Posts Tagged:Technology

The Great Transformation must be a socio-cultural one

Yesterday, German sociologist and social psychologist Harald Welzer, who is well known for his books and research on climate change and sustainability, visited Vienna’s new University of Economics and Business to give an interesting “WU Sustainability Controversies” talk on transformation processes. According to Welzer, we’re facing an extremely paradoxical task: An economic system based on…

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Do Smart Cities make Stupid Citizens?

I recently visited the Smart Cities Week in Vienna where various aspects of smart cities were discussed and many Austrian smart cities and smart regions shared their best practice examples, challenges and experiences. For Austria as a country of small cities (except Vienna) with very diverse structures it is important to break down the global…

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Sustainable cities need integrated urban planning & energy planning

Earlier this month, I visited the Zero Emissions Cities Conference in Vienna’s City Hall which tried to answer the question how tomorrow’s smart cities can significantly reduce their carbon emissions. It offered general insights as well as presentations of specific technologies like building-integrated photovoltaics, small-scale urban wind power, LED lighting systems or thermal energy storage.…

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The same old shale gas story

As expected, Daniel Yergin’s public talk on “Future Energy” yesterday at Vienna’s new University of Economics and Business Administration was centered around the US shale gas revolution. The Pulitzer-prize winning author, energy advisor to Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama and fossil fuel advocate didn’t surprise the audience with his controversial viewpoint: Renewables aren’t competitive without…

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TEDx Vienna “Unlimited”: How far can you go?

It’s particularly difficult to blog about TED events as it’s almost impossible to capture the diversity and awesomeness of 17 talks in one blogpost. So, I’d like to talk about three personal take-aways from yesterday’s inspiring TEDx Vienna “Unlimited” which aimed at exploring the limits of life, science, society and inventions and attracted a record…

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Connecting in the urban environment

Last week was packed with so many great events that I needed some days of reflection before blogging about all those exciting and inspiring insights. First of all, I attended the Opening Night, City Conversations, and Rain City Chronicles events of the SFU Public Square Community Summit and the Carbon Talks lecture. Moreover, I volunteered…

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The case against online voting

Apart from my visit to UBC’s CIRS, I also participated in an interactive dialogue on “Online voting” at the HiVE Vancouver last weekend. In this first session of the “E-volving Democracy” dialogue series, people with different backgrounds from computer scientists to political activists made a clear case against online voting. The session started with a short introduction by…

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Taking my iPad to the Austrian Parliament…

It was a long journey until my liveblog tomorrow morning from the visitors balcony at the Austrian Parliament. Not because of technical problems but because of the Parliament’s house rules which are apparently from a time when modern citizen journalism, smartphones and tablets weren’t invented. When I was ready to start my first liveblog at…

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