Networking with a Twist: Making Berlin Sustainable ... Together!
Erika delivers networking events in London, bringing together creators of charities, businesses and social enterprises as well as people running their own personal projects. She also works with individuals who want to overcome their own limitations and create a positive impact in the world and in the last 5 years has worked with ex-prisoners, people experiencing physical, emotional and mental health challenges, people in long term unemployment and youth.
Erika’s work is based on a foundation of authenticity, communication and personal responsibility, offering the space and tools for people to understand their own wants and needs. Combining coaching techniques with those from traditional counselling approaches and alternative therapies, Erika, her partners and clients create a unique and personal journey grounded in heart-led pragmatism.
About OPEL Stories: OPEL Stories offers coaching and events to inspire and support people to feel empowered and create a positive impact in the world. It was founded on the view that everyone deserves to create a life that inspires them, bringing their life meaning and purpose, knowing they have the skills, qualities, knowledge and wisdom to bring their vision to life and carving a path of positive change for society.
Sustainability Drinks - Global Sharing Week Special
Sustainable Solutions Designer Scott Bolden: A Platform For Resonant Connection
Scott Bolden is an interdisciplinary visionary, part artist, designer, engineer, musician and event producer. He is the co-founder of Das Baumhaus Berlin, an event and collaborative project space for people who want to act on their sense of initiative to make the world a better place personally, ecologically, aesthetically, culturally, economically and socially (P.E.A.C.E.S.).
About Das Baumhaus Berlin: At Baumhaus, we aim to create a space where we as neighbors can address the transition to sustainability from a broad spectrum of perspectives. Transitioning from a culture of domination and exploitation to a culture of care, maintaining a dynamic balance in relations to oneself, others, and nature – that’s the project of our (life)time. And while it’s about development in the social and economic world, it’s also about personal development. We think, working for change is bit like practicing an art: it’s about what we do in our every day life, and it works better if we have fun and a supportive community. Baumhaus is a platform for all those P.E.A.C.E.S. of being a good neighbor and actor of change – bringing together perspectives that are: Personal Who am I, where am I at in my life, where do I want to be and how do I get there? How can we take care of ourselves so that we can live more balanced and satisfying lives? Ecologic How can we live in balance with the ecosystem and protect life on this planet? Aesthetic How can we understand and be in touch with the many ways it’s possible to sense the world? Cultural How can we appreciate and learn from our differences but also focus on what we have in common? Economic How can we advance towards more balanced, zero waste and humane ways of production and consumption? SocialHow can we communicate with each other, to understand and work collaboratively to support each other?
About the talk: The story of how transforming values of sustainability into an indoor tree house is having a practical impact.
The world is changing and we are on the transition team Robert Eckstein
Robert Eckstein is a part of Impact Hub Berlin’s team. Coming from a value-driven and passionate student organization called AIESEC, after his studies Robert was looking for a community of like-minded people who do their work with heart and purpose. And found that in the Impact Hub in Berlin. Beside his involvement with Impact Hub Berlin, he is trainer, facilitator, fan of Positive Psychology and a passionate Introvert. He calls himself a Universe Traveler, but for him, the universe refers to the vast world that resides within ourselves.
About Impact Hub Berlin: Impact Hub Berlin is the catalyst for social innovation. We are a community, a consultancy and a creative space. As part of the biggest network for social innovation worldwide we inspire, connect and enable our local community of change makers to develop their ideas for a more sustainable world. We provide access to training and support, workspaces, lectures, training workshops, community networking events and incubation programs. Moreover we create professional programs for local & global companies, organizations and institutions from diverse sectors; working on the intersection of society, economy and politics. Uniting people from every profession, background and culture, Impact Hub Berlin is run by Nele Kapretz, Anna Lässer, Leon Reiner and Vishal Jodhani since 2014. The first Impact Hub opened in 2005 in London - today, more than 100 hubs in over 54 countries with +15000 members are part of the global network.
idealist, family man, lawyer
About fairleihen.de: Fairleihen is a sharing platform which is free and free of ads.
Founder of upperbike bikesharing
About upperbike bikesharing: You are interested in bikesharing and you want to rent or hire a bike in a fast and uncomplicated way?
Then you are just right here at upperbike because the practical online bike manager makes it easy to manage and rent a bike. This may be a city bike, a children´s bicycle, a solid mountain bike, a fixie or a practical cargobike. Here every bike is available for lend or rent - already from 5 Euros per day.
Just click on upperbike.com and directly find your favourite bike or create a bike advertisement.
Self-study of life, people and cultures. Exploring, learning, teaching, connecting and sharing in various fields, e.g. communities, premium-collective, services in health, sustainability, organic food, farming and gastronomy, product development and distribution, general consulting, musicians and artists, organization of coops and events, travel and hosting, IT and online projects i.a.
About Premium-Kollektiv / also known as Premium-Cola: Premium started in 2000 with creating an open-source economy model, the PremiumOS (= Betriebssystem) based on the equality of people, honesty, fairness, sustainability and transparency. It operates as a collective: farmers, manufacturers, distributors, sellers and especially consumers become integrated and take part in making altogether decisions in consensus. The collective works without a boss while cooperating with over 1700 partners and none written contracts. This open-source operating system is used to produce and distribute drinks e.g. premium-cola and premium-bier (= hardware). It proves that this balanced business model is functioning. Goal is to bring a more sustainable work environment into our world by sharing the knowledge through online documentation, talks and consultations.
Leona Lynen: Agora Rollberg – Berlin's First Circular Economy Hub
Leona is Circular Economy Program Manager at Agora Rollberg, a prototype for better ways of working and living together around circular economy principles. At Agora Rollberg, Leona aims at building bridges between content, ideas and stakeholders, ranging from hands-on applicable CE solutions for the local neighborhood to radically shifting mindsets of global players. Previously, she worked as freelance Curator and Project Manager for various Goethe-Instituts around the world, focusing on bottom-up city making and co-creative urban development.
About Agora Rollberg: The Agora Rollberg is a Berlin based center for circular economy practices. Established in 2016 as Berlin's first circular economy hub, we invite like-minded individuals and institutions to meet, exchange ideas and collaborate around circular economy projects. We believe that a different way of living and working together is both necessary and possible.
