You may say I’m a dreamer | Lolas Träume

You may say I'ma dreamer

Ein weiteres Video der Internationalen Sommeruniversität ist online: “You may say I’m a dreamer …”

Lola ist jung. Stark und unbesiegbar radelt sie durch ihre Träume. Wo sie erscheint, verändert sich das Leben, es blüht auf, befreit sich, es regnet Herzen. Bis der Wecker klingelt…

Concept & Creative Art Work: Antonia Becher, Qi Kang Chen, Daniele Ferro, Susanne Klaar, Caro Noemi Stoeckermann
Musik: Bridge Underwater “Flute Dance”, Pi “Paranoia”, Reno Project “Hot Street”
Lead by Kristin Meyer
Technik: Legetrick (Stop Motion)
6:41 min
Internationale Sommeruniversität 2013

Behind the Scenery | Nominierung Climate Clips Award 2013

Behind the Scenery Video

Wir sind gespannt und erwartungsvoll, mit Behind the Scenery den Climate Clips  Awards im Rahmen des 33. Internationalen Festivals der Filmhochschulen München zu gewinnen:

Die Preisträgerfilme werden am 23.11.2013 ab 20.30 Uhr im Filmmuseum in München gezeigt.

„Wir befinden uns im Krieg, der Mensch gegen die Umwelt – ich seh’ da keinen Sieg…“

Junge Leute machen Musik und verschaffen sich mit ihren kritischen Texten Gehör.

In einer aufwendig gedrehten Plansequenz ohne Schnitte, erzählt das Musikvideo von einem kleinen Mädchen, das sich zwischen Realität und Spiegelbild – schwarz und weiß – hin und her bewegt und dabei den kritischen Texten lauscht.

Am Ende ergreift sie mutig die Initiative und brennt die Kulissen nieder. Der Blick dahinter wird frei, die scheinbare Trennung zwischen Realität und Spiegelbild wird aufgelöst.

Der im Video dominierende Splitscreen-Effekt ist völlig „handgemacht“ – mit einem raffinierten Spiegeltrick, ohne Einsatz von Computertechnik. Musik und Video entstanden in nur einer Woche im Rahmen der Internationalen Sommeruniversität 2013 „Transmediales Erzählen zur großen Transformation im Kontext von Klimaanpassung“.

”We are at war, human kind against the environment- I don’t see any victory…”

Young people play music and make their voice heard through critical lyrics.

In a elaborate sequence shot without any use of cut the story of a little girl who moves between reality and the mirror image, black and white while listening to the critical text, is being told. In the end she takes the initiative and burns down the set. The view behind the sceneries has been opened; the separation between reality and mirror image has been disintegrated.

The video is dominated by a split screen effect which is fully “handmade”- with a  subtle mirroring trick and without the benefit of computer technique. Music and video came up within the frame of the International Summer University 2013 – Transmedia Storytelling for the Great Transformation in the Context of Climate Adaptation.

Dripping point: WhATER you talking about?

Dripping point: WhATER you talking about

The attendance of the Summer University at Karnitz is over: Now it takes some time till all the media we created will be edited for the web and you can follow our transmediastory “climAGEnts”.

As a pre-release we proudly present to you one of the story’s elements: the audio-drama “Dripping point: WhATER you talking about?”

Music by Handmade – Foggy_Dew”. Produced by Viola Raddatz, Hoang Do Minh, Janosch Borner, Magdalena Machalicka, Evangelia Kalogiannaki and David Donschen.
The participants worked with David Donschen at the radiostation “Studio Malchin”.

#SUI 13 | Start der Seminare und Workshops

Internationale Sommeruniversität 2013 | Erzählungen aus der Zukunft für das Handeln jetzt

Wie kann angesichts der Klimaanpassung die Zukunft aussehen, in der wir leben wollen? Antworten hierzu entwickeln die Teilnehmer/-innen der Internationalen Sommeruniversität 2013 mit Erzählungen, die in der Zukunft beginnen und zum Handeln hier und jetzt motivieren. Mit einer Vielfalt an Medien entsteht eine transmediale Geschichte, die zu Partizipation und Aktionen einlädt. Damit geht die Internationale Sommeruniversität, die zum 10. Male in Santiago und 5. Male in Karnitz stattfindet, einen neuen Weg, um die drängenden aktuellen Herausforderungen kreativ und mit der Alltagskultur und Region verbunden, zu kommunizieren.

