[Meeting, November 19] OSCEdays16 Berlin, Meeting 1 – Plans


we start with new meetings for the next Open Source Circular Economy Days event here in Berlin. Let’s plan early and not just an event but also other activities for more impact and possibilities for us and others.

The meeting is open for everyone, as usually. We will meet on:

November 19 (Thursday), 19:00, at Agora (top floor), Mittelweg 50, Neukölln

(In case you can’t find us call Lars: 017621865009)

Btw. there is a new and ongoing facebook group for the OSCEdays Berlin and an updated READ ME as well.



UPDATE: The meeting was super interesting. See documentation below.

###1 Welcome & Feedback

  • Introduce yourself, who are you, why are you here?
  • What was the OSCEdays last year: Feedback round.
  • & Explanation how we work for newcomers

###2 OSCEdays global Future

  • What is the global OSCEdays organisation? We are founding an organization for the global community right now. The organisation will be legally incorporated in germany – here in Berlin! @Lars2i explains everything and how to join it and get involved in the global activities.

###3 The next event and OSCEdays Berlin

  • The next global event will be from June 9-13 2016. In the CRCLR Lab.
    How can we use the global event, and the local community, to do more impact. We are somehow a local chapter, with room for ongoing activities. How can we use the global event and our local event to do more stuff, with more impact. BRAINSTORMING:

. . . (ideas) . . .

. . . (more ideas) . . .

###4 Communicating the OSCEdays Berlin

  • Someone willing to be at the Share-Fair this Sunday and explain people what is the OSCEdays?
  • Someone willing to present the OSCEdays at the CCC in Hamburg between December 27-30 at the FSFE assembly?

###5 Other Stuff?

Please add
. . .

##New here? What is the OSCEdays?
First time you hear about the OSCEdays, Berlin?

It was basically an event as part of a global event and community to explore Open Source for a Circular Economy.

Here is the webpage of the global OSCEdays event 2015 with 33 cities. Berlin was one of them.

Here is the Mission Statement explaining what is „Open Source Circular Economy“?

Here is the live report from the Berlin venue from the 2015 Event:

And here is some more documentation from last years Berlin event and community.


Join us for 2016. A good start is the meeting above and the READ ME of the Berlin group.

And here again is the OSCEdays Berlin Facebook Group

@Alice_audrey, @transitionmica, @sophia, @Lars2i, @cameralibre, @Frans, @eliana, @MiriamR, @jbonvoisin, @kat, @JuliaP, @simonlee, @CarolinePaulickThiel, @nblumoe, @Ina, @Timm, @MartinaSkender, @franziska_moeller, @Sylke, @Justine, @Hanne, @kunji, @Changing_Course, @matthias, @MaxFabian, @Denis, @Signe, @alabaeye, @baipepine, @LizaSander @Lucy @Dann_Dannah

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@Hannah, @Hannah_Ba_Nana, @Arianna, @MichaelWolf, @paulpollinger, @Sarah_Pollinger, @Lucy, @Ariane, @Mariangeles_Aguirre, @Susa, @Laura, @LizaSander, @Gema, @kris, @eliana, @ayumi, @Bea, @Natacha, @MoaNilsson , @simonlee @jbonvoisin @Greenyeti @Anna_Perrottet @CarolinePaulickThiel @rhizom @era @Chris @Justine @Mariangeles_Aguirre @markus_re + + +

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We were 8 people in total. @ina @JuliaP @simonlee @ayumi @Arianna @transitionmica @justine @Lars2i

##Feedback round

  • Simon: Surprised by how positive the energy was and how well organized everything turned out.
  • Ina: We need to optimize the structure of the organisational meetings. Sometimes you had to listen to stuff that did not concern you. | Good crosspollination between different challenges in Berlin. | We need more international exchange between cities, start earlier with it.
  • Julia: Yes, we need better exchange between cities. | PR work need to have more impact.
  • Ina: Yes, Idea for PR work: Post interviews from the preperation process and send it to the press.
  • Lars: The atmosphere was phantastic. More hands on stuff would have been great.
  • Ina: Everything – from preperation to the event – was completely open and without hierarchy. That was great, and inclusive.

(The other people came a bit later so we already had passed the feedback phase and entered the next discussion:)

##Question and discussion: What is a challenge?

Simon: It is still a bit fuzzy, what is a challenge. Is it an unsolved problem? Or is it a presentation of a project? If this would be clear it would be easier to communicate it to the public.