About the talk: At Agora Rollberg, we believe that a different way of living and working together is both necessary and possible. We also believe that circular economy principles are central to designing such a system. At its essence, a circular economy represents a new way of looking at the relationships between markets, customers and natural resources, and thus eliminating the very concept of ‘waste’ and recognizing everything has a value. In my talk I will give a short introduction to Circular Economy, how it relates to the Sharing Economy and how we'll incorporate both in the future of our Agora Rollberg House.
Our Bodies, Our Planet: Sustainability and Health
Natascha von Ganski: Herb Walk
After 10 years of practical experience with medical plants, Natascha founded the alcimia – Schule für Heilpflanzenkunde und Traditionelle Abendländische Medizin in 2008 to pass on her knowledge.
About alcimia Herb School: alcimia is a moderne "Heilpflanzenschule" that is anchored in the tradition of the European art of healing and integrates this with the modern level of knowledge.
About the talk: Herbal Walk @ Prinzessinennengarten (attention: this will take place before the event!!)
Anne Merrill: Our Bodies, Our Planet: Sustainability and Health
Anne Merrill is an herbalist, bodyworker and teacher. After graduating from the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine in Bisbee, Arizona in 2006, she apprenticed at herb company Texas Medicinals, founded the Texas Chapter of the American Herbalists Guild and wrote the Anatomy and Physiology curriculum for the Sacred Journey School of Herbalism in Austin, TX. She now lives in Berlin, where she is getting to know the wild plants and founding the Berlin Herbcraft Studio - a school, workspace and shop for the herbal arts. You can reach her and read her blog via www.annelouisemerrill.com
About Berlin Herbcraft Studio: Berlin Herbcraft Studio will be an herbal workshop space and herb shop. It will provide workshops, classes, workspace, materials and a retail shop in order to support a creative herb craft community in Berlin. It will promote local, circular economy by connecting with local farmers and foragers.
About the talk: A sustainable world is one that doesn’t make us sick! In this presentation, we’ll look at the relationship between sustainability goals and health care. What are the environmental impacts of medicine now? What does a more sustainable health care system look like? Is it enough to “reduce, reuse, recycle” or do we have to reimagine as well?
Patricia Bellack-Hinrichs: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Patricia Bellack-Hinrichs works as a natural health practitioner and herbalist in Berlin. She studied Politics and American Studies and worked for DW-tv before she got back to her lifelong interest in plants and herbs. She was trained to be a naturopath and has her own holistic practice in Berlin-Zehlendorf. Her website: www.phytoresonanz.de
About Phytoresonanz - Natural health practice / Heilpraxis: Phytoresonanz is a holistic healthcare practice, it is all about restoring health, staying healthy and leading a healthy lifestyle. We work with food changes, herbs and resonance therapy. Call for more information!
About the talk: Sustainability is an important keyword for industry, technology and the economy in general. But what about healthcare? For example, institutions like hospitals and school cafeterias could be leaders in sustainability on a very personal level, by serving healthy food to their patients, at the same time spreading awareness that it is possible to “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Challenges of Social Design - From Concept to Product
Florian Huss: «nice concept, but…»
Florian Huss just finished his Master in Visual Communication at the Weissensee Academy of Art Berlin. His projects evolve around the topics of Social Design, Co-Design and Participation and the transformation of our society(es). In 2013 he co-founded the initiative «kommen&bleiben», where his recent project grew out of – the «guide for NewBerliner».
About kommen&bleiben: Co-Design between NeuBerliners and students
About the talk: The talk will be about pitfalls, insights and open questions deriving out of our social design projects.
Lars Zimmermann: Social With Open Source
EN Lars Zimmermann (larszimmermann.de) is an artist and economist based in Berlin. He explores Open Source for Circular Economy. He is cofounder of the the Open Source Circular Economy Days (oscedays.org), the Open It Agency (openitagency.eu) and runs The City Is Open Source - City Hacking Project (thecityisopensource.de) and Mifactori (mifactori.de) amongst other projects.
DE Lars Zimmermann (larszimmermann.de) ist Künstler und Ökonom. Er entwickelt Projekte zu Open Source Hardware, Kreislaufwirtschaft, Kreislaufdesign und City Hacking. Er ist Mitgründer und Gründer von verschiedener Organisationen und Projekte wie z.B. den Open Source Circular Economy (oscedays.org), der Open It Agency (openitagency.eu), Mifactori (mifactori.de) und The City Is Open Source - City Hacking Project (thecityisopensource.de).
About Open Source Circular Economy Days: Open Source Circular Economy Days is a global open community about open source resources to create a shift to a sustainable circular economy. We share and produce documentation of circular solutions and invite people to test and implement them in open events across the globe. Join us!
About the talk: I will introduce you to Open Source and Open Design and its real and potential meaning for a more social and ecologically and economically sustainable world.
Michael Volkmer: Activism instead of coffee party
Michael Volkmer is owner of Scholz & Volkmer, a creative agency for digital brand management located in Berlin and Wiesbaden. He trained as a photographer and completed a degree in communication design before founding the agency in 1994. He is in charge of client counselling, corporate culture and the strategic refinement of the agency.
About SCHOLZ & VOLKMER GmbH: Scholz & Volkmer brings in line the economic objectives of their clients with the actual social challenges. In this sense the company developed different products like the online platform “Zeit-statt-Zeug”, the App “Radwende” or “Kiezkaufhaus” – a local and ecological alternative to amazon. The company is working for several clients such as Riese & Müller, Klima-Bündnis and Greenpeace. Besides Scholz & Volkmer is winner of many awards and relevant rankings.
About the talk: Through creation and innovation, Scholz & Volkmer has set itself the goal of aligning the economic objectives and aspirations of its customers with the current challenges facing our society by the theme: Creating Shared Value. The company achieves this by designing projects that bring brands both positive economic growth and an awareness of their impact on society, in order to make the world a little better. Using concrete examples, founder Michael Volkmer will show which strategies are needed to address the current social issues of our time and turn visual and communicative ideas into action.
Conscious Consumerism – How to become a hero
Jonas Lorenz studied political science and public professional decision making at the University of Bremen. During his studies he started specializing in Fair Trade coffee certification. Wanting to know more about the coffee cycle from bean to cup he worked with coffee farmers and importers in Colombia and Canada. Jonas currently manages sourcing and sustainability at Cross Coffee, a roaster based in Bremen. At Forum Fairer Handel he works in advocacy and campaigning.
