Philosophie.ch - The association
Information about the association
The association consists of members and a board of directors. It appoints a managing director who is responsible for the operation and expansion of the portal. The annual accounts and the annual report are presented to the members for inspection at the ordinary general assembly and the board is discharged from its duty of supervision and control. New members and proposals for new board members are welcome!
General assembly, 1st of April 2023
We would like to invite you to next year's General Assembly: it will take place on Saturday, 1st of April 2023, in Biel/Bienne. Please find more information here: https://www.philosophie.ch/gv-ag-ga. The agenda can be found here.
Become a member and register for the GA on 1 April 2023.
In an electronic vote shortly before Christmas 2022, the annual accounts and the annual report 2021 were accepted and the board was discharged (6 votes in favour, 1 abstention).
Management and work organisation
After taking over the management of the portal on 15 May 2021, the (re)organisation of the former organically grown structures was a first, important concern, made urgent by the enlargement of the team and the consistent introduction of quadrilingualism on the portal.
An important step was taken with the adoption of the organisational regulations at the general assembly of 2021 on 5.6.2021, which enabled a clear division of responsibilities and competences between the portal (and its management) and its projects (and the respective project leaders).
Thereafter, in an elaborate effort during the rest of 2021, the managing director, in consultation and sometimes controversial discussion with the team, tried to write down the already existing and newly needed workflows in a way that allows and facilitates the onboarding of new staff and the transfer of acquired competences and information. This process is now complete and we look forward to welcoming new staff of all kinds.
Rehaul and reorganisation of the portal contents
As described on the page on the so-called "rehaul" of the portal content, the year 2022 was marked by a reorganisation and rehaul of the existing portal content, which should enable the portal to be opened up in terms of personnel, content and form. At the same time, efforts to acquire new content were intensified in several directions:
- philosophically relevant topics of current debates, such as the pandemic, the Ukraine war, animal ethics (esp. also in connection with food ethics), the climate crisis (ins. also in connection with an online learning course on climate justice), the philosophy of migration and discrimination;
- a systematic and more or less complete cartography of the philosophical microcosm of Switzerland, with its practices, cafés, clubs, societies, festivals, professional associations, interest groups and workshop organisers;
- the creation of a clear overview page on philosophy at Swiss Universites, which should help Swiss philosophy institutes to attract new students;
- an overview page on philosophy in secondary schools, with information on teaching materials, field reports, the philosophical Olympiad and the position of philosophy in the Swiss education system.