Solarpunk & eco-positive futures
Bernd Riedel & Anika Nicolaas Ponder, Berlin
Design Fiction, Social Innovation
Solarpunk uses speculative fiction, art, design, fashion and activism to produce optimistic perspectives of a sustainable future. It combines the rebellious punk ethic with ambitious visions for sustainability in the fields of technology, energy and transportation. This workshop goes beyond disciplinary boundaries and aims to spark societal change through the power of visualisation and imagination. Become a Solarpunk and resist the present by imagining a radically different climate-friendly future!
Together we will create depictions of possible futures, visualize alternative realities and fuse weird and wild ideas into thought-provoking solarpunk narratives. Possible approaches for this open-ended workshop include (but are not limited to) animation, illustration, infographics, installation, performance, service design, sequential storytelling, speculative design, fashion and wearables, writing or any other skill you bring to the table.
The outcomes of this workshop are eligible to become part of the Energy in Motion exhibition at the TU Berlin in 2019.
Creative Strategist, Ellery Studio
Bernd Riedel is co-founder and Director of Ellery Studio, a Berlin-based strategic design outfit with the mission to advance the practice and discourse of design-led innovation to foster more equitable and sustainable systemic interventions. Bernd studied Communication Design at Augsburg University of Applied Sciences and holds a MFA in Transdisciplinary Design from the Parsons School for Design in New York.
His work centers on the intersection of information design, systems thinking, and social innovation, which has as its core the development of experimental yet practical approaches to enhancing participation in human-centered co-creative processes. Specifically he explores how design as a method, language and agency can act as an intermediary among different stakeholders and environments to create, navigate and govern processes of system transformation and sustainability.
Before founding Ellery Studio, Bernd was Design Manager in the early days of Infographics Group, founding member and Managing Editor of InGraphics Magazine, Research Fellow at the Center for Data Arts New York, and Visual Strategist at C3 Creative Code and Content. He teaches strategic information design and speculative design at the Design Academy Berlin. Bernd is a Fulbright Alumnus, a Parsons Dean's Scholar and recipient of the US Department of State Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund.
Anika Nicolaas Ponder
Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility
Anika Nicolaas Ponder manages the international energy team of IKEM, the Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility, in Berlin. Anika graduated with a masters in Development Economics from the Sorbonne in Paris, worked at the UN (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation) and the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) and is visiting lecturer in climate policy and the energy transition at the University of Greifswald. Social innovation in the energy transition is one of her focus points, with the Infographic Energy Transition Coloring Book and the annual Summer Academy ‘Energy and the Environment’ as her flagship projects in this field.