Building on the work of the CITYMAKERS focus groups in 2018 as well as of peers who had joined the ‘Social Entrepreneurship Competence Lab’ in Drahnsdorf in May 2019, we want to go into depth in the coming months and help 5 particularly outstanding CITYMAKERS projects achieve a relevant result.
Alternative urbanism meets social entrepreneurship. China meets Europe. 30 CITYMAKERS from 16 cities – from Beijing and Berlin, Taipei and Vienna, Munich and Shanghai – all with powerful innovative ideas for future livable cities, came together for two and a half days at an almost magical place in the countryside south of Berlin: Drahnsdorf.
Kika Yang encouraged CITYMAKERS Lab participants to speak about their personal motivations and background, their particular interest to join the LAB and finally invited to brainstorm with us about the potential of the CITYMAKERs platform.
Having been in close contact with subcultures at an early age strongly influenced her and led her to her future dedication as an urban strategist. The co-founder of StadtStattStrand speaks about the project “Urbane Liga”, the importance of lobbying and building trust as well as their publications launched to empower citizens to ‘just do it’.
Erik Ackner, Country Manager Startup Grind, former organiser of Startup Grind in Chengdu, about the innovation ecosystem in China.
With her broad experience within start-ups and social organisations, Jah Ying Chung identified a gap that she is now dedicating her time to fill: her consultancy goodgrowth helps companies after their successful launching period to develop a consistent strategy for their development.
Combining the backgrounds of stage design, architecture and movement based expressive arts, Andrea Weigt & Cyrus Khazaheli’s intention is to offer an environment in which people are able to connect to nature and, to themselves and generate new ideas. They see themselves as a part of a movement towards a new model of community life in the countryside.
Operating as a matchmaking platform for elderly and young people to live together, in this interview Marlene Welzl shares with us what inspired her to create the concept of WOHNBUDDY started in Vienna.
Kika Yang encouraged Jonas Schorr to share his journey from growing up in East Berlin, to moving to West Germany and then step by step turning into a cosmopolitan social entrepreneur with his recently founded company, Urban Impact.
How to make sure to hear and harvest all the interesting individual stories of participants and make them available to a larger audience? We set up a one-to-one dialogue space hosted by CITYMAKERS-editor and architect Kika Yang. Our key questions of interest: What motivates and drives you personally as a city maker? What was your particular interest in joining this lab? What potential do you see in the CITYMAKERS-platform? Here we share results from these conversations with Laura Bruns, Sebastian Schlecht, Jah Ying Chung, Jonas Schorr, Marlene Welzl, Andrea Weigt & Cyrus Khazaheli through a series of podcasts.
Sebastian Schlecht is an optimist, he believes that we have the necessary resources to generate, test and implement new solutions to sustainable built environments.