Vom 02. bis 14. September 2013 arbeiten in Seminaren und Werkstätten Teilnehmer/-innen aus acht Ländern gemeinsam mit Wissenschaftler/-innen, Künstler/-innen, Medienfachleuten und Aktivist/-innen. Dabei entstehen Videos, Reportagen für ein Bürgerradio, Beiträge für Blog und soziale Netzwerke, die alle online offen zugänglich sein werden.

  • Als Highlights sind am 02. September 2013 eine Malperformance der Malerin Birgit Wette geplant sowie
  • am 11.September 2013 die Vorbereitungen zu einer „Internationalen Klimaallee“ entlang des Philosophenweg in Malchin.

Projekthof Karnitz

Die Internationale Sommeruniversität ist ein Projekt des KMGNE (Kolleg für Management und Gestaltung nachhaltiger Entwicklung). Sie findet zweimal im Jahr als online-gestützte Weiterbildung im Bereich der audiovisuellen Kommunikation und des Transmedia Storytelling wechselseitig in Deutschland, Chile, Brasilien, Mexiko statt. Träger ist ein internationales Konsortium aus Universitäten und Bildungseinrichtungen.

Die Internationale Universität ist seit 2008 als offizielles Projekt der UNESCO-Dekade “Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung” ausgezeichnet. Sie ist „Innovativer Ort“ Deutschlands und erhielt u.a. den Klimapreis der Allianz-Stiftung.

Als Partner hat sie die UNESCO-Kommissionen Deutschlands und Lateinamerikas, das Goetheinstitut, das Grimme-Institut, HNEE, das Wuppertalinstitut, Ecomove, Universität Trontheim (Norwegen), Universität Academia, Universität de Chile, UdlA (Chile), Molina-Institut (Mexiko), UFF-Universität Federal Fluminense (Brasilien).

When you think of…

Growth and Resources

Growth and Resources

Climate change and the great transition has multiple facets belonging to one global phenomenon and problem. As much relies on complex projections and interpretations when it comes to consequences of climate change it is much easier to talk about the current issues that occur due to climate change.

The format „When I think of …“ focuses on the local appearance of different aspects of the great transition and aims to collect individual perspectives by asking people from all over the world the same question because every region of the world will be affected.

What comes into your mind if you think of growth and resources in your direct surrounding?

Anne about Berlin: When I think of growth and industrial growth what comes to my mind is migration into the cities and urbanisation – which in Germany is over European average.
The effects and consequences of the constant population increase in Berlin bring new challenges to the city: Higher traffic volume cause higher pollution. Gentrification and increasing living costs are changing neighbourhood structures and culture and risk social tensions and/or ghettoization. Incountable – partially questionable – investments and construction projects replace free public spaces. Why investing in a superfluous extension of an underground line and highways if you can spend the money in a car-free city center reserved for public transport and emission free vehicles? Why privatizing public and „culturally fertile“ property instead of supporting free public spaces for initiatives of civil society like urban gardening, open co-working spaces and social projects that strengthen solidarity? Why investing in the past (reconstruction of the Berlin city palace) instead of the future? „Berlin is poor – but sexy“ is how the mayor Klaus Wowereit once pushed the image of the metropole successfully. And I wish Berlin is smart enough to profit from its human resources and intellectual and creative potential to maintain this image. I dream of a city where changing your lifestyle and practicing alternative ways of living is possible.” 

Arlen adds: “There are some projects in Berlin that deal directly or indirectly with climate change. Among them are extremely creative sample projects aimed on a long-term change. However, I lack many large-scale projects with a high media attention that worked with the same aim. Rarely they focus on a deep transformation based on a critical discussion about growth. The resource consumption is still very high and the population seems to prefer a quick and easy availability of consumer good than a sustainable lifestyle. In general it seem to me, that the advance, especially from politics a business actors, is quite hesitant. In respect of the need for an acute action this hesitation is rather annoying.”

Lisa about Munich: “If I think about growth and resources in my hometown Munich I think of sustainable growth and communication – already existing things should build more and more the basis to create new things. There is a story about I can tell to give an example- there is this architect Muck Petzet who stands for the approach “Architecture as Ressource”. He is the founder of the idea and approach to reuse and recycle old buildings and to use the already invested energy in the constructions and resources (grey energy) as a basic construction for the new architecture. Instead of tear the old construction down to build up a new house, that is more energy efficient, here you use the old basis and give it a new frame . Thus you reduce the energy and resource allocation and demonstrate a sustainable use of material. At the end you are saving resources, energy while reaching the same goal: building up a more environmental friendly and energy saving house. This concept “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” got presented at La Biennale di Venezia 2012. Reduce/Reuse/Recycle stands for a successful shift in value from waste to reusable material. The three R’s form a waste hierarchy in which avoidance comes first followed by direct reuse and, in third place, recycling which changes the properties of the material. For example, there’s right now  getting up a petition against the demolition of the local public health department in Munich – under the motto “Addition instead of demolition”-founded by this architect and his students. Instead of tearing down this building the group established the proof of the building and its energy-improvement, redevelopment and addition of the existing architecture.
In my opinion when we discuss due to climate change, environmental protection and sustainability the topics growth and resources, every idea which leads to save resources in the end and shows people that there are several ways using already existing things, could be a successful strategy of transformation. For me it is a good example to demonstrate what can come out of a good concept in combination with communication, digital marketing and events.”

Bounmy about Laos: “Nowadays, the population is growing every years also my hometown ( LAO PDR ), we are a part of this situation. Laos is the landlocked country, the population is about 6 million, actually we don’t have a big problem with the population yet, anyhow it seems the number of population is increasing every year. There are still have nature resources, The main export products in country are mining, hydropower, agriculture, tourisms, etc. Because of mining, which make the water become dirty, the forest become the smaller area, these make the weather is warmer, flooding, etc. According these situations, the government has plan as the long  term and short-term sustainable as well, they also have cooperation with the NGOs, etc. have been trying to convinces, promoting, etc that everybody can participants that how to save the environment. One example is the GIZ project in Laos, they convince in the people make the small garden to grow some kind of vegetables such as chilies, tomatoes, green vegetables, this strategy that can help people to save money also can reduce the CO2 as well, etc.”

Mic about Zimbabwe: “I would like to point a spotlight to one of the many negative effects that climate change has caused so far, to have an idea of its seriousness. In my last stay in a SSA country, Zimbabwe, I must say I have attended to a severe issue resulting from the climate change. It is now affecting the whole population. The rainy season has seen very little rainfall and crops and farming, which greatly rely on this resource, have gone wasted. The irrigation system still is not capable to cope in providing enough water to make the country’s rich resources to be exploited, in emergency cases like this.
The lack of water also affected the hydro generated energy system that was providing the country with electricity. As a result power stations have to rely on imported fuel and on coal, which is greatly available in Zimbabwe’s territory. But its unregulated mining implies severe damage to the environment and causes harsh water pollution. Hence investors are not interested in agriculture or farming.
All this is creating a vicious cycle that brings the nation’s economy to the ground level.
It must be said that as a country there is a great environment awareness but legislation rules are not easy to be put into action. Action should be taken to improve infrastructure and thermal energy deriving from coal extraction is not an option. It would last for only 30 years and its usage greatly damages the environment health. As we can see, it is important to be prepared in dealing which such extreme conditions and take action in order to avoid or reduce the impact climate change can bring to our lives and to the planet.”

Caro about Egypt: “I remember one recent documentary with the title „The green city –about perfect eco housings“ on the French- German channel ARTE. Houses were presented with the newest technology so they were supposed to be very passive concerning energy consumption. But the conclusion was that mud and straw are the most eco-friendly building materials because they let the walls breathe naturally. Traditionally the Egyptians used to build houses with these materials. Concerning growth we could think also of our old tradition because it sometimes discloses sustainable ideas. For me going back to the roots could also be regarded as growth. Therefore economic growth does not exclude sustainability. Some effort is being done to implement green construction with natural materials in Egypt within the framework of Egyptian Green Building Council that was established in 2009.
In my opinion we all have to start working on green growth – that means efficient and smart use of energy and resources- in order to reduce the climate impact without restricting poverty alleviation and economic growth.”

The topic “growth and resources” is highly connected to climate change as it will not occur in a vacuum. In order to collect various statements on this topic insiders from Germany and other countries were asked to give their impression and knowledge. The results of this format are not intended to be exhaustive but give a insightful snapshot on complex topics. We are delighted to discuss these different and individual perspectives with you during our collaboration within the framework of the International Summer University.

References:

http://www.ar.tum.de/en/news/news-singleview/article/muck-petzet-gastprofessor/

http://climatechange.worldbank.org/sites/default/files/Turn_Down_the_Heat_Executive_Summary_English.pdf

http://www.afdb.org/fileadmin/uploads/afdb/Documents/Generic-Documents/9.%20Zimbabwe%20Report_Chapter%207.pdf

http://unfccc.int/resource/ccsites/zimbab/legislat/policy.htm

http://www.newzimbabwe.com/opinion-7380-Zimbabwe%20needs%20proactive%20drought%20plan/opinion.aspx

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/04/2013416132856364607.html

Resilienz und ein hörender Fußmarsch

by GerryT CC BY 2.0

Ein akademischer Begriff und eine partizipative Aktion des Thüringer Künstlers Nikolaus Huhn – was hat es damit auf sich?
Ilka Roose, Wuppertal Institut, und Tutorin der Internationalen Sommeruniversität stellt die Geschichten vor.

Resilience, an academic term, and a “listening walk”, a participative action through the german countryside by the artist Nikolaus Huhn – what is that all about?
Ilka Roose, Wuppertal Institute, and tutor at the Internationale Sommeruniversität, presents the stories.

Liebe TeilnehmerInnen der Summer School,

wie viele von Euch bereits in Ihren Blogbeiträgen erwähnt haben, bringt der Klimawandel neue Herausforderungen an unsere Gesellschaft auf mehreren Ebenen mit sich.

Eine davon ist, ökologische, soziologische oder ökonomische Systeme zusammen zu denken.

Ein populäres Bild für Resilienz by GerryT | CC BY 2.0
Ein populäres Bild für Resilienz by GerryT | CC BY 2.0

Das versucht der Ansatz der Resilienz (Fähigkeit eines Systems mit Veränderungen umgehen zu können und Belastungen auszuhalten ohne die grundlegenden Funktionen zu verlieren) der sozial-ökologischen Forschung.

Der Resilienzbegriff ist allerdings sehr komplex. Es wird versucht das sozial-ökomische und ökologische System als Ganzes zu betrachten, welches letztendlich dem Menschen zum (Über-)Leben dient.

Dennoch ist dieser Forschungsansatz so abstrakt, dass der Mensch im “resilienten System”, in den “Öko-System-Dienstleistungen” oder in der “Operationalisierung” der Resilienz als Gestaltungsleitbild verschwindet.

Wie wird der Resilienzansatz also kommunikationsfähig?

Nikolaus Huhn hat einen hörenden Fußmarsch durch Thüringen gemacht und dabei große Ohren mitgenommen. Damit dreht er den Spieß um. Er verkündet nicht, er hat Fragen:

  • Was kann eine Region aus sich selbst heraus stemmen?
  • Wie kann sie die elementaren Bedürfnisse der Menschen aus der Nähe bedienen?
  • Die Antworten der Menschen will er weitertragen und weitersagen.

Ich bin gespannt, was Euch zu dem Thema einfällt.

Viele Grüße,

Ilka


Literatur

Fichter, K., Gleich, A. v., Pfriem, R., Siebenhüner, B. (Hrsg.) (2010).
Theoretische Grundlagen für erfolgreiche Klimaanpassungsstrategien. nordwest2050
Berichte Heft 1. Bremen / Oldenburg: Projektkonsortium, nordwest2050’.

Nikolas Huhn, Hörender Fußmarsch 2013

What’s up with Climate Culture?

Climate and Culture – a trans disciplinary project network

Climate and Culture, the new trans-disciplinary focus on Cultural Studies Institute (KWI) in Essen, is dedicated to an outstanding issue for the future, a new direction to the analysis of profound social change processes and thereby seeks dialogue with decision-makers from politics, business and science. Climate Culture connects to existing topics of the research college, so in issues of social responsibility, cultural memory and cross-cultural differences that are directly affected, of course, in the perception and management of climate impacts. This manifests itself from the effects of global climate change on migration, peace and international relations or at the change in urban communities through climate change. The KWI works with leading environmental and climate research institutions that participate in the regional implementation of the global climate agenda in the Ruhr region of North Rhine-Westphalia and brings his expertise to the political and social counseling.

