Über:Leben – Environment, Economy, Digital Society

Weekly topic "Über:Leben – Environment, Economy, Digital Society"
21 September – 25 September 2020, 4:15pm-7:30pm


For this week of re:publica Campus we are looking for answers on questions about what it means to live/survive (“Über:Leben”).
From the struggle for survival to life itself and resilient bodies—we want to know what it means to live, with each other, against each other, for each other, in harmony with the planet. The focus of this week’s topic “Über:Leben” will also be on sustainability and its interplay with digitalisation. Both are the defining topics of our time. Can we only survive by using digital as well as biotechnological solutions—and have we crossed the point of no return already?

Will there be an answer and relief in regional and decentralised approaches—or is the only resolution simply by doing less as the post-growth movement suggests? Whatever the solution looks like we can only find it inclusive debates.

From Monday to Thursday we will stream impulse lectures and panel discussions and jointly debate with our speakers and the community in digital discussion rooms on the topics of energy, nutrition, economy and biotechnology.

The programme 

At the start of the week on Monday, 21 SeptemberAlexander Bonde, Secretary General of the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) and Andreas Gebhard, co-founder and managing director of republica GmbH, will discuss how to overcome the crisis in a sustainable manner and develop a resilient society. Also taking part on Monday are Berlin's Senator for Culture Klaus Lederer and Leslie Kuo, Diversity Agent of the Pankow Public Library. Together with moderator Hannah Göppert from the Open Society Initiative, they will examine the effectiveness of libraries for sustainable urban development. The sessions "The Future of Food Culture: Turning From Agribusiness to Bioart & Biodesign” and “Green Deal and Green Recovery – The road ahead for the EU and Africa” will also take place on Monday.

On Tuesday 22 September, Caroline Sinders, researcher for machine learning and artist, will kick off the event with a talk entitled "Design experiences for safety, intimacy and delight". Also, Stephanie Reuter, managing director of the Rudolf Augstein Foundation, Christian Schwäger, co-founder and managing director of RiffReporter and Markus Beckedahl, founder of netzpolitik.org and co-founder of republica GmbH, will discuss "Non-profit as self-defence – perspectives for journalism in Germany". Also on Tuesday’s programme: the sessions "Alternative sustainable food sources - (upheavals in) the food system in extreme situations" and "Circular Makerspaces and Commons based Economy".

On the third day of our week “Über:Leben”, on Wednesday, September 23, we will start with the session “The Production of Food: Reflections on Ancient Traditions and Agribusiness from a Bioart Perspective” and continue with the topics “Degrowth and post-growth”, “The ecological financial turnaround” and “Climate Storytelling: A secret weapon in tackling the crisis?”.

On Thursday 24 September, the coordinator of the "Moria Corona Awareness Team" Omid Raihan Alizada will speak about the situation of the refugees after the fire in camp Moria. State Secretary Björn Böhning will discuss with experts on the importance of public-interest oriented artificial intelligence (AI). Nina Peters, Mona Saddei and Duygu Ağal ask how urban development can be actively shaped with users and residents in the session "VOR ORT!" and the panel "This can’t be it!" focuses on sustainability in IT.



During the Werkstatt day on Friday, we will pick up the main issues of the week and invite you to work intensively with speakers in workshops on solutions for a sustainable digital future. Meet the Scientists for Future, the Slow Food Youthand participate in a workshop on the global transformation of energy systems for example. If you want to take part, please register here–the number of participants is limited.

Please register for our Werkstatt day here.

Schedule Werkstatt Über:Leben

3.30pm: Doors open

3.45 & 4.10pm: Guides Tours through the exhibition "Netz Werke" for workshop participants

4.30pm: Introduction

5.00pm: Workshops start

7.25pm: Get Together


"Über:Leben" is presented by Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU).