HUMANPOINT is an interactive multimedia platform that visualizes visionary aspects of social sciences and humanities, and integrates the resulting knowledge into public discourse.
HUMANPOINT unites editorial content with this generated by scientists, students and social change makers themselves.
HUMANPOINT creates an international online community that thinks critically and narrates creatively.
A social network with high standards, a hub of ideas and stories, a gallery of portraits, a filling station for inspiration and online job exchange? – All this is HUMANPOINT.
We give social scientists and scholars of humanities a chance to be heard not only inside the academic community, but also among their students and people who people who implement the socially innovative concepts practically. That helps overcome the gap between the academic world and reality of life. We connect the modern media, usually hunting for a click byte with an expertise, which doesn´t normally get on the pages of the modern newspapers and magazines.
- Society loses potential enlighteners and well-informed visionaries because scholars of social sciences and humanities underestimate their expertise, as do the media and employers.
- The flood of opinions and information looking equally valid leads us to a loss of orientation: What experts should I trust? Which story should I believe?
- Educational elites often appear to be far from reality and not accessible. Clear answers, elucidative aspirations and political visions are lacking.
3 approaches towards a solution:
- Experts and prospective experts of theoretical and practical fields are offered the opportunity to present themselves and their work. They creatively visualize their way of thinking outside the ‚academia‘ and can exchange their views and ideas.
- Scientists present methods of social sciences and humanities as to how to cope with information and societal realities in a clearly understandable and creative manner.
- Editors and readers pose their questions relating with practical implementations to theorists and change makers, and have the opportunity to discuss with them.
Why should researchers, change makers, students and non-academics be interested in this platform?
Non-academics, natural scientists and technical professionals:
- Glimpse behind the scenes: How does one become a philosopher or historian? Who can call themselves that? Is this “label” really a reason to trust their expertise? Is expensive, tax-funded research still required up to these days?
- What is meant by science of the humanities? What is a fact in this field? Isn’t it all relative?
- How does the knowledge of the humanities interrelate with elections, social problems, migration, the refugee crisis, wars, gender relations, etc.?
- Asking smart questions will eventually award you an expert status.
Social scientists and humanities scholars:
- Visibility! For yourself, your own works, and your own knowledge outside of the academia. Research results, strands of thought, open questions and visions can be creatively presented and discussed.
- Direct feedback from peers, students and other interested people via likes and reputation.
- Insight into related disciplines and, as a result, better interdisciplinary research; networking.
- Biographies of change makers will clarify intents and purposes of the schooling, and possibly related problems.
Change makers applying social and humanistic concepts at work:
- Visibility of your own projects: books, artworks, festivals and events, startups. Hence, more influence on the society.
- A catalogue of like-minded people, quick business partner and job research, networking.
- New theoretical concepts and visions applicable to practice.
- Support for students of social studies and humanities when it comes to choosing a job.
Students and young researchers:
- Knowledgeable answers to your questions from your professors and peers!
- Inspiration from successful biographies, less anxiety about the future => a professional identity that you will not regret.
- Better understanding of the lecturers‘ research, opportunity of posing questions and providing feedback to the answers of the experienced researchers – something you have so rarely in your offline academic life.
- Option of presenting your own expertise
- Networking opportunities, potential job research and internships.