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GMB011: OSCEdays Berlin - How to Create a Waste Free Future

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Lars Zimmermann (@bricktick) is the founder of the OSCEdays (Open Source Circular Economy) in Berlin. What are the OSCEdays? Well, I think these guys are really creating our future here. 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…

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 5 FREE 4-day tickets for you. More info & the link below :)

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.

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.

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My friends, I got something for you: the OSCE team gave me 5 FREE TICKETS for the event 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 :)

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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE:

*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

“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

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You can find all the details in the shownotes, on our Facebook page, in the events calendar, and then easily book your spot through Eventbrite, or shoot us an email to [email protected]  Switching back to Coffee Circle: You know, not only is coffee sth that many many people in the world drink… It’s also one of the commodities that created the biggest imbalance between the wealthy nations and the developing world, AND at the same time coffee is without a doubt one of the most famous and widely spread Fair Trade products in the world. So it’s a great idea to build a social business around that and magnify its possibilities to alleviate poverty. Which is exactly what Coffee Circle is doing. What is a social business? It’s a business that is dedicating its entire purpose to solve a social problem. It’s not about profit, money is just the means to drive the business and its mission forward. It’s also often defined as new way of conscious capitalism. What excites me about it, is that it really has the power to address the most pressing problems of humanity, without being dependent on donations or fundraising. Now there’s lots of different models and definitions out there. I highly recommend reading “Building Social Business” by Muhammad Yunus, who is kind of a luminary in this field. He’s founded the Grameen Bank, a bank run exclusively for and by the poor. It’s really inspiring and visionary and it’s giving me SO many ideas… even though you may not agree with 100% everything - if you wanna learn more about the idea of Social Business, then check it out. As for Coffee Circle, the impact these guys had within the last 7 years has been remarkable. One of the key takeaways from our chat was, that if you are running a sustainably-oriented business that serves a social purpose, you have to be not only as good as conventional businesses - you have to be better. WHAT ELSE YOU LEARN IN THIS EPISODE: Some major traits that all social entrepreneurs should have How to have the greatest impact per euro invested The crucial difference to „normal development work“ The notion of dignity in social business The challenge of building trust and credibility - and how to solve it Why coffee circle decided deliberately against Fair Trade Where to find the biggest potential for future social entrepreneurs What exactly is the idea behind 3rd wave coffee (and what’s 1st and 2nd wave) Which role Berlin played in kicking Coffee Circle off the ground - How the startup scene in Berlin is shifting The myth behind the ever-coming Wedding & how it feels to be the first mover Why it’s so important to get expectations right The biggest crisis Coffee Circle had to face last year & what happened behind the scenes The importance of being humble & appreciative of the people around you Okay guys, you see there’s a hell of a LOT to take away here, so without any further delay: time to get into the show NOW! Find the full transcript, incl. photos and links on www.greenmeberlin.com/podcast-coffee-cirlce SHOWNOTES: Video: Coffee Circle - Our Vision Of Direct Trade  Projects realized by Coffee Circle (in German)  betahaus Berlin (Coworking Space)  Christoph Fahle (founder of betahaus) Project E  Book: Steven Pressfield “The War of Art”  Coffee Circle partner cafés, map   Daluma  Haferkater  Circular Economy Tour Prenzl’Berg, 9th November (get your ticket)   GMBP13 soulbottles - a soul-driven startup against plastic waste  GMBP3 himmelbeet - how an urban garden builds a green hub for everyone  FINAL SHOUT OUTS ...it’d be a pleasure to see you on our next Circular Economy Tour & Dinner in Prenzl’Berg on the 9th November, so check out the details & grab your ticket now.  ...more tour news from the GreenMe Berlin universe: we’ve just updated our tour website, www.greenmeberlin.com/tours with lots of great routes and experiences to choose from. So if you are looking out for a unique experience with the Berlin green scene, check it out and get in touch with us! ...if you took value out of this episode, please share it with your friends and leave us a short review on iTunes. Your feedback is important to make the show better and spread the messages to more people. Thanks so much for supporting us, it really means a lot!  ...and lastly, if you wanna stay up to date with the latest interviews, green events, tours and our explorations in the Berlin green scene, sign up for our monthly newsletter. We got a little thank you if you do so: we’ll send you our best-of guide to 7 of awesome eco-minded places in the city for free. To get it, just go to www.greenmeberlin.com/newsletter That’s it! Thanks so much for listening! Good times are coming & we all have the power to make it happen. So go out & spread some good green vibes :)
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    GMB013: soulbottles Berlin - a soul-driven startup against plastic waste

