// OSCEDAYS BERLIN - HOW TO CREATE A WASTE FREE FUTURE
“It’s a tough nut to crack, but just throw your brains on it. And if there’s enough brains on it, then maybe the nut will crack” - Lars Zimmermann
For yet another, hopefully world-changing episode, I sat down with Lars Zimmermann, who is the founder of the OSCEdays in Berlin. What are the OSCEdays? OSCE stands for Open Source Circular Economy. And I think these guys are really creating our future here. Throughout 4 days, from 29th June to 2nd July, they’ll explore how a city without waste would look like. That includes one of my favorite topics: food. Plus, it’s about zero-waste consumption, upcycling fashion, circular design, architecture and so on…
Lars is an artist AND an economist from Berlin - such an unusual combination, isn’t it? He develops projects like the Open Source Circular Economy Days but also many more. He consults companies and NGOs. He does public speaking. And he also blogs and publishes articles in books and journals. All about Lars.
The way he looks at the world and understands the way things work are SUPER fascinating. Listening back in I have tons of more questions - but luckily, Lars and his team are putting on the OSCEdays, that will surely give me an answer to many of them! It’d be great to see you there.
The program is full of panels, talks & hands-on workshops on issues like package-free shopping, growing your own mushrooms on waste, compost worms, dying clothes with leftover food, making your own soaps from old frying fat - I know sounds weird - and SO much more. Some of my favorite projects in the city are part of it, too, like Original Unverpackt, the Guerilla Architects with their MehrWert zero waste restaurant, the Tempelhof Community Garden Allemende-Kontor, the guys from Restlos Glücklich, the passionate team of Isla Coffee and and and…
Good news: I got something for you: the OSCE team gave me 5x FREE 4-DAY TICKETS for the OSCEdays Berlin for YOU guys! It’s a first come first serve: get your free ticket here!
If you wanna do me a little favor in return, then hop over to iTunes and leave me a short review. Just tell me how you like the show - that’d make me SUPER happy. But it’s no must to get the free tickets, as I said, I’m putting the link out there and who ever is quickest wins 🙂
The Circular Economy topic grabbed my attention while ago, in a sense of: we’re in a throw-away society and there’s so much stuff already produced out there in the world that we don’t even need or use… What are creative ways to re-use, reduce, recycle?
But the Open Source part? To be honest: Before I talked to Lars, the whole idea sounded interesting, but was still kind of abstract in my mind. But Lars really managed to change that. I am super grateful and excited how this interview turned out & hope that it will do the same to you and spur your curiosity for the future.
IN THIS EPISODE, YOU'LL LEARN MORE ABOUT:
- What is behind the idea of open source circular economy
- What is happening at the OSCEdays Berlin
- How an artist & economist sees the world - and how he wants to change it
- Why the internet is a huge driver for a waste free world
- How a global hackathon turned into a hands-on experience for everyone
- Why people in Berlin are naturally more ready to take high risks
- Why growth isn’t always the best way: shifting from quality to quantity
- What makes the OSCEdays different this year
- How abstract concepts can be brought to our everyday lives
- The impact of Berlin & its people on letting the community thrive
- How Berlin’s creative scene tries to keep its energy & free vibe alive
- Why creative, unconventional ideas will always find a way
So now, without any further ado, let’s get OSCEdays hero Lars Zimmermann in front of the mic!
LISTEN THE PODCAST EPISODE RIGHT HERE:
Thanks so much for listening!
// OSCEDAYS BERLIN - INTERVIEW NOTES:
CLICK HERE TO OPEN & READ WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT
[ 7.20] Introduction and how I met Lars
[ 7:49] What is Circular Economy?
[ 10:40] The way products communicate with us
[ 13:18] Lars’ background and how he got engaged in the whole topic & then the OSCEdays
[ 14:28] Transparency through the internet - an example of Mercedes Benz books
[ 17:57] How the OSCEdays started and developed from a global hackathon
[ 19:28] Why Berliners are naturally more ready to take high risks
[ 20:24] Why growth isn’t always the best way: shifting from quality to quantity
& why it’s tough to put on an event like this (why many initiatives failed)
[ 21:22] How OSCEdays Berlin are about on delivering hands-on experiences
[ 21:30] How to turn an ambigious buzzword into something that everyone can understand
...What’s this open source thing? Sounds complicated, sounds techy…
[ 23:10] The five different formats at OSCEdays
[ 25:00] Creating a circular map
[ 25:45] Circular Economy Tour & Dinner, 13th July
[ 27:35] How to learn more about open source business models?
[ 28:46] Circular streetart! How streetart can help us invent a circular city
[ 31:09] How they make a bridge in the neighborhood & create an atmosphere of inclusion
[ 31:38] How YOU can contribute to the program (and get a free ticket 🙂 )
[ 34:03] The power of face to face & how to get people excited about your project
[ 35:21] Complexity vs. simplicity in the age of Donald Trump
[ 36:01] Why so many great sustainable projects suddenly stop
[ 37:38] What impact the city Berlin & its people has on making the OSCEdays thrive
[ 38:26] Something that is nearly gone in Berlin that turned people into high risk takers
[ 39:33] How Berlin’s creative scene tries to keep this energy and vibe alive
& what attracts creative potential from all over the world
[ 40:55] The importance of “Baulücken” for building new ideas and alternative forms of living
& how that shaped unique spaces like Tempelhofer Feld, everyone had a chance to co-create
[ 41:59] How creative, unconventional people still always find a way & why we maybe need to move a bit further East
[ 43:00] The final bit 🙂 the four magic questions I ask all my interview guests
[ 45:09] What Lars would change in Berlin within the next 24 hours
[ 46:27] Lars’ final message to you
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// FINAL WORDS:
Now if you wanna get a first insight and learn how a zero waste approach is put into practice in food, fashion, bikes and architecture: come with me and Ari from the Green Fashion Tours - as we’re doing a Circular Economy tour & dinner on the 13th July! It’ll be such an exciting evening, so please come and join. Find all details & how to register HERE
NOW I’ll let you go and have an amazing day. Be curious and celebrate all these new possibilities out there. Thanks SO much for listening - and remember to keep it green 🙂
// OSCEDAYS BERLIN - SHOW NOTES & LINKS MENTIONED
- Connect with Lars Zimmermann on his website | Twitter
- OSCEdays program
- *The CRCLR House
- Circular Economy Tour & Dinner on 13th July
- Sam Muirhead
- Chaos Communication Congress
- Material Mafia
- OSCEdays forum (how to contribute)
- Definition open source
- 6 Ways Mushrooms Can Help Save the Planet
- Link to 5x 4 FREE tickets (first come, first serve)
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