Energy Street Fighter: Jetzt geht's los!

A bit less than a year ago, we did a enable session for the Energy Street Fighter project. For us was a very good opportunity because was the inspiration for the working model that we have been developing since then. Now we are very happy to see that it has become a reallity, and we are very exited to see what are the results of such a ventures.
Join the fight, Samstag 25th June 2011: Stargarder Strasse,  Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin.

Energy Streetfight: Eine Strasse, zwei Seiten, ein Streetfight.

Die Revolution ist zurück in den Straßen Berlins - aber anders als 1848 oder 1989 geht es dieses Mal nicht um politische Kämpfe sondern den Einsatz für die Umwelt. Energy Streetfight – ein transformatives Strassenspiel von vicventures – ruft Berliner dazu auf, in einem achtwöchigen Spiel ihre Straßenseite zu verteidigen.

Das Auftaktspiel beginnt am 25.06.2011 und wird über einen Zeitraum von 8 Wochen in der Stargarder Strasse im Prenzlauer Berg gespielt.

Die Bewohner jedes Hauses versuchen gemeinsam ihren Stromverbrauch so niedrig wie möglich zu halten um ihrer Strassenseite in der Piratenspielewelt von Energy Streetfight zum Sieg zu verhelfen.

Jeden Sonntag werden die Messdaten der Stromzähler an einer Spielestation in der Straße abgegeben. Ein autarkes, mit Solarenergie betriebenes, Touchpad steht zu diesem Zweck und zur Abgabe der Spielentscheidungen zur Verfügung. Die Mitspieler können sich neben Tipps und Ideen zum Stromsparen über diese zentrale Anlaufstelle auch Nachrichten zukommen lassen und Strategien ausarbeiten, um die gesparte Energie in den Triumph über die andere Strassenseite zu verwandeln.

Ziel des Projektes ist es, die für die Entwicklung einer nachhaltigen Lebenskunst für das 21. Jahrunhunderts notwendigen Gewohnheiten spielerisch auszuprobieren.

vic ventures ist ein Kollektiv das durch die transformative Kraft unternehmerischer Initiative individuelle, kulturelle, und gesellschaftliche Enfaltung vorantreibt. vicventures ist gegenwärtig in Berlin, London, und Paris aktiv.

Das Projekt Energy Streetfight wird gefördert von ÜBER LEBENSKUNST, einem Initiativprojekt der Kulturstiftung des Bundes in Kooperation mit dem Haus der Kulturen der Welt.


Benedikt Foit
+49 176 201 76 102

EnableBerlin Session: Visions for Mobility

Concept by Michel David ( Helixator )

Mobility is a major issues for the future of our cities. While policy makers, architects, urban planners, engineers and many others continuously try to invent future transport systems – from building new infrastructures and designing electrical vehicles to encourageing bike commuting and car sharing – we have the feeling that most companies and leaders still see the future transportation systems as an update or adaptation of current, state-of-the-art solutions. In order to get accurate insights on this complex topic,we need to find out how urban mobility is evolving, and in which way are paradigms shifting.

During our next session, we want to learn from Berlin’s citizens. What are our needs and our vision on mobility? What are our experiences and our wishes? What is the difference between transport and mobility? What solutions have we thought of for possible new ways of mobility?

We will gather a group of creatives who want to share insights and visions to collaboratively address these issues and prototype possible solutions.

If you are interested in taking part at our next session write us few lines. And tell us a bit about yourself and what you do, so that we can build a diverse group for the session.

Open Design City, Prinzessinnenstraße 19-20,10969 Berlin

Enable session Visions for Mobility is commissioned by InnoZ

Cognitive Cities Conference: Workshops at Open Design City

Rooftop graffiti by K!WA , Berlin. Photo by Loso

We are at a point in time where the paths are set for the future of cities. The Cognitive Cities Conference (#CoCities) aims to bring the vibrant global conversation about the future of cities to Germany. We see CoCities as a platform for exchange and mutual inspiration. We invite urban planners, designers, technology geeks, environmental experts, public officials, urban gardening enthusiasts and cultural influencers to be part of the conversation. We can only make our cities more livable if we work together to improve them.

CoCities is a two-day event: Day 1 is a full-on conference, Day 2 is dedicated to exploring the city through workshops, guided tours and exhibitions.

During day two (27th February 2011) of the  Cognitive Cities Conference there will be several workshops going on at Open Design City:

  • Designing Public Space; Enable Berlin will run a workshop that seeks to explore the ways in which citizens interact with the city by drawing possible futures and co-designing public furniture. For more info about how we do it check our web. Only 20 places are available, book yours in advance: info(at)enableberlin(dot)org
  • SVG2BVG; GRL-Germany will open SVG2BVG to the public, allowing visitors to create stencils and see DIY/Open Source technology in action. SVG2BVG uses custom computer vision software to detect graffiti tags, sends the ensuing shape to a diy laser cutter, and then outputs the tag as a stencil in realtime, creating a bridge from the physical to the digital and back. The stencils are conveniently sized for the television screens in the Berlin U-Bahn system, allowing you to create cheap, non-permanent, light-based graffiti in the comfort of your own transit system. Name-Tag and Lanyard options also supported!
  • Memelab: For the Cognitive Cities Conference, we will link conference locations through GPS, and transform the data into a sonic accompaniment for the participants’ travels to and from the various locations. SoniCity is an ongoing research into creating sonic maps that unfold through time. By tracing paths in this way, the map reflects the complexity and transformation of the city as experienced through flow.

Enable Berlin Session: Starts at 11:00

GRL and Memelab: From 14:00 to 16:00

Enable Session VI – Testing business models for new collaborative process

Dear People

We will be running a creative co-working session on a brief from PayPal next Wednesday. The challenge, posted in Jovoto*, is to “Help Paypal communicate in a concise and convincing way what PayPal is and how it can benefit its users”

We want to present and work on the challenge together with you. From this, put together a few breathtaking concepts, which we will translate into a nicely presented proposal, post it in Jovoto and see how the rest of the community and PayPal like it.

As we stated before we think that working collaboratively we can come up with broader, more creative solutions. Now, we want to prototype it and test it on a real case. PayPal offers a money prize – which will be divided amongst all of us if we win! And most important it will be one more reason to continue developing this new way of working. We feel that this is a critical point in our development and we would be delighted if you want to bring your skills in.

If you are intrigued or simply want to participate in this revolution come along next Wednesday the 6th of October at 19:30 to Open Design City. You do not need to prepare anything, you do not need any special skills other than yours. You just need to come and be open to sharing ideas, re-mixing others ideas and collaborating towards a common goal.

* Jovoto is “A global platform to enable creative excellence through mass collaboration”

Enable Berlin

Enable Sessions -Autum Season-

Dear people.

With the autumn we would like to start again our sessions to continue harnessing the collective mind and fostering creativity towards the solution of challenges.

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Free and open DIY nights:
Every Monday from 19h.

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