Projects from 2017-2018

Deliberation against Populism

In this project we organized two deliberative events with German radicalizing citizens that on the internet had shown sympathy for right wing populist standpoints. The prime goal of the project was to find new ways to get into contact with citizens that see themselves as political alienated or unrepresented, and to reengage them in the democratic discourse. We particularly explored the possibilities of social media, also trying to counter the much discussed “filter bubbles” or “echo chambers” where people predominantly receive messages that reaffirm and strengthen their pre-existing opinions. Together with the participants, we wanted to examine their take on contemporary society – which problems, challenges, opportunities and perspectives they see, and how these hang together. More information on this project can be found here. A summary of the project is available here.

Deliberation in Brandenburg

We have organized 12 rows of workshops, each with six sessions, in which we have discussed with different groups of refugees and locals the ideas, perspectives and values, ​​that are generally seen as constructive for European culture and identity. The project was made possible by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the State of Brandenburg, and the Integration Commissioner of the State of Brandenburg (Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Health, Women and Family). For more information about the project and, especially, an overview of our deliberative approach, click here.


As in 2016, in 2017 we organized six series of workshops for volunteers and social workers involved in integration work in Brandenburg, Berlin, Schleswig-Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia. In these workshops, we illustrated the ideas and methods of deliberation and explained how constructive issues such as democracy, freedom, tolerance, identity, gender equality, or (homosexual) sexuality can be deliberatively discussed with citizens from other cultures. This project was made possible by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). A description of the project (in German) is available here.. For more information about a part of the project in Potsdam, click here.

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Projects from 2016-2017

Understanding Germany

Our first project, "Understanding Germany", was funded by the Integration Commissioner of the State of Brandenburg and the Brandenburg State Center for Civic Education. In this pilot project, we have organized several workshops in which we deliberately discussed the values, ideas and perspectives that many consider constitutive of European cultural tradition and identity with refugees arriving in Brandenburg. The topics of the workshops included: ethical, cultural and political pluralism, humanism, democracy, religious freedom, gender, gender equality, (homo-) sexuality, fears of migrants and fears of migrants in the German population.

Buddy Project

The young men, who participated in the project, regularly met with "buddys" (slightly older German or German-speaking men) for more than 6 months to gain better insights and understanding, contacts and implicit knowledge of the local society. The entire project description can be provided upon request. A short version is available here.


In a third project that we carried out in 2016, we taught volunteers and social workers involved in integration work in the methodology of deliberation and discussed together the normative values ​​that are important in the context of integration. Accordingly, we build examples of the deliberation course to focus on discussing the core issues of integration such as equality, tolerance or freedom. In this course we wanted to eliminate the uncertainties shared by many European citizens when it comes to justifying and articulating the values ​​of society. These ambiguities and uncertainties often cause unclear impressions for newcomers and therefore hinder integration. The project was funded by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. A description of the project in German is available here.