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What IS

What WAS


Every day, 200 species go extinct – that’s

International conferences. Resolutions,

Example: In order to reduce the most severe

73,000 species a year. 6 million hectares of

petition, manifestos. charity gala events and

consequences of climate change, we would

forest disappear every year, the equivalent of

sustainable shopping fairs. Editorials and

need an immediate and radical change of our

4 soccer pitches a minute. A 35-meter thick

mega-donations. Facebook revolutions and

energy systems and consumption patterns.

swirl of 3.5 million tonnes of plastic inhabits

Occupy movement.

We cannot wait for globally binding political

the Pacific Ocean. Of the 40 million tonnes of electronic waste produced every year, only

treaties that are influenced by lobbyists from That‘s all good. That won‘t suffice.

one percent is recycled for its precious metals.

the wrong side anyway. Large corporations on the other hand do not have a motivation to

Let’s face the failure of our current systems

address the social benefit.

The world consumes 13 billion liters of oil

and processes. Let’s talk openly about

So we need a room:

every day while we are headed straight

necessary radical changes to the economy,

To work with bright minds on concrete

towards a four-degree warmer planet. German

politics and consumer society. This isn’t a


coal power plants alone produce 300 million

utopian idea, it’s simply what’s necessary.

tonnes of CO2 each year, not to mention what the rising industrialization levels of India and

We make a plan: To turn families, living communities, or

We need an emergency plan, now.

China will cause. And every day, 24,000 people

colleagues into agile unites of a sustainable society.

starve to death while 1.5 billion people suffer

We want to support people with projects that

And we reach the masses:

from obesity.

are already offering solutions. With methods

With inspiring and plausible instructions,

that lead to intelligent decisions for everyone.

modern web communication, and by pub-

Why does everything remain the way it

With shameless honesty and constructive

lishing and disseminating the results among

cannot be?


networks of researchers and decision-makers.


„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


OPEN STATE 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

of the pilot projects will populate a web platform, will be

designing the realistic utopia: decentralized, networked

turned into a book, spread through talks and presentations,

units of a sustainable future.

and publicized via a web campaign.

A three-day conference and a five-week camp are the

And then, onwards: By 2015 we aim to have realized

kick-off to Open State. We gather experts to describe

10 Open States in other countries that will develop 100 more

the current state of affairs in all clarity and urgency, and

projects to change the status quo.

explain what needs to be done. 10 selected projects work on a ‘future of reason’ and develop instructions that work for a

We create the room, the plan, and the material to equip

majority of the population – project-focused, decentralized,

communities with concrete practical instructions that will be

and attainable for everyone.

exponentially disseminated through the network effects of our online communication.

The first Open State will take place in spring 2013 at Schloss Tornow near Berlin.

The goal: Open State solutions shall reach and engage the

All methods and results will be published as open source

5% of the population in western industrialized countries that

blueprints for everyone to copy and improve. The results

are necessary for a substantial shift in society.


CONFERENCE 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.


3 Days 150 Participants Keynote presentations & interactive workshops


Day 1

Day 2

Day 3




A bluntly stated view on the combined crises

The participants accept the call to action and

As a gesture of their identification with Open

of the environment, society and economy.

develop solutions. Seven previously selected

State, the participants receive “Open State

Researchers and Activists unequivocally

projects are indicative of the variety of

passports� and agree to a long-term engage-

inform the participants of the consequences

sustainable solutions that have long been

ment either through communication, financial

of continuing with the status quo and draw a

possible. In addition, there are opportunities

support or direct participation. The agenda

holistic picture of the problems. The speakers

to develop further projects, three of which will

loosens up and allows for open dialogue and

shine a light on the backgrounds and block-

move into the camp with us. The 150 partici-

activities around the castle. Working groups

ades in the economy, politics, and society.

pants convene in workshops to support these

can continue their meetings, networking and

projects with their know-how and network.

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.


CAMP 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 PAGE 7


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.



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.


creative energy are at the central pillars of the Camp


Fun, engagement and experiencing your own

3rd Week

Structured idea de-

cipants. Presenting

velopment processes

ideas and projects.

activate the group’s

Diverse expert

crowd intelligence and

sessions and input

creativity. Developing

formats. Mutual

an implementation

coaching among the

plan for each project


to take advantage of each participant’s unique knowledge, experience and skills.

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Meeting the parti-

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happens in two areas: On-site at Open State

The concepts are pro-

The prototypes are

The essence of each

and in digital work-

totyped as graphics,

assembled into a wor-

solution is turned

spaces. The status of

models, code, or 3D-

king solution model.

into intelligible in-

each project is commu-

print out in order to

Project groups will

structions and stories

nicated, implemented,

avoid erroneous deve-

work on minimizing

to facilitate commu-

tested, and further

lopments and make

any gaps between

nication. The Camp’s

developed within the

ideas tangible.

the projects and the

philosophy and ideas

new community.

identified problems.

are communicated to the public without intermediary.


