Projects in 2019
In cooperation with local partners we organize and mediate civil dialogues: citizens talking together about the values and ideas that keep our societies together, citizens talking about their frustrations, fears, hopes and ideals regarding their societies. An example are the deliberations we had in March in a town in Brandenburg. In cooperation with ESTAruppin (Einsetzen statt Aussetzen – Engaging instead of Deferring) we talked with 30 citizens that have not always fared well in our society and normally do not talk politics that often. We discussed women rights, masculinity, homo sexuality and, most of all, the European Union: what is it and what we want from it. We only had 8 hours, but this was enough to show us again that normal people are able to discuss together the values that keep our societies together, although they often did not have the opportunity yet to develop their abilities in this sphere to the full.
Workshops for Multiplicators
In cooperation with local partners we again organize deliberative workshops for volunteers and social workers involved in democratization, deradicalization, anti-discrimination and integration. This year we cooperate, among others, with Arbeit und Leben (Fachstelle Migration und Vielfalt - Hamburg), Haus am Maiberg (Politische & Soziale Bildung - Hessen), Arbeiterwohlfahrt Salzgitter (Niedersachsen), Flüchtlingshilfe Babelsberg (Brandenburg), Landesjugendring (Brandenburg) and Kreisverwaltung Mayen-Koblenz (Rheinland-Pfalz).
Deliberation in Schools
In cooperation with local partners we organize deliberative workshops in schools. The themes are chosen together with teachers and students, depending on the needs and interests of the people involved. Popular are democracy, identity, radicalization, discrimination, racism, sex equality, and homosexuality. This year we cooperate, among others, with a school in Harburg and Fürstenwalde. This blog-article gives an impression.
Deliberation with Muslim and non-Muslim citizens
With the support of the town of Potsdam, we organize and mediate ten deliberations of about three hours each with Muslim and non-Muslim citizens of Potsdam. We will meet twice a month and discuss together themes like freedom (of expression, religion, and association), autonomy, emancipation, pluralism, democracy, identity, discrimination, respect, sex equality, our mutual fears, and how we can prevent and counter possible radicalization on both sides. For the German flyer click here, for the Arabic flyer here. The newspaper Postdamer Neueste Nachrichten published here on the project.
Deliberation with Refugees
As in the previous years, we implement workshops with mixed groups of refugees and discuss the fundamental values and ideas that enable us to live together in a fair society. The eight rows of three days workshops that we organize this year in Brandenburg have been made possible by the Brandenburg Ministry of Education. For more information about the project and, especially, an overview of our deliberative approach, click here.
Projects in 2018
Workshops for Multiplicators: Deliberation against Discrimination
As in 2016 and 2017, we organize series of deliberative workshops for volunteers and social workers involved in integration work. We doubled again the number of workshops and are now active in the whole of Germany. We discuss identity, prejudices, discrimination and racism. All kinds of discrimination are at odds with the idea of human rights and the related ideas of respect and tolerance. The concept of human rights we analyse and justify via a deliberative analysis of the concepts of democracy, pluralism, freedom and autonomy. The insights we here develop together will then we applied and deepened via a discussion of sexe equality and homosexuality. On a higher level we explore how this kind of fundamental ideas 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 entire project (in German) is available here: Übersicht Deliberation gegen Diskriminierung SSW 2018.
Deliberation in Brandenburg
We have organized 4 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.
Projects in 2017
Deliberation against Populism
Deliberation in Brandenburg
Our most recent publications
Projects from 2016-2017