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Who’s counting?

15/03/2020

It’s incredible how these theories that are 25 years old are still as relevant today, perhaps even more so.

In this feature-length documentary, Marilyn Waring demystifies the language of economics by defining it as a value system in which all goods and activities are related only to their monetary value. As a result, unpaid work (usually performed by women) is unrecognized while activities that may be environmentally and socially detrimental are deemed productive. Waring maps out an alternative vision based on the idea of time as the new currency.


Running faster

10/03/2020

I started running exactly two years ago, for a variety of reasons. As I’m training for my first marathon, I’m inspired by this story of a marathon runner who keeps getting faster with age. And, as is often the case with running, there are some great lessons in this about life in general, not just athletics.


Growing Together

14/07/2019

As my time as an intern at edenspiekermann_ comes to an end, I wrote a little something about what I was looking for in an internship and how I found it over on their blog. Go give it a read, if you fancy.

«As our manifesto reads, we don’t give quick answers: we really want to explore the question first. And very quickly, I found myself transitioning from constantly questioning myself to seeing questions as an essential tool in the creative process.»


Hello Berlin!

01/02/2019

A few days ago I packed my bags, boarded a train in snowy Austria, slowly watched the colours fade from white to green, and arrived in Berlin eight hours later. This is my new home (at least for the next six months).

I’m here because I’m joining edenspiekermann_ as a design intern. This is a design company I’ve long admired for its high quality of work, its talented people and its attitude, so I’m grateful to be working here.

Exciting times ahead.


Bye Graz! 👋

22/01/2019

50 blogposts ago, I told you I was about to move to Graz to start studying Information Design at FH JOANNEUM. Well, over two years later I’m packing my bags and heading off to new adventures. My time as a student has (nearly) come to an end – I still need to finish my bachelor’s thesis, but for now I’m leaving this city and heading to a new one.

It sounds cliché, but when moving to Graz, I really had no idea what to expect. I certainly didn’t expect all of the things that ended up happening, including working with incredibly talented people on some wonderful projects, spending five months abroad in London, meeting many of my favourite designers in person and making a living working as a designer professionally. While the things I do have certainly changed, my outlook on life stays the same – taking any opportunity that comes my way and creating new ones when circumstance allows.

I’m excited to share where I’m heading next soon.


Could Austria be carbon neutral?

02/01/2019

Climate change is a reality. It’s not a theoretical danger of the far distant future. It’s changing our landscapes and our habitats right now. As a global community, the damage we’re doing to our environment isn’t just increasing, it’s accelerating. With our current political climate, changing this trajectory seems unrealistic. And it is highly unlikely. But it’s not impossible.

Bhutan is the first, and only, carbon-neutral country in the world. While the entire country collectively produces 2.2 million tons of carbon dioxide a year, the immense forest covering 72% of the country acts as a carbon sink, absorbing more than four million tons of carbon dioxide every year. Costa Rica aims to be carbon-neutral in two years. Iceland is moving towards carbon-neutrality. The Carbon Neutrality Coalition is a group of 16 countries, 32 cities and many organisations who pledge to be net zero on emissions by 2050.

The Austrian government, meanwhile, has other priorities. Vice chancellor Heinz Christian Strache suggests that increasing sun eruptions, not human activity, could be responsible for global warming. This is untrue. By 2030, we need to reduce our emissions by 36% compared to 2005, in order to meet the promises we made in the Paris climate agreement. Currently, this seems highly unlikely, without any actionable plan or even honest commitment from people in charge. The problem isn’t just increasing emissions, it’s increasing ignorance. How will we reduce our carbon footprint without a change in mindset?

We won’t. Climate change is overwhelming. But if we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed with all the issues we’re facing right now, we’ll never change anything. For change to occur, we need to make room for it to do so. Changing our mindset is the first step in the right direction, but only if it is followed by action.

In a 2014 study, German scientists confirmed that by 2050, Germany could be emission-neutral, with every citizen emitting no more than 1t of CO2 (or equivalent) per year. Compared to 1990, this would constitute a reduction of 95%. Of course, this is merely a technical possibility, on a national scale. But maybe knowing about this possibility is all we need to take the first step. There is no equivalent study for Austria, but it’s clear the possibility is there.

If we want to make the possibility a reality, we need to start moving. And accelerate on the way. The finish line is moving further away as we speak. So let’s start now, to make sure we don’t lose our breath before we get there.


LIFT

11/11/2018

I don’t know why it took me so long to find this gem. LIFT is a film by Marc Isaacs, who set himself up in a London elevator and slowly wins the trust of the residents, creating a humorous and moving portrait of a vertical community.


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