Fellow Dr. Volker Grassmuck

Dr. Volker Grassmuck


  Fellow at CAIS from April to September 2019


Shaping our Media – Citizen Participation on the Future of Public Service Media

Under constitutional law, public service broadcasting is subject to supervision by society at a distance from the state and the market. Also under European law it must serve to meet the democratic, social and cultural needs of society. This society is represented by representatives of social associations in the broadcasting councils of the broadcasting corporations.

The initial hypothesis is that in the current digital transformation society is directly called upon to participate in the formulation of the future remit of public service media for this society. This is followed by the further thesis that the representation of society in committees in a digital environment should be organised more broadly and more participatively.

The project investigates the digital structural change of the public sphere and its actors, existing participation tools and methods as well as the conditions for successful social design. The goal is the conception and planning of a nationwide citizen participation process for the future of public media, which will be discussed at a closing event together with the Grimme Institute and, if successful, implemented afterwards.

Main Research Topics
  • Structural change towards a networked public sphere
  • Conditions for successful participation
  • Evaluation of participation platforms and methods
  • Starting points for participatory design in broadcasting law
  • Networking of social actors
Curriculum Vitae
  • 1982 to 1987 study of soziology at FU Berlin. Diploma thesis “Vom Animismus zur Animation – Einlassungen und Auslassungen zur künstlichen Intelligenz”, Junius Verlag 1988
  • 1989 to 1995 visiting researcher at Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST) of Tokyo University
  • 1999 Ph.D. thesis „Geschlossene Gesellschaft. Mediale und diskursive Aspekte der ‘drei Öffnungen’ Japans” with Prof. Dr. Dietmar Kamper, FU Berlin, iudicium Verlag 2002
  • 2004 to 2009 founder and projekt lead „iRights.info, information portal on copyright law in the digital age“, funded by Bundesverbraucherministerium, awarded the Grimme Online Award in 2006
  • 2009 to 2010 visiting researcher at „Acesso a bens educacionais e culturais no Brasil“ in Grupo de Pesquisa em Política Pública para o Acesso à Informação der Escola de Artes, Ciências e Humanidades at Universidade de São Paulo, funded by the Ministry of Culture and Ford Foundation
  • 2012 to 2015 Scientific project lead “Grundversorgung 2.0 – Internet-TV für die neue Mediengeneration”, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, funded by EFRE and the State of Lower Saxony
Publications and presentations
Visting Fellow
Evelyn Bodenmeier, M.A.Lausitzer Perspektiven e.V.
Evelyn Bodenmeier
Research focus
  • analoge, digitale und crossmediale Deliberations- und Facilitationprozesse in Transformationsprozessen (am Beispiel der Lausitz)
  • Individuelle Erfahrungen der Selbstwirksamkeit in Deliberationsprozessen
Curriculum Vitae
  • seit 06/2018 Lausitzer Perspektiven e.V., www.lausitzer-perspektiven.de – Zivilgesellschaftlicher Think Tank zur Begleitung des Strukturwandels in der Lausitz , Konzeption und Kooperation mit Transformationswissenschaften und lausitzspezifischen Institutionen und Gremien zur Stärkung der Zivilgesellschaft
  • 2017-2019 www.citylab.berlin – Konzept zur digitalen Erneuerung Berlins mit Kollaboration von Verwaltung, Zivilgesellschaft, Wissenschaft und Unternehmen
  • 2014 – 2018 Tempelhofer Feld, www.tempelhofer-feld.berlin.de – Partizipative Erstellung eines Entwicklungs- und Pflegeplanes (EPP) entsprechend des „Bürger“-Gesetzes „Zum Erhalt des Tempelhofes Feldes“, eine Charta der Beteiligung, Leitlinien, Handlungskorridore und Planwerk für 303 Hektar- analog und digital (Einsatz von liquid democracy) und Etablierung eines deliberativen Beteiligungsmodells zur kontinuierlichen Teilhabe (Prinzip citizien assembly)