    1:02:59

    This time I unpacked the brain of Paul Kupfer, co-founder and CEO of soulbottles (@soulbottles) - an amazing Berlin-based social startup. What they do? soulbottles produces the world’s cleanest drinking bottles and is on a mission to give people all over the world access to clean drinking water and sanitation. How they do it? Well, by offering soul-lutions through making sustainability cool, fun and sexy. They basically create colorful designs that rock and put them on beautiful glass bottles. On top, soulbottles are 100% made in Germany and 100% free of plastic. I’m very very passionate about clean drinking water, because it is a global issue absolutely solvable! There’s no technology barriers whatsoever, it’s linked to giving access to resources - and everyone of us can really help to make it happen... soulbottles is not only encouraging people to drink tap water & eliminating plastic waste. They also give 1 euro for each bottle sold to Viva Con Agua - a really cool charity that is improving access to clean water in developing countries. So it’s really a win-win-win. You win, because you have a cool, beautifully designed and durable drinking bottle that everyone around you will be curious about. soulbottles wins, because they can sustain their business and raise awareness for a cause they believe in. And rural communities - in this case in Nepal - win because they get access to clean drinking water. To give you some numbers: Soulbottles has supplied 8.000 households with 40.000 with access to clean drinking water, donating 37.000 euros of their profits. It’s a story about social entrepreneurship. Of shaping the for-purpose economy. Paul and his co-founder Georg built a social business completely from scratch at the age of 24! I tell you, their journey is full-on fascinating. Some of the highlights you’ll learn more about: Why you don’t need to be a born business crack to build a social business from scratch How a bottle of vodka can become the basis for a brilliant social enterprise How moments of crisis (in this case the London riots) can change your life for the better Why a “just see if it works” mentality is crucial to get you started - The meaning of “company” in our current system Why raising money for clean water is much easier than for clean toilets Who inspired Paul the most on his journey & the biggest challenge soulbottles had to overcome in the last 5 years The current global state of clean drinking water & what plastic bottle producers have in common with the tobacco industry A moment Paul is most proud of - even though he hasn’t been there himself What Paul does that drives everyone in his team crazy Where you should go to connect with the Berlin social startup scene The realization that the biggest structures around us are human made That is not all: we talked about a Kung-fu master in sales, Paul’s favorite secret spot in Berlin, the weird relationship Germans have with tap water, all the other amazing world changing projects that soul bottles is involved in and and and! Oh yes, why are soulbottles made of glass? One reason: it tastes SO much better. Plus, glass is a great material that can be 100% recycled! Soulbottles are made from around 30-50% of recycled glass. You can read up everything about the production and materials used on their website, I drop it into the show notes - as for our interview, I rather wanted to extract those stories from Paul, that you can’t read up on the interwebs.Another great fact about soulbottles: it is a certified B-Corp! Actually, they’ve been of the first 100 companies in Germany to join the movement. Another great fact about soulbottles: it is a certified B-Corp! Actually, they’ve been of the first 100 companies in Germany to join the movement. NOW, please meet Paul Kupfer from soulbottles. Check out the full interview incl. transcript, pictures and all links & shownotes on: www.greenmeberlin.com/podcast-soulbottles   BEFORE YOU GO Just a quick behind the scenes of GreenMe Berlin: over the last few weeks, we’ve been pumping all our energy into live events. We’ve been running a number of green guided tours through Berlin, visiting lots of exciting projects and bringing together a bunch of like-minded people. It really fills me with so much joy to build those connections. People from all different backgrounds learn about the eco-minded projects in the city, meet the people who run them and see how sustainability can be linked to so much passion and positive mindset. Check out www.greenmeberlin.com/tours And if you wanna be part of one our next tours, keep an eye on Facebook for the public ones, or simply shoot me an email to [email protected] and we’ll curate your very own, customized experience. Exciting times ahead guys! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your friends and leave me a super short review on iTunes. Any feedback means a lot to me, and it helps to make the show and its messages get out to more people. Can I count on your support? Thanks a million! And don’t forget, if you wanna stay up to date with the latest interviews, green events, tours and our explorations in the Berlin green scene, sign up for our monthly newsletter. We got a little thank you if you do so: we’ll send you our best-of guide to 7 of awesome eco-minded places in the city for free. To get it, just go to www.greenmeberlin.com/newsletter  That’s it !!! The next episode will come out again at the last Friday of the month, so stay tuned, and have a blast while going green! Connect with me on: Facebook www.facebook.com/greenmeberlin Instagram www.instagram.com/greenmeberlin Twitter https://twitter.com/greenmeBLN 
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    Special: Standert Bicycles - Do what you love! And why community matters