Discussion: Challenges are big problems, especially in the field of Open Circular Economy. Most can’t be solved in 5 days.

After discussing it a while we basically landed here:

Challenges are larger problems to solve. A Circular Economy is a huge one. A Circular Textile Industry is a little bit smaller but still huge. But there are people and projects constantly work on them, anyway. The OSCEdays event is a platform that can help to create visibility for them and to connect them locally and globally. A search for and acceleration of synergies, using the power of openness.

Therefor larger problems and projects have to be broken down creatively to smaller steps – event challenges – in the best case with a defined and achievable tangible outcome.

@transitionmica for example has the idea to hack a chemical Dixi-toilet – transform it into a compost toilet. This is a tangible and fun outcome. And it raises awareness about circular sanitation, helps to create a network around it that can be active before and after the 5 day event.

If the project is super complex like „circular-nano-textiles“ you can’t solve it at a 5 day event venue. But you can sit down and create 3d cement model for educational purposes or discuss how to communicate the project to the public with one question, sentence or image – a tangible outcome – that can serve as an easy entry point to a larger open project behind.

Education about Circular Economy is a big problem and challenge. Creating a board game about it on two days during the event is a tangible outcome, useful for others, and a step in the larger challenge.

Use the event to make maximum impact for the work you are trying to achieve.

If you want to sit down with textile manufacturers, fashion designers and textile recyclers to create a circular textile chain one idea is to gather them all in one room during the event to discuss how to achieve this. But the better idea is, to try to get them to collaborate on a big experiment: model a real hands-on-chain in one room - an assembly. Experiment the chain – from production, to use phase, to recycling live and with real hardware at the venue. This is a tangible outcome, inspiring, easy to communicate to the press and people. And all the necessary networking and exchange already happened before the event accelerated and structured through the tangible goal of a live-assembly at the event.

Defining a challenge for the best outcome is a creative task. In the best case a good challenge combines all of these 4 aspects:

  1. Easy to communicate through a defined outcome (tangible in best case),
  2. It is a useful stepping stone/creates a needed resource for the larger project or activities behind it,
  3. Uses the possibilities for networking and visibility of the event to build and accelerate networks and alliances for the larger project or goal (in this case it is good to start early before the event),
  4. Can serve as a simple entry point for new people,

So finding this in the discussion we saw, that the next meeting should be about inventing and defining our challenges for this year. We will have a „Challenge Creating Hackathon“.

##A Challenge Creating Hackathon!
The next meeting will be on December 1, 19:00. And we will spend our time to frame and invent creatively our challenges.

Right now we have the Sanitation Challenge, the Circular Textile Challenge and the CRCLR Lab challenges with us there for sure. But everyone is invited to join us. There will be a simple introduction and we can sit down together and brainstorm creatively how to frame your idea, project, company or interest into a challenge that we then can accelerate and build together with the local and global OSCEdays network!

##Small stuff

Next to this interesting discussions the organisation was introduced. Maike had some other ideas for a voting procedure then an online voting process – could there be representatives? She tries to find the time to think about it in depth and post the outcome of it here in the forum.

We have to boxes of OSCEdays beer left from our Party The beer expired 2 weeks ago. We agreed in a vote that we will donate it to the upcycling fashion store for their party next week.

Ok, see you all soon on December 1.

Photo by: Ucholl Simon Lee, CC-BY-SA


Thanks Lars for the complete summary of yesterday ! Nice to see good vibes and motivation for the OSCE days 2016 :slight_smile:

We also mention to organise a zero waste event, and I think this a fantastic idea :slight_smile:
I know that Ouishare has develop a tool ouikit, which is basically a guide for zero waste event and a complete toolkit to organise event (eco cups, cuttelery, reclycing bins, awareness billboard ect …). This toolkit is now shared with other Parisian projects that can use it whenever they need it for events, meetings…
How about implement something similar in Berlin for the OSCE days? There might existing projects in Berlin, and it could a good opportunity to work together on a shared zero waste event toolkit :slight_smile:
It can also be a challenge itself.

What do you think? :slight_smile:


ough, jeap, i forgot the Zero Waste Event idea. Which is excellent!

Let’s make this a challenge. And start also early, so we can share the toolkit with other cities and make it a globally share challenge in that process :slight_smile:

Let’s discuss it at the meeting. Is there some stuff from Ouishare that is already shared online and ready to use? If you can find something, you can bring it to the meeting.

Excellent :slight_smile: