More than perhaps any other place on earth, Berlin is the epicentre of projects that push the limits of sound and make new connections between art, science, and technology. On today’s program with help from Peter Kirn, Leslie Garcia, and Mads Lindgren, we’re looking at what elements have come together in this place that have led to so much innovation and creativity when it comes to pleasing or intriguing the human ear.
Over the past year a movement of coders, artists, journalists and concerned citizens have joined together in a way that could change the long disfunctional relationship between citizens and government or citizens and societal issues. What they’re doing is called Civic Tech, and while the term itself is new, the area is growing quickly and making a difference in communities around the world. To better explain it we have two very special guests from the Code For Germany project.. Fiona Krakenbürger and Julia Kloiber.
Also on today’s program a special announcement, the call for papers for our Enthusiastic Con taking place from June 19th to the 21st at Wikimedia Deutschland in Berlin.
School. As soon as you hear the word you probably have a few flashbacks. Some of them horrible, others might be nostalgic and happy. Wherever you are in the world, there is an established concept of school, how it should work and what it should do. Now take a city like Berlin where so many people are busy re-examining and re-inventing traditional conventions. Over the past decade many unique approaches to teaching and learning have taken root here. And today on the program we will bring you three voices – Abe Pazos, Rachel Uwa, and Maria Reimer. Three pioneers of teaching and learning.. one podcast
With each passing year thousands upon thousands of people from all over the world have moved their lives to Berlin in persuit of some goal or dream. The phenomenon is well known and often discussed, but the requirements of that move; the unexpected obstacles that people face in the persuit of that dream, that story is one you rarely hear about in detail. Today on the program we hear from Free Software Company Director and Community Manager Paul Adams, who’s the first to admit that there have been times where he had to run up the down escalator and overcome some very bizarre circumstances on the road to becoming a Berliner. Links:
It is no secret that Neukolln is changing fast but the speed with which it changes shocks even longtime residents and observers who have been following changing Berlin over the past decades. Today on the program we get on the street and tap into the creativity and quirkiness in one of the most fascinating and contreversial neighborhoods of Berlin.
On today’s edition of SCB we tackle the state of open source tools for video production as well as the larger issue of how to educate people and get them interested in the value of FOSS in many areas of not only technology but life in general. You’ll hear about Sam Muirhead’s experience with video, office software, boxer shorts, and -of course- hats. We will also preview Open Source Circular Economy Days, a global event coming later this year.
In 2015 there is no doubt left that journalists and journalism in general, need specialized tools to help them do their work effectively, efficiently, and safely. The problem is that sometimes being a good writer or investigator does not always mean you understand what technology you should or could be using. This gap is one that many individuals who have one foot in journalism and the other in programming are busy trying to bridge. To open up lines of communication and educate journalists on what tools are available while informing those on the technical side about what journalists need.
That, in short, is part of what has inspired today’s guest on the podcast, programmer and data journalist Annabel Church. Her mission, to help make tools for journalists. A quest that brought her all the way from New Zealand to Berlin with some interesting stops along the way. On today’s program we hear from Annabel in the hallway at 31C3, on one of the final days of 2014.
In the world of databases and open source software there is more philosophy and social conciousness than one might imagine at first glance. Through his work as a public speaker and developer for couchdb and hood.ie, Jan Lehnardt has never made any secret about his goal to challenge the status quo and push things forward. When it comes to developing tools using principles such as independence, diversity, and mutual respect, Jan is a force to be reckoned with — and a voice worth listening to.
Whether you’ve followed the conversations and developments in the open source community for 6 months or 6 years, you know that gender is a frequently disputed topic within these communities. Questions about representation, inclusion, participation and a long list of concerns have been researched, debated, and addressed (or not addressed) in different ways for well over a decade. But the idea of open discussion is not always been a welcome one. While some feel there is an awakening going on, others feel they are under attack. Thankfully regardless of how anyone feels, some passionate groups of people are taking action in new and constructive ways.
Today on the podcast we begin with Laura Laugwitz of Rails Girls Berlin to discuss a project for educating and encouraging women in the programming world. And in the second half of the program we will sit down with Kathleen Danielson, a veteran of the Open Street Map community now relocated to Berlin.
The big question; where are we when it comes to gender and the open source community; What is being done, what should be done, and why isn’t everything ok in 2014?