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Social Science Works gUG, a social enterprise in Potsdam, makes use of social scientific knowledge to improve civil society and democratic decision-making.

WHO WE ARE

We are a heterogeneous, international group of social scientists, most of whom were educated in Germany and live in Berlin and Brandenburg. Our disciplinary backgrounds include sociology, political science, anthropology, economics, philosophy and communication science. More about our team here.

WHAT WE DO

Our core competencies include deliberative integration and democracy projects, democracy research, second opinions of existing research as well as scientific criticism and communication.

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Social Science Works is a social enterprise driven by pregnant societal problems. To alleviate these problems we try to develop and to apply usable knowledge. Our foci are democracy, participation, integration, populism and radicalization. We aim to further integration and civic participation, and to counter populism and radicalization. We try to develop new ways of meaningful citizen participation and to advance new strategies to strengthen civic and political competences.

The theories and practices of deliberation play a pivotal role in our work. We see deliberation as an open and courteous exchange of ideas and values, which furthers the discovery, understanding, contextualization and development of preferences. Deliberation is not about transferring the undisputed, fixed preferences of individuals into collective decisions and policies; it is foremost about the joint development of substantiated preferences regarding the public cause. Concomitantly, deliberation strengthens the notions and emotions of political community, civility and citizenship that democracies need to thrive.

Distinctive is our combination of theory and practice, developing, implementing and researching deliberation at the same time, and our connection between social and political science on the one hand and social and political philosophy on the other.

 

 

Every year we implement a growing number of deliberative projects for citizens, refugees, social workers, civil volunteers, civil servants, adolescents and schoolchildren. For an overview of our current and previous projects, visit the project page. For our further education on deliberation, discrimination and racism, and gender equality, visit the German part of this website here.

 

 

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Social Science Works hit by shit storm

Social Science Works hit by shit storm

The advertisement of SSW for a further education for civil volunteers (see here), social workers and others on all sorts … Continue ReadingSocial Science Works hit by shit storm ...

Series of insightful exchanges with refugees in Wünsdorf for now completed

Series of insightful exchanges with refugees in Wünsdorf for now completed

As in 2019, we enjoyed a long series of deliberations with refugees in the refugee home in Wünsdorf. The project … Continue ReadingSeries of insightful exchanges with refugees in Wünsdorf for now completed ...

Umgang mit Vorurteilen und Diskriminierung: SSW-Weiterbildung finanziert vom BAMF

Umgang mit Vorurteilen und Diskriminierung: SSW-Weiterbildung finanziert vom BAMF

In Deutschland werden Menschen aufgrund ihrer Herkunft oder anderer Eigenschaften ausgegrenzt, bedroht oder angegriffen. Besonders im schulischen Bereich sind antisemitische … Continue ReadingUmgang mit Vorurteilen und Diskriminierung: SSW-Weiterbildung finanziert vom BAMF ...

New integration project in Rangsdorf, Brandenburg.

New integration project in Rangsdorf, Brandenburg.

With the generous support of the municipality of Rangsdorf we started a long cycle of workshops with migrants living in … Continue ReadingNew integration project in Rangsdorf, Brandenburg. ...

New project in the Grace Hopper Gesamtschule in Teltow has started

New project in the Grace Hopper Gesamtschule in Teltow has started

We started a series of workshops on all sorts of discrimination in the Grace Hopper Gesamtschule in Teltow. We will … Continue ReadingNew project in the Grace Hopper Gesamtschule in Teltow has started ...

Aryaan Bovenberg started her internship at SSW

Aryaan Bovenberg started her internship at SSW

Aryaan is a Dutch student at Wageningen University and Research. She studies International Development, with a main focus on Politics … Continue ReadingAryaan Bovenberg started her internship at SSW ...

Empowering refugee women through deliberation and theatre

Empowering refugee women through deliberation and theatre

In August 2020 Social Science Works has started a series of workshops by women for women in a Potsdam refugee … Continue ReadingEmpowering refugee women through deliberation and theatre ...