustainable success.

Representing complex and controversial issues to decision-makers in politics and business, the media and the population, thus promoting acceptance and commitment among all stakeholders.

Bringing the right actors together, communicating methods, promoting multidisciplinary cooperation and enabling agile, user-oriented project and process design. 


Instead of short-lived pseudo-innovation, we define problems case-specifically and help select the right project partners. We communicate relevant content internally and externally and ensure productive teamwork across organisational boundaries. 


Using efficient methods, we moderate a transparent dialogue of all stakeholders and are available as agile coaches, political stakeholders, coordinators and sparring partners as needed in the course of complex pilot projects.


Based on our experience in the public and private sector and years of experience in agile, cross-sector collaboration, we increase the chances of success in complex public-private partnerships through lean administration, intelligent facilitation and effective communication.


We help to involve internal stakeholders, sensitive target groups and the public in projects at an early stage and to make complex topics accessible to a broad audience. To do this, we sometimes invent tech-savvy grandmothers if it serves the cause.

some projects

SRB | Management

For the politically neutral non-profit Smart Regio Basel, we manage operations, manage communications, develop projects and coordinate political interests. 

climate communication

We develop concepts and produce awareness-raising and communication campaigns in the field of climate protection for various clients. 

Democracy Lab Basel | Lead 

The project "Democracy Lab Basel" aims to develop ten concrete reform approaches for a modern, inclusive democracy with more citizen participation and to test each of them in a realistic, experimental environment. With SRB we are product owner.

neustark | strategy & content 

neustark, a spinoff of ETH Zurich, we advise and accompany in the field of communication and business development. neustark removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and stores it permanently in recycled concrete. 

tech companies | consulting 

Alongside our own communication and mediation projects, we help various companies to prepare the contents of complex technological topics and ensure that they are accessible to a broad population.

MESO | Transformation Initiative

Meso is a network of innovative organisations working together to shape a more sustainable future. Meso tests the future of spatial design, mobility and food in cities and agglomerations through strategic experiments. We are founding partner of MESO.

CITY MINUTES | Communication 

In this video series, we approach the big questions in the field of smart city development in conversation with Dr Jonathan Reichental, ex-CIO of Palo Alto and internationally renowned smart city expert. Planned launch date of the series: March 2022.

SMART CLIMATE | Project lead

Piloting, planning and management of a PPP which installed and operated a triregional sensor network for microclimate monitoring.

Think. Plan. Act.

Review. Improve. Repeat.

We don't do



"Innovation", which serves to boost a company's reputation or as a fig leaf to cover up entrepreneurial helplessness. We call a spade a spade - even when it comes to influential stakeholders and (potential) customers. 



We also sometimes use the terms "iterative, incremental, innovative, smart, agile and collaborative". But most of all, we try not just to preach about it, but to act accordingly. There's already enough hot air in the innovation sector.



We go all in if we are passionate about an idea, a project, a company. We say plainly and clearly when we doubt that we are the right people for a job. We like success, so we only do what we are best at.

We are

Christian Hansen


Christian studied playwriting and worked as a journalist, writer and dramaturg in Berlin. Also he has been an independent content developer for 20 years. As co-managing director of schaefer | hansen and Smart Regio Basel, Christian is committed to developing more sustainable, smarter and human-centred cities. As founder of 1punkt5, he pushes for better climate communication. As a lecturer, he passes on his knowledge and experience to students.


+41 78 720 08 83

Elias H. Schäfer


Studied International Relations in St. Gallen and Geneva and built up a broad entrepreneurial, political and cultural network as a political lobbyist and elected representative at regional and national level. As CEO, he developed Fluxdock AG into a platform for corporate collaboration. Elias is co-managing director of schaefer | hansen, Smart Regio Basel and sits in various boards.


+41 78 739 75 09

Sandro Miescher

Senior Project Lead

With a Master's degree in Sustainable Development, he is our in-house sustainability expert. Before joining schaefer | hansen, Sandro worked for a renowned construction company as an environmental manager and head of quality management. At GGG Kulturkick, a youth culture promotion agency, he headed the music section for 8 years. Sandro is involved in the Basel cultural scene and publishes a culture magazine.


+41 76 422 08 04


Tech-savvy communicator & campaigner

Every day I try to explain to my husband Urs why Urs123 is not a very good password and why it makes sense to prepare cities for future challenges using modern technology.

I was able to convince my card game club to manage the account digitally. Apart from Inge, everyone now admits that it saves a lot of time and nerves - but Inge is always stubborn when she's not right.

In the course of time, word has got around that I am a patient and understanding partner in matters of digitalisation, who can be followed even without a doctorate in data science.


Get in touch with us. We will arrange a free appointment with you. You describe the challenge you are facing and we tell you whether we are the right people to help you. If the answer is yes, see step 2.


To make you an offer, we divide your project into sensible sections and make you a realistic proposal for each stage of the journey, openly, honestly and as realistically as possible. 


If you award your contract to us, you are not simply rid of the problem. Just as you can expect us to do our best possible job, we depend on your commitment: It will only be smart together.

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