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.
Our Recent Blogposts
(Übersetzung unten) Social Science Works prepared deliberations in order to encourage various people to exchange on emancipation of men and … Continue ReadingWe started a crowd funding to implement deliberations on emancipation ...
(Deutsche Übersetzung unten) On January 8 and 9 we met with 24 people in Haus am Maiberg (Hessen) to discuss … Continue ReadingFirst deliberation on gender equality in Heppenheim great success ...
Many of today’s democracies are in crisis, when considering the decreasing levels of voter turnout, party membership, and trust in … Continue ReadingRecruiting Participants for a Workshop on Gender Equality in Berlin: Lessons Learned ...
Our project with two groups of children from a school in Hamburg has almost come to an end. We visited … Continue ReadingHamburg visits Berlin: pondering about the meaning of memorials ...
Alice arbeitete 4 Jahre auf der kanarischen Insel Teneriffa in der Loro Parque Fundación, nachdem sie eine Ausbildung zur staatlich … Continue ReadingAlice Lorch ist Mitglied unseres Teams geworden. ...
As we walk the streets of our cities and pass by a stranger heading in the opposite direction, we often … Continue ReadingAll the lonely people – the epidemic of loneliness and its consequences ...