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CONFERENCE. CAMP. COMMUNITY.
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
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:
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
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
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 â€œOpen State
Researchers and Activists unequivocally
projects are indicative of the variety of
passportsâ€? 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
CAMP: Idea O PE N
A multi-disciplinary pool of experts will support the participants in their endeavors during the course of the Camp â€“ 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
Structured idea de-
ideas and projects.
activate the group’s
crowd intelligence and
sessions and input
coaching among the
plan for each project
to take advantage of each participant’s unique knowledge, experience and skills.
Meeting the parti-
W ee k
6. IMPLEMENTATION The implementation 3. PROTOTYPING
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
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
the projects and the
philosophy and ideas
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.”
1) A DECENTRALIZED, RESILIENT COMMUNICA-
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.
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 â€œhacksprintsâ€? 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.
TIMELINE PHASE 2
May - July 2012
Aug. - Okt. 2012
Nov. 2012 - Jan. 2013
Feb. - May 2013
June - Aug. 2013
› Brochure and
› Secure all of the
> Launch of the full-scale
› Set up of Conference
presentation “Open State” › Launch of the landing
page openstate.cc › 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
CONFERENCE: AUGUST 10 – 12, 2013 CAMP: AUGUST 13 – SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
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 ›
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.
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 ›
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.
DOMINIK WIND ›
DANIEL KRUSE ›
MAX LISEWSKI, SIMON KIEPE & KARI WOLF ›
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
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
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
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME AND INTEREST! PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO DIRECT YOUR QUESTIONS TO:
Daniel Kruse Open State e.V. (currently in formation)
Prinzenallee 74, 13357 Berlin +49.030. 6165 7419 firstname.lastname@example.org
Published on Oct 14, 2012
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