    38:23

    Finally, I'm releasing the mysteriously missing show no. 4 - an episode from the early days that has never appeared in iTunes before...! I'll explain you more about the story behind that in the intro. Tune in as Claudi spoke to a super bad-ass guest: Benedict from Standert Bicycles in Berlin Mitte. Benedict is a very essential part of the Standert team, a total road bike & fixed gear devotee - and a real Berliner! How about that?! Since they started out in 2012, Standert Bicycles have created an awesome Berlin brand around bicycles they want to ride themselves. Their combo of Since they started out in 2012, Standert Bicycles have created an awesome Berlin brand around bicycles they want to ride themselves. Their combo of store, showroom, workshop and café works super well and has kind of become an open & chillaxed meeting place for the Berlin bicycle tribe. Bicycles are such an essential part of our lives. Of Berlin life! We could not imagine to live in this city without our bikes. For us, it stands for freedom, independence… and Claudi actually often has her best ideas while riding a bike! Plus, it fits perfectly into the eco- & health conscious mindset of many Berliners... In this episode, you'll learn more about: What is the story behind Standert Bicycles & why it is written with "-ert" How a bike store turned into a hub for the Berlin cycling scene - What they do to grow a community & get people excited to ride together Why it is important to build and sell only the things you love What we need to do to help building a friendly & peaceful coexistence of cars and cyclists in Berlin It’s always a good time for a bike, so make sure to pop by at Standert's store, even if it’s just for a quick coffee and a round of “awwwe” looking at their bikes. They’re super easy going and always up for a chat. Hop on your bikes (or the metro if you have to) and come over! Check out the full interview including transcript on: www.greenmeberlin.com/podcast-standert-bicycles As always, you can find all the details in the transcript, and of course, you can find them on the GreenMe BLN map: www.greenmeberlin.com/map If you’re not in yet, sign up for the GreenMe Berlin newsletter and you’ll not only get notified when the next inspiring interview is ready. You’ll also get to download a Best of Guide to some of my favorite places (hint: Standert is in there, too): www.greenmeberlin.com/newsletter Don't forget: it would be a huge help for me if you could hop over to iTunes and leave me a short review. Tell me how you like the show, it’s what I need to keep me going. Thanks SO much for listening, hope you have a beautiful day - and remember to keep it green !
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    GMB012: FOLKDAYS - Empowering Remote Communities While Building a Business You Love

