• Politikwerkstatt

    Understand politics, develop policy

What is Politikwerkstatt?

No matter if, in our daily life, we are engaged with foreign policy or not – our personal interests and perspectives depend on the development of our foreign relations. Therefore, debating the essential questions about European policies should not be left to policy makers and experts alone. More exchange with citizens is needed, especially with opinion leaders and influencers. With the project “Politikwerkstatt”, Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and the German Council of Foreign Relations (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik – DGAP) create a new platform for this important discourse.

Why Politikwerkstat?

Democratic support for foreign policy can only be fostered through a wider societal discussion involving more participants than just the political elite. It is for this reason that Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and the DGAP are hosting a series of interactive workshops, the scope of which provides previously unheard voices with a forum in addition to developing new approaches to finding solutions. The aim is to focus on delivering answers for foreign policy questions and to add new perspectives to the political debate in the process.

How does Politikwerkstatt function?

Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and DGAP are currently working on an inclusive format that will involve new target groups in finding responses to issues that are all too frequently addressed solely by the political elite and think tanks. For instance, these could include regional stakeholders, such as local journalists or employees of chambers of industry and commerce, school principals or other disseminators from outside the political community. Politikwerkstatt fosters an intensive exchange among participants and enables the development of new positions. No previous expertise is needed: During the event, the guests will be given an issue-related update.

After each policy workshop, the positions developed are recorded in a publication. The results will also be presented in dialogues with policy makers as well as in our other events, for example the “Denk ich an Deutschland” conferences.

Documentations of the events are published in our Publications section, in German only.