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CONFERENCE. CAMP. COMMUNITY.
Every day, 200 species go extinct – that’s 73,000 species a year. 6 million hectares of forest disappear every year, the equivalent of 4 soccer pitches a minute. A 35-meter thick swirl of 3.5 million tonnes of plastic inhabits the Pacific Ocean. Of the 40 million tonnes of electronic waste produced every year, only one percent is recycled for its precious metals.
International conferences. Resolutions, petition, manifestos. charity gala events and sustainable shopping fairs. Editorials and mega-donations. Facebook revolutions and Occupy movement. That‘s all good. That won‘t suffice. Let’s face the failure of our current systems
Example: In order to reduce the most severe consequences of climate change, we would need an immediate and radical change of our energy systems and consumption patterns. We cannot wait for globally binding political treaties that are influenced by lobbyists from the wrong side anyway. Large corporations on the other hand do not have a motivation to address the social benefit. So we need a room: To work with bright minds on concrete solutions. We make a plan: To turn families, living communities, or colleagues into agile unites of a sustainable society. And we reach the masses: With inspiring and plausible instructions, modern web communication, and by publishing and disseminating the results among networks of researchers and decision-makers.
The world consumes 13 billion liters of oil every day while we are headed straight towards a four-degree warmer planet. German coal power plants alone produce 300 million tonnes of CO2 each year, not to mention what the rising industrialization levels of India and China will cause. And every day, 24,000 people starve to death while 1.5 billion people suffer from obesity. Why does everything remain the way it cannot be?
and processes. Let’s talk openly about necessary radical changes to the economy, politics and consumer society. This isn’t a utopian idea, it’s simply what’s necessary. We need an emergency plan, now. We want to support people with projects that are already offering solutions. With methods that lead to intelligent decisions for everyone. With shameless honesty and constructive anger.
„Imagine the Pilot tells you at the Airport: „The probability that we will crash today is 90 PERCENT.“ Would you board this plane?“
HANS JOACHIM SCHELLNHUBER, CLIMATE SCIENTIST
Climate, resources, energy: The combined crises affirm the overwhelming urgency with which we need to act. With the 2012 Rio+20 summit however, yet another attempt failed. Open State aims to counter this with an exploratory & practical approach.
We are deliberately leaving discussions behind and designing the realistic utopia: decentralized, networked units of a sustainable future. A three-day conference and a five-week camp are the kick-off to Open State. We gather experts to describe the current state of affairs in all clarity and urgency, and explain what needs to be done. 10 selected projects work on a ‘future of reason’ and develop instructions that work for a majority of the population – project-focused, decentralized, and attainable for everyone. The first Open State will take place in spring 2013 at Schloss Tornow near Berlin. All methods and results will be published as open source blueprints for everyone to copy and improve. The results
of the pilot projects will populate a web platform, will be turned into a book, spread through talks and presentations, and publicized via a web campaign. And then, onwards: By 2015 we aim to have realized 10 Open States in other countries that will develop 100 more projects to change the status quo. We create the room, the plan, and the material to equip communities with concrete practical instructions that will be exponentially disseminated through the network effects of our online communication. The goal: Open State solutions shall reach and engage the 5% of the population in western industrialized countries that are necessary for a substantial shift in society.
Visionaries and Changemakers will present keynotes on concrete solutions. The kick-off will include press and invited guests. The intensive exchange of ideas will form the basis of the ensuing five-week camp. FACTS
3 Days 150 Participants
Keynote presentations & interactive workshops
A bluntly stated view on the combined crises of the environment, society and economy. Researchers and Activists unequivocally inform the participants of the consequences of continuing with the status quo and draw a holistic picture of the problems. The speakers shine a light on the backgrounds and blockades in the economy, politics, and society.
The participants accept the call to action and develop solutions. Seven previously selected projects are indicative of the variety of sustainable solutions that have long been possible. In addition, there are opportunities to develop further projects, three of which will move into the camp with us. The 150 participants convene in workshops to support these projects with their know-how and network.
As a gesture of their identification with Open State, the participants receive “Open State passports” and agree to a long-term engagement either through communication, financial support or direct participation. The agenda loosens up and allows for open dialogue and activities around the castle. Working groups can continue their meetings, networking and intensified dialogue lead to further thoughts and actions.