Climate Culture Research Project
Climate Culture Research Project

In my perspective, Climate culture is a study that combine from climate topic with cultural side in large community, but it doesn’t talk about cultural in diversity. Therefore through climate culture, we can know how to face the obstacles in climate problem with culture approach and also know about perception of and response to the consequences of climate change, including issues of social responsibility, cultural memory and intercultural differences.

Some explanation in mind map about Climate culture that I have made summary from KWI Essen.

Scope of Climate Culture
Scope of Climate Culture

Talk about climate culture, actually we’ve already known and applied it in our daily life. But we didn’t know before that activities included to climate culture theme. For example in my country, Indonesia.  Recently years, community movement is so popular in my Indonesia that based on social movement. They don’t promote or campaign about climate change theme directly, but the activities that they have done already related to reduce climate change effect. One of the community movement is Indonesia Berkebun (Gardening Indonesia)

Gardening Indonesia is engaged community through social media and aims to spread a positive spirit to be concerned about the environment and urban with urban farming program, which utilize the vacant land in urban areas converted into agricultural land / plantation green productive roles undertaken by the public and surrounding communities as well as providing benefits to them. Gardening Indonesia has mission which concerning in ecology, education and economy. Now, more than 23 cities that have become networking of Gardening Indonesia participated to spread the positive spirit.

Some promotion that they have done in YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDaYIxMTrz8)

Gardening Indonesia awarded ” Heroes” from Google Inc (2011) and the declaration of the World Urban Farming at the Tunza (2011), as well as a variety of other appreciation. Gardening Indonesia has succeeded in the to communicate their message to others people through social media.

Other community movement in Indonesia is Greeneration Indonesia (GI). Greeneration Indonesia a social enterprise which is engaged in the environment. Through the mission “to promote green attitude create green environment”, they would like to invite the people of Indonesia to behave environmentally friendly in order to create a sustainable environment. They offer the product as an alternative solution of environmental issues that exist around them, as well as running a program environment that invites the public to actively participate in environmental protection efforts. They believe that every action must be initiated locally, with the hope of improvement in the world can be created from each individual and our environment.

They make some products and sell it to the market and they want through their product then influenced environmentally awareness in community. GI products are created to be the solution of environmental issues that exist. Environmental issues that we focus on covering Waste, Air, Water, Energy (wawe), and each product is their attempt to answer these issues. The first product developed by GI is Bagoes, which is folding reusable bags to reduce the use of plastic bags. Bagoes name is a fusion between the bag and goes, which means the bag is easy to carry anywhere. Bagoes also the old spelling of the word ‘bagus’, which means the quality and useful products.

References:

Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen, Projektbereich Klimakultur
http://www.kulturwissenschaften.de/home/index.html
[2014-06-03]

Klimakultur, Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (KWI) / Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI), 2009

Indonesia Berkebun
http://indonesiaberkebun.org/2013/indonesia-berkebun/
[2014-06-03]

Greenearation Indonesia
http://greeneration.org/tentang-greeneration-indonesia/
[2014-06-03]

Challenges for New Ways Of Communication

There is a big differences between nowadays and before in the communication world. Communication has existed in various forms since man appeared on Earth. The methods, however, consisted of a disorganized set of signs that could have different meanings to each human using them. Starting from primitive communication is cave paintings that appeared around 130,000 B.C.E, the homo sapiens, then Early Handwritten Documents/Books. Those with the proper education to do so were handwriting books and documents for well over 1,000 years before the invention of the printing press. Continue with Printing Press in 1448, letter writing and postman, telegraph, telephone, radio, photography and television. Except cave paintings, all kinds of this communication methods still exist now. Throughout history developments in technology and communications have gone hand-in-hand, and the latest technological developments such as the internet have resulted in the advancement of the science of communication to a new level. Moreover, the innovation of new gadgets such as mobile phones makes communication easier by allowing people to communicate from anywhere. An underestimated impact of mobile gadgets is their impact on the nature of communications.

Communication based on internet, nowadays is so popular and can make a new movement in large community. Also, change almost life style to communicate in urban area. Changing from passive way to active way. Before, people just accept information and late to get response at the same time. But now, information can spread fastly around the world in seconds and free from the barriers of distance and time.

