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Open State is a series of events starting in Summer 2013. We will explore, develop and support innovative projects that work on the sustainable future we urgently need. And everything will be open-source. Our goal: prototyping the smallest cell of a sustainable society and creating blueprints for everyone to adopt.

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Open state concept

  2. 2. What What What‘sIS WAS HAPPENINGEvery day, 200 species go extinct – that’s International conferences. Resolutions, Example: In order to reduce the most severe73,000 species a year. 6 million hectares of petition, manifestos. charity gala events and consequences of climate change, we wouldforest disappear every year, the equivalent of sustainable shopping fairs. Editorials and need an immediate and radical change of our4 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 politicalthe Pacific Ocean. Of the 40 million tonnes of treaties that are influenced by lobbyists fromelectronic waste produced every year, only That‘s all good. That won‘t suffice. the wrong side anyway. Large corporations onone percent is recycled for its precious metals. 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 concretetowards a four-degree warmer planet. German politics and consumer society. This isn’t a solutions.coal power plants alone produce 300 million utopian idea, it’s simply what’s necessary. We make a plan:tonnes of CO2 each year, not to mention what To turn families, living communities, orthe rising industrialization levels of India and We need an emergency plan, now. colleagues into agile unites of a sustainableChina will cause. And every day, 24,000 people 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 amongcannot be? anger. networks of researchers and decision-makers. PAGE 2
  3. 3. „Imagine the Pilot tells you at the Airport:„The probability that we will crash today is90 PERCENT.“ Would you board this plane?“ HANS JOACHIM SCHELLNHUBER, CLIMATE SCIENTIST PAGE 3
  4. 4. OPEN STATEClimate, resources, energy: The combined crises affirm the overwhelming urgency with which weneed to act. With the 2012 Rio+20 summit however, yet another attempt failed. Open State aims tocounter this with an exploratory & practical approach.We are deliberately leaving discussions behind and of the pilot projects will populate a web platform, will bedesigning 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 realizedkick-off to Open State. We gather experts to describe 10 Open States in other countries that will develop 100 morethe 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 ona ‘future of reason’ and develop instructions that work for a We create the room, the plan, and the material to equipmajority of the population – project-focused, decentralized, communities with concrete practical instructions that will beand attainable for everyone. exponentially disseminated through the network effects of our online communication.The first Open State will take place in spring 2013 atSchloss Tornow near Berlin. The goal: Open State solutions shall reach and engage theAll methods and results will be published as open source 5% of the population in western industrialized countries thatblueprints for everyone to copy and improve. The results are necessary for a substantial shift in society. PAGE 4
  5. 5. CONFERENCEVisionaries 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. FACTS 3 Days 150 Participants Keynote presentations & interactive workshops PAGE 5
  6. 6. Day 1 Day 2 Day 3INPUT WORK INCUBATIONA bluntly stated view on the combined crises The participants accept the call to action and As a gesture of their identification with Openof the environment, society and economy. develop solutions. Seven previously selected State, the participants receive “Open StateResearchers 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, financialof continuing with the status quo and draw a possible. In addition, there are opportunities support or direct participation. The agendaholistic picture of the problems. The speakers to develop further projects, three of which will loosens up and allows for open dialogue andshine a light on the backgrounds and block- move into the camp with us. The 150 partici- activities around the castle. Working groupsades 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 startbuilding and prototyping practical blueprints and instructions to support small and medium-sized citizen networks. PAGE 6
  7. 7. CAMP The Camp will host seven previously selected projects as well as three projects developed at theconference. 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
  8. 8. CAMP: Idea O PE NFun, engagement and experiencing your own ST AT Ecreative energy are at the central pillars of the CampTogether we create a functional on-site prototype of the smallestunit of a sustainable society in the future. This prototype devel-ops into replicable blueprints that can be adapted to individualsituations and accessed online. A step-by-step instruction manualfrom today to tomorrow.A multi-disciplinary pool of experts will support the participantsin their endeavors during the course of the Camp – from interac-tion designers to permaculture practitioners to programmers.In addition, we will offer necessary resources such as seedcapital, contact networks, expert knowledge and continuousprocedural mentoring throughout the Camp. PAGE 8
