Welcome to the International PPE Conference!


Andrea Beermann und Elena Ball

My personal experiences and my professional career of 20 years in an international environment (15 years in France) confirmed my fundamental belief that performance and humaneness must not be separated but need to be linked closely! That is why today I commit my professional career as a coach, trainer and mediator to the development of trustful, authentic relationships and efficient teams in order to create together a worthwhile future.

Nonviolent Communication is the most valuable mindset and concept I know. It helps me on a daily basis to make fundamental shifts in perspective and create new realities in my life.

It is today with boundless joy and passion that I transmit my experiences and skills.

Being enthusiastic about asking questions I am looking for answers in my studies of psychology and philosophy, politics and economics. To make the theory come alive through training in Nonviolent Communication, mediation, forum theatre, group dynamics and systemic coaching motivates and inspires me.



Nonviolent Communication

In this practice-focused workshop we will explore how the world looks like from our opposite's perspective. Might there be a way of framing human beings' actions which shifts perspectives beyond right or wrong?

We invite you to explore the power of communication to perceive hitherto unknown parts of our social world and find new ways to shape our realities.

Deeply inspired by and passionate about Nonviolent Communication (following Marshall B. Rosenberg) and systemic reframing methods, we are happy to share our experiences with you!

Prof. Ulrich Weger

Ulrich Weger holds the chair for principles of psychology at Universität Witten/Herdecke since 2012. He received his Ph.D from the State University of New York at Binghamton and was a Postdoctorate Fellow at the University of Toronto. From 2007 until 2012 Ulrich Weger worked as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent. His main focus in research are attention processes and cognitive control, the psychological dimension of placebo effects as much as the influence of virtual behavior on behavior and experiences in reality. He published dozens of articles in peer reviewed journals besides many book chapters and other publications.

A practical journey into our thinking experience

The more prominent facets of thinking are typically the mental images or pictures that constitute the contents of our “thoughts”; but these are preceded by a process that is much more elusive. For example, we do not usually observe how a stereotype emerges in our thinking; if anything we may perhaps know that it is there. In seeking to (re)frame our –premature– understanding of reality, we also need to take the thinking process into consideration. The workshop will be a practical journey into enquiring into our thinking experience. We will start out with a bit of background on how to study thinking; and then work with practical examples of (re)framing to explore whether we can find access to the more unreflected processual aspect of thinking.

Dr. Viola Nordsieck

Viola Nordsieck is a philosopher and journalist. She holds a PhD from Humboldt University, writes for several newspapers and magazines and is co-editor of transform, an indie mag based in Berlin and Leipzig. She lives in Berlin where she is currently working on a favourite project: an effort in collective writing with a bunch of brilliant academics, artists and activists sketching possible mergers of cultural and political philosophy. She is also a writer who loves to destroy the mood of poetry slams with not-at-all hilarious short stories, a mother of twins and a teacher in training who uses films, cooking and going on demos to make sure her students are sometimes interested enough to learn.

Framing your arguments: What do you think we are talking about?

How do you set about when entering a political argument? Do you know that you are right, or are you ready to learn something new? Do you set out to convince, to explain, or to understand? Do you already know that you can never agree? Is it going to be a battle or a showcase?

In this workshop, we are going to think about and work out some strategies of survival when arguing with people of very different opinions. We try to find, using different theories of framing, our own hidden assumptions about what is happening in that argument, and what is supposed to happen. This may include, of course, the possible outcome of just not having this conversation. But it may also help if you see the possibility and have the wish to really have a meaningful exchange.

Richard Piatkowski

Founder and CEO of meap GmbH, a full-service agency for communication and design based in Witten. Richard has been in business for almost two decades and together with his team of 50 colleagues has led numerous marketing and advertising campaigns. Amongst others their clients include the football club Borussia Mönchengladbach, the Technical University of Dortmund and the university medical center Knappschaftskrankenhaus Bochum.

Commercial use of framing

Advertisers are keenly aware of the benefits that can come from exploiting cognitive biases. Coming from this background, the art of marketing and advertising might as well be termed the mother of strategic framing. In this workshop participants will use a hands-on approach to advertising campaigns and will try to frame a certain issue in such a way that it achieves the most effective result. Due to the company´s evidence-based approach we will be able to discuss the different framing-approaches in terms of their potential. After two conference days, this is an opportunity to put the knowledge on framing to a practical test.

Amanda Machin

Amanda Machin is acting Professor of International Political Studies at the University of Witten/Herdecke in Germany. Her research focuses upon the politics of citizenship, nationalism, environment and embodiment and she is particularly intrigued by the implications of the recent diagnosis of the Anthropocene for models and institutions of democracy. Her books include Against Political Compromise: Sustaining Democratic Debate (Routledge 2017, co-authored with Alexander Ruser) Nations and Democracy: New Theoretical Perspectives (Routledge, 2015) and Negotiating Climate Change: Radical Democracy and the Illusion of Consensus (Zed Books, 2013). A new book coauthored with Nico Stehr Society and Climate: Transitions and Challenges will be published by World Scientific later this year.

Resisting the Frames? Climate Protests and Counter-Conduct

The subjects and objects of knowledge are governed by powerful discourses that frame reality in particular way. But what possibilities exist for challenging the dominant frames? Is it possible to see or step outside? What role might protest play in allowing political actors to resist and transform the frames that govern our understandings of the politically possible. In this workshop - focusing particularly upon the recent upsurge in protests targeting inaction on climate change - we consider the possibilities and limitations of protest and ask ourselves what it means to engage in ‘counter-conduct’.