More than one thousand million people play videogames. More than 70% of them do it from their mobiles. At the same time, thousands of people die because of diseases which weren’t diagnosed. What if we could connect these two realities?
SecurePART (Increasing the engagement of civil society in security research) is a project funded under FP7 Security, and explores ways to upstream and streamline participation of CSOs within the European Security Research cycle.
In a series of studies, interviews, and interactive events, the project consortium examined the capacity, but also the will of all involved stakeholders, from technology developers, and security providers, to national and European policy makers and National Contact Points, to give CSOs a stronger role. In a contentious public policy field, such as that of security, enhancing inclusion, legitimacy, accountability, and trust are essential for effective and socially acceptable security policies. SecurePART's impact aims at non-tech innovation, by making a difference for the
organisational and institutional aspects of the European Security Research.
It’s time for new perspectives!
What comes first to your mind when you think of Africa, Mexico or the Philippines? AIDS, Ebola, the drug war and sex tourism, perhaps? Then you’ve probably been spoiled by the images most mainstream media are painting. Are you sick of the constant crisis rhetoric and news about war, crime and scandals without a hint of possible solutions?
Are you interested in a fresh perspective?
Then you should visit Tea after Twelve!
The magazine focuses on new inventions and scientific breakthroughs, presenting truly innovative, trend-setting, socially & ecologically responsible ideas.
And what's more: the stories are written by the digital innovators, tech inventors, social entrepreneurs, free spirits and lateral thinkers themselves. It is for everyone who is sick and tired of hearing “that just won’t work” and who wants to push the limits.
Launched only one year ago, Tea after Twelve already connects a huge network of creative minds from over 170 countries worldwide and reaches out to more than 100,000 Facebook fans.
The journalistic concept of Tea after Twelve is to offer solution-based storytelling: While everybody is busy talking about problems, Tea after Twelve focuses on opportunities. In-depth stories and interviews, which are both informative and entertaining, provide readers inspiration how to get active.
Furthermore, Tea after Twelve takes citizen journalism to another dimension. The topics of the articles are crowdsourced within the Tea community and contributions are delivered from all parts of the world. Around 80% of the content is based on readers’ ideas. Tea after Twelve combines this crowdsourcing idea with quality journalism: Each article – whether by a professional journalist or a citizen reporter – is subject to the same accurate editorial process.
1 out of 10 African schoolgirls skips school or drops out of school (Source: UNICEF)
Washable Pads as a solution:
Unable to afford or access proper menstrual products, many girls and women rely on crude, improvised materials like scraps of old clothing, pieces of foam mattress, toilet paper, leaves, and banana fibres to manage their menstruation – all of which are unhygienic, ineffective, and uncomfortable. This is hardly what we would consider a “solution”.
Faced with frequent, embarrassing leaks and a susceptibility to recurrent infections, the impact is that millions of girls and women experience their monthly period as something that prevents them from engaging in daily life – whether this is going to school or work, or carrying out their normal domestic responsibilities.
Menstruation is one of the most common and uniquely female experiences. Unfortunately, the reality is that around the world millions of girls and women struggle to manage their monthly periods.
Every year, 2.8 million newborns die within the first 28 days of life. Complications during labour and delivery are responsible for approximately a quarter of these neonatal deaths worldwide. In addition to this, there are 2.6 million stillbirths each year.
Many infants, especially in under-resourced settings across Africa die during labour or suffer brain injury due to an inadequate supply of oxygen to the baby during the hours that the mother is in labour. Many of these deaths could be prevented and cases of brain injury avoided, using a Doppler ultrasound monitor that helps midwives and delivering nurses to monitor the baby’s wellbeing during labour.
Responding to this need, Philips has established a partnership with South Africa based not-for-profit organization, PET (PowerFree Education Technology) to develop, test and commercialize a Wind-up Doppler Ultrasound Fetal Heart Rate Monitor (in short: Wind-up Fetal Doppler).
This device is a unique power-independent healthcare innovation aimed at addressing the high rates of preventable infant mortality across Africa.
PET has been working on the development of a hand-cranked, Wind-up Fetal Doppler for many years, and they verified the positive impact of the device in tests in Uganda, where 60% more cases of abnormal fetal heart rate were detected in labour, compared to the standard Pinard-stethoscope.
The device easily and accurately counts the fetal heart rate while the mother is in labour. What is special about the design by PET is that it has been designed especially for low resource settings in low-income areas of the world. For example, it is easy to use, it is extra strong, and it has a back-up wind-up power feature.
