Thinking global, living local: Voices in a globalized world

Barcamp: How the Internet Changes our Reality

Monday, November 28, 2011
9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Free – no cost for participation

Pufendorfstrasse 11
10249 Berlin
[click here for map]


Blogposts on the BarCamp written by FutureChallenges’ bloggers:

Measuring the Influence of Internet Movements on Reality

The Age of Too Much Information and How to Deal With It

Pluses and Minuses of the Berlin Barcamp

Between theory and reality – My day at the fc_org barcamp “How the internet changes our reality”

The internet and democracy – An unlikely couple? German blogger Michael Seemann and Ingolf Pernice professor of law



Etherpads for each session…

Session 1 Internet und Demokratie, room 8

Session 2 Structuring Data Chaos, room 9

Session 3 Crowdsourcing, room 8

Session 4 Barcamps can change the world, room 9

Session 5 Dezentralisierte Zahlungen, room 11

Session 6 How the Internet changes reality, room 8

Session 7 Digitale Abgeordnete – Online Demokratie im Parlament, room 9


Languages: German and English

[Click here to register for the Barcamp]

[Click here to see the list of sessions, or to suggest a session yourself!]

[What is a Barcamp?]

What’s the hashtag for this revolution?

From #solidarity to #occupy, we’re seeing the power of Internet-enabled political action all around us. Individuals can organize quickly, they can unify around ideas, they can find and spread information (and misinformation) with lightning speed. It’s obvious that virtual platforms can have real-world impact, from the Maghreb to Main Street / Benghazi to Boston / Syria to Wall Street (pick whatever you like best). The use of Internet-based tools as catalysts for political activism is well-established, and its momentum is growing.

How can we use these new forces in our global society to productively address the chronic problems of humanity? What are the limitations of these tools and movements? How can these new tools be used by decision-makers and others to cope with our future challenges? Where do the Internet and “real world” communities intersect, sharing real concern about the same issues? And how does this look in countries outside of Europe?

Join us on the 28th of November for an all-day Barcamp in Berlin to debate these questions. As part of the registration, you’re invited to propose your own session to the audience. Argue for your own ideas about what’s right and what’s practical. Help us find ways to direct this outstanding energy and creativity to solve problems beyond the present-day.

Special guest: Professor Franz Josef Radermacher

Prof. Dr. Dr. Franz Josef Radermacher is the head of the Research Institute for Application-oriented Knowledge Processing in Ulm, Germany. He is also president of the Economic Senate e.V. (Bonn), vice president of Eco-Social Forum Europe (Vienna) and a member of the Club of Rome.

For a longer biography (in German), please click here.



08:30 – 09:30  Registration

09:30 – 10:30  Opening Session (Peter Bihr & Ahmet Açar)

10:30 – 11:00  „Planning Plenary“

11:00 – 11:15  Break

11:15 – 12:45  Sessions

12:45 – 13:15  Break

13:15 – 13:45  Reporting Back & futurechallenges

(Peter Bihr & Ole Wintermann/ Thomas Fries)

13:45 – 14:45  Sessions

14:45 – 15:15  Reporting Back & Club of Rome

(Peter Bihr & Thomas Schauer/ Alexander Stefes)

15:15 – 15:30  Break

15:30 – 16:30  Sessions

16:30 – 17:00  Reporting Back

17:00 – 17:30  Closing fishbowl – Future steps


Organizing Partners

[for full contact information, click here]

Alexander von Humbold Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft


The Club of Rome International Centre and European Support Centre
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[Link for European Support Centre:]


Future Challenges / Bertelsmann Stiftung