(Episode 43) As we approach the end of 2016, for many people, it will be remembered as a year of painful world events and some shocking realizations about how little we understand about one another. It isn’t that feeling disconnected or mass violence were invented over the past year, but it is perhaps a major moment in recent history where we are confronted with the depth and scale that these things can reach.
With this as the backdrop, in communities all over the world – like Berlin – there are projects dedicated to learning, new experiences, and connecting people. One such project is the School of Machines, Making and Make-Believe. In 2015 we first heard from Rachel Uwa, founder of the School of MA, about what the plan and mission was and how it would all work. Almost two years later, today on the podcast we hear from Rachel, about the ups, downs, and interesting developments at the school. We also delve into the art of trying something new, learning from failure, and philosophy of growth.
If you’re curious about human behavior, learning, technology, community, or anything in between — this is the podcast for you.
(Episode 41) On the last Sunday of October 2016 a group of curious and inspired people got together at Wikimedia Deutschland in Berlin for Ladies That FOSS; an open source hack event aimed primarily at women who want to join a free and open source software (FOSS) project but don’t know where to start. Source Code Berlin was there to listen and observe, a unique experience that we’re excited to share with you in podcast form. So sit back, press play, and listen to participants talking about what they’re passionate about in the world of software and programming as well as their experience and wishes when it comes to the gender gap in the tech industry.
Over the past few months the story and struggle of people trying to make it to Germany, Austria, and neighboring countries has made headlines. They’re referred to as refugees, though at the latest hackathon in Berlin one participant remarked, “I’d rather be called a newcomer.”
The number one tool of the newcomer? — The mobile phone. The number one demand throughout the journey? – Power to charge them, wifi to transmit messages to concerned loved ones, for checking the map for other routes that offer safer passage, and possibly to communicate with those who might be waiting for them once they get to their destinations. But the phone and internet alone are not enough. To manage to get through the hardship of getting from Syria or Libya or Iraq or Afghanistan to the areas of Europe that welcome them.. the barriers are still many. The beast of bureaucracy that would drive even the most fluent German speaker mad, the landlord who won’t rent to “refugees”, the prestigious University that doesn’t recognize credits from some of Syria’s finest institutions. What can be done to overcome such barriers? Who is stepping up to help and how are they doing it?
Today on the podcast, we talk about tools for refugees, or as I’ll refer to them from now on in this program: newcomers.. recent arrivals.. those who are trying to start a life in a new place. What tools are they using and who is developing these tools. Specifically in the Berlin area, where hundreds if not thousands of volunteers are busy in so many ways, helping people arrive and get settled. They, like many of us, are learning as they go, and today we’re going to hear about what they’ve learned, what they’re creating, and how it is making a difference in this unprecedented moment in history.
Although there are many examples where social entrepeneurship is just a buzz world or a marketing tool, in Berlin, within the startup world, there is a strong emphasis on running a business that does some good for the world. Spend any time talking to founders and CEO’s of startups in this town and chances are you will hear how they both meet their needs as a business and as a part of a community or society.
Today on the program we explore Social Entrepeneurship done the Berlin way, or running a successful business while making a difference in a community/society. And to do that we bring you two experienced voices, Fabienne Riener of Source Fabric, and Evgeni Kouris of Toywheel and Gamewheel, who will help describe how they see and navigate this combination, in this town, at this particular moment in history.
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
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?