Symposium 2015

WHEN: February 19th – 21st, 2015
WHERE: Jewish Museum Berlin, Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin

Our symposium focuses on of bottom-up movements in an international context, especially in relation to current social developments in Germany and Israel.

Recently, questions concerning collaboration, alternative forms of political action, self-organization
and participation – at local and global levels – have garnered much attention and are relevant for the academic environment, politics, the media, and for the general public. During the symposium we will explore how to foster processes of active participation and support sustainable community development, as well as the impact of these processes on policy making and our everyday life.


    The program includes an opening evening with panel discussions and night-talks, followed by two days of keynote talks, presentations and workshops – accompanied by an exhibition around the Neighborhood Lab and a series of thematic walks.


Thursday, 02/19/2015

    • Preliminary:
    • 12:00-17:00 Neighborhood Workshops at the Living Lab, Mehringplatz 8/9:
    • Michelle Christensen, Florian Conradi & Malte Bergmann (UdK/DGTF)
    • Myriel Milicevic & Henrik Lebuhn (Neighborhood Satellites)

19:00 – Opening Ceremony | Inaugural speeches (Short panel discussion) with:

Daniela Schadt (DIZF board member and Germany’s First Lady)
Cilly Kugelmann (Program Director of the Jewish Museum Berlin)
Thomas Krüger (President of the German Federal Agency for Civic Education bpb)
Michal Eitan (Bezalel Academy Jerusalem)
Ezri Tarazi (Bezalel Academy Jerusalem)
Andreas Eberhardt (Director DIZF)
Gesche Joost (Design Research Lab, Berlin University of the Arts)

Night-Talk with Hanno Rauterberg, Author and Journalist (ZEIT) and Jesko Fezer (DGTF, HfBK Hamburg)

Concert wit Tal Balshai and Band


Friday, 02/20/2015

9:30 Registration/Coffee
10:00-11:30 Opening: Bianca Herlo/Sarah Auslander: Community Now;
Keynote: Avi Sabag (Director of Musrara, The Naggar School Of Art, and MusraraMix Festival)
Coffee break
12:00-12:30 Talks: Efrat Meyer (Yad Be Yad), Karin Lücker (MadaMe Berlin)
12:30-13:30 Neighborhood Walks (from the Jewish Museum to the Living Lab at Mehringplatz)
15:00-18:00 Parallel Workshops:
Valentina Nisi, Julian Hanna & Mara Dionisio (Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute)
Panayotis Antoniadis & Ileana Apostol (Nethood, ETH Zürich)
Jennifer Schubert (Design Research Lab/UdK Berlin)
18:00-18:30 Wrap Up Workshops


Saturday, 02/21/2015

9:30 Coffee
10:00-11:30 – Keynotes: Barbara Meyer (Director Schlesiche 27 Berlin); Doug Schuler (Seattle Community Network, Evergreen State College, Washington)
Coffee break
12:00–14:00 Talks: Leah Abir (Haifa Museum of Art); Valentina Nisi (Madeira Institute of Technology),
Iva Cukic & Marko Aksentijevic (Ministry of Space Belgrade); Andreas Unteidig (DRLab/UdK Berlin); Panayotis Antoniadis & Ileana Apostol (Nethood, ETH Zürich); Ido Bruno (Bazalel Jerusalem); Michael Smith (Urban IxD Network, Napier University Edinburgh); Malte Bergmann (DGTF); Sylvia Winkler & Stephan Koeperl (Glocal Neighborhoods Holon-Stuttgart)




A German-Israeli Design Research Project by:
DGTFUdK BerlinBezalel Academy of Art and Design Jerusalem

Bianca Herlo