The Informed Cities Forum 2016 in Dresden – What stays behind?

The Informed Cities Forum 2016 in Dresden – What stays behind?

The 5th Informed Cities Forum came to me like a thunderstorm: Coming for a long time, being here briefly and impressively and leaving me behind refreshed and contemplating on what had just happened.

When I close my eyes and think back to these intense one and a half days in Dresden about two weeks ago, this comes up: I remember a group of very mixed and all in their own way very inspiring and cordial people sitting together in a former church turned ruin turned theater turned conference venue under a glass roof that kept us connected to the burning sun, moving clouds and torrential rains outside. Everything changes… constantly. I remember international citizens in very different positions in society and representing manifold interest groups sharing their views and observations, their angle towards sustainability and their quarrels within, without, against or in favor of this basically hard to grasp thing, ”the system”. I remember questioning ourselves basically, if there is hope for the future of humankind on this planet. And if yes, how can we share this hope?

Songs of Change (Transition Radio vol. 2)

Songs of Change (Transition Radio vol. 2)

Well… when I read – and heard – the article of Sören, where he posted his current Transition Radio playlist, my head started spinning. I spent the rest of the day rummaging through the melodies and lyrics in my head. I found songs that got me started years ago, songs that pull me down, others that bring me back on track and make me sanguine again on these winding waves of change. To add some more songs to the playlist for these turbulent summer days I’ll throw in my current nine favourite songs of change.

Transition♫Radio vol.1

Transition♫Radio vol.1

Hello and welcome Ladies and Gentlemen to a subjective and mood-related selection of songs and artists I associate with “Transition”. Music shapes generations and is closely linked with changes in society. What is the “Sound of Transition”? Here is my personal list (you will probably note it’s summer and vacation time) – it is not exhaustive, not steady and in no particular order. In fall it will surely look different again ;)

What is your “Sound of Transition”? What songs or artists connects important times and moments in your life? Which songs give you strength and inspiration, have impressed you, moved or changed? As a comment or in a small blog parade – I’m curios about your lists.

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Money often costs too much

Money often costs too much

End of June there was a meeting of interested folks with the initiators of a regional currency in Dresden called the Elbtaler. They met in the new Lose store, which only sells produce without plastic packaging. Here they discussed the benefits and limitations of the Elbtaler.

Catch the Change – and tell its stories!

Catch the Change – and tell its stories!

Between the small and the big stories of life, our culture grows along the wayside. Most of the stories that reach us through television, newspapers, in schools or universities, are about the empty and worn ideas of happiness. The bestsellers remain: freedom through career, self-realization through consumption and endless growth. But on our way we also meet people who encourage us and inspire us. And for a little while they let us throw a look beyond this horizon.

Who inspires you? What stories do you want to tell?

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