    1:02:54

    My guest today is Lisa Jaspers, a passionate social entrepreneur that inspires me so much! She ditched her secure job at one of the worlds biggest charity organizations to follow her heart and start her own ethical brand, FOLKDAYS. FOLKDAYS is a Berlin-based fashion label that empowers artisans from some of the remotest corners in the world to make a living through their handmade crafts. Each time I walk into the store here in Kreuzberg, it’s like going on a little journey to far away lands and cultures. It’s spreading a very positive, colorful, dreamy vibe and takes me to places like Turkey, Cambodia, Nepal, India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Egypt, Palestine, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru - in total there are 26 artisans from 18 countries involved. Every team member of FOLKDAYS is happy to share the unique stories behind each piece. Lisa even knows all artisans in person, as she travels out to those hidden corners, searching for the most talented craftspeople - and gives them a reason to believe into themselves and their incredible talent. Apart from sharing the story of how this beautiful label was born and the “what, “how” & of course, especially the “why” behind FOLKDAYS, we also touched into some very personal topics. You'll learn about: How to get noticed as a social brand in an overloaded market like fashion What it means to be a female entrepreneur - and why we need more of them Why we need to learn to believe in ourselves & our skills (no matter if in Bangladesh or Europe) Stories of travelling on the surface vs. travelling deep What moved Lisa to the point where she wanted to stop travelling Why you’ll never be a good entrepreneur if you’re a perfectionist What’s so important about surrounding yourself with the right people Why we are often our own worst enemy & How to keep up your energy as a small business owner The importance of visual communication and storytelling for green brands What are the next steps in the FOLKDAYS story The advantages - and the challenges - of starting a sustainable brand in Berlin What makes Berlin “Berlin” & the effects of living in peaceful chaos You see, there’s a whole lot to get out of this! I had a blast talking to this inspiring woman and left the store full of motivation and new ideas - and I’m pretty sure you’ll feel the same. Make sure to swing by at the store in Manteuffelstraße in Kreuzberg as soon as you can. And until then, soothe your curiosity and wanderlust by checking out the beautiful journal on www.folkdays.com Check out the full interview including pictures and show notes on: www.greenmeberlin.com/podcast-folkdays If you enjoyed this episode, share it out with your friends - and I ALWAYS love to hear from you too. So send me any thoughts, questions or feedback. Either as a comment on www.greenmeberlin.com/podcast-folkdays, or message me on Facebook, Twitter, send me an Email, whichever you feel most comfortable with. BEFORE YOU GO, I got a little secret to announce already: I’m teaming up again with my friend Ari from the Green Fashion Tours and we’ll be hosting our 2nd Circular Economy Tour + Zero Waste Dinner, this time in Wedding. It’s happening on the 17th August here in Berlin. If you’re interested in joining, watch out on www.greenmeberlin.com/events, as we’ll put all the details live over the weekend. If you wanna stay up to date with the latest interviews, green events and fresh content from me and my explorations through Berlin’s green scene, sign up for my monthly newsletter. I got a little thank you if you do so, I’ll send you my little best-of guide to 7 of my favorite eco-minded places in the city. To get it, just go over to www.greenmeberlin.com/newsletter Last quick shout out: As always, it would be a huge help for me if you could hop over to iTunes and leave me a short review... It’s what keeps me and the show going. Thank YOU! Now, go out & have an amazing day. And remember to keep it green!
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    GMB011: OSCEdays Berlin - How to Create a Waste Free Future

    49:09

    Lars Zimmermann (@bricktick) is the founder of the OSCEdays (Open Source Circular Economy) in Berlin. What are the OSCEdays? Well, I think these guys are really creating our future here. 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… 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 5 FREE 4-day tickets for you. More info & the link below :) 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. 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. ------ My friends, I got something for you: the OSCE team gave me 5 FREE TICKETS for the event 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 :) ------ WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE: *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 “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 ------ SHOWNOTES: Lars Zimmermann OSCEdays 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 5x 4-day ticket FOR FREE ------ MORE LINKS: www.greenmeberlin.com www.greenmeberlin.com/podcast Free best-of guide to some of my favorite green places in Berlin: www.greenmeberlin.com/newsletter Connect with me on Facebook www.facebook.com/greenmeberlin Instagram www.instagram.com/greenmeberlin Twitter https://twitter.com/greenmeBLN Join my #30daysofgreenchallenge at www.greenmeberlin.com/30daysofgreen 

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