"I share what we know from the cognitive sciences about human decision-making and language, because I think people need to know!
I think anybody who’s in politics, anybody who’s a citizen in a democracy needs to know how their brain functions, how their mind functions, and how relevant language is for good democratic discourse."
– European Forum Alpbach, 2015
In fall 2016, I started working with the Training Institute of the Bavarian Police on a pro bono basis. I'm excited to support their efforts and contribution to society with insights on conceptual and communication framings in the context of police work.
On April 26, 2017, the Staatstheater Hannover brought 'Controlling Crowds' to the stage, based on my recent book Politisches Framing and produced by the Performing Group - politics meet cognitive science meets the arts!
What to do with the house that Adolf Hitler was born in – tear it down or rethink it and turn it into a symbol against fascism? In fall 2016, I joined the House of Responsibility project as an official strategic framing partner – to turn Hitler’s birthplace into a symbol against National Socialism instead of tearing it down, especially in the times of reignited nationalistic discourses across Europe.
Recently, I decided to support the important work of Oxfam Germany on a pro bono basis. I couldn't be more excited to contribute to their important mission – against poverty and need, for a better world today and tomorrow.
Upcoming & Recent Public Speaking
BERLIN - Keynote at the Kommunikationskongress 2017 of the Bundesverband deutscher Pressesprecher on shaping public discourse.
ALPBACH - Keynote at the Wirtschaftsgespräche at the European Forum Alpbach on the language of conflict and cooperation in the climate change and green economy debate.
BERLIN - Keynote at the World Wildlife Fund Night 2017 on the interplay of wildlife and nature preservation, morality-driven research and policymaking, and public communication.
BERLIN -- BDI 2017 panel discussion on "Elections worldwide - Does rationality still stand a chance?" with Florian Eder, Managing Editor POLITICO, Vincent Harris, CEO Harris Media and Constantin Schreiber, ARD-Anchorman.
HAMBURG - Keynote and seminar at the annual Reporter Forum's Reporter Workshop at SPIEGEL for for online, print, TV and radio journalists on new journalism in the times of digital media, populism, and political polarization.
BERLIN - Berliner Festspiele Theatertreffen panel Emotions and Facts: Ever larger groups of people seem to be willing to neglect facts in favour of proven untruths. Populists all over the world tap into their citizens’ fear and anger. Have objectiveness and rationality taken a back-seat in political debate? Do we need more emotions in politics?
BERLIN - Keynote at re:publica: Love Out Loud, one of the largest and most exciting conferences about digital culture in the world, where representatives of digital culture share their knowledge and decision-making tools, and discuss the future of the information society.
VIENNA - Keynote at the Congress for Women in Media, Austria's annual convention for women in media and young female reporters. This year's theme: Hypes and Hoaxes, Staging and Credibility in the Media. How can journalists respond to the climate of hyper-agitation and 'rigged media' allegations?
BERLIN - Keynote at Political Formats, the conference for journalists, politicians, and citizens at the Federal Press Conference House. This year's focus: populist movements, refugees and migrants joining the political process, and media and foreign policy.
BERLIN - Keynote at the awards ceremony for the German Renewable Energy Agencies Media Award "Germany has Endless Energy" for outstanding reporting on the technological advances of the innovative renewable energies sector and the German Energiewende.
BERLIN - Keynote at ReCampaign, the convention for online campaigners from civil society, political foundations, and the communication sector. Analyses and discussion centering on successful campaigning work - from experts, for experts.