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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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Workshops

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Participants

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.

A Selection of Our Current Projects

Find out more about our work on the Projects Page

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Latest News

Six new fellows at Social Science Works

Six new fellows at Social Science Works

Eva Singler, Jannes Jacobsen, Anne Flake, Maxime Kuhlmey, Ole Oeltjen and Mariana Zarpellon recently joined our ranks. We are proud … Continue ReadingSix new fellows at Social Science Works ...

Projekt “Gemeinsamer deliberativer Wertedialog mit Jugendlichen und Neuankömmlingen” fortgesetzt.

Projekt “Gemeinsamer deliberativer Wertedialog mit Jugendlichen und Neuankömmlingen” fortgesetzt.

In August, we continued our project “Joint deliberative dialogues with young people and newcomers” (“Gemeinsamer deliberativer Wertedialog mit Jugendlichen und … Continue ReadingProjekt “Gemeinsamer deliberativer Wertedialog mit Jugendlichen und Neuankömmlingen” fortgesetzt. ...

Project in Koblenz has started.

Project in Koblenz has started.

Last Monday, we started in Koblenz our Project “Deliberationsschulungen zur Stärkung der Demokratie“. The deliberations are organized by the Kreisverwaltung … Continue ReadingProject in Koblenz has started. ...