About Forum Fairer Handel e.V.: Forum Fairer Handel is the association of Fair Trade in Germany. Its objective is to sharpen the profile of Fair Trade, accomplish demands against politics and commerce, and to achieve a wider dissemination of Fair Trade. The Forum Fairer Handel understands itself as the political voice of the German Fair Trade movement and advocates fair rules and frameworks for trade and agriculture worldwide. It works in the areas of public relations, awareness raising, campaigning and advocacy.
Born 1980 in Berlin, studies in biology and physical education in Berlin, Spain and Puerto Rico.
Early interested in nature, farming and politics she slipped into the topics agriculture, gmo and food policy in 1999. Since 2011 Joyce works into the field of organic farming and food production at BÖLW where she is responsible for media and press relation.
About German Association of Organic Farmers, Food Processors and Retailers (BÖLW): The BÖLW is the German umbrella organization of organic farmers, food processors and retailers. Together with its members it forms a living network to strengthen the German organic food and agriculture enterprises and show the meaning of Organics for a sustainable future of production.
Finance & Sustainability: Green your Money
Philipp Megelin has a background in Business Administration and Corporate Environmental Management. He previously worked for BASF, where he specialized in the assessment of sustainability and the strategic implementation of sustainability assessments. Since 2015 he has been assessing the sustainability of publicly listed companies as analyst for Sustainability Intelligence providing a basis decision-making for investors.
About Sustainability Intelligence: Sustainability Intelligence is an independent provider of information, research and rating services. It focuses on sustainability evaluation of companies, investment products and issues of public interest. Its vision is to create more transparency about organizations' holistic sustainability in order to accelerate developments and promote investment decisions that create value for all stakeholders.
Johannes v. Streit
Johannes v. Streit started his career at a conventional bank, where he pursued a vocational training programme. He soon realized that he did not fit in, so he started studying sustainable Management at Technical University Berlin. Today he works as a consultant at GLS Bank, where he helps customers finding their matching ecological investment.
About GLS Bank: The GLS Bank was the first social and ecological bank in Germany. GLS stands for "Gemeinschaftsbank für Leihen und Schenken", which translates as "community bank for loans and gifts". The bank was founded in 1974 and it currently finances around 23,000 projects and businesses. The Bank focuses on cultural, social and ecological projects which try to tackle challenges in our society by developing creative solutions. Loans are offered to projects like independent schools and kindergartens, organic farms, institutions using therapeutic pedagogy, nursing homes, projects for the unemployed, health-food stores and communal living projects, as well as sustainable businesses. Transparency is one of the main objectives of the GLS: details of all initiatives and companies that receive loans are published in its magazine "Bankspiegel", together with information on the development of the bank itself.
Manuel Ehlers studied engineering and business administration at TU Berlin, ETH Zürich and Bauhaus-Unversität Weimar. He started as a real estate developer for sustainable real estate - mainly office buildings and has worked for several development companies. However, he found himself limited by the institutionalized market. For the Triodos Bank he is in charge of financing sustainable real estate projects in Berlin and has a greater chance to support diverse projects. He works in the Bank´s capital city office.
About Triodos Bank N.V.: Triodos Bank is one of the world's leading sustainable banks. Our mission is to make money work for positive social, environmental and cultural change. Triodos Bank finances companies, institutions and projects that add cultural value and benefit people and the environment, with the support of depositors and investors who want to encourage socially responsible business and a sustainable society.
Sustainability Drinks - Transforming our World!? The Sustainable Development Goals
Jonas Burgheim: Sustainable Development Goals
Jonas is a Senior Policy Officer at the BMZ, where he deals with sustainability standards and the national partnership for textile standards. He is also the incorporator of Sport Cares, a consultancy for sports policy. He draws from his experience acquired as Policy and Projects Officer/Deputy Head of the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP). His level of expertise attained during the responsible work with a wide range of policy partners, a broad network in the sport policy field, his experience from working in international relations just like in a leading European research funding foundation. His scientific background as a Bachelor of Laws and Master of European Law focussing on Human Rights and Foreign Trade as well as with his experience in public policy, paved his way to for his professional career in the development world.
About Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ): Consultancy for Sport Policy and Political Affairs - focus on International Policy, Human Rights, Sustainable Development, Internationalisation and Corporate Social Responsibility Strategies, Structural Analysis,
Kai Philipp Schinck: Advocating for Sustainability - The Parliamentary Advisory Council on Sustainable Development
Kai Philipp Schinck is a Policy Advisor to the chair of the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Sustainable Development of the German Bundestag . His tasks include coordinating the council’s respective activities and advising its chair on matters concerning the interdisciplinary field of sustainability. Schinck studied Political and Administrative Sciences in Konstanz, Lyon and Potsdam.
About Deutscher Bundestag | Office of the member of the German Bundestag Andreas Jung: Constitutional and legislative body
About the talk: Germany has implemented a unique, threefold governance architecture for sustainability, spanning across different levels: It comprises the State Secretaries’ Committee for Sustainable Development, the German Council for Sustainable Development, and the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Sustainable Development, which embeds sustainability in the federal parliament. My talk will address how the parliamentary advisory council operates in general and how it tackles the challenges of the 2030 Agenda.
Operations Manager for ShareTheMeal (World Food Programme) who presents the first app against global hunger #1
About ShareTheMeal: ShareTheMeal is the award-winning app by the World Food Programme (WFP). With just a few taps on their smartphones, users can share the(ir) meal with a child in need. EUR 0.40 feeds one child for one day.
Since launching globally in November 2015, more than 770,000 people have downloaded the app and shared over 11 million meals with children in need. ShareTheMeal has received several awards for its design and innovative character, most recently a Glomo Award for the mobile contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We have been featured on the Apple App Store and named among the Best Apps 2016 by Google Play.
Sustainability Drinks - Energy & Sector Coupling
Andreas Kuhlmann majored in physics and minored in economics at the universities of Bonn, Heidelberg and Corvallis (USA). Among others, the graduate physicist has held positions at the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), the German Embassy in Stockholm and the European Parliament, the German Parliament and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. Andreas Kuhlmann was appointed dena’s Chief Executive in July 2015.
