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The Mother Earth's Heroes Show

The Mother Earth's Heroes Show

By Team Earth Heroes
The Mother Earth’s Heroes Show shines a light on the thought-leader and influencers designing companies, products and systems that promote positive change to create a healthy planet and society as a whole.

The current climate crisis can feel overwhelming and hopeless; our podcast highlights that change is not only possible but already happening. There is #hope! However, we all need to take the first step, and there is still a long way to go.

Join us and find out how some heroes have started that journey.
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Architektur und Investitionen von morgen - Thorsten Räffle -
Familie, Werte, ein langer Atem und Mut. Das sind die Zutaten aus denen die ARCHITEC-INVEST-RÄFFLE² besteht. Das Familienunternehmen mach vieles in Eigenregie. Ziel sind energieautarke und ökologische Häuser, die den Bewohnern mehr als nur eine Wohnung bieten. Als Immobilieninhaber tragen sie auch über den Bau hinaus weiter Verantwortung und können durch diese Sicherheit echt qualitativ hochwertig bauen. Thorsten Räffle gibt uns einen persönlichen Einblick mit wertvollen Insides. Er macht Mut, dass es sich lohnt für seine Werte und Träume zu gehen und Unternehmer*in zu sein. Weitere Infos findest du unter:
July 7, 2021
Neue Nachbarschaften sind die Lösung - Fred Frohofer -
Leben wie in einem "Grand Hotel" ist die ökologischste, bezahlbarste und sinnvollste Lebensweise für das Leben in der Stadt. Mit Ihrem Modell der „Neuen Nachbarschaften“ setzt Neustart Schweiz, eine bahnbrechende Vorlage für Wohnungsbau und Stadtplanung. Neue Nachbarschaften sind in der Lage, die Probleme des Klimawandels, der Vereinsamung und der zu hohen Mieten zu lösen. Wie das Ganze funktioniert und was es braucht, damit es zahlreiche Anwendung findet, darum geht es in dieser Folge. Weitere Infos findest du unter: - - Gast: Fred Frohofer - Autor und Berater für Suffizienz, Subsistenz & Resilienz:
June 15, 2021
Finde deine passende Gemeinschaft - Karin Deming -
Alleine Leben war gestern. Heute sehnen sich die Menschen nach einem Leben in Gemeinschaft. Damit dies auf einfache Weise möglich wird, gibt es „Bring Together“.  Die Matching-Plattform findet für Menschen ihre passende Gemeinschaft. Von Coworking über Coliving bis hin zu WGs, Integrationsprojekten und ganzen Dörfern, hält Bring Together für jede*n etwas bereit. Bring Together hat das Potential, die Art und Weise, wie wir Wohnen & Leben zu transformieren. Wie die Plattform funktioniert und was es braucht, damit sie so erfolgreich wie Airbnb werden kann, darum geht es in dieser Folge. Weitere Infos findest du unter:
June 15, 2021
Lebensmodelle der Zukunft - Season III Teaser
Was sind die Lebensmodelle der Zukunft? & Wie kann die Bau-und Immobilienbranche zur Lösung von Problemen wie Klimawandel, Vereinsamung und zu hohen Mieten beitragen? Zu Gast sind Unternehmer, die Antworten haben. Gemeinsam schauen wir vor allem auf die Entwicklung gesunder Lebensräume, die uns weit mehr Lebensqualität bieten, als das, was wir heute haben. Kommentare und Vorschläge für weitere Gäste bitte an: oder
June 15, 2021
Fixing the Food System, what needs to be done - Tim Benton -
20% of the world's population is suffering from severe malnutrition whilst over 30% are obese, meanwhile, a third of all greenhouse gasses are created through the food system. Our food system is broken. What can be done to rectify it? Tim Benton,  Champion for Global Food Security and Research Director from Chatham House (The UK’s Royal Institute of International Affairs in London) talks about the challenges we face and some of the ways we can start to rectify our food system. Join Tim to find out what we can do to make the change happen! Podcast editing - Paul (
June 14, 2021
The world's 🌎 most expensive 💸 hamburger 🍔 - Hannah Tait -
In 2013 Mosa Meat’s Chief Scientific Officer Professor Mark Post unveiled the world’s first cultured meat hamburger. This was the result of years of research and cost €250,000. Since then Mosa Meat has gone on a mission to develop a cleaner, kinder way of making beef. Global meat production is due to increase by 70% by 2050. The production of beef is one of the major contributors to greenhouse gases, deforestation and agricultural land use. There is also concern about the high levels of antibiotics used in modern meat production. There has to be a better way and today on the show Hannah Tait from Mosa Meat talks about the challenges of producing and benefits of cultured meat for our society, and you may be surprised to hear that it really is not that far away! Join Hannah Tait to find out more about the world's 🌎  most expensive 💸  hamburger 🍔  and how close we are to enjoying it! Podcast editing - Paul (
May 17, 2021
Making cheese 🧀 🧀 🧀 without the cow 🐮 🐄 🐮 - Raffael Wohlgensinger -
Making cheese without the cow -  Raffael Wohlgensinger - It turns out cows 🐮 🐄 🐮 are not really that efficient when it comes to nutrient conversion. 4 - 12% of the calories fed to a cow are then turned into calories that we can consume. The result is that dairy alone is responsible for more emissions  than the 🚢 🛳 🚢 🛳  shipping and 🛫 🛩 🛬 aviation industry put together!    Raffael Wohlgensinger  from was concerned about this impact but also saw a great opportunity to bring the next generation of sustainable, healthy, and equitable dairy products to consumers. As always that journey is not quite as straightforward as you (he) might think. Join Raffael to find out about the benefits and challenges of Making cheese 🧀 🧀 🧀  without the cow 🐮 🐄 🐮!! Podcast editing - Paul (
