More in Common Germany

More in Common Germany is focusing on the growing forces of social fracturing and division in German society. We are a non-partisan organization that strives for cooperation along a wide spectrum of people and institutional partners within Germany.

Our country is in a time of transition and our sense of identity and belonging as Germans is changing. This is both a time of danger and a time of opportunity. Our vision is that inclusion and a shared sense of belonging are at the heart of the new sense of German identity that is taking shape.

Our current work

Our work focuses on building a deeper understanding of the current moment in German society – what can bring us together and what is driving us apart. We are using methodologies drawn from a range of disciplines including social psychology and behavioral science and tested by More in Common in other national contexts. We are mapping today’s Germany, based not on people’s support for political parties but their deeper values and psychology. Published as a report and microsite in late 2019, the goal of this project is to provide valuable insights and resources for many German organizations and will create a baseline for our future work.

Parallel to this project, we are engaged on a pilot project to engage with Germans from small-sized German cities whose voices are often not heard in national conversations, especially those that might be indifferent or opposed to values of diversity. We are undertaking this project in partnership with the Open Society Initiative for Europe and the Robert Bosch Stiftung. This project involves supporting clusters of civil society organizations and local government and testing language and values that help connect with a wider range of Germans.

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We are mapping today’s Germany, based not on people’s support for political parties but their deeper values and psychology.

We will be expanding our programs in 2020, deploying insights from the mapping of German society mentioned above, in partnership with civil society and other organizations.

These next phases of work build on our earlier work which has provided deep insights relevant to German’s debate on migration and national identity. Our earlier study “Attitudes towards National Identity, Migration, and Refugees in Germany” was published in 2017, and it showed that most Germans reject the idea of either open or closed borders. Instead, most belong to one of the “conflicted middle” groups that hold humanitarian values but are also concerned about preserving the stability and values of German society. Insights from these studies have been deployed by a wide range of civil society organizations since the release of this time.

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Fault Lines: Germany’s Invisible Divides

Where do we stand as a society in Germany and where are we going? We wanted to find out and in 2019 surveyed over 4,000 people. Our results offer a different perspective on German society and thereby facilitate new approaches to social cohesion.

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The Diversity Shapers

We are working with the Robert Bosch Foundation, a leader in German philanthropy, on a program related to strengthening diversity. We are working with local clusters in six cities from different parts of Germany to understand how to engage people in Germany’s ‘middle groups’ on issues of diversity and German identity.

Learn more about our other initiatives

Our work in Germany would not be possible without the support of the Social Change Initiative, Open Society Initiative For Europe, the Bosch Foundation and the many supporters and advisers who share our vision and contribute their ideas and feedback. Thank you!

More in Common Germany takes the form of an eingetragener Verein (e.V.) and is recognized as a charitable entity (gemeinnützig) registered with the Amtsgericht Charlottenburg, with a team based in Berlin.