About dena: dena is Germany’s centre of expertise for energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and intelligent energy systems. It supports the implementation of the energy transition in politics, business and society.
Fabian Reetz: Implications the climate goals of the COP 21
Fabian Reetz is the project lead for digital Energiewende at the Berlin-based Think Tank Stiftung Neue Verantwortung.
About Stiftung Neue Verantwortung: This project strives to shape a political dialogue about radical but urgent changes in our energy system. It specifically examines the potential of newly developed digital technologies like Blockchain, to provide actual alternatives to the current price building mechanisms at the energy exchanges.
About the talk: At Sustainability Drinks, he will talk about the major implications the climate goals of the COP 21 in Paris have, if we want to take them seriously. This would mean not only to accelerate the expansion of renewable energies in the electricity sector, but also the electrification of the heat and mobility sector. Those sectors are very different from electricity and can only be coupled on a regional scale. Consequently the electricity sector as the common link between the different infrastructures will have to adapt dramatically – technically and policy-wise.
Sustainability Drinks - Designing for Sustainability
Industrial Designer and Co-Founder of BFGF Design Studios Hamburg. He is certified cradle-to-cradle® Design-Consultant and Member of Kompetenznetzwerk Umweltfreundliche Produktentwicklung, Hamburg.
About BFGF Design Studios: Wir gestalten Räume, Produkte und Konzepte.
Tim is CEO of Cradle to Cradle e.V. He is an economist with a focus on founding, innovation management and responsible economic activities.
About Cradle to Cradle e.V.: Wir haben 2012 den gemeinnützigen Cradle to Cradle e.V. gegründet, um die Cradle to Cradle Denkschule in die Mitte der Gesellschaft zu bringen. Warum? Weil wir die enormen Herausforderungen von heute und morgen nur mit einem kulturellen und gesellschaftlichen Wandel lösen können.
Sustainability Drinks - Will Veganism Save the World?
Lisa Hapke: Plant-based diet - a way to change the world?
Studying nutrition released my passion for environmental sustainability and highlighted how significant our daily choices are. A view that was confirmed by my master thesis, exploring the outcomes of plant-based nutrition. Now following a plant-based diet and driven by the threat of a unsustainable world for my children, my desire to promote sustainable choices, has intensified. Working at VEBU allows me to follow this passion. As part of the VEBU business team, licencing vegetarian and vegan products with the V-Label, we support customers who want to contribute to a sustainable future.
About VEBU (Vegetarierbund Deutschland e.V.): The German Vegetarian Association (VEBU) is the largest representation of interests for vegetarians and vegans in Germany. Since 1892 the association uses positive PR to promote a permanently lower meat consumption and sees a plant-based way of life as an attractive and healthy alternative available to everyone. The VEBU supports people on their way to a delightful and healthy diet through numerous services and distinguishes itself through creative campaigns, many and varied events and the target-oriented work with multipliers. The VEBU established itself as the leading contact point for any questions regarding the vegetarian and vegan lifestyle, for both experts and consumers.
Anne is the associate for nutrition and health at the Berlin-based non-profit organisation Albert Schweitzer Stiftung für unsere Mitwelt.
About Albert Schweitzer Stiftung für unsere Mitwelt (Albert Schweitzer Foundation): The foundation promotes a vegan diet and aims to end factory farming through various approaches: They work with food producers towards vegan options, tour around Germany with their campaign truck, and network with agricultural and political institutions.
Sustainability Drinks - Circular Economy
Nora Sophie Griefahn and Tim Janßen: Cradle to Cradle: Leaving a big and positive footprint
Nora Sophie Griefahn and Tim Janßen, co-founder and executive directors of the Cradle to Cradle Association Germany have been building up the organisations’ work since 2012 in the fields of education and networking. Together with 30 regional groups and more than 300 volunteers they aim to bring the C2C School of Thought in the midst of society.
About Cradle to Cradle Association Germany (Cradle to Cradle e.V.): The Cradle to Cradle School of Thought addresses todays and future problems with innovative solutions to use high quality and healthy materials for the production of all kinds of goods. Defined materials flow as nutrients in continuous biological and technical cycles. Let’s get rid of the concept of waste and leave a big and positive footprint within a Cradle to Cradle Economy!
About the talk: The Cradle to Cradle School of Thought addresses todays and future problems with innovative solutions to use high quality and healthy materials for the production of all kinds of goods. Defined materials flow as nutrients in continuous biological and technical cycles. Let’s get rid of the concept of waste and leave a big and positive footprint within a Cradle to Cradle Economy!
Miriam Kehl: Green Alley: Rules will not lead us – it’s the vision that counts.
Miriam Kehl is Associate Director at Green Alley Investment GmbH, which is specialized in giving start-ups in the circular economy greater visibility. Miriam initiated the “Green Alley Award“, which honors entrepreneurs and start-ups from all over Europe with promising business models related to resource preservation, resource recovery, circular economy and recycling. At Green Alley, her mission is to create a circular economy network and focus on building up cooperations with various partners in the industry.
About Green Alley Investment GmbH: Green Alley is a subsidiary of Landbell AG. Since 2014, Green Alley has been annually honouring ideas that address waste and resource management with its Green Alley Award in conjunction with several award partners: the crowdfunding platform Seedmatch, the London-based accelerator program Bethnal Green Ventures, and the European Recycling Platform (ERP) Finland.
About the talk: Take, make, consume, throw away – the linear economic model is obsolete. We need new solutions to close the loop and to eliminate the idea of waste. It’s a challenging task with ambitious targets. However, many good ideas are already in the pipeline and it’s a perfect starting base for entrepreneurs and start-ups to create alternatives. Get insights how green start-ups are already shaking up our „business-as-usual” behavior and get inspired to do so, too.
Sustainable Mobility: low impact ways to get from A to B in urban areas
Valerian is Co-Founder and CEO of eMio Sharing. Valerian studied at TU Darmstadt, PUC Rio de Janeiro and TU Berlin in the field of industrial engineering. Before making his choice to become an entrepreneur, he gained experiences in consulting (strategic, controlling and mobility services), auditing and strategic sales (German OEM).
About eMio Sharing: eMio is Germany’s first free-floating electric scooter sharing provider.
