Knowledge transfer for stakeholders and through political education

The aim of the project is to examine and map the complexity of solidarity in transnational working relations using "soft", non-antagonistic as well as "hard" antagonistic topics. Thus, we will expand existing systematizations and identify respective (regulative) requirements of various forms and acts of solidarity in transnational working relations. Finally, these findings will be translated into more general terms in order to make the fundamentals of transnational solidarity understandable and convey them to different stakeholders and multipliers.

Knowledge Transfer

Stakeholder conference

We will organize an international conference with the topic "working [with] solidarity"  to discuss and disseminate the results of the overall project. European works councils, staff councils, representatives of employee and employer organizations as well as other associations that operate in transnational working relationships and support solidarity in the work process are addressed. In addition to presenting the project results from both sub-projects, the aim is to hold thematic workshops in which the different perspectives of the actors are discussed and recommendations for action are developed. The workshops are designed based on simulation games and are flanked by trainers: In the sense of a "train the trainer concept", the stakeholders are to be enabled to disseminate the recommendations for action in their national context and to act in solidarity in the world of work in their daily work.


Further events held with regional representatives from politics, trade unions and associations are intended to contribute to preparing the project results for political practice and making them usable regionally, nationally and for the European context. An internal event helps to prepare the predominantly scientifically generated results for practice-oriented policy fields. The moderated expert workshop "Assessing solidarity" (WS 1) as well as the digital group discussion on the topic: "Causes of solidarity" (WS 2) reflect the results and status of the project, so that policy briefs and podcasts can be written after the two workshops. These are also made available to the interested public on the project website.

Modules for university teaching

A special feature of the project is that the results from the two sub-projects are also prepared for educational practice. The focus of the up to four planned modules is on how solidarity action is constituted in the world of work and what design options arise for the actors. This gives students the opportunity to systematically work through organizational relationships in a multi-level system and to develop new connections for solidarity in the world of work. Central conditions for cohesion in the world of work as well as the broad European perspective and transnational norm formation/enforcement in the context of politics in the world of work are also taken into account. In addition, the content is prepared for digital self-study modules.

Planned modules are:

Module 1: Cooperation in transnational industrial relations (generally as an introduction)

Module 2: Works and staff council actions in national and European contexts

Module 3: Association action and the development of solidarity strategies and practices

Module 4: Accompany and support solidarity in multinational companies and associations

The modules are developed in German and English and tested at the University of Bremen (e.g. master’s courses “Social Policy” and “European Labor Studies” as well as in the advanced training master’s degree for staff and works councils “Participatory work design, personnel development and organizational consulting” by zap). The modules can be disseminated in European partner universities via the recently founded network YUFE - Young Universities for the Future of Europe, in which the University of Bremen participates and which is funded by the EU Commission. The network consists of a total of seven partner universities and aims to strengthen learning and understanding across institutions, regions and cultures in Europe. It thus offers the ideal prerequisite for the transfer of the modules into transnational university curricula.

Digital Social Science Lab (D³)

With the involvement of zap's Digital Social Science Lab (D³), a transnational exchange can be stimulated, regardless of the time of day, spatial distance or groups of actors and questions such as experiences or everyday life associations can be exchanged. The laboratory uses various digital tools for this purpose, e.g. to process associations of terms, group discussions or expert dialogues on the topic of solidarity in the world of work into digital products and to make them available to various target groups via a multimedia learning platform for their discussion of the topic. The D³ is thus also used as a connecting methodological element between the various transfer activities. Furthermore, the D³ serves as a connecting methodological element between the various transfer activities. Over the entire duration of the project, a pool of insights into the everyday relevance of the topic is created. This emerging digital archive can be the starting point for new research activities (master's theses, doctorates, ...) in the context of subject-oriented discussions about solidarity. The D³ was developed in the context of the application for the Research Institute for Social Cohesion (FGZ), initially theoretically and now increasingly practically, and can be enriched in terms of content by linking it to the topic focused on in this application.

University teacher training in the field of politics, work and economics/didactics of social sciences

University teacher training addresses solidarity in the world of work, as this topic can be understood as a socio-political space in which interactions and communication between different cultures and individualized negotiation processes take place in the form of collective regulation (cf. Hedtke 2013: 46) and thus also reflects places of solidarity or disloyalty. The aim is to integrate the results of the project on places of solidarity in the Politics-Work-Economy module in the course of the same name. This expansion supports young people as well as prospective teachers to take into account intercultural negotiation processes at company and association level when deciding on a career as well as in the context of vocational training and mobility within Europe - for example in the context of ERASMUS + exchange programs.

In addition, the results are disseminated within the framework of the Society for Political Didactics and Political Youth and Adult Education (GPJE).