In recent times, it is the social media that has made a significant impact on our daily lives. The kind of global conversation that social media websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, have developed was beyond the comprehension of most people at the beginning of the decade. Social media has influenced social behaviour in several ways, such as:

  • People today are more open and want to communicate with others.
  • People want to meet like-minded people through online forums and groups.
  • People want to have access to news and information that can be of use to them.
  • People want to share more with others and gain recognition simultaneously.

Hence, social media has made us more transparent in our communication with others. It’s no longer about trying to be perfect, but about revealing and sharing our thoughts and expressions.

We may also consider the case of online communities. There has been a rapid growth of social relations and social organisations on the internet (Di Maggio, Hargittai, Neuman, & Robinson, 2001; Wellman, 2002). The emergence of new forms of online social networks demonstrates new communication patterns in the digital age. Online communities and social networks have led to debates about the emergence of new patterns of social interaction. With new technology, individuals are reorganising patterns of social interaction to create a new form of society, which is conceived as the network society. Online communities shed light on the emergence of new forms of sociability enabled by technology, a departure from previously spatially bounded social interaction.

Advancement of technology today is not without obstacles. And a big problem also is how a message in the information that we want to deliver, can be received by the intended target community.

“Culture” is often at the root of communication challenges. Our culture influences how we approach problems, and how we participate in groups and in communities. When we participate in groups we are often surprised at how differently people approach their work together. Culture is a complex concept, with many different definitions. But, simply put, “culture” refers to a group or community with which we share common experiences that shape the way we understand the world.

There are six fundamental patterns of cultural differences-ways in which cultures, as a whole, tend to vary from one another.

  1. Different Communication Styles

The way people communicate varies widely between, and even within, cultures. One aspect of communication style is language usage. Across cultures, some words and phrases are used in different ways. Another major aspect of communication style is the degree of importance given to non-verbal communication. Non-verbal communication includes not only facial expressions and gestures; it also involves seating arrangements, personal distance, and sense of time. In addition, different norms regarding the appropriate degree of assertiveness in communicating can add to cultural misunderstandings.

2. Different Attitudes Toward Conflict

Some cultures view conflict as a positive thing, while others view it as something to be avoided.

3. Different Approaches to Completing Tasks

From culture to culture, there are different ways that people move toward completing tasks. Some reasons include different access to resources, different judgments of the rewards associated with task completion, different notions of time, and varied ideas about how relationship-building and task-oriented work should go together.

4. Different Decision-Making Styles

The roles individuals play in decision-making vary widely from culture to culture. Be aware that individuals’ expectations about their own roles in shaping a decision may be influenced by their cultural frame of reference.

5. Different Attitudes Toward Disclosure

In some cultures, it is not appropriate to be frank about emotions, about the reasons behind a conflict or a misunderstanding, or about personal information. Keep this in mind when you are in a dialogue or when you are working with others. When you are dealing with a conflict, be mindful that people may differ in what they feel comfortable revealing.

6. Different Approaches to Knowing

Notable differences occur among cultural groups when it comes to epistemologies, the ways people come to know things. European cultures tend to consider information acquired through cognitive means, such as counting and measuring, more valid than other ways of coming to know things. Compare that to African cultures’ preference for affective ways of knowing, including symbolic imagery and rhythm. Asian cultures’ epistemologies tend to emphasize the validity of knowledge gained through striving toward transcendence.

If we know about culture in community well, then we might use the appropriate way to communicate, based on target community and its culture also. So, our message can be accepted by target groups, like what we expect.

References:

DuPraw, M.E. and Axner M. (1997). Working on Common Cross-cultural Communication Challenges. (http://www.pbs.org/ampu/crosscult.html)

Nayab N. (2010). Exploring How Technology Has Changed Communication. (http://www.brighthubpm.com/methods-strategies/79052-exploring-how-technology-has-changed-communication/)

UK Essays. (2013). How Social Media Has Changed the Way We Communicate.  (http://www.informationgateway.org/social-media-changed-communicate/)

….. History of Communication From Cave Drawings To The Web. (http://www.creativedisplaysnow.com/articles/history-of-communication-from-cave-drawings-to-the-web.htm)

Movius, L. (2010) ‘Cultural Globalisation and Challenges to Traditional Communication Theories’, PLATFORM: Journal of Media and Communication 2(1) (January): 6-18. ISSN: 1836-5132 Online © Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 Australia licence

What’s the Climate Culture and Communication Challenging ?

