la soif du monde / a thirsty world – the new film by yann arthus-bertrand on the global water and sanitation crisis! i was lucky enough to see the premiere in marseille last week (at the rather disappointing world water forum), and it was fantastic. i almost liked it more than his last film, home.

i’m a huge fan of yann, ever since i stumbled upon his earth from above outdoor exhibition in london. a few years later i was also lucky enough to see the fantastic 6 milliards d’autres exhibition in paris. and now he’s involved in the same business i am!

happy 2012!

the thing is, we still live in a world that’s filled with opportunity. in fact, we have more than an opportunity – we have an obligation. an obligation to spend our time doing great things. to find ideas that matter and to share them. to push ourselves and the people around us to demonstrate gratitude, insight, and inspiration. to take risks and to make the world better by being amazing.

you get to make a choice. you can remake that choice every day, in fact. It’s never too late to choose optimism, to choose action, to choose excellence. the best thing is that it only takes a moment – just one second – to decide.

seth godin

nice video, wwf. indeed, good questions. there are some major problems with the way we feed ourselves.

it’s only a start, but i like the R&DIY approach to home farming britta riled presented at tedXmanhattan.

another interesting trailer! the expression ‘how the global economy really works’ is bordering on being too conspiratorial for me, but it features some highly distinguished thinkers, including chomsky and stiglitz. the film seems to make a lot of sense however.

its thesis: ‘capitalism hasn’t failed – it has worked perfectly according to the rules the systems creators have established at the detriment to those who can least afford it.’

nice gandhi quote! :)

existentialist manifesto on a meaningful & fulfilled life.


Freedom is inherent; Love is essential.

i’m part of the awesome crew at now (part-time)! check it out: it’s the only german-speaking platform to combine information and action. i love this integrated approach: how often have you read something, thought ‘well, what can i do about it?’ and forgot about it a few minutes later. at, that will just be the start! you’ll find out what you can do, how you can get involved (on various levels) and also donate directly to awesome projects (100% forwarded)!

the team is pretty cool, everybody is a pleasant mix of treehugger, social justice advocate, digital nomad, entrepreneur and music lover! love it! :)

yes, organic farming can indeed feed the world!

i’m oftentimes confronted with the argument that organic farming is a flawed solution, because it cannot feed the entire population, let alone the 9 billion people we expect by 2050. that this is the product of false information from the industrial food lobby is not even so clear to many people in the ‘green movement’, so i thought i’d set the record straight.

in 2007, two researchers from my alma mater argue that organic farming can feed the world. in fact, they found organic farming can produce up to three times higher yields than conventional farming, with the average being around 80% in developing countries (paper here).

since one research paper might not impress you, there’s more: in 2008, the IAASTD published a 2500 page report (supported by the world bank, the UN, and the WHO, 60 world governments and 400 experts) that says that the industrial food system can’t feed the world in the long run, and the conventional system actually increases hunger, exhausts resources and aggravates climate change. unfortunately, the report has not garnered much media attention.

however, these findings are even shared with the highest UN authority on food. in march 2011, olivier de schutter, UN special rapporteur on the right to food, reports that “eco-farming can double food production in 10 years”, and is quoted in the corresponding press release: “we won’t solve hunger and stop climate change with industrial farming on large plantations. the solution lies in supporting small-scale farmers’ knowledge and experimentation, and in raising incomes of smallholders so as to contribute to rural development.”