my friend lauren took some great pictures from kenny scharf’s neon day-glo basement parties! check her blog at laurencolchamiro.com!

the one euro experiment

if you live in a larger city, you might know that feeling (somewhere between awkward & awful) after you don’t give change to the beggar/musician/street magazine seller, especially if they hang around in the same subway car till the next stop. of course, there’s lots of ways to rationalize it. “i’m not giving them money for booze”, “giving doesn’t help them, i rather give to [NGO of choice]”, or my favorite: “if i gave every beggar money, i’d soon be one of them.”

however, in the end, these are just rationalizations to feel better. to most people, it doesn’t feel quite right to look the other way, so they come up with these excuses. after thinking about charles eisenstein’s gift economy for a while now (check out the amazing occupy love video as well), and being inspired by three australian artists i had a coffee with this morning, i decided to try out something: for one month, i’m going to give everyone i meet that is asking for money, one euro or buy their street magazine.

admittedly, it’s not much – but it’s a start (and imagine everybody did it…). let’s see how much money i spent after 30 days,  whether the good feeling from helping was worth it, and what else i will learn from the experience. as a freelancer & avid networker, i spend a lot of time out and about in berlin and come across a lot of people. i’m certainly not rich, but i am fairly certain that this experiment won’t make me poor. and i really don’t care how the money is spent, because i’d probably spend it on booze myself anyway! ;)

i’ll also try to take their picture, and depending on how much time i have, find out a little more about them. during lunch today, i had my first opportunity: i was asked for a donation to a local children’s theater that is looking to crowdfund a mobile stage. unfortunately, i can’t find the note with the name of the company or the person, and he also didn’t want his photo on the internet, so i only got a photo of him with his cap over his face. not the most interesting kick-off to talk about on the blog, but the project isn’t so much about documentation (i don’t think i will document it every day on the blog), but more about a learning experience. let’s see how it goes!

by the way, the project that inspired this is called deliverance: three australian artists are occupying a 5x6m space in berlin for 10 days and started with absolutely nothing – not even clothes as you can see in the picture below. i was riding my bike this morning, and when i passed their area, i decided to stop and share some of the bananas i had just bought. it was sunny, so i had a seat, some coffee and a chat with them. in the short time i spent there, i witnessed four people who donated food, water, and coffee. it got me thinking about people’s generosity, and why it rarely extends to the people we see (almost) every day. i kept thinking about it, and by the time i was having lunch, the project was born!

pretty awesome: a bike made out of cardboard – for less than $10! it’s strong enough for a person as heavy as 300 pounds, resists water & humidity, and it doesn’t look all to bad either! (thx, reset!)

police, firefighters and civil guards have joined the protests in spain, declaring ‘somos la policía del pueblo, no de los políticos’- we are the police of the people, not the politicians!

perhaps they were shocked by the police brutality in the last days/weeks, perhaps they’ve realized that they are part of the 99% too – in any case, this is great! 

best wishes out to the indignados in españa!

oh, and for the german(speaker)s: if you haven’t read it yet, check out the perspective of an german expat in spain on what the crisis means, a view that we don’t really get in our ‘everybody-but-us-is-lazy-and-deserves-austerity’ media coverage.

i must’ve missed this video last year when it came out. awesome stop-motion by the always-amazing kevin (who i had the pleasure to work with at the SCP 2011) for the 350.org chamber of commerce campaign (thx, ayesha!)!

by the way, if you haven’t read bill mckibben’s latest article, you really should. his rolling stone article ’global warming’s terrifying new math’ isn’t short, but well worth the time.

nice campaign ad by the very supportable projectsurvivalmedia.org just appeared on my timeline!

Just like past movements, the climate movement needs iconic visuals. And that’s exactly what Project Survival Media is poised to create. We’re asking you to join 99 other people and invest 50 cents a day or $15 a month to support youth journalists reporting on issues of climate justice. Go here to donate: http://bit.ly/9Zfyo8

Thanks to all of you in advance!

the revolution will be televised – nice short documentary on the #occupy movement in the US by Livia Santos from Kumba Films (thx, bruna!)!

usually i go with gil scott-heron and argue the opposite: the structure that makes “television” prevents this media of leading to anything worthy of being called a revolution. in fact, the media have a deep interest in not documenting anything revolutionary that could uproot their comfy status as a major political force that is outside of any democratic controls.

on the other hand, i fully agree that moving images on a screen are the communication technology of the future (and probably already of the present). why else would i keep a blog on audiovisual content for a sustainable future!? that’s why i hope for more cinematographers and people using their 5D(-equivalent)s to make great-looking films about inspiring people/movements/events to transmit the important messages of our time.

in mumbai there’s a cop going around with a hockey stick and shutting down clubs and killing the nightlife on the basis of archaic laws and moral codes. in a rolling stone interview, he tries to defend himself in a muddle of answers ranging from ‘fighting prostitution’, ‘saving lives’, and ‘only doing his job’. recently, he even tried to (illegally) take 4 tourist girls to the police station, accusing them of prostitution!

check out this very interesting NDTV documentary that offers a peek into the politics of modern indian society, including outdated laws and how they help fuel corruption. another personal view from a DJ is published at the wild city.

what’s new and impressive is that people are collectively standing up to this and taking action: the mumbai unite movement seeks to change the outdated laws, and support came from delhi at the “to mumbai, with love” event last weekend.

sign the petition at mumbaiunite.com

what would british roads look like if they were treated like cycle lanes?

the same goes for berlin! actually, studies show that using bike lanes in germany is in fact much more dangerous than riding on the street, apparently even 12 times as dangerous!! again: people using bike lanes are much more likely to be injured/killed than those riding on the street – how insane is that!?

who will make a short documentary of berlin like casey neistat did in NYC?

citymaus:

What would British roads look like if we treated them the same way we do our cycle lanes?

by Dave Hall. London Cycling Campaign, 02.07.12.

Don’t forget to post the location where you want a Go Dutch walking and cycling project on our map so we can tell Boris and the London Assembly on 12 July…