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founded in the year 2016
City 29664 Walsrode
Country Germany
Website http://www.wissensmanufaktur.net/
address Schmersahlstraße 26
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
Last revision 1.06.2017

The following coordinate was not recognized: 52.8617; 9.5931.The following coordinate was not recognized: 52.8617; 9.5931. The Wissensmanufaktur is an 'independent institute for economic research and social policy'. It claims it actively resists the mainstream and 'political correctness'.

Organizational Structure and Funding


Schmersahlstraße 26


Executive board

People leading the Think Tank in the day to day business (CEOs, directorates etc.).

Advisory board

People advising the Think Tank (mainly in scientific questions)

Supervisory board

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.

Working mode, goals

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.

  • national identity
  • nation
  • immigration
  • Euro
  • European Integration
  • International Trade/Globalization

Semantic Fields

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.

  • anti-Euro (Austerity Politics): The organisation is highly skeptical of the Euro and of the EU, but also of 'the state' and elites in general
  • alternative knowledge (Neue Rechte): The organisation questions 'mainstream knowledge' and proposes 'alternative knowledge'.
  • manipulation by establishment (Neue Rechte): The organisation claims consistently that people in Germany are manipulated in believing those things that maintain the present order.