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
In Kooperation mit vielen lokalen Organisationen organisieren wir 10 deliberative Workshops in 10 verschiedenen Bundesländern. Wir möchten mit insgesamt ca. … Continue ReadingNeues Projekt: Social Science Works bringt Geschlechtergleichstellung nach Deutschland. ...
Round tables about Emancipation in Germany Salaries, promotion prospects, education, political participation or equal division of domestic work and childcare: … Continue ReadingFreedom, Autonomy, Emancipation for All ...
Gender equality is a pivotal topic in many of the deliberative workshops we have implemented in the last couple of … Continue ReadingWas will eine Frau eigentlich? On discussing Gender Equality in Germany. ...
Social Science Works has adopted a school in Hamburg. Instead of one time three days, we will be present in … Continue ReadingSocial Science Works has adopted a school in Hamburg. ...
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 ...
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. ...