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The Climate News Mosaic

The Climate News Mosaic was a collaborative project of journalists from around the world to report on climate issues. During the COP-19 and COP-21 United Nations Climate Change Conferences in Warsaw and Paris we ran a daily live blog

Bandi Mbubi on Conflict Coltan

  „There’s nothing wrong with the technology. But we have to ensure that we are not financing the war“. Tantalum is extracted from coltan and used in mobile phones. One of the places where the raw material is mined is the Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly Zaire. Here Bandi Mbubi spent the first 21 …

Rodolfo Soler on Saving IT Energy

  Rodolfo Soler is a 23-year old mechanical engineer from Spain specializing in thermal power plants. He believes that we waste a lot of energy by failing to chose the right devices for the tasks we want to perform: For simple tasks like browsing the web or watching a video, we don’t need powerful computers …

Nikolai Maximenko and Gisela Speidel on Plastic in the Oceans

In early 2011, I had the chance to meet with Nikolai Maximenko and Jan Hafner, oceanographers at the International Pacific Research Center in Hawai’i, and talk to them about the problem of marine debris and plastic trash in the oceans.

Wikimedia Chapters Meeting 2012 – Mod

Das Wikimedia Chapters Meeting war in diesem Jahr ziemlich politisch. Es ging nämlich ums Geld. Zeit Online hat eine gute Zusammenfassung zu der hitzigen Debatte: Trägervereine der Wikipedia rangeln um Macht. Anna Lena Schiller und ich haben als Facilitator durch die Konferenz geleitet.

Megan Lamson on Plastic Debris at Kamilo Beach, Hawai’i

In March 2011, I interviewed marine biologist Megan Lamson, who works for the Hawai’i Wildlife Fund and organizes beach cleanups at Kamilo Beach at Ka’alu’alu Bay. Some of these quotes were used in this German radio feature. Here are the snippets without German voice-over.

Improving the Aid Sector With Open Data

Interview with Peter Eigen of Transparency International at Open Aid Data Conference 2011 in Berlin Mr. Eigen, how can Open Data, opening up data treasures, improve the development sector? Peter Eigen: At Transparency International we’ve observed that countries with an open approach to information, like the Scandinavian countries, rank in the upper spheres of our …

Facilitating Wikimedia Chapters Meeting 2011

One of the main topics this year’s Wikimedia Chapters Meeting in Berlin was the so-called editor trends study on decreasing editor retention. It takes an in-depth look at the fact that people today tend to stay less longer in the community than when Wikipedia was still young. New editors get more easily frustrated than in …

Ideas are nothing: Erik Hersman and Ken Banks

The crowdmapping plattform Ushahidi has become quite well-known after its application in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. Ushahidi software is now used allover the world. Erik Hersman, left, co-founded the project and is currently its Director of Operations. Ken Banks on the other side of the table invented FrontlineSMS, a bulk-messaging tool for texting …

Moderation of Wikimedia Chapters Meeting 2010

Wikimedia is an institution connected to the world’s biggest online encyclopedia, the Wikipedia. The organization takes care of press relations, raises and distributes funds, promotes Wikipedia through events, and more. This year, Wikimedia Chapters from all around the world and the Wikimedia Foundation from San Francisco met in Berlin for their annual Chapters Meeting. Together …

Jay Cousins: The Inventor

Jay Cousins is a 30-year-old inventor. His „talk to me about…“ bubbles (#lbubbles) used at Palomar5 represent his philosophy: Human over tech.

Rana Jarbou: The Retired Banker

Rana Jarbou is a 28-year-old retired banker from Saudi Arabia. She recently quit her job in London because she felt there was something wrong with the system. Now she has sworn never to do anything anymore for the sole purpose of making money.

Hank Rossi: The Time Traveller

Hank Rossi brought his time machine to Palomar5. He tells you what happens if you travel a trillion years into the future. And proposes a three-day weekend to promote a better work-life-balance.

Research for short doc: 1989, the year that changed Europe

1989 was the year that changed Europe. 20 years later, filmmaker Patrick Becker revisits Central and Eastern Europe, to interview those at the forefront of change, from students to border guards. I contributed the eyewitness research for the Berlin episode.