May 5, 2021
Guide Rails for impact - Seth Goldman -
When you first start a business There is an awful lot of “learning by doing” and a lot of lessons that are learnt the hard way, mostly how not to do it. So what happens when you have created a hugely successful business. How do you approach setting up a new business? This is exactly what Seth Goldman talks with us on the show today. Seth’s new project #EattheChange draws on his experience and success with Honest Tea, Beyond Meat and other consultant roles to guide him on his new mission; to create chef-crafted and nutrient-dense snacks 🍄 that are kind to the planet 🌍. In this episode, you will hear how he started establishing the guide rails for the new business. How looking at constraints can make you more creative. How to look for waste and turn it into value and the attitude you need to have to create a movement and of course a lot more. I hope you enjoy this conversation with Seth Goldman from Eat the Change Podcast editing - Paul (
April 29, 2021
A fish’ish alternative for a healthier marine ecosystem - Tom Johanasson -
Plant-based foods have come a long way in the last few years. In our supermarkets they are gradually taking up more and more space on the shelves, however, one area that is not so obvious is plant-based fish. This is something that our guest today Tom Johanasson became aware of and set out to tackle with this startup up   Seafood has often been seen as the healthy sustainable alternative to meat, high in omega 3, healthy fatty acids and protein. However, mercury levels, microplastics and other man-made toxins are being increasingly found in all seafood and 90% of fish stocks are currently depleted. Tom and his team thought it was time for a change and set out on their mission to create a tasty alternative and a healthier marine ecosystem. I hope you enjoy this conversation with  Tom Johanasson from
April 22, 2021
Creating more life with life - Permaculture - Warren Brush -
Warren Brush is a designer, systems thinker, teacher, mentor and certified permaculture designer. Permaculture is an approach to designing regenerative human settlements that integrates land, resources, people and the environment through mutually beneficial synergies. Instead of working against nature, you design for it, looking at it as a holistic system that creates more life with life. In this episode, Warren talks about his approach to permaculture, how they took a degenerated ranch and transformed it into a regenerative farm and educational project that is Quail Springs.  How regenerative farming methods compare with current industrial agricultural farming techniques, how we can bring this approach into our cities and of course so much more. I hope you enjoy this conversation with Warren Brush from Quail Springs Check out Warren's other work here Podcast editing - Paul (
April 15, 2021
The best Burger on the Planet for the Planet - Jonah Goldman -
On the show, we are joined by Jonah Goldman from PLNT Burger. Jonah is Director of Strategic Marketing and one of the founding team of the plant-based burger chain that launched in America in 2019. Their aim is to provide the best burgers on the planet 🌍, for the planet 🌎. They are much more than another fast food restaurant, they are a social enterprise that is helping to educated and promote healthy diets and raise awareness of the impact that our food choices have on the planet. In this episode, you get to hear how the dream team of founders came together. How they have bootstrapped a retail business and have managed to get stores up and running on a shoestring to test the value proposition. The challenges of the marketing messaging for plant-based products, the impact that they want to have with conscious capitalism and #eatthechange and of course so much more. I hope you enjoy this conversation with Jonah Goldman from PLNT Burger. Podcast editing - Paul (
April 8, 2021
The real cost and value of food waste - Hjalmar Ståhlberg Nordegren -
My Guest on the show is the CEO of Karma - Hjalmar Ståhlberg Nordegren Hjalmar’s startup journey has taken him through a few different iterations. Hjalmar is the CEO of Karma, which is dedicated to battling one of the world’s largest climate issues: food waste. Each year of 750 billion dollars worth of food is thrown away. Hjalmar and his team saw this as a huge opportunity and have already saved millions of meals and helped restaurants, cafes and grocery stores to improve their bottom line. In this episode, you will get to hear how Hjalmar pivoted from an initial concept. The challenges of convincing people that waste is valuable, how to adapt when your business model evaporates overnight (thanks to COVID) and of course much much more. I hope you enjoy the conversation with Hjalmar Ståhlberg Nordegren from Karma Podcast editing - Paul (
April 1, 2021
A farm in a box - Hyper-local farming - James Woolard -
My Guest on the show is James Woolard the CMO of Freight Farms ( James has had a fantastic career working in the Adidas Group, heading up Global Teams, recently he joined the team at Freight Farms and is now helping them to scale. Freight Farms is a farm in a shipping container. It is much more than this, as you will hear in this episode. Freight Farms are networked technology providers, community platform builder, and a physical product that empowers anyone to grow food for their local community. In this episode, you will get to hