Author Archives: Philipp Baum

Another Insight in Changing (Dis)Course

Even though we have already sent hundreds of Changing (Dis)Course-Booklets out into the world, there are still many of them waitig to be read. Here are an article and a poem from the booklet that give you some taste of what moreis waiting for you.

We are very happy that our publication features a mix of scientific papers and poems like this one:

The booklet can be ordered here . There is no fee, but we would be happy about a donation for the printing and further projects of our organization.

Reaping the fruits of our work

Dear Friend of the Youth Future Project,

we are finally reaping the fruits of the biggest project we ever undertook. For about two years we have been working on connecting people from all over Europe to take action for a more sustainable society. We are now publishing our first book that connects many of the topic we worked on and gives an insight into the youth movement for sustainability.

To us, reading „Changing (Dis)Course“ is reaping the fruits of our work because it shows us how the ideas we also support are spreading and how many projects developed out of our „Youth Future Conference“ last year.

Read two of the articles in the book here.

“The youth, the future and shared responsibility” by Carina van Weelden:

“Sustainablity and Emergence” by Josephine Tröger, Christoph Pfisterer and Tobias Stetter:

Lets spread the ideas of a different society even further and give the book to your friends and family. You are free to decide how much you would like to contribute to help us cover printing costs.

You can order your personal copy here.

The day for the future

What concerns you about our futures? Which social developments do you see that concern you? This is what I asked the students at FWS Sorsum school, and I got some answers: digitalisation and surveillance, shortage of resources, the dynamics of our economic system…

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On this “Day for the Future”, I invited people who work on solutions to these problems to do workshops with the students of FWS Sorsum. There was a lot of positive feedback to the large range of workshop options. The students could spontaneously decide whichever topic they would rather do: “Peak Oil”, “post-growth economy”, “Internet and surveillance”, “stand against slaughter houses”, “municipalisation”, “climate change and agriculture” or “virtual water”.

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The students’ opinion on the sessions:
“The time management was really good. The speakers were convincing. They were well prepared and knew what they were talking about.”

But also:
“I think it would have been better if the projects and workshops had been more intensive, and if there had been more of a view as to what we can currently change and how in doing so we should be able to report student initiatives from the affected schools.”

As the “Day for the Future” was my first event in a school, I learnt a few things myself. Whilst the workshops in the morning were a great success, my idea for information desks and activities in large groups during the afternoon did not prove as successful. Maybe workshops could replace them, or the students could suggest something themselves.

I was particularly happy about the collaboration with the teachers at FWS Sorsum. Jörg Meemken, in particular, supported me by answering numerous questions and organising many other things.

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By Philipp Baum

Translated by Stacey Pearce within the initative PerMondo. Sponsored by Mondo Agit offering translations from Spanish into English.

Take part in writing a book!

Here comes the second round of our Call for papers for the book “Taking responsibility for our future” that we’re putting together. Thanks for all the contributions in the first round, the authors will get contacted by us for further information.
For the second round, we have prepared some specific questions for you that we are interested in:

  • How do you take responsibility for our future?
  • What do you think is the biggest problem we are facing at this moment in history?
  • What issue are you currently working on? Are you part of a project or an organization?
  • Do you feel you are making a difference?
  • Do you change your personal lifestyle? Do you think that it is even important?
  • How radical does oneself have to be? Does the end justify the means?

We are publishing this book, because some people say that Europe’s youth is “apathetic” and “not interested” in politics. Others say that our ideas and ideals are impractical and can’t be realized.

We want to prove them wrong! Huge numbers of young people in many countries in Europe (and all over the world) are working on a social change towards sustainability, human rights, justice and peace. We care about the nature that’s being destroyed, the refugees who drown at borders and how political decisions are taken! We resist the unjust capitalist economy that is stealing our future and we are building alternatives!

Many ideas are already being realized that seemed like a lofty dream just a few years ago.

Help us collecting evidence for how young people take responsibility for the future of our society and the earth!

What to submit:

  •     Any Text (from scientific paper to poem), any person, any country
  •     Format: A4, max. 3 pages, easy English
  •     Send your contribution to print@youthfuture.de

in Winter 2014, chosen contributions will be published in the book “Taking responsibility for our future” by the Youth Future Project and the German Federal Environmental Foundation. The book will have as ISBN code and a high circulation.

Download as PDF: Call for Papers June 2014