Dirk von Schneidemesser
Dirk is a Research Associate and PhD-Candidate at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. His research focuses on political communication against the backdrop of a dynamic mediascape, focusing on election campaigns and local policy issues like bikesharing. He has taught at the University of Bamberg and Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) Buenos Aires. An interest in climate issues from the vantage of communication has led him to engage in the promotion of urban cycling, also for the Volksentscheid Fahrrad (Berlin’s Bicycle Referendum initiative). Aside from that, he enjoys cycling in all its forms, which leads to his another favorite pastime of his: eating.
About Volksentscheid Fahrrad (Berlin’s Bicycle Referendum initiative): Have you heard about Berlin’s Bicycle Referendum, the world’s first citizen-initiated cycling referendum? We’re passionately pursuing the goal of making Berlin more bicycle friendly by channeling popular support for a sustainable and healthy city. So far, we have had an overwhelmingly positive reception of our quest to make Berlin’s administration invest in an environmentally friendly future. We have the responsibility, as citizens of Berlin, to set a good example and send a signal to the world that cities can start acting now
Education for Sustainable Development: How to improve sustainable measures through education and coaching
Juliane Reiber and Axel Kaiser
Juliane Reiber is an environmental scientist (M.Sc.). Since 2010 she has worked for UnternehmensGrün e.V., the German Federal Association of Green Business. At Unternehmensgrün, Juliane Reiber establishes youth projects on “Education for Sustainable Development” and on “Vocational Training for Sustainable Development” and is further responsible for various cooperation projects. For Ecopreneur.eu, the newly founded European Sustainable Business Federation, she is largely responsible for coordinating the national partners and has been working with the European partners on several topics regarding Green Economy. Before that she has been active in many social and ecological settings in different countries.
Axel Kaiser, CEO of DENTTABS, is one of the ecopreneurs and board member of UnternehmensGrün e.V. participating in the practical implementation of the vocational project in Berlin. He presents the views and experiences from the company-side.
About UnternehmensGrün e.V.: Unternehmensgrün is a nonpartisan, non-profit and financially independent entrepreneurs association. Together with the experts from within the ranks of its members and the executive board, Unternehmensgrün contributes to the legislative process, is consulted in hearings of the German parliament (Bundestag) and develops concepts for sustainable economic development.
Dr. Maren Knolle
Dr. Maren Knolle is the Managing Director of the Berlin based consultancy Sustainability Agents SUSA GmbH. Maren Knolle studied Environmental Sciences with a focus on communication and management and did a doctorate on worker participation. She has been working for Sustainability Agents since 2008. Before, she worked at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg and for the OTTO Group. At Sustainability Agents Maren manages the Aldi Factory Advancement Project in Bangladesh.
About Sustainability Agents SUSA GmbH: SUSA provides training services for improved implementation of social and labour standards at production sites of supply chains, in a range of industries worldwide. Their expertise in worker-manager dialogue is based on more than 15 years in the field, working in factories. SUSA’s intensive and ongoing coaching builds capacities in production markets and promotes local ownership over the change process. To ensure that trainings are culturally sensitive, they are conducted by a global network of local trainers. Besides facilitating change processes and implementing training programmes, SUSA also offers Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) consultancy and stakeholder engagement to brands and retailers.
Sustainability Drinks #16 - Fast Fashion: How can sustainable fashion keep up with trends
Arianna Nicoletti: Upcycling Fashion
Arianna Nicoletti is a fashion designer and activist working with the concept of “Upcycling” since 2009. Fascinated by the aspect of textile waste reduction, in the last years together with her team she initiated many projects in Berlin: in 2010 they founded their own upcycling label aluc (infos below).
In 2012 she started up the project Water to Wine – Material Pool in collaboration with the Berliner Stadtmission creating a source of second-hand textiles for international designers.
She is the co-founder of the project The Green Fashion Tours Berlin and a founding member of the association Future Fashion Forward e.V.
About aluc - Upcycling Fashion: aluc is a Berlin based fashion label. aluc was followed by the first German blog about upcycling fashion and the first concept store dedicated to the topic, The Upcycling Fashion Store. With the institution of their monthly networking event Strich&Faden, they created a proper hub for sustainable fashion in Berlin.
Ester Fröhler and Sonja Lotz: Upcycling Fashion
Ester Fröhler has a university degree in sociology and is a trained TCM-therapist.
Sonja Lotz, Co-founder and formerly co-owner of the Konk Store in Berlin Mitte, is trained as a fashion designer.
About Möon Sustainable Clothing: Möon Sustainable Clothing is a concept store (in situ as well as online) for sustainable fashion in Berlin Kreuzberg. Since 2014 Möon sells fashion accessories and bags for men and women. The selection of brands and product ranges from all over the world is well curated. Möon succeeds in reconciling the pursuit of fashionable design with the theme of sustainability. The labels we sell certify fair production, the use of eco-friendly materials and in some cases even cooperatives with artisans in Less Developed Countries. The plain yet delicate design of the store rounds of the aesthetics of the Möon as a brand. Favoring a sustainable approach, the founders of Möon, Sonja Lotz und Ester Fröhler, have positioned themselves against ephemeral trends in fashion:
“We believe that fashion can be fair, and produced in ways ethically and ecologically justifiable. We have founded Möon Sustainable Clothing to demonstrated, by our selection of labels and designers from all over the world, that fair sustainable fashion can well stand for aesthetics and style. We recognize the necessity to use our resources differently – not the least in fashion we want to give our customers the opportunity the shop and consume responsibly.”
Sustainability Drinks #15 - CSR - Next Generation Business. From Shareholder to Stakeholder.
Dr. Simon Berkler: Using the power of business as a force for good
Dr. Simon Berkler is co-founder of B Corp Germany. He works as a organization and management consultant.
About B Corp: B Corps are a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
Jacey Bingler and Fátima Gonzáles-Torres: The green search engine, that plants trees
Jacey joined Ecosia as Head of Media Relations in late spring 2015 and has since enjoyed being in touch with international media, event organizers, and Ecosia users. She serves as Browser Partnership and German Customer Support Lead, allowing her to add a little tech-related work to her press field. Jacey is half English and half German, she has a B.A. in Cultural Journalism. Her previous jobs include Content Management at hamburg.de, where she was deputy in chief for the homepage, and Product/Label Management at the record label Edel GmbH in Hamburg.