  9. 9. 3rd Week k 4t e We hW 2n d eek CAMP: Phases k ee 5t tW h W 1s ee k 6. IMPLEMENTATION1. INSPIRATION 2. CONCEPTION The implementationMeeting the parti- Structured idea de- 3. PROTOTYPING 4. NETWORKING 5. STORYTELLING happens in two areas:cipants. Presenting velopment processes On-site at Open Stateideas and projects. activate the group’s The concepts are pro- The prototypes are The essence of each and in digital work-Diverse expert crowd intelligence and totyped as graphics, assembled into a wor- solution is turned spaces. The status ofsessions and input creativity. Developing models, code, or 3D- king solution model. into intelligible in- each project is commu-formats. Mutual an implementation print out in order to Project groups will structions and stories nicated, implemented,coaching among the plan for each project avoid erroneous deve- work on minimizing to facilitate commu- tested, and furtherparticipants. to take advantage lopments and make any gaps between nication. The Camp’s developed within the of each participant’s ideas tangible. the projects and the philosophy and ideas new community. unique knowledge, identified problems. are communicated experience and skills. to the public without intermediary. PAGE 9
  10. 10. 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 haveB) 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 forC) 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 ourD) The age of the project is irrelevant – Start-Ups are as welcome ideals. as traditional organizations.E) The legal form of the project is also irrelevant – whether LLC, research lab, or citizen’s initiative. PAGE 10
  11. 11. CAMP: ProjectsAn exemplary selection of already existing open source projects to help make the Open Statesvision more “tangible.”1)A DECENTRALIZED, RESILIENT COMMUNICA- Thus, a Jerry Server can even run without accessTION INFRASTRUCTURE to grid electricity. Possible next steps could include a link to the GPS-guided “Low OrbitSo-called “Jerry Servers” were originally designed Server Stations” (LOSS) drones developed by thefor the rough environments in developing coun- Swedish “Pirate Bay” founders. These operatetries. These mini-servers are extremely robust, fairly autonomously within a 50 km radius andonly use standard electronic components, and could eventually enable public access to serverare partly even built from electronic waste. functionalities.In the last months, a global community supple-mented the open source server with wireless Further advantages: Independence frominternet antennas, mesh network functionality internet providers and an almost free internetand solar cells. access point. PAGE 11
  12. 12. CAMP: Projects2)MICRO POWER STATIONS FOR EVERYONE 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 forThe majority of technology that currently 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, freshdevelopment. A hardly known fact is that “solar water, sewage treatment and disposal are asconcentrators” produce 5 kW of electrical or 3) integrated as passive heating and agricultural40kW of thermal energy, enough to power the spaces. The open source project “Wikihouse”average energy demand of 10 people. Another DIY SUSTAINABLE HOUSING has a different angle: Standardized componentsproject could be the refinement of the open- enable the building of wooden houses with opensource “SHPEGS” (Solar Heat Pump Electrical Self-sufficient houses with a closed materials construction plans and drawings. This has alsoGeneration 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 almostcold earth surface and warm air to generate construction material and simple instructions entirely autonomously, and combining thempower. This could be augmented by a variety of to autonomous self-made houses can reduce would make sustainable, resource-conservingsmall, practical mechanical energy generation the initial costs and enable more people to live housing for everyone possible. PAGE 12
  13. 13. LOCATION Schloss Tornow in Fürstenberg was built between 1888 and 1898 in the “Naturpark Ückermärkischer Seen“ close to Berlin20 years ago, the non-profit organization “ÖkowerkBrandenburg” started restoring the landmarked buildingaccording to ecological criteria and has been using it asa conference center since then. This common philosoph-ical ground, paired with the castle being surrounded bynature and its accessibility from Berlin, make SchlossTornow the perfect location for the first Open State.Conference and Camp aim to be pioneers of resource-friendly 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 PAGE 13
  14. 14. OPEN STATE EverywhereWith the conclusion of the Camp, the first Open State is founded and functional. The pioneering workis done. Now the challenge is to spread the first results and the spirit of the event, to set up new OpenStates, 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 forfor 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 aideas can be realized. Workshops, barcamps and “hacksprints” develop commune. At the same time, the platform is a communication hub forfurther concepts for sustainable living that can be explored and collective action and campaigns as well as a permanent discussion spaceexperienced 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 advisoryrun-up to the conference and camp. It allows people from around the board that will carry the messages from the Open States to decision-makersworld 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 acreative commons license so that interested people or groups can refine Open State has the potential to become a worldwide movement for athe projects, adjust them to local needs and implement them. feasible and future-oriented way of life. PAGE 14