CAMP: Selection The 10 projects shall fulfill the following criteria: A)


Scalable, potentially sector-disrupting concept in the areas of

What works, counts. The project research

food, housing, energy, communication or mobility.

is based on our numerous existing networks and contests that have

Open (not closed) organization model, willingness to share

identified and awarded pilot projects.

one’s own content in accordance with an open source philosophy.



In addition to the open online call for

Diversified teams from all generations, with visionaries and grounded “people of action” that have done similar projects

proposals we will also specifically

in the past.

approach projects that resonate with our

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.


CAMP: Projects An exemplary selection of already existing open source projects to help make the Open States vision more “tangible.”


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

So-called “Jerry Servers” were originally designed

Server Stations” (LOSS) drones developed by the

for the rough environments in developing coun-

Swedish “Pirate Bay” founders. These operate

tries. These mini-servers are extremely robust,

fairly autonomously within a 50 km radius and

only use standard electronic components, and

could eventually enable public access to server

are partly even built from electronic waste.


In the last months, a global community supplemented the open source server with wireless

Further advantages: Independence from

internet antennas, mesh network functionality

internet providers and an almost free internet

and solar cells.

access point.


CAMP: Projects 2) MICRO POWER STATIONS FOR EVERYONE The majority of technology that currently

possibilities. For example, the “Copenhagen

in touch with nature. This is how the American

Wheel” developed by the MIT generates energy

architect Michael Reynolds has been working for

while its user rides a bike.

more than 40 years in the desert of New Mexico.

produces energy is proprietary, i.e. owned and

His “Earth-Shops” adapt to any climate zone and

“protected” by patents that prevent open source

allow an autonomous “off-grid” life: energy, fresh

development. A hardly known fact is that “solar concentrators” produce 5 kW of electrical or

water, sewage treatment and disposal are as


integrated as passive heating and agricultural

40kW of thermal energy, enough to power the average energy demand of 10 people. Another

spaces. The open source project “Wikihouse” DIY SUSTAINABLE HOUSING

project could be the refinement of the open-

has a different angle: Standardized components enable the building of wooden houses with open

source “SHPEGS” (Solar Heat Pump Electrical

Self-sufficient houses with a closed materials

construction plans and drawings. This has also

Generation Systems), tower-like structures

cycle are highly efficient solutions to reduce

attracted a global and very active community.

using natural the air movement between the

energy and resource consumption. Recycled

Both approaches can be implemented almost

cold earth surface and warm air to generate

construction material and simple instructions

entirely autonomously, and combining them

power. This could be augmented by a variety of

to autonomous self-made houses can reduce

would make sustainable, resource-conserving

small, practical mechanical energy generation

the initial costs and enable more people to live

housing for everyone possible.



Schloss Tornow in Fürstenberg was built between 1888 and 1898 in the “Naturpark Ückermärkischer Seen“ close to Berlin

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:

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

In addition to the step-by-step instructions, we develop clear guidelines for

for the interested public. It is a living space where small and large utopian

the self-organization of groups of all sizes, from a small task force to a

ideas can be realized. Workshops, barcamps and “hacksprints� develop

commune. At the same time, the platform is a communication hub for

further concepts for sustainable living that can be explored and

collective action and campaigns as well as a permanent discussion space

experienced at Open State.

for questions and ideas.

GLOBAL: An online community platform is already launched during the

After the pilot project in Tornow, we plan to assemble a top-notch advisory

run-up to the conference and camp. It allows people from around the

board that will carry the messages from the Open States to decision-makers

world to become an active part of the development process, give feed-

in the economy and politics. We also plan to link to researchers, think tanks,

back and share knowledge, experience, contacts or resources.

and institutes to provide the scientific framework for the practical results from Open State and spread the results.

The platform publishes each open source project blueprint under a creative commons license so that interested people or groups can refine

Open State has the potential to become a worldwide movement for a

the projects, adjust them to local needs and implement them.

feasible and future-oriented way of life.






