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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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Towards inclusive urban policy-making: a cultural rights perspective

Towards inclusive urban policy-making: a cultural rights perspective

The year 2007 marked the global demographic transition to the urban age. Although still vastly disparate between regions, levels of … Continue ReadingTowards inclusive urban policy-making: a cultural rights perspective ...

Newsletter Partnerschaft für Demokratie Teltow-Fläming: SSW redet weiter in Wünsdorf

Newsletter Partnerschaft für Demokratie Teltow-Fläming: SSW redet weiter in Wünsdorf

Newsletter Partnerschaft für Demokratie. Weiter Reden. 24 Juni 2020 Wünsdorf: Gesprächsreihe mit Geflüchteten wird fortgesetzt Eine der ersten von der … Continue ReadingNewsletter Partnerschaft für Demokratie Teltow-Fläming: SSW redet weiter in Wünsdorf ...

Weiterbildungen von Social Science Works staatlich anerkannt.

Weiterbildungen von Social Science Works staatlich anerkannt.

Wir bieten verschiedene Weiterbildungen an die auch im Rahmen eines Bildungsurlaubs absolviert werden können. Das Ministerium für Bildung, Jugend und … Continue ReadingWeiterbildungen von Social Science Works staatlich anerkannt. ...

Muslim women in Germany: A look at gender inequality and integration

Muslim women in Germany: A look at gender inequality and integration

Gender equality has become a touchstone to determine the extent of Islam’s acceptance in Western societies, where many are already … Continue ReadingMuslim women in Germany: A look at gender inequality and integration ...

Paola Perrin de Brichambaut has started her internship at Social Science Works

Paola Perrin de Brichambaut has started her internship at Social Science Works

Paola Perrin de Brichambaut holds a master’s degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. Her research examines the … Continue ReadingPaola Perrin de Brichambaut has started her internship at Social Science Works ...

Miteinander Reden? Erfahrungen mit der Potsdamer Moscheegemeinde

Miteinander Reden? Erfahrungen mit der Potsdamer Moscheegemeinde

Im Verlauf des Jahres 2019 führten wir einen deliberativen Wertedialog mit Potsdamern muslimischen sowie nicht-muslimischen Glaubens durch. Wir trafen uns … Continue ReadingMiteinander Reden? Erfahrungen mit der Potsdamer Moscheegemeinde ...

Revitalizing Brandenburg: Neue Menschen und internetbasierte Unternehmen in ländlichen Regionen

Revitalizing Brandenburg: Neue Menschen und internetbasierte Unternehmen in ländlichen Regionen

Komplexe soziale Probleme lassen sich oft leichter lösen, wenn sie mit anderen gesellschaftlichen  Herausforderungen in Verbindung gebracht werden. Traditionelle Denkansätze … Continue ReadingRevitalizing Brandenburg: Neue Menschen und internetbasierte Unternehmen in ländlichen Regionen ...