PET has tested the device in the field, and the response was very positive. Mothers also find it very encouraging to hear the heart rate of the baby. For example, a mother in Uganda said: “Every mother should have an opportunity to hear the heart of her baby. It makes you realize that it is real and it helps you to stay focused on why you are actually in labour. Hearing that little heart is very motivating."
InnoZ – Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change
Innoz aims for the development of new mobility practices and innovation in the mobility market. Crucially, the end-users’ perspectives are at the centre of attention. Research focuses on system networks and the interconnection of transport, energy and ICT.
During the exhibition, InnoZ will present two of their most recent Social Innovation projects including research results on mobility-types, traffic behavior and patterns of users.
“Trust” is a crucial element in mobility research. Since the optimization and development of new mobility systems partly relies on personal data, researchers are dependent on societies’ trust in research and trust in the responsible handling of their data. InnoZ has developed a new app “modalyzer”, through which the user can support research projects and help create future mobility. In the end, the users can choose themselves which data may be used and for which research project. The “modalyzer” app is currently in German, an English version will soon be available.
Design Against Crime as an approach to social innovation emerged at University of the Arts London between 1999-2009.
The philosophy behind DAC at CSM is linked to a practice-led socially responsive design research agenda that posits crime as a theme that can be address by methodologies generated by “social design” (also referred to as “Socially Useful Design” or “Design for Society”) an approach which comprehends that because crime is not carbon neutral any design address also demands attention to multiple drivers including those used to measure sustainability.
The Centre’s focus is based on the understanding that design thinking as well as design practice can and should address security issues without compromising functionality and other aspects of performance, or aesthetics. In everyday language, secure design has to be user-friendly whilst abuser-unfriendly but it doesn’t have to look criminal or even ugly.
“Cucula”, originates from the Hausa language in western central Africa, and means ‚to do something together’, as well as ‚ to take care of each other’.
CUCULA is an association, a workshop and an educational program all in one. It is for and together with refugees in Berlin.
In contrast to the theoretical debate about the situation of refugees in Germany, the initiators strive for a pragmatic, immediate and action-oriented approach. The aim and object is to achieve something “together with” the refugees and not simply “for them”.
Launching as a pilot project, CUCULA wants to give people, for whom the doors of society are locked, access to education. CUCULA wants to establish a ‘welcoming culture’, which helps refugees to break with the notion of ‘victimhood’, and at the same time unfold their self-efficacy and to open up a perspective for a self-determined life.
Arriving, building ones own future, experiencing self-efficacy, instead of being ‘administrated’ and deported – these are the project’s main motives.
Global disaster scenarios shouldn’t foster helplessness – initiatives are required instead.
Über den Tellerand kochen is creating a new togetherness among refugees and locals in which
diversity and mutual acceptance is taken for granted and integration is fun.
Cooking book: The cooks in this book came to Germany as refugees or asylum seekers in order to find a new home. In this cookbook, they share not only exceptional delicacies from around the world but also fascinating stories about their homeland and their culture.
What stereotypes of ageing appear in artwork or creative works within the genre humour? What implications can these kinds of stereotypes have for the societal perception of age and ageing? Do these images point to a shared and deficient image of ageing that is difficult or perhaps impossible to capture through surveys conducted in the social sciences? If so, what role do they play? These questions will be pursued in the project "Age Stereotypes in the Cultural Memory."
In the first phase of the project, a comparative analysis study of over 3,100 caricatures from the years 2007 and 1960 will examine the presentation of the image of old age and ageing and how this image has changed over time. In phase two of the project, characteristic examples in European comedies will be examined.
The meaning and function of age stereotypes in comedy for the perception of old age and ageing in current German society will be analysed using psychological and philosophical theories of humour.
Founder: Hemin Derya, drummer and music producer, born in the city of Sulaymaniyah, in the Kurdish Region of Iraq. In the mid-80s Hemin had to flee from the regime of Saddam Hussein and found asylum in Germany. He gathered his own experience as a refugee and knows about the suffering, the difficulties and also the chances that a new life in a totally different cultural context brings about. This experience nurtured the way how NANOBEAT was set up and brings out a new musical style. NANOBEAT combines traditional melodies (foremost Kurdish, Arabic and African) with elements of rock- and pop-music in a symbiotic way. The intention of NANOBEAT is not only to provide just good music; it also aims at building bridges between different cultures, and the cast of NANOBEAT reflects that as well.
Besides Hemin Derya, three further members of NANOBEAT have a migration background:
- Singer: Ms Hedi Jabar, also from the Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah in northern Iraq
- Bass guitar: Mr. Bill Goure Bi, from Ivory Coast
- Keyboard: Mr. Dominic Quaye, from Ghana
Finally they merged with Guitarist, Mr. Marc Reece, who’s originally German, from the city of Essen.