Part 2 of 2 Can we technologize our way out? This is the question last weekend’s Biodiversity Sunday set out to answer. As the reasoning goes, technology increases efficiency, thus decreasing... Read more
Part 1 of 2 Have you googled global warming recently? Most probably the first hit would have been the Wikipedia entry explaining global warming as ‘the rise in the average temperature of... Read more
A little brain teaser: Sea roses are reproducing quickly and cover the pond behind your house. The covered area doubles every day. In 48 days the whole pond is covered. How long does it take to cover... Read more
Philipp is an interface expert, with a passion for knowledge, people and the environment. Dedicated to sustainability knowledge management and strategic communication, he combines
Content owed to his strong academic pedigree as cross-disciplinary environmental scientist
Method from his 7 year international track record in science communication, project management, and consultancy
You name it, we have it:
Climate change, pollution, the sixth mass extinction, land degradation, food insecurity. Earth is hitting the environmental buffers. But not to worry, it is easy to save the world. We are able to sustain it.
Green is the new Pink
Sustainability is en vogue. But why do countless global efforts don’t bear fruit? Simply gazing at the symptoms will leave us stumped for an answer. Instead, green ideas have to drill down on the root causes.
The challenge lies beyond the green surface.
Mankind is living on a big footprint, using 50% more resources than the Earth can sustainably produce. Us humans, we are both the problem and the solution for sustainable development.
To accept the green challenge, we thus have to focus on humans.
The solution – and what makes us humans great, rests on the universal principle of evolution: ‘passing on the information of the most successful reproducer’. In our society this info comes as data, and is reproduced via communication.
Age of (Big) Data
Data and knowledge is important – and ever more available. But it’s only one part of the triangle. Without affecting our actions and practices, and without changing social institutions our knowledge base won’t do much good.
Sorry to say, we are simply not moved to action by data dumps.
Instead knowledge is based on emotional stories. Without a compelling story, great ideas – also the green ones – are dead on arrival. To get green ideas across and make sense of sustainability, my agenda begins with ‘Once upon a time…’.
The molding power of stories
I turn data into drama, numbers into narrative, and stats into stories – to change behavior and institutions. We must leave the green ivory tower. We must move to a socially robust consensus on sustainability. We must turn Green into the new Pink.
Excellent App idea, overdue! - Smartphone App user 2014
Sound analyst, excellent writer- Dr. Berthold Seibert, GIZ 2012
Philipp has set the bar high for all future incumbents - Professor Jon Hutton, UNEP-WCMC 2012
The method developed by Mr. Gassner can be simply used, which is crucial to implement a sustainable monitoring system. – Dr. Michael Weiß, University of Tuebingen 2011
The different format you used during the workshop is an innovative way to share information, transmit a message to your audience or simply to express your opinion and was really impressive the way you did it. – Workshop Participant 2014
I’d like to let you know that the social cost, economic cost and environment cost of foods will be on my mind whenever I eat any kind of food thanks to your wonderful and unique workshop. - Workshop Participant 2014
5.-7.9.2014 FAIR TRADE & FRIENDS trifft mAppetizing Die App auf der größten Messe rund um den Fairen Handel
25.6.2014 subculture Freiburg mAppetizing Freiburg – Umweltbewusst und sozial gerecht essen
01.06.2014 Android Pit 5 Sterne für mAppetizing Freiburg
25.5.2014 Foot Tank 10 Urban Agriculture Projects from Europe’s Greenest City: Freiburg, Germany
15.5.2014 ClimateCultureCommunicationsLab We introduce: Philipp Gassner #SUI14
3.5.2014 Food and Drink App Search mAppetizing- a star rated food and drink application, a popular download in the Apple App Store!
20.4.2014 Uni Leben 02 2014 Nachhaltig Essen in Freiburg
20.3.2014 DAAD Millennium Express Getting the problem out and on the table
19.3.2014 Radio Baden FM [download mp3] (M)Appetizing Freiburg
18.03.2014 uniCross Das Online-Magazin von Studierenden (M)Appetizing Freiburg Kompass für nachhaltigen Konsum
24.02.2014 Radio Regenbogen APP TO DATE: ENTDECKEN SIE IHRE STADT & REGION
24.2.2014 Radio Regenbogen [download mp3] (M)Appetizing Freiburg
24.02.2014 University of Freiburg Landing Page Umweltbewusst und sozial gerecht essen
24.02.2014 Badische Zeitung Neue App aus Freiburg weist Weg zu Öko und Fairtrade
20.02.2014 fudder.de Mappetizing Freiburg: Freiburger Studenten entwickeln App für nachhaltige Ernährung
20.02.2014 Podcasts Universität Freiburg Cost of Food
19.92.2014 Uni-leben (Ausgabe 1/2014, Seite 4) Diksussionsrunde ‘The Cost of Food’
19.02.2014 uniCross Das Online-Magazin von Studierenden App-Präsentation mit Diksussionsrunde
18.02.2014 Badische Zeitung Debatte “Cost of Food” Wie kommen die Preise von Lebensmitteln zustande?
18.02.2014 ETH Zürich World Food System Center Workshop, panel discussion, and exhibition
11.2.2014 Badische Zeitung Veranstaltungskalender Cost of Food …
11.2.2014 Studentenwerk Freiburg-Schwarzwald Woher kommt unser Essen?
8.2.2014 United Nations Safe Planet: Basel, Rotterdam & Stockholm Conventions Advertising the panel discussion and app
5.2.2014 Cluster Green City (Eng) Das Unternehmensnetzwerk für Umwelt- und Solarwirtschaft in der Region Freiburg ‘Freiburg Forum on Environmental Governance 2014 “the Cost of Food” – Panel Discussion’
10.1. 2014 DAAD millennium-express -Ticket to a fair future- ”What is the real cost of food?’
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