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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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. ...
Social Science Works has won a bidding of the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung for a deliberative project with young people.
We will form four groups of 10 to 15 young people between 16 and 25 years old in the rural … Continue ReadingSocial Science Works has won a bidding of the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung for a deliberative project with young people. ...
Despite a consistently high approval of the democratic model, more and more young people appear to be dissatisfied with it. … Continue ReadingYoung people deliberate: Promoting political engagement. Strengthening media literacy in WEB 2.0. ...
Deliberation in Wolmirstedt (Sachsen-Anhalt) on democracy, identity, discrimination, gender equality and homosexuality
On invitation of Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (Kreisverband Börde) and Integrationsbündnis Wolmirstedt we had a great workshop on Saturday, July 6, … Continue ReadingDeliberation in Wolmirstedt (Sachsen-Anhalt) on democracy, identity, discrimination, gender equality and homosexuality ...
The Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung has awarded Zak Reimer a Bundeskanzler-Stipendium which enables him to become a part of SSW. … Continue ReadingZak Reimer is coming to SSW: Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung awards Bundeskanzler-Stipendium ...
Social Science Works has won a bidding in Rheinland-Pfalz for „Deliberation to further democracy“ (“Deliberation zur Stärkung der Demokratie“). Starting … Continue ReadingSocial Science Works has won a bidding in Rheinland-Pfalz for deliberation. ...