With a background in journalism and documentary film, Fátima is Ecosia’s Head of Community Outreach. She is responsible for spreading the word by reaching out to influencers and like-minded environmentalists. She empowers Ecosia’s most loyal followers to bring on a worldwide movement that will help reverse the tide of deforestation. As a freelance journalist, Fátima wrote for the Spanish newspapers Teinteresa.es and El País (online). At Ecosia she applies her storytelling skills by giving a voice to the communities affected by the company’s tree-planting program. She has worked in several start-ups and gained experience in policy-related subjects at the European Parliament and through a master’s degree at the College of Europe.
About Ecosia: Ecosia is a search engine that donates 80% of its profits from ad revenue to tree planting. This allows users to contribute to the environment without having to spend a penny, simply by searching the web.
Daria Koreniushkina: What does it take to build a sustainable smartphone
Daria Koreniushkina is Head of Communications of Fairphone
About Fairphone: In 2013, Fairphone launched a movement for fairer electronics. By making a phone, Fairphone is opening up the supply chain and creating new relationships between people and their products.
Sustainability Drinks #14 - Fair Chocolate & Coffee: Good for your soul and the world
Sascha Spittel: Coffee – matching quality and equality
Sascha Spittel is co-founder of the coffee roastery Tres Cabezas. When they opened their Coffee Shop at Boxhagener Straße over ten years ago, it was clear to them that they were to sell and brew only their carefully selected coffees. Consequently, their coffees are grown by small farmers who cultivate their coffee gardens ecologically and commit to protecting the rainforest with all its animals and plants.
About Tres Cabezas: Tres Cabezas processes and roasts a significant proportion of organically grown coffee and certified FAIRTRADE organic coffee. In addition to social and environmental achievements, their mission is to develop great quality in organic and fair trade coffees.
About the talk: "Coffee – matching quality and equality"
At our event Sascha will talk about the ups and downs in setting up their company, projects and products and critically review the relevance of organic and fair trade labels in the coffee world.
Alyssa Jade McDonald-Bärtl: Chocolate – social entrepreneurship beyond the obvious
Alyssa Jade McDonald-Bärtl is a 3rd generation social entrepreneur, but the path to evolving a Change Maker wasn’t so easy as she spent a decade in giant corporations working for profit and became seriously ill. She gave it all up to start her chocolate company BLYSS, a social enterprise to re-invent how we know chocolate.
About BLYSS: BLYSS works with 450 families on 2 sustainable plantations in Ecuador to grow authentic genetic Arriba Nacionale cacao trees (very rare trees!) and then carefully pluck them to be sun-dried and cold-ground for molecular integrity (instead of roasting). This means, that with very low heat and a pure organic species, the aroma and taste of the cacao is maintained by a long and loved handwork.
About the talk: This chocolate, which is favoured by foodies, food writers and chefs, is her proof-point for better standards of manufacturing in nutrition where she actively lobbies to influence diplomatics and ‘Quality of Life’ measures from the Arabic peninsula to South America. Lyss regularly speaks at events in business, politics and corporate responsibility, from the Middle East over Europe to India. She has been a regular writer for business portals, trend magazines, while carving out chocolate expertise.
Sustainability Drinks #13 - Plastic Free Living
Jens Gröger: Life Cycle Assessment
About Oeko-Institut e.V.: The Oeko-Institut is an independent non-profit association. We fund our work primarily through projects commissioned by the public and private sector. Membership fees and donations allow us to embark on projects we deem to be of particular social importance, which could not be realised solely based on our commissions and grants.
Georg Tarne: soulbottles and life as a social entrepreneur
Georg Tarne sucks at recalling names.
He can neither ski nor snowboard, nor surf, nor free climb.
He gets drunk way too fast, and – yes – he has a beard.
Luckily, in spite of all these impairments, at age 22 he managed to start up a social business called soulbottles, that he now runs from Berlin as CEO, together with his best friend Paul (who is co-founder) and Bernardo, an experienced entrepreneur (who is investor, co-founder & operational secret weapon).
About Soulbottles: Our vision is to enable and inspire every person to live a conscious, sustainable and happy life.
Sustainability Drinks #12 - Sustainable Travel: Pack for low impact
Dörte Kasüske: Sustainability in German Tourism Destinations
Dörte Kasüske is a consultant at mascontour GmbH, a Berlin-based consultancy that aims at linking tourism and sustainability management innovatively and consistently. mascontour was founded in 2005. Since then the company has successfully implemented over 100 tourism projects in more than 30 countries. mascontour works at local, regional, national and international levels. Clients include destination management organisations, tourism businesses, development organisations and tourism policy makers. Being part of mascontour's interdisciplinary team Dörte was involved in tourism projects in Germany, India and Myanmar. Besides working as a consultant, Dörte is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Geography/University of Cologne. Her research focuses on value chains in tourism.
About Mascotour: - is a Berlin-based international consulting firm operating in the fields of tourism, regional development and organisational consulting
- works at local, regional, national, international and transnational levels
- is a competent partner in providing comprehensive services – from analysis to consulting to planning and implementation
Natalie Hallensleben: CO2-Reporting & Green Meetings
Natalie Hallensleben joined atmosfair in 2014 where she is responsible for the areas CO2-Reporting of business travel and Green Meetings. Previously, she worked at the international non-profit organization CDP where she managed the annual corporate environmental reporting cycle for the regions France & Benelux. She holds a dual Master’s degree in International Affairs from the universities Sciences Po Paris and the University of St. Gallen and specialized in climate change issues and development cooperation. For her Master’s thesis she spent a year in Nicaragua conducting field research on the use of micro-irrigation systems by smallholder farmers.
About atmosfair GmbH: atmosfair is a climate protection organisation with a focus on travel. We actively protect the climate by compensating greenhouse gases through the use of renewable energies, among other activities.
Sustainability Drinks #11 - Sustainability Badges: Green Washing or Trustworthy?
Silke Peters: Sustainability Standards Comparison Tool (SSCT)
About Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH: Maßgeschneiderte Lösungen für herausfordernde Fragestellungen entwickeln: Das bietet die GIZ ihren Auftraggebern. Als kompetenter Dienstleister unterstützt die GIZ die Bundesregierung bei der Erreichung ihrer Ziele in der internationalen Zusammenarbeit. Wir bieten nachfrageorientierte, maßgeschneiderte und wirksame Dienstleistungen für nachhaltige Entwicklung an.
