What role do communities play on the Net? How can we develop a “common language of thinking”? And why is moral courage so little in evidence online? Especially marginalized people, says Kübra Gümüşay, can feel themselves part of a group and find a voice on the internet. But the blogger and Net activist now envisages spaces for thinking offline.video
Dialogue in Kyoto. A Place in Pictures
Climate change, economic crises, migration: states must confront these problems in concert. Where does the world community come together? Where are international problems, challenges and solutions discussed? Ten years ago, the United Nations set a milestone for global climate protection with the Kyoto Protocol, signed at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Kyoto.
Participation as a Fundamental Right
More and more citizens have come to doubt that their representatives decide for the “right thing”. Their mistrust towards the state is growing. Does the need for direct political participation demand a new version of democracy?
Courage to Participate
Particularly with populists, the reproach that citizens have been excluded from political life is enjoying a boom. Is there really anything to it? Nowadays, the opportunities for participation are more manifold than ever. It is our responsibility to take advantage of these opportunities.
“The cold has its advantages.”
When winters last for six months and 20 below zero is normal, then life takes place indoors. The Hamburg photographer André Lützen documented the lives of people in the Russian city of Arkhangelsk. In his series “Inside/Out” he shows the effects of extreme climate on everyday life.
What has become of border crossings after the Schengen Agreement? The photographer Martin Sigmund went on a journey through Europe and portrayed border posts which, after the abolition of identity checks, seem like relics of a bygone era – abandoned, pointless, uninhabited.
Rituals in Communities
Rituals are one of the most important practices that produce, maintain and change communities. In their absence, there would be neither cohesiveness nor a social dimension – both fundamental needs of human beings. Particularly by means of inclusion and exclusion, rituals form communities and found their identity.