  15. 15. TIMELINE PHASE 1 PHASE 2 PHASE 3 PHASE 4 PHASE 5 May - July 2012 Aug. - Okt. 2012 Nov. 2012 - Jan. 2013 Feb. - May 2013 June - Aug. 2013 CAMP: AUGUST 13 – SEPTEMBER 16, 2013 CONFERENCE: AUGUST 10 – 12, 2013 GOAL: Presentation, GOAL: Fundraising, GOAL: Eventgestaltung, GOAL: Location, GOAL: Open State Every- Fundraising Projektplan, Partner Marketing, Team Realisierung where, Communitypflege› Brochure and › Secure all of the > Launch of the full-scale › Set up of Conference › “Team Tornow” will pro- presentation “Open required funding web platform and Camp in Tornow mote further events and State” › Development of the > Expansion of the core › Peak of the online pass on knowledge› Launch of the landing project plan with all team with further campaign and media › Sustainable marketing of page milestones experts relations the blue prints› Budget definition › Finalization of partner- > Selection of 7 projects › Briefing speakers, › Publishing a book and› Approach foundations ships (universities, and 150 participants participants, projects, lectures on the project and other funders architects, coaches, > Finalization of the advisors › Community management media, etc.) concept and methods › Hosting & managing (social media and web› Secure the required › Selection and invitation of the Camp Conference and Camp platform) seed funding of conference speakers > Detailed procedural › Documenting the event › Network relationship ma-› Attract partners from › Architectural and resto- planning of the Confe- and results nagement and wrap-up academia, architecture, ration plan for Schloss rence › Publishing & distributi- with all partners private sector Tornow > Contracts with the on of the blueprints › Contacting and engaging › Logistical and structural Camp’s advisors the international advisory planning of the camp board PAGE 15
  16. 16. › 10 moreOpen States 100worldwide › 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. PAGE 16
  17. 17. 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 CIVIL SOCIETY INNOVATION MANAGEMENT› HPI – School of DesignThinking › › Greenpeace Deutschland › Volker Gassner, › TU Potsdam › Prof. Dr. Katharina Hölzle, Prof. Uli Weinberg, Headteacher Team Leader New Media Chair Entrepreneurship› Open Design City Berlin › Jay Cousins, › Oxfam Deutschland › Judith Orland, Social › Platoon Cultural Development Berlin › Founder Media Campaigns Marcello Dato, Cultural Development ARCHITECTURE CULTURE RESEARCH› Triad Projektgesellschaft › Prof. Lutz › Foreign Affairs − Berliner Festspiele › › Fraunhofer-Institut › Dr. Philine Warnke, Engelke, Founder & Managing Director Matthias von Hartz, Artistic Director Director Innovation and Technology› GRAFT Gesellschaft von Architekten › › Zur Nachahmung empfohlen! › Management Wolfram Putz, Founder & Managing Director Leonore Leonardy, Curator › Z_punkt – The Foresight Company › Klaus Burmeister, Managing Director THINK TANKS ECONOMY› Club of Rome › Daniel Dahm, Member › Deutsche Telekom AG › ACADEMICS› Sandbox Network › Antoine Verdon, Thomas Sattelberger, Chief Human › Design Akademie Berlin › Prof. Dr. Holger Founder & Managing Director Resource Officer Zumholz, Strategic Marketing › Deutsche Bahn AG › Markus Hofmann, › Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance › Head of Marketing Strategy Stephan Breidenbach, Headteacher PAGE 17
  18. 18. TEAMThe founders of Open State have already been part of a multitude of events. Now we want to bringeverything together: Avoid mistakes and make new ones, bring together the best minds of ourgeneration 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 AgencyCo-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. Theybrought 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, foughtBerlin. Financed by Deutsche Telekom AG, the ronmental activists, sustainable entrepreneurs with Oxfam against food speculation, andcamp developed 12 projects on the “future and creatives from around the world created a supported the Iranian Revolution with theirof work.” video archive with more than 11,000 answers to engagement in the award-winning “The Green the most pressing questions of our time. Wave.”Dominik Wind is currently developing Daniel Kruse directed an international team ofIdeabrigade, 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 communicationcustom-tailored process called “Ideasprint” to camp of 100 volunteers. and design, they realize social/political art andsolve 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. PAGE 18
  19. 19. „Social movements are always propelled by minorities.And FIVE PERCENT of apopulation is plenty to set the current state of affairs in motion.“ HARALD WELZER, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGIST PAGE 19
  20. 20. CONTACTTHANK 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 PAGE 20