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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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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 ...

SSW kann auch malen: neues Projekt bringt Kunst, Verständnis und Integration zusammen

SSW kann auch malen: neues Projekt bringt Kunst, Verständnis und Integration zusammen

Künstlerisches Integrations- und Mitmachprojekt Hanau zeigt es bitter: Rassismus führt zum Verlust des Mitgefühls! Doch vor dem Rassismus stehen meist … Continue ReadingSSW kann auch malen: neues Projekt bringt Kunst, Verständnis und Integration zusammen ...

Deliberation on gender equality at Wendepunkt Berlin

Deliberation on gender equality at Wendepunkt Berlin

Gender Equality was again the topic of our deliberations at Wendepunkt Berlin (26 and 27 February 2020). Our very engaged … Continue ReadingDeliberation on gender equality at Wendepunkt Berlin ...

Deliberation on gender equality at FrauenComputerZentrumBerlin

Deliberation on gender equality at FrauenComputerZentrumBerlin

We implemented a next deliberation on gender equality at the FrauenComputerZentrumBerlin. On Friday 14 and Saturday 15 February we had … Continue ReadingDeliberation on gender equality at FrauenComputerZentrumBerlin ...