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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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Hertie School of Governance and Social Science Works agree on cooperation.

Hertie School of Governance and Social Science Works agree on cooperation.

The Hertie School of Governance and Social Science Works formally agreed on a partnership. Students of Hertie can become an … Continue ReadingHertie School of Governance and Social Science Works agree on cooperation. ...

Miteinander Reden Meeting 4

Miteinander Reden Meeting 4

Yesterday, we had the fourth meeting in our “Miteinander Reden” project (made possible by the town of Potsdam) where muslim … Continue ReadingMiteinander Reden Meeting 4 ...

Isabel Navarro is our new Intern!

Isabel Navarro is our new Intern!

Isabel Navarro is our Spanish intern for the summer of 2019. Isabel comes from a small town in Valencia and … Continue ReadingIsabel Navarro is our new Intern! ...

Angry, but not bad people on the Brandenburg countryside

Angry, but not bad people on the Brandenburg countryside

We are in a small town in rural Brandenburg and talk for two days with 32 long-term unemployed people. Most … Continue ReadingAngry, but not bad people on the Brandenburg countryside ...

Deliberation with Refugees

Deliberation with Refugees

As in the previous years, we implement workshops with mixed groups of refugees and discuss the fundamental values and ideas … Continue ReadingDeliberation with Refugees ...

Deliberation in Schools

Deliberation in Schools

In cooperation with local partners we organize deliberative workshops in schools. The themes are chosen together with teachers and students, … Continue ReadingDeliberation in Schools ...

Deliberation with Muslim and non-Muslim citizens

Deliberation with Muslim and non-Muslim citizens

With the support of the town of Potsdam, we organize and mediate ten deliberations of about three hours each with … Continue ReadingDeliberation with Muslim and non-Muslim citizens ...