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The SSW Blog

Talking straight to youngsters in Hamburg

We are in a less affluent part from Hamburg for a two-day Workshop. About 70% of our 32 participants have a migration background. We talk for about 10 hours with two different groups of about 15 kids between 15 and 17 that volunteered to participate. Probably, they did not only volunteer because they were very […]

Emotions and Political Deliberation

Reading the title of this article might evoke pictures of people violently shouting at each other or bursting out into tears while pleading their cause in front of an audience. Whereas the first case will definitely be considered as a departure from democratic forms of public debate by most citizens, the latter could either be […]

The trouble with tourism in Barcelona – A problem beyond Barcelona

The gentrification of Barcelona is not a new story. If you live in cities like New York City, Mexico City or Hong Kong, then perhaps you know this story too. Or if you see your local cafes increasing the price of an espresso or worse, including strange drinks like a unicorn frappe or avocado latte, […]


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