Frederik Betz and Michael Weber: Finding Sustainable Products Online
Hat es sich zum Ziel gemacht nachhaltiges Einkaufen endlich wieder spaßig zu machen.
Ist in seiner Freizeit beim Sport oder in der Natur zu finden.
Hat Bonsum gegründet um den großen Konzernen die Stirn zu bieten.
Yoga, Reisen und gutes Essen sind neben seiner Passion für Datenschutz der liebste Zeitvertreib.
About Bonsum: We want to provide you with an honest and convenient overview of really sustainable companies across the web.
We don't want you to sacrifice any of your quality of living - but help you to make sustainable shopping your new lifestyle.
With our Bonets you can leverage your impact for free and plant some trees, donate to charities or get green shopping vouchers.
Sustainability Drinks #9 - Sustainable Fashion
Sophia Opperskalski: Material For a Sustainable Fashion Industry - Trends, Hopes and Challenges
Having a background in South Asian studies and Integrated Natural Resource Management, Sophia Opperskalski has been working for textile companies, research projects and NGOs in Asia and Europe. She supports textile companies in sourcing sustainable materials and is the founder of interloom: www.interloom.org.
About interloom: interloom is the first open B2B online platform that makes (co-)sourcing and selling sustainable fabrics easy. We help designers and fashion brands to discover the most sustainable, cutting-edge materials. By helping to form buying groups we facilitate to collectively order ecologically and fairly produced fabrics to reach minimum order quantities and to source at lower quantities and for better value. For suppliers we offer a great marketing platform to easily present their products to a huge online community.
Helen Gimber is a British designer and educator and teaches Textile Technology at ESMOD Berlin. She studied Textile and Surface Pattern Design at Central Saint Martins and London College of Communication, specializing in Fashion Print. Alongside her design work Gimber runs workshops on topics such as textile design, fashion & sustainability and workers rights in the global garment industry - the latter as a representative of the Clean Clothes Campaign.
About ESMOD Berlin International Academy of Fashion: ESMOD BERLIN International University of Art for Fashion unites a deep awareness of tradition with a strong orientation to the future. Offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees (in accordance with the Bologna Process), we aim to train original and critical designers who can move in the international fashion world with creative competence, sustained success, and a pronounced sense of responsibility, and who bring these attributes to bear on their own ongoing development and that of the fashion industry.
Sustainability Drinks #8 - Hygiene and Sanitation
Danielle Keiser: Education as a Way to Foster Sustainability: Keeping it clean!
Writer, connector and food enthusiast, Danielle is a California transplant living in Berlin.
In 2013, Danielle began working at WASH United, a sanitation and hygiene social impact organization. In addition to leading all communications, PR and social media for the organization, Danielle's leadership took flight as she helped coordinate a global advocacy movement around 28 May, Menstrual Hygiene Day. Within two years, Danielle and her colleagues grew the global network from 0 to 300 partners, thereby sparking a global movement to start the conversation around menstruation and menstrual hygiene.
About WASH United: WASH United is driven by a passionate, multidisciplinary team of engineers, lawyers, public health experts, artists, sociologists and senior creative professionals. We work from offices in Germany, India and Kenya with staff who ensure the local relevance and cultural fit of all our content. Our diversity allows us to create best-of-class solutions, taking into account insights not only from the WASH sector, but also from latest research in behavioural psychology, marketing and communication.
Maxie Matthiessen: Do You Have To Be Rich To Be Green?
Maxie is an award winning entrepreneur with a passion for social impact. She co-founded the successful social business Ruby Life Ltd. that produces and sells innovative female hygiene solutions to girls and women world-wide, and Venture Diversity, an interdisciplinary community of people engaged in entrepreneurship and venture capital. Her current venture Femna designs natural products for the various stages in a woman's life.
About Ruby Cup: Ruby Cup is a high-quality menstrual cup for people with periods who want to switch to a healthier, more sustainable and eco-friendly female hygiene product while saving money, the environment and helping a girl in Africa stay in school.
Sustainability Drinks #7 - CSR Reporting and Evaluation
Seit 25 Jahren bei Coca-Cola Deutschland, seit 9 Jahren Leiter Nachhaltigkeit und Unternehmensverantwortung Impressum
About Coca Cola GmbHt: German part of the Coca Cola Company.
As Executive Director of the open-source platform WikiRate, Vishal Kapadia helps corporations become more transparent and responsive by making data about their social and environmental impacts useful and available to all. WikiRate is working with GRI, UNGC, and other civil society organizations to help define and handle metrics, which facilitate dialogue between companies and their stakeholders on their corporate ESG performance. Kapadia’s previous research and roles span marketing, entrepreneurship, technology, and the intersection between neuroscience and economics.
About The Wikirate Project: WikiRate is the non-profit entity behind WikiRate.org: the world's first open effort to rate company social and environmental impacts.
Sustainability Drinks #6 - Connecting People
Leon is founder and managing director of Impact Hub Berlin with his core responsibilities around business development and partnerships. He previously worked for a consultancy in the social entrepreneurship sector and managed an incubator for social startups. On the side, Leon build his teaching competencies developing SE courses for different universities and founded the Social Entrepreneurship Education Network to connect educators in the field. Leon holds a masters degree with distinction in international development & economics from the University of Vienna.
About Impact Hub Berlin: Social Innovators from within and beyond the public, private and third sectors are establishing a new form of commerce for the 21st Century. Impact Hub Berlin is becoming the place they call home. Each Impact Hub community is a wealth of innovative programs, events, and cutting -edge content. Step into Impact Hub Berlin and immerse yourself in the local experience of a global movement.
The Changer was created after an eye-opening experience, some empathy, teamwork, a bit of expert support and a lot of work.
About The Changer: The Changer is home to a community of social impact professionals who are committed to making the world a better place.
We want to work differently. We want a job that we love. We want to make a real difference in the world. We are The Changers.
By combining job opportunities with relevant resources, events and inspiration, we make it easier for people to DO GOOD and create meaningful change in their careers.
The Changer helps nonprofits and social impact organizations find top talent by providing an easy, transparent and cheap way for them to recruit.
