What is MakeSense all about?

Sometimes it’s not easy to keep an overview of all the wonderful videos/tumblrs/articles/links that are part of the MakeSense ecosystem. This is my attempt at a collection. Please feel free to add other links!

The newest MakeSense video is a great introduction (thx, Videaux):

Christian explains the Hold-Up:

Christian explains MakeSense:


Two videos from SenseCamp Berlin 2013:

Article on SenseCamp Wiesbaden (with Prof. Yunus), with a video in French (below) and in German (click):

Is the SenseCamp London 2013 video the best SenseCamp video ever? You be the judge!

To date, SenseCamps have happened in Berlin (2012 & 2013), London (2012 & 2013), Paris (2012 & 2013), Kuala Lumpur (2012), Wiesbaden (2013), Barcelona (2013), São Paulo (2013), and Singapore (2013).


Sense SpinOffs

SenseSchool is one of the projects that has come out of the MakeSense ecosystem:

Other spin-offs include the SenseCube, a co-working & incubation space, CommonsSense, an innovation consulting enterprise, MKS Fest, events that bridge social entrepreneurship and the arts, and Disco Soupe, a movement to fight/dance/cook against food waste.


Fanny and Matteo explain the SenseTour Europe 2013 (probably still the funniest video!) – and on the website, you can check out their final presentation:

Video from the Mediterranean SenseTour 2013 (check out their final presentation with surprising insights):


MakeSense has been featured and mentioned in numerous articles, such as e.g. in Wired, the Guardian, Le Monde (french), Libération (french), Youphil (french), etc.

To the future!

In 2013, Christian Vanizette became an Ashoka fellow for co-creating MakeSense – so this global movement will be booming even more now!

In the end, a small message from the most prominent MakeSense fan, Prof. Muhammad Yunus:

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don’t walk behind me; i may not lead. don’t walk in front of me; i may not follow. just walk beside me and be my friend.

albert camus (thx, philipp!)

a week after the #occupy protest started in berlin, there was another march today! it wasn’t unregistered, so it wasn’t a march, but just a bunch of individuals who all just happened to go for a walk around the same time. :) on the way we passed a tourist bus, where some girls were chanting out the window “we – are – the 99%!” we met another group of people at brandenburger tor and then went over to the reichstagswiese. probably around 1000 people were there, and we held an asamblea and working groups. there was a great spirit in the air, and i met some really interesting people today.

we still do not have a camp in berlin, because tents are not tolerated anywhere. quite unbelievable considering the “sympathy” all kinds of politicians (including our chancellor) expressed in the press. mr. lammert, please allow this camp!

but even without tents, people have been meeting every day at 3pm at the reichstag, and held an asamblea at 5pm. on sunday (2nd protest day) the asamblea found a very creative way to deal with the problem that the berlin police does not accept public gatherings without a leader (or a leader-less movement). after the cop announced over the human mic that there needs to be a leader, it was suggested that everybody registers a demonstration, so everybody is a leader. facing a mountain of paperwork from 300 registrations, the police seemed to tolerate the meeting.

another very creative solution was found on friday, when the police threatened to fine everybody for breaking the assembly law. thanks to the awesome livestream, a viewer from hamburg helped out by telling them (via chat?) that if people stand 6 meters apart from each other, it is not an assembly according to the law. brilliant! what a great case of the internet allowing information to be shared in meaningful way! of course, with the human mic, the asamblea could still communicate with each other and it even drew a bunch of attention from the tourists!

i’d like to share another story from a dear friend of mine. he was also there last saturday and got carried away by the police. well, after the cop kneeled on his head and twisted his arm to get him to stand up (yeah i know, weird logic..). well, he wasn’t arrested, but taken away from the center and released further to the side of the area. when the cop let him go, he put the visor of this helmet up and said: “my name is <his full name>, and i am sorry.” really great to see that this guy still tried to be a human being. and i certainly didn’t want to overgeneralize the police behavior in my account of the first night, i’m sure most of them do their jobs without any malice, but there are some that really need some anger management courses. anyway, they should realize that they too are the 99%! i can’t wait until the first one takes a seat on the side of the movement.

my thoughts on the current situation:

i think we need more structure in the asamblea. moderators and a speaker list would make it fairer and more effective. currently it’s hard for people with lower voices or that are a little shy to get to speak. and yes, not enough women get to speak. a suggestion: a 2-3 people moderator team: 1-2 people keeping a list of people raising their hands and one person to show whose turn it is.

the movement needs to grow. we need to be the 99%. the crowd today was much more diverse (with even more “rather conservatively” clothed people today), but we should also grow in size. to do this, i think the “agreement” that organizations should not be very visible should also extend to the antifa (who stayed peaceful during this movement as far as i know). the movement needs to speak to a large group of people, and too many media images from the black block won’t be helpful (when they just started chanting today, that’s where most of the cameras ran to).

we need to think about a plan for the winter. we have to continue the asamblea and the working groups. and have weekly walks (‘spaziergänge’). and ideally some form of a publicly visible camp-like demonstration.

as i write this post, i am witnessing the longest occupation so far via livestream: about 25 people are still at the reichstag, and it seems like they are tolerated by the police. awesome, even without tents, i think we can call this an occupation camp now. :)

asamblea tomorrow at 5pm, working groups from 3pm. next march, october 29. join us!!

[EDIT: ’asamblea worldwide’ has become the unofficial protest song in berlin since SAT, english translation of the lyrics in description]

cultural creatives

just heard about this concept of cultural creatives, wikipediad it, and asked myself why i hadn’t heard of this before. then again, i guess much of the work on LOHAS and sinus-milieus builds upon this concept, as well as richard florida’s ‘rise of the creative class’, which i dearly enjoyed. still, seems like a very interesting movie (thanks, jacob)

doonited went beta last night, and i had the chance to try it out a little. very nice design and usability, they did a really great job!

i’ve been anticipating this for a while, and the concept is pretty neat: people are encouraged to do small things, that are good in one way or another (social, ecologcial, personal) and earn points (drops). money will be generated through sponsors – and not through an investor (they’re bootstrapping!)

the first ‘dailygood’ is to learn to say hi in three new languages: merhaba! (turkish), an nyoung! (korean), saluton! (esperanto)

well done, oliver & team, hope we can turn this into a movement indeed!