 

  1. The challenging of the new ways for communication .

The climate change issue has become increasingly present in our society in the last decade and central also to communication studies. Nowadays, so many people get the effect from climate change and it seems this topic become big issue in several countries in the world.  so many people died, houses, buildings, cars were destroyed by the climate change, because of that  the governments, also so many projects have the policy that focus on the climate change. They have tried to let people to be aware how to protect, adaptation and how can they survive from these effects.  Anyhow there are still so many people got the effect that.

The key climate change communication, which  identifies some of the challenges and opportunities of communicating climate change. The findings follow directly from the information provided by the participants in the Hidden Heat research project, and represent a wide range of climate change communication stakeholders – from civil society organisations, the media and government representatives:

  • There is a major lack of co-ordination in the communication of climate change information. Although several governmental and non-governmental bodies are potentially in a position to act as a central hub for climate change information and engagement, currently they are poorly funded and have a low public profile. Perhaps the most urgent priority for effective communication of climate change  is the development of a central coordinating body that can engage with all sectors of society.
  • The media is not fully engaged in covering climate change – certainly not to the extent warranted by the seriousness of the threat. Training programmes to assist both journalists and editors are essential, but civil society organisations must also improve the way they engage with the media, packaging information in a clear and simple way and actively attracting media attention.
  • Local languages lack terms for many key concepts involved in climate change including ‘climate change’ itself. Communicators should attempt to explain climate change using terms that already exist, using graphic examples of local environmental problems and innovative communication methods (e.g. dramatization) to get the message across.
  • At the local level, politicians tend to be poorly informed about climate change, local government structures represent a crucial opportunity for reaching  large numbers of ordinary citizens. Sensitization campaigns should focus on local politicians as a key constituency that can catalyze action on climate change.
  • Indigenous knowledge about land management and the environment is incredibly valuable when trying to engage people on climate change – but it must be supplemented with scientific information about the causes and consequences of climate change. Climate change represents a significant challenge to indigenous ways of understanding the weather and farming – and so people must be supported with additional knowledge and information wherever possible, including the improved dissemination of meteorological information through local radio stations.
  • Try to contact with the political representative and the media to tell people to be aware. Try to always remind them that reducing greenhouse mission will also build healthier communities, spur economic innovation and create new jobs. And next time you’ re at the  polls, vote for politicians who support effective climate policies
  • We can make a community that concerning to the climate change and maybe we take some people who’s already got the effect from climate change for announcement and try to let people involve start from young people such a how to keep environment that we can start from the basic things.  EX: like a German policy they try to use only one big  to buy something in the supermarket and try to convince people who’s work in the office use the paper both sides, etc.

2. The idea of climate culture.

Climate change is a global matter. It might have different effects on several countries, but nevertheless the changing of our climate is a problem that will influence the whole World. Therefore, several countries will have to cooperate in the battle against climate change. A global problem needs a global solution.

To provide a solution, cross-cultural communication will be necessary. People from various countries, with various backgrounds, have to exchange their ideas and opinions about how to solve this problem. The cultural differences between these people influence both the content of their message as well as the way it’s been expressed.  The aim of this case study is to find out in what way the content of the message is influenced by the cultural differences of people.

Example: The cultural elements of Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States have been compared to their policies on climate change. These three countries have played an important role in climate change negotiations from the start. To define the culture specific elements of the nations. Distinctions between the cultural dimensions are that both the United Kingdom and the United States are individualistic countries, while Germany is a more collectivistic country. Germany also has a high uncertainty avoidance index, which means that the society prefers rules and guidelines. Another aspect in which the countries differ from another is how status is attained. In the United States, status can only be attained by achievement. In the United Kingdom where you come from is often more important than what you have done in your life.

Germany is a more collectivistic country. For this reason, status can be achieved by groups more then by individuals. The three countries also have different perceptions on the climate change matter, comparing results from the countries on three categories of interest, namely: polluter interest, supporter interest and victim interest. Germany has a strong interest for both the polluters as the supporters, whereas in the UK the focus of interest lies on the victims. In the United States, the interest is spread evenly over the three categories. In the last chapter, the cultural specific elements of the countries are brought in connection to their policy on climate change.

