|founded in the year||2016|
|founder||Pia M. Kästner|
|type of institution||Think Tank|
|Virtual Networks A "Virtual Network" is a group of Think Tanks identified by certain semantic and normative (ideological) commonalities (e.g. climate change scepticism). Such a virtual network constitutes a research field that differs from the study of formal networks. Formal networks are real in the sense of officially acknowledged and immediately open to empirical validation. Virtual networks on the other hand display shared ideas. Social network analysis tools can be applied to find out if or to what extent virtual networks are real networks that display linkages (membership in networks, personnel, resources etc.). Unconnected think tanks in turn can be considered special cases in need of explanation independent from network structures (unless we have to assume invisible, hidden or covered ties).||Neue Rechte|
The Wissensmanufaktur is an 'independent institute for economic research and social policy'. It claims it actively resists the mainstream and 'political correctness'.
People leading the Think Tank in the day to day business (CEOs, directorates etc.).
People advising the Think Tank (mainly in scientific questions)
People supervising the Think Tank (mainly in economic questions).
Andreas Popp; Rico Albrecht; Wolfgang Berger; Eberhard Hamer; Helmut F. Kaplan; Sousan Safaverdi; Karl Albrecht Schachtschneider; Alec A. Schaerer; Norbert Scholz; Eva Herman Michael; Friedrich Vogt
People or legal entities that either support the Think Tank with their reputation or with their money.
The organisation publishes - sometimes sells publications for a fee - on various themes and organises discussions and workshops which are open to the public. The organisation's members are a mixture of journalists, (former) academics, life coaches, and business-men. It produces 'alternative knowledge' against the mainstream and proposes that German citizens are victim of widespread pervasive manipulation. It is highly Euro and EU critical, does not have trust in mainstream media and proposes that the entire 'system' needs to be 'revolutionised'.
We used the DGs of the EU to generate a basic list of topics. This list is going to be steadily extended. However we try to preserve a persistent list of topics.
What we call here a semantic field is the idea to categorize think tanks in a two level system. The first levels are so called 'Virtual Networks' and the second are the semantic fields. Accordingly every semantic field entered here has to be attached to a virtual network. If you would like to follow a special phenomenon among think tanks please contact us and we are going to add a new virtual network. Semantic fields are topics that promote a virtual network. Lets take climate change as an example: 'climate change skeptics' is the virtual network and 'adaption instead of mitigation' would be one possible semantic field.