How to Solve the European Refugee Crisis and Tackle Populism – Draft V1

Ever wondered why no one has solved Europe’s so-called refugee crisis yet? For a whole bunch of reasons, including that it is a very complex problem, that it involves such a range of myths believed by refugees, liberals, and conservatives, and that there is no leadership towards constructive solutions. However, the reason it has not … More How to Solve the European Refugee Crisis and Tackle Populism – Draft V1

Hipocrisy, bigotry, and the window of opportunity – or: why it’s good for us that no one has a plan on Trump

“The situation remains extremely complicated. You still have (…) an atmosphere, a difficult operating environment where counterterrorism legislation and the threat of legal action is in place. And where there’s a very kind of risk-averse international community who are worried about legal threats, reputational threats …””Tension (…) remains high as the economic crisis which has … More Hipocrisy, bigotry, and the window of opportunity – or: why it’s good for us that no one has a plan on Trump

Beyond the billion figures: what to do with your wealth against global inequality

The rich grow ridiculously rich, the poor grow exasperatingly poor, and that’s an ever-increasing trend – you have heard that story before. Here’s what to make of the newest statistics and debates, and what to do with your own wealth: Global anti-poverty charity Oxfam has produced a new briefing paper on global wealth inequalities, warning … More Beyond the billion figures: what to do with your wealth against global inequality

Terrorism in Europe? I’m so tired of your game

Shock – solidarity messages – anger – blame – forget – repeat. Paris, Brussels, Nice, Istanbul, Molenbeek, Ansbach, Berlin… Is that really all we are capable of? Is that really all we answer to these people destroying lives? Yes, of course I’m shocked too. Every case in which innocent people suffer and lose their lives … More Terrorism in Europe? I’m so tired of your game

The climate change jargon bingo: How to stay afloat in the debate, part 3

A jargon bingo! To cross out when you hear people throw around terms they know most people don’t understand. In this post and in this, you can find some thoughts on the first six buzzwords of this bingo – and here come the last three! So what is… The Green Climate Fund Short answer: A … More The climate change jargon bingo: How to stay afloat in the debate, part 3

The Climate change jargon bingo: How to stay afloat in the debate, part 2

More climate change jargon! Check out this previous post for explanations of the climate justice, the Paris agreement, and greenwashing. And here come the next three – yes I’m a fan of alliterations: Carbon footpring,t Carbon Tax and Cap-and-Trade Systems, and Catastrophic effects. Carbon Footprint Short answer: A concept that measures how much of the … More The Climate change jargon bingo: How to stay afloat in the debate, part 2

The climate change jargon bingo – how to stay afloat in the debate, part 1

It’s 2016 and no one needs an explanation of climate change any more, really. What does need explanation at times, though, is the lot of buzzwords and actual technical jargon fill the discourse on how we should combat it. So here is the first your jargon bingo – you can use it and cross out … More The climate change jargon bingo – how to stay afloat in the debate, part 1

Denied realities: Neither Brexit nor Trumpism would have happened if we all played by improvised theatre’s rules

This may seem like the most random title with a view to what’s happening in the world. It’s not – the strong divisions within societies, be it within the American, the British, the European, or in fact any other society with simmering tensions, are a product of “us” denying the reality “they” are proclaiming as … More Denied realities: Neither Brexit nor Trumpism would have happened if we all played by improvised theatre’s rules

“Yes, and” – What improvised theatre means for (international) conflict

No worries, this post is not trying to convince you to become an actor. (Although that certainly adds some value too!) Improvised theatre essentially means (have a quick Youtube search if this is new) actors performing on a usually prop-free stage, entirely without script, without knowing what the scene or piece they are playing is … More “Yes, and” – What improvised theatre means for (international) conflict

Buzzword buzzing: “Making a difference” and “social impact”

What does “making a difference” actually mean, and “social impact”? These words are bouncing about in countless quantities not only in the non-profit world (yes this really is just a link to a google search), but also among companies thinking about “corporate social responsibility” (another buzzword with changing meanings) and beyond. As you can read … More Buzzword buzzing: “Making a difference” and “social impact”