This showed that culture can indeed be a predictor for the policy on climate change of a country. Coming to this conclusion, it is important to see what this actually means for climate change negotiations. When culture influences the policy of a country, it could be useful for the different countries to have knowledge about other countries’ cultural dimensions, because they can explain the rationale for the policy change. This could lead to mutual understanding and more fruitful negotiations

3.  Definition of climate culture.

Climate is patterns of temperature, precipitation, humidity, wind and seasons. “ Climate change “ affects more than just a change the weather, it refers to seasonal change over a long period of time. These climate patterns play a fundamental role in shaping natural ecosystems, and the human economics and cultures that depend on them.

Because so many systems are tied to climate, a change in climate can affect many related aspects of where and how people, plants and animals live, such as food production, availability and use of water, and health risks.

For example: a change in the usual timing of rains or temperatures can affect when plants bloom and set fruit, when insects hatch or when streams are their fullest. This can affect historically synchronized pollination of crops, food for migrating birds, spawning of fish, water supplies for drinking and irrigation, forest health, and more.

Some short-term climate variation is normal, but longer-term trends now indicate a changing climate. A year or two of an extreme change in temperature or other condition doesn’t mean a climate change trend has been “erased.”

There are many definitions in literature to describe the term culture. There is no consensus about what exactly it is. In general, culture is described as a total of meanings or knowledge that human beings need to function in a certain situation: knowledge of language, habits, rituals, opinions, values and norms (Shadid, 2007).

The culture frames the way people perceive, understand, experience, and respond to key elements of the worlds which they live in. This framing is grounded in systems of meanings and relationships that mediate human engagements with natural phenomena and processes. This framing is particularly relevant to the study of climate change.

Climate Culture is a trans disciplinary research focus on the Humanities, which focus on the topic of climate change and exploring new ways of Analysis of profound social change processes. Climate and Culture closes to existing areas of research at colleges, also for the Perception and coping with climate impacts investigate important aspects. These include questions of social responsibility, of cultural memory and intercultural differences.

Reference:

– The connection between culture and climate change By Bernadet van den Pol ( cs- Bernadet- van den –Pol.pdf )

Northwest Tribes: Meeting the Challenge of Climate Change by Chief Johny Jackson

– Hidden Heat Communicating climate change in Uganda: Challenges and Opportunities (www.panosea.org ).

– E. Feresin, The challenges of communicating climate change, Jcom 08(02) (2009) R01

– Departmenent of Ecology, State Washington, What is Climate Change
http://www.ecy.wa.gov/climatechange/whatis.htm
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– Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen, Projektbereich Klimakultur
http://www.kulturwissenschaften.de/home/index.html
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– David Suzuki Foundation, 10 ways you can stop climate change
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/top-10-ways-you-can-stop-climate-change/
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– Centre for  research in the arts, social sciences and humanities,
http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/page/34/climate-change.htm
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We introduce: Bounmy Kensonema

Bounmy Kensonema
Bounmy Kensonema

It is one part of my dream, that I will develop a rural community that relates to the dissemination of knowledge in innovation management and technology fields.

Before I used to be a teacher as sociology and my experiences with some private sectors an International Organization as a Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ GmbH and Handicap-International Organization as a Human Resource Manager, Laos. I am a specialize for management skill, administration.

Nowadays, there are so many people in the different parts of the world lacks education in technology, medicine and the like that can spur innovation, and as a result, contributing to economic development. In my country, we still need to develop and improve our infrastructure, technology, educational system, etc. This is the primary reason why I participated in the International Leadership Training at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), there are 6 countries participates such Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippine and the topic concerning with Innovation I believe that through my learnings and experience, I could develop skills and expertise that I can share when I go back my home country.

In other hand I also have the great opportunity to gain experiences with KMGE with International Summer University 2013 the topic concerning with Climate Change, its one topic that I am so interested, Because of at the present time Laos also one country that get the effect from climate change, also Lao government with some international organizations have the cooperation and try to improvement and adaptation how to make the better life living , they focus with Agriculture and Food Security, Forestry and Land Use Change, Water Resources, Energy and Transport, Industry, Urban Development, Public Health and I wish I can get some more experiences from participants in with different countries.

In this program is also to open new horizons through the implementation of my transfer project “Rural Development “, which I will bring back to my home country as well.