Andrea Beermann und Elena Ball
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
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
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.
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.
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’.