Open State does not end with a theoretical exchange of ideas that is so typical for conferences. The main part begins after the conference: By bringing these projects into the Camp, we start building and prototyping practical blueprints and instructions to support small and mediumsized citizen networks.
The Camp will host seven previously selected projects as well as three projects developed at the conference. The 50 Camp participants will live together for five weeks at Schloss Tornow and work on sustainable solutions for the essential basic needs of food, housing, energy, communication, and mobility. FACTS
5 Weeks 50 Participants 10 Projects
Coachings, Design Thinking, Expert Voices
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Fun, engagement and experiencing your own creative energy are at the central pillars of the Camp
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Together we create a functional on-site prototype of the smallest unit of a sustainable society in the future. This prototype develops into replicable blueprints that can be adapted to individual situations and accessed online. A step-by-step instruction manual from today to tomorrow. A multi-disciplinary pool of experts will support the participants in their endeavors during the course of the Camp – from interaction designers to permaculture practitioners to programmers. In addition, we will offer necessary resources such as seed capital, contact networks, expert knowledge and continuous procedural mentoring throughout the Camp.
1. INSPIRATION Meeting the participants. Presenting ideas and projects. Diverse expert sessions and input formats. Mutual coaching among the participants. 2. CONCEPTION Structured idea development processes activate the group’s crowd intelligence and creativity. Developing an implementation plan for each project to take advantage of each participant’s unique knowledge, experience and skills.
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6. IMPLEMENTATION The implementation 3. PROTOTYPING The concepts are prototyped as graphics, models, code, or 3Dprint out in order to avoid erroneous developments and make ideas tangible. 4. NETWORKING The prototypes are assembled into a working solution model. Project groups will work on minimizing any gaps between the projects and the identified problems. 5. STORYTELLING The essence of each solution is turned into intelligible instructions and stories to facilitate communication. The Camp’s philosophy and ideas are communicated to the public without intermediary.
happens in two areas: On-site at Open State and in digital workspaces. The status of each project is communicated, implemented, tested, and further developed within the new community.
The 10 projects shall fulfill the following criteria: A)
Scalable, potentially sector-disrupting concept in the areas of food, housing, energy, communication or mobility.
What works, counts. The project research is based on our numerous existing networks and contests that have identified and awarded pilot projects. In addition to the open online call for proposals we will also specifically approach projects that resonate with our ideals.
Open (not closed) organization model, willingness to share one’s own content in accordance with an open source philosophy.
Diversified teams from all generations, with visionaries and grounded “people of action” that have done similar projects in the past.
The age of the project is irrelevant – Start-Ups are as welcome as traditional organizations. The legal form of the project is also irrelevant – whether LLC, research lab, or citizen’s initiative.
An exemplary selection of already existing open source projects to help make the Open States vision more “tangible.”
A DECENTRALIZED, RESILIENT COMMUNICATION INFRASTRUCTURE So-called “Jerry Servers” were originally designed for the rough environments in developing countries. These mini-servers are extremely robust, only use standard electronic components, and are partly even built from electronic waste. In the last months, a global community supplemented the open source server with wireless internet antennas, mesh network functionality and solar cells. Further advantages: Independence from internet providers and an almost free internet access point. Thus, a Jerry Server can even run without access to grid electricity. Possible next steps could include a link to the GPS-guided “Low Orbit Server Stations” (LOSS) drones developed by the Swedish “Pirate Bay” founders. These operate fairly autonomously within a 50 km radius and could eventually enable public access to server functionalities.
MICRO POWER STATIONS FOR EVERYONE The majority of technology that currently produces energy is proprietary, i.e. owned and “protected” by patents that prevent open source development. A hardly known fact is that “solar concentrators” produce 5 kW of electrical or 40kW of thermal energy, enough to power the average energy demand of 10 people. Another project could be the refinement of the opensource “SHPEGS” (Solar Heat Pump Electrical Generation Systems), tower-like structures using natural the air movement between the cold earth surface and warm air to generate power. This could be augmented by a variety of small, practical mechanical energy generation Self-sufficient houses with a closed materials cycle are highly efficient solutions to reduce energy and resource consumption. Recycled construction material and simple instructions to autonomous self-made houses can reduce the initial costs and enable more people to live DIY SUSTAINABLE HOUSING possibilities. For example, the “Copenhagen Wheel” developed by the MIT generates energy while its user rides a bike. in touch with nature. This is how the American architect Michael Reynolds has been working for more than 40 years in the desert of New Mexico. His “Earth-Shops” adapt to any climate zone and allow an autonomous “off-grid” life: energy, fresh
water, sewage treatment and disposal are as integrated as passive heating and agricultural spaces. The open source project “Wikihouse” has a different angle: Standardized components enable the building of wooden houses with open construction plans and drawings. This has also attracted a global and very active community. Both approaches can be implemented almost entirely autonomously, and combining them would make sustainable, resource-conserving housing for everyone possible.
