The DE differs radically from all traditional encyclopedias so far – including Wikipedia. It enables productive exchange of opinions on controversial issues that raise strong passions.

The basic idea of the encyclopedia is simple:

There can be as many articles on the same subject/headword as there are different views. The writers are encouraged to express their views as distinctly and sharply as possible. Objectivity will be achieved by the possibility to evaluate opposite views side by side.

The users compile panels consisting of articles representing different, even opposing views and moderate debates based on them.

There are two main themes:

1. The history of humankind.
2. The history of the nation.

Each participant, opinion group or scientific school leads the discussion in its own way. The discussion takes place in special theme encyclopedias, personal debating encyclopedias, and on platforms.

The Initiators' Blog

Here the members of the initiative group give reasons for the idea on diverse sides. The opinions are our own and you don’t have to agree on them even if you are interested in the idea itself. On the contrary – all critique is more than welcome.

Debating Encyclopedia and the Crisis of Democracy

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The Most Crucial Question of Our Time

Because of climate change, the Arctic ice is melting at an alarming rate. Polar bears are threatened with extinction. The Himalayan glaciers are shrinking. How will it affect food production in India, China, Bangladesh, and Pakistan? What kind of famine will it bring? This is terrible to think of...

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What Will Come after Facebook?

After Facebook came a new Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg describes the change in his Manifesto in this way: “For the past decade, Facebook has focused on connecting friends and families. With that foundation, our next focus will be developing the social...

What Will Come after Wikipedia?

Wikipedia is one of the internet’s biggest success stories. The Debating Encyclopedia (DE) continues its tradition as a global public education project – but, as we believe, on a higher level. One thing they have in common is that everyone can take part in writing and in the content production in...

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