The title of the online seminar “Out of Polarization” says it all. Together with the “Fachstelle Dialog und Partizipation”, the Risk Dialogue Foundation addresses the ongoing polarization of our political debates. We will discuss how to deal with hardened fronts on issues such as the Covid-19 vaccination and how we can find our way out of polarization together. Instead of just addressing and describing the problem, we want to discuss concrete solutions.



When: Thursday, 04.11.2021, 12:30-14:00
Where: Online (link via email)
Who: All interested parties from politics, research, media and civil society are cordially invited.


Contributions by:
Prof. Dr. em. Ueli Mäder, University of Basel
Dr. Cordula Reiman, Dialogue and Participation Unit
Matthias Holenstein & Kimon Arvanitis, Risk Dialogue Foundation



Together, we have been observing the increasing polarization of the political debate for a good year, using the Covid-19 pandemic as an example. During this time, we have been exploring approaches to counteract this phenomenon. While the pandemic currently dominates the discussion, the understanding gained and the approaches to solutions discussed in the seminar will remain relevant in a post-pandemic era.


Dialogue and Participation Unit

The specialist unit was set up in October 2020 partly because of the increasing polarization during the pandemic. This is because extraordinary projects are required in an extraordinary situation. Existing strategies must be further developed and adapted – with the involvement of the civilian population. The experts around the office for dialogue and participation offer analysis, solutions and help with the implementation.


The Risk Dialogue Foundation

For more than 30 years, the Risk Dialogue Foundation, as an independent platform, has pursued the goal of developing innovative and sustainable solutions as well as framework conditions in order to understand technological innovations, changes in the environment and risks and to shape the handling of these in a participatory manner. In doing so, it cooperates with the respective partners from civil society, research, business, authorities, politics from Germany and abroad.