20 years ago, the non-profit organization “Ökowerk Brandenburg” started restoring the landmarked building according to ecological criteria and has been using it as a conference center since then. This common philosophical ground, paired with the castle being surrounded by nature and its accessibility from Berlin, make Schloss Tornow the perfect location for the first Open State. Conference and Camp aim to be pioneers of resourcefriendly events:
› Energy shall be produced, not consumed:
Schloss Tornow in Fürstenberg was built between 1888 and 1898 in the “Naturpark Ückermärkischer Seen“ close to Berlin
Optimal insulation, renewable energy sources, the movements and body heat of the participants, etc.
› We avoid flights by primarily inviting guests from
Germany and bordering countries
› The organic and regional catering will be co-organized by
the “Slow Food Movement”
› Packaging and trash will be avoided as much as possible,
or otherwise reused or recycled.
› All remaining emissions will be offset through targeted
investments in climate protection projects
OPEN STATE Everywhere
With the conclusion of the Camp, the first Open State is founded and functional. The pioneering work is done. Now the challenge is to spread the first results and the spirit of the event, to set up new Open States, and to include as many people as quickly as possible.
LOCAL: Just like during the Camp, the physical Open Spate remains open for the interested public. It is a living space where small and large utopian ideas can be realized. Workshops, barcamps and “hacksprints” develop further concepts for sustainable living that can be explored and experienced at Open State. GLOBAL: An online community platform is already launched during the run-up to the conference and camp. It allows people from around the world to become an active part of the development process, give feedback and share knowledge, experience, contacts or resources. The platform publishes each open source project blueprint under a creative commons license so that interested people or groups can refine the projects, adjust them to local needs and implement them.
In addition to the step-by-step instructions, we develop clear guidelines for the self-organization of groups of all sizes, from a small task force to a commune. At the same time, the platform is a communication hub for collective action and campaigns as well as a permanent discussion space for questions and ideas. After the pilot project in Tornow, we plan to assemble a top-notch advisory board that will carry the messages from the Open States to decision-makers in the economy and politics. We also plan to link to researchers, think tanks, and institutes to provide the scientific framework for the practical results from Open State and spread the results. Open State has the potential to become a worldwide movement for a feasible and future-oriented way of life.
May - July 2012 GOAL: Presentation, Fundraising
› Brochure and
Aug. - Okt. 2012 GOAL: Fundraising, Projektplan, Partner
› Secure all of the
Nov. 2012 - Jan. 2013 GOAL: Eventgestaltung, Marketing, Team > Launch of the full-scale web platform > Expansion of the core team with further experts > Selection of 7 projects and 150 participants > Finalization of the concept and methods of the Camp > Detailed procedural planning of the Conference > Contracts with the Camp’s advisors
PHASE 4 CONFERENCE: AUGUST 10 – 12, 2013 CAMP: AUGUST 13 – SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
Feb. - May 2013 GOAL: Location, Realisierung
› Set up of Conference
June - Aug. 2013
GOAL: Open State Everywhere, Communitypflege
› “Team Tornow” will pro-
presentation “Open State”
› Launch of the landing
› Development of the
and Camp in Tornow
› Peak of the online
mote further events and pass on knowledge
› Sustainable marketing of
project plan with all milestones
› Finalization of partner-
campaign and media relations
› Briefing speakers,
› Budget definition › Approach foundations
the blue prints
› Publishing a book and
ships (universities, architects, coaches, media, etc.)
› Selection and invitation
participants, projects, advisors
› Hosting & managing
lectures on the project
› Community management
and other funders
› Secure the required
(social media and web platform)
› Network relationship ma-
› Attract partners from
Conference and Camp
› Documenting the event
of conference speakers
› Architectural and resto-
academia, architecture, private sector
› Publishing & distributi-
nagement and wrap-up with all partners
› Contacting and engaging
ration plan for Schloss Tornow
› Logistical and structural
on of the blueprints
the international advisory board
planning of the camp
more Open States worldwide
Projects in total
GOALS till 2015:
It also allows for a matching of projects, people and problems to create a worldwide › From a prototype to mainstream: Small groups create sustainable life concepts that will become the “New Normal” – attractive and attainable for all. network that fosters collaboration. “Project Spaces” will facilitate the collaborative design and development of concrete solutions.
› Launch of the platform “Open State Exchange” featuring the camp projects as open source blueprints.
This is a small selection of our close contacts that will support us with their knowledge and recommendations to gain further partners and sponsors.
METHODOLOGY › HPI – School of DesignThinking › Prof. Uli Weinberg, Headteacher › Open Design City Berlin › Jay Cousins, Founder ARCHITECTURE › Triad Projektgesellschaft › Prof. Lutz Engelke, Founder & Managing Director › GRAFT Gesellschaft von Architekten › Wolfram Putz, Founder & Managing Director THINK TANKS › Club of Rome › Daniel Dahm, Member › Sandbox Network › Antoine Verdon, Founder & Managing Director CIVIL SOCIETY › Greenpeace Deutschland › Volker Gassner, Team Leader New Media › Oxfam Deutschland › Judith Orland, Social Media Campaigns CULTURE › Foreign Affairs − Berliner Festspiele › Matthias von Hartz, Artistic Director › Zur Nachahmung empfohlen! › Leonore Leonardy, Curator ECONOMY › Deutsche Telekom AG › Thomas Sattelberger, Chief Human Resource Officer › Deutsche Bahn AG › Markus Hofmann, Head of Marketing Strategy ACADEMICS › Design Akademie Berlin › Prof. Dr. Holger Zumholz, Strategic Marketing › Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance › Stephan Breidenbach, Headteacher INNOVATION MANAGEMENT › TU Potsdam › Prof. Dr. Katharina Hölzle, Chair Entrepreneurship › Platoon Cultural Development Berlin › Marcello Dato, Cultural Development RESEARCH › Fraunhofer-Institut › Dr. Philine Warnke, Director Innovation and Technology Management › Z_punkt – The Foresight Company › Klaus Burmeister, Managing Director
The founders of Open State have already been part of a multitude of events. Now we want to bring everything together: Avoid mistakes and make new ones, bring together the best minds of our generation and establish a format that will create a lasting effect.
DOMINIK WIND › Managing Director, Ideabrigade, Co-Founder Palomar5 The event “Table of Free Voices” gathered 112 Germany’s first innovation camp “Palomar5” brought an international team of 30 experts and creatives to live and work together in Berlin. Financed by Deutsche Telekom AG, the camp developed 12 projects on the “future of work.” Dominik Wind is currently developing Ideabrigade, a network organization of multi-disciplinary creative teams using a custom-tailored process called “Ideasprint” to solve their clients’ problems in 24 hours. personalities at the Bebelplatz in Berlin to answer 100 questions submitted on the web in advance. Human rights campaigners and environmental activists, sustainable entrepreneurs and creatives from around the world created a video archive with more than 11,000 answers to the most pressing questions of our time. Daniel Kruse directed an international team of bloggers that documented the project. During the G8 summit in Heiligendamm he led a media camp of 100 volunteers. His agency Nest develops online campaigns for clients such as Caritas International, terre des hommes or the German green party Bündnis90/ Die Grünen. Motivated by their insights about responsibility and the long-term effects of communication and design, they realize social/political art and activism, teach social marketing at the Design Academy Berlin, and lecture in the Green Design Module of the Institute of Design Berlin as well as on revolution design at the University Bozen. 10hoch16 focuses on creating and communicating meaningful products and projects. They turned Amnesty International’s 50-year anniversary party into a recyclable exhibition, fought with Oxfam against food speculation, and supported the Iranian Revolution with their engagement in the award-winning “The Green Wave.” DANIEL KRUSE › Managing Director Nest Agency MAX LISEWSKI, SIMON KIEPE & KARI WOLF › Management Team 10hoch16 Agency
„Social movements are always propelled by minorities. And FIVE PERCENT of a population is plenty to set the current state of affairs in motion.“
HARALD WELZER, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGIST
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