May - July 2012

Aug. - Okt. 2012

Nov. 2012 - Jan. 2013

Feb. - May 2013

June - Aug. 2013

GOAL: Presentation,

GOAL: Fundraising,

GOAL: Eventgestaltung,

GOAL: Location,


Projektplan, Partner

Marketing, Team


› Brochure and

› Secure all of the

> Launch of the full-scale

› Set up of Conference

presentation “Open State” › Launch of the landing

page › Budget definition › Approach foundations

and other funders › Secure the required

seed funding › Attract partners from

academia, architecture, private sector

required funding › Development of the

web platform > Expansion of the core

and Camp in Tornow › Peak of the online

project plan with all

team with further

campaign and media




› Finalization of partner-

ships (universities, architects, coaches, media, etc.) › Selection and invitation

of conference speakers › Architectural and resto-

ration plan for Schloss Tornow › Logistical and structural

> Selection of 7 projects and 150 participants > Finalization of the concept and methods of the Camp

› Briefing speakers,

participants, projects, advisors › Hosting & managing

Conference and Camp

> Detailed procedural planning of the Conference

› Documenting the event

and results › Publishing & distributi-

> Contracts with the Camp’s advisors

planning of the camp

on of the blueprints



GOAL: Open State Every where, Communitypflege › “Team Tornow” will pro-

mote further events and pass on knowledge › Sustainable marketing of

the blue prints › Publishing a book and

lectures on the project › Community management

(social media and web platform) › Network relationship ma-

nagement and wrap-up with all partners › Contacting and engaging

the international advisory board



more Open States worldwide ›

100 ›

Projects in total

GOALS till 2015: It also allows for a matching of projects,

› From a prototype to mainstream:

people and problems to create a worldwide

Small groups create sustainable life

› Launch of the platform “Open State

network that fosters collaboration. “Project

concepts that will become the “New

Exchange” featuring the camp projects

Spaces” will facilitate the collaborative

Normal” – attractive and attainable

as open source blueprints.

design and development of concrete solutions.

for all.


PARTNERS 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 ›

CIVIL SOCIETY › Greenpeace Deutschland › Volker Gassner,

INNOVATION MANAGEMENT › TU Potsdam › Prof. Dr. Katharina Hölzle,

Prof. Uli Weinberg, Headteacher › Open Design City Berlin › Jay Cousins,

Team Leader New Media › Oxfam Deutschland › Judith Orland, Social

Chair Entrepreneurship › Platoon Cultural Development Berlin ›


Media Campaigns

Marcello Dato, Cultural Development

ARCHITECTURE › Triad Projektgesellschaft › Prof. Lutz

CULTURE › Foreign Affairs − Berliner Festspiele ›

RESEARCH › Fraunhofer-Institut › Dr. Philine Warnke,

Engelke, Founder & Managing Director › GRAFT Gesellschaft von Architekten ›

Matthias von Hartz, Artistic Director › Zur Nachahmung empfohlen! ›

Director Innovation and Technology

Wolfram Putz, Founder & Managing Director

Leonore Leonardy, Curator

› Z_punkt – The Foresight Company ›

THINK TANKS › Club of Rome › Daniel Dahm, Member

ECONOMY › Deutsche Telekom AG ›

› Sandbox Network › Antoine Verdon,

Thomas Sattelberger, Chief Human

ACADEMICS › Design Akademie Berlin › Prof. Dr. Holger

Founder & Managing Director

Resource Officer › Deutsche Bahn AG › Markus Hofmann,

Zumholz, Strategic Marketing › Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance ›

Head of Marketing Strategy

Stephan Breidenbach, Headteacher

Management Klaus Burmeister, Managing Director


TEAM 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.




Managing Director, Ideabrigade,

Managing Director Nest Agency

Management Team 10hoch16 Agency

Co-Founder Palomar5 The event “Table of Free Voices” gathered 112

10hoch16 focuses on creating and communi-

Germany’s first innovation camp “Palomar5”

personalities at the Bebelplatz in Berlin to

cating meaningful products and projects. They

brought an international team of 30 experts

answer 100 questions submitted on the web in

turned Amnesty International’s 50-year anniver-

and creatives to live and work together in

advance. Human rights campaigners and envi-

sary party into a recyclable exhibition, fought

Berlin. Financed by Deutsche Telekom AG, the

ronmental activists, sustainable entrepreneurs

with Oxfam against food speculation, and

camp developed 12 projects on the “future

and creatives from around the world created a

supported the Iranian Revolution with their

of work.”

video archive with more than 11,000 answers to

engagement in the award-winning “The Green

the most pressing questions of our time.


Dominik Wind is currently developing

Daniel Kruse directed an international team of

Ideabrigade, a network organization of

bloggers that documented the project. During

Motivated by their insights about responsibil-

multi-disciplinary creative teams using a

the G8 summit in Heiligendamm he led a media

ity and the long-term effects of communication

custom-tailored process called “Ideasprint” to

camp of 100 volunteers.

and design, they realize social/political art and

solve their clients’ problems in 24 hours.

His agency Nest develops online campaigns for

activism, teach social marketing at the Design

clients such as Caritas International, terre des

Academy Berlin, and lecture in the Green Design

hommes or the German green party Bündnis90/

Module of the Institute of Design Berlin as well as

Die Grünen.

on revolution design at the University Bozen.


„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




Daniel Kruse Open State e.V. (currently in formation)

Prinzenallee 74, 13357 Berlin +49.030. 6165 7419


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