Sustainability Drinks #5 - Architecture & Interior Design
Paola Bagna is a catalan architect who has been working in award-winning architecture offices in Barcelona, Berlin and London. Although accustomed to working with a variety of different projects of different scales, Bagna’s own practice spamroom will focus on detailed, scaled projects that aim to transform existing spaces by re-using as many materials as possible.
About Spamroom: spamroom is a Berlin and Abidjan-based architecture and design studio, headed by Paola Bagna, which has three main principles in its philosophy:
- the priority of using recycled materials in the design (from architecture to product design),
- the constant search for new collaborations with like-minded designers and artists to keep the design process as a discovery of new ideas and
- the close work with craftsmen to understand and learn more about materials and explore new possibilities and methods for working with the materials.
Reinhard Coppenrath studied Organic Architecture and Sculpture at the Alanus University in Bonn, Germany and Pedagogy at the University of Warsaw, Poland. He lived and worked as a teacher and architect for 13 years in Poland and Ukraine where he deepened his knowledge in the field of alternative pedagogy, language, dance and architecture.
For the past 25 years Coppenrath has been working on this question: “How can we find a new way in architecture of unifying the ever different and constantly changing influences of nature, function and the unique needs of the users? How do we create an organism as a synthesis of these 3 sources?” Coppenrath’s life experiences finally lead him to the universal tool of Intuition.
About Studio for Life-based Architectur: Essential Creation - life based architecture - is a clear and efficient method to create an architecture to strengthen your individual potential
and that of your enterprise, to make the building a real safe base where
your aims can grow and develop.
Holistic houses, life enhancing homes, designed to help yourself fulfilling your dreams.
Sustainability Drinks #4
Dr. Michael LaFond: Cultures of Sustainable Urban Development: From Urban Pioneers and CoHousing Cultures to Selfmade City and Make_Shift City
Community Developer, Project Manager and Urbanist. Founder and Director of id22: Institute for Creative Sustainability. Current work studies and publicizes relationships among self-organized housing, urban development processes and sustainability. Projects include the network experimentcity, the book CoHousing Cultures, the annual housing fair EXPERIMENTDAYS, the online platform CoHousing-Berlin, creative sustainability tours, etc. Personally active for decades with CoHousing. Since 2011 involved in the development of the Spreefeld Housing Cooperative. At home in the Spreefeld’s Spree WG 1 shared-living group.
About id22: Institute for Creative Sustainability: id22 is a non-profit, civil-society-based organisation with about 20 members working with creative sustainability, connecting theory and practice in Berlin, emphasizing self-organisation. The main topic of the Institute is CoHousing as a foundation for cultures of sustainable urban development.
I began living on my father's property in northern Thailand a few years ago, when I was 19 years old. I built a little bamboo hut and began some simple vegetable cultivation.
In 2010, when I was 21, a local farmer, Sandot Sukkaew, invited me to attend a Permaculture Design Course at his farm, Tacome Pai. This was to be a major turning point. Shortly thereafter, I attended a Permaculture Internship at the Panya Project.
In 2012, I participated in a PRI PDC taught by the knowledgeable founder of the Permaculture Research Institute of Turkey, Mustafa Fatih Bakir. Inspired and enthused, I returned to the land.
Before I knew it, my simple life on the land, had turned into a Permaculture project, now known as PermaPai. We have planted a 2 acre food forest, as well as integrated 3 swales, 4 hand-made dams, a well, water tanks, a ram pump and natural structures into our system. We are registered on WWOOF and HelpX and with volunteers are busily converting our 4 acres into a thriving Permaculture system.
About PermaPai: PermaPai is a project based in Pai, northern Thailand, whose primary aims are the conversion of an 8 rai (4 acre) chemical monoculture farm into a thriving Permaculture food forest applying various Permaculture regeneration techniques. We welcome all long and short-term volunteers!
Sustainability Drinks #3
Milena Glimbovski: Unpackaged Shopping
Milena Glimbovski, Gründerin und Geschäftsführerin von Original Unverpackt, war jahrelange tätig in der Kommunikationsbranche, besann sich dann aber eines Besseren und suchte ihre Erfüllung im Lebensmitteleinzelhandel. Sie ist eine ganz normale Wahlberlinerin. Sie fährt Rennrad, trinkt am liebsten White Russians (ja, die gibt’s auch unverpackt) und glaubt, dass die Welt sich um Berlin und ihre Einwohner*innen dreht. Sie schimpft sich Feministin und ist stolz drauf.
About Original Unverpackt GmbH: Original Unverpackt wird der erste Supermarkt in Deutschland, der weitgehend auf Einwegverpackungen verzichtet. Das Wegfallen von Einwegverpackungen hat den Vorteil, dass wertvolle Ressourcen wie Wasser und Erdöl, die für die Produktion notwendig sind, eingespart werden und eine übermäßige Produktion von Abfall verhindert wird. Statt den üblichen Produktverpackungen und Plastiktüten kann der Kunde eigene Aufbewahrungsbehälter mitbringen, wiederverwendbare Behältnisse im Laden erhalten oder recycelte Papiertüten mit Produkten aus dem weitgefächerten Warensortiment befüllen.
Uwe Lübbermann: Hacking Business
Kopf von Premium-Cola, helfende Hand bei ein paar anderen Getränkemarken, Weltverbesserer in vielen kleinen Schritten …
About Premium Cola: Premium ist eine nach dem Konsensprinzip (nicht die Mehrheit, sondern das beste Argument im Interesse aller Stakeholder gewinnt) betriebene Getränkemarke, die es seit 2001 und in über 100 Städten in D, A und CH gibt.
Sustainability Drinks #1
Scott Bolden: Engaging in Full Spectrum Sustainability
A Designer, Artist and Engineer who came to Berlin in 2001 from Brooklyn, New York, where he started out at Smart Design, acted as the chairman of the Environmental Responsibility Section of the IDSA (Industrial Designer’s Society of America) and taught at New York University, Parsons School of Design and New York School of Interior Design. He then focussed on social art projects and the idea of sustainability, especially concepts of social sustainability. He is a founder of the artist and design collective Skizum and designed and built several spaces for culture, art and community-building events. Sometimes he is a DJ and he was World Champion in Ultimate Frisbee.
About Baumhaus: The Baumhaus (‘tree house’) is collaborative social-cultural project, based in Berlin. We connect and support people & projects from our neighborhood and other places that are engaged locally with social and ecological change.