Finally some documentation of our debate during the Baumhaus event:
- The location was great, nice atmosphere and some snacks and drinks to make it an event people want to stay at.
- Prepration was very little work (ca. 15 Minutes) and cheap (5 Euros in materials +four existing tables and chairs) which makes it easy to run this format.
- As the format is very flexible one doesn’t need to know how many people will show up, anything between 5 and 50 can be accomodated for a productive meeting.
- We had printed out the preliminary work to show the process that this was supposed to be the final event to. This we could have skipped as noone will stand to read 16 pages stuck to the wall.
- We had set up two tables with two topics each (with questions already written down on them) for people to sit at and chat about them in an open but slightly pre-structured discussion. As there were not that many people the one group talked about all four topics. It always works well to have paper on the table for documentation and doodling.
- There was also space for an ‘open greeting zone’ and scrap paper for people to exchange notes and adresses. Had there been more participants this may have worked well, this way we couldn’t test how people would behave. Experience from the Baumhaus shows though, that it works well to have a zone where it is an accepted and desired social behaviour to approach anyone, introduce yourself and ask them what they’re doing and why they came.
How do we grow things? Where do we grow things? Where do we start in 1, 5, 10, 15 years?
- Can Apps optimize the production?
- Urban gardening business? Which legal difficulties do we face to establish them? How can we create trust in them?
- reduce waste/ eat consciously/ eat sustainably with children/ integrate this into a busy life (time, strength)/ retain quality of life/ in the city/ manage the logistic of daily ways/ cars are more flexible on long distances and when transporting bulky items/ dealing with cosumption habits (and the tastes of children) -> new website- find it or set it up / learn what it possible -> make alternatives accessible -> cooking circle or cooking coop; bulk buying club for sustainable food (belongs to ‘distribution’)
- organize bio-dynamic agriculture - in a private garden in the countryside -> in old age there is not enough energy for working the land/ it’s not financially viable for one person
- Domäne Dahlem -> museum for the history of food safety -> which laws do we need to keep and which are in the way of more sustainable production?
How do we distribute food (fairly)? Where do we distribute food? What can we do in 1,5,10, 15 years?
- Urban local gardening reduces the need for packaging
- What happens in the old soil in my patch when I replace it with new soil?
- Should we get everything (or at elast more) deliverd? -> intelligent distribution
- Pupil’s transport-bike food delivery cooperative (it’s a program at German secondary schools to combat truancy and resistance to schooling by replacing conventional classes with working in a non-profit pupil’s business)-> benefits: profits could be donated/ pupils get fitter/ less emmissions/ social interaction between pupils-pensioners, handicapped, single parents (or who else is unable to shop for themselves)
- Bulk shopping: people pay less by ordering larger amounts and sharing them
- Could be: Step 1: create a collection of problem stories of activists/ set up a website with an invitation to send your probem stories/ We are collecting stories about … to inspire political change -> share your story // ->Introduction: regulations often prevent sustainability. But sometimes they are outdated and just stop sustainable change. We are collecting stories where this happens to use this collection for political change. are you an activist? Please send your story.
- It could be a good website using wordpress, maybe a subpage on Transition Town Berlin (or rather Pankow): stories.ttpankow.de (or rather: ttpankow/wordpress.com/stories but it doesn’t exist yet)
How can we recycle ALL nutrients (not just food waste)? Where do we recycle the nutrients? How can we start in 1,5,10,15?
Cooperate better with the BSR (public Berlin waste management company)?
Problem: Düngemittelgesetz (regulations banning human excrements as fertilizer)
There was one girl who is currently working with her team to develop a worm composting box furniture piece (making it a nice thing to have in you household, like a bench to sit on). Sadly she had to leave early so we couldn’t get more comments on the nutrient recycling part.
Also look at the circular sanitation Challenge for other work on the subject here in the froum: http://community.oscedays.org/t/challenge-circular-sanitation
What do we need to teach and learn? Who do we need to teach and learn from? Where do we teach and learn? How do we start in 1,5,10,15 years?
- Walt-Disney-method: meditative/ imaginative journey in which different characters play different parts: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disney_method
Dragon dreaming/ future scenario or other dream workshop format (in the Mauergarten community garden, mauergarten.net) -> which options do we have for the future? We need to dare to look further ahead.
- Pioneers do projects: how do we find thos-> who show that a different approach is possible? Use networks. -> hub for information -> using media actively/ low threshold (barrier free) for any kind of user. Collect and publicize blogs on sustainable food. Create events for direct exchange.
- Examples for pioneers: 7-Felder e.V. (association for the support of cultural education porjects in Berlin), associations that offer programs to schools and find public funding for them-> business model? to develop new teachign materials, practical, exciting and interdisciplinary -> teachign kits and work sheets
- Project weeks at school (common format in German schools: the kids work on the same topic in all school subjects for one week)-> thematic field: sustainability -> for 2017 there will be a reform of the core curriculum for Berlin schools with mulit/interdisciplinary topics, one of them being sustainability.
- Collect problem stories to stimulate ideas for solutions: ask pioneers: what do you do? what do you want to do in the future? What hinders you to do you work better, realize your dreams and plans for the future and/ or reach your goals? What would need to change to enable you to reach your goals? Which policies need to change to help you in your work?
@Lars2i and @Clemens: you were there, please add and correct.
@Lars2i: you have some pictures from the event itself, please post 1-2 of them here.