Archive for May, 2012

May 21, 2012

EduACTION! Vision Summit 2012

The Vision Summit is Germany’s leading convention for Social Innovation, Social Impact Business and Entrepreneurship. Under this year’s motto EduACTION the Genisis Institute once again provided the platform for over 1200 people to assemble at the Vision Campus in Potsdam. The Vision Summit is a market place of ideas, the perfect environment to share your vision and to find inspiration from others. The three-day program was almost overfull with input sessions, interactive workshops and presentations of progressive educational programs and best practices. The stimulating atmosphere called for engaging conversations with other change-makers and social entrepreneurs from all different backgrounds.

The social-business movement in Germany seems to pick up pace and supporters and enthusiast of all industries understand the potential of social innovation and are taking action. The growing number of individuals, grassroot-entrepreneurs, educational institutions and businesses on a corporate level as well as small and large media channels are forming a strong network for positive change in our society. The summit is the platform to meet, share, foster and grow!

Here are the links to some of our favorite initiatives:

Youth Leader Magazine 

Open-Source Solar LED Lamps

School of Design Thinking

May 6, 2012

D.I.Y. Earthday Weekend at Open Design City, Berlin

D.I.Y. workshop-weekend at Berlin’s maker-space ‘open design city at Betahaus‘ April 21.-22.2012

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On earthday-weekend 2012 (22.-23.04.) the design thinking community deople network e.V. set up an open d.i.y. camp in the backyard of Betahaus.

Inspired by the designs and open-source idea of Britta Riley, founder of, one of the deople network members shared his insights and experiences from his home-experiments with windowfarming. The participants were able to build their own hydro-ponic farming systems, made of PET bottles, tubes and a small electric air pump. With the right water solution in the  system and a bit of caretaking 20 people will be able to grow their own food in their windows -at home, in the office or at the cafe. Plants are available from the next-door urban garden, Prinzessinnengärten.

With the support and funding of the Foundation Anstiftung&Ertomis, namely Tom Hansing and Christophe Vaillant, founders of werkstatt- lastenfahrrad, and a crowd of bike spinners, experienced welders and enthusiastic helpers, we put together three steel frames for community-owned cargo bikes. With the vision of providing post-fossil alternatives of mobility and transportation in local communities, these 2-wheelers will be riding around Berlin to deliver cargo or to transport a moving tool station for on-site prototyping in the neighbourhood…

Thank you all for the support, motivation and hard work!

Please connect if you are interested in building your own windowfarm or if you would like to use one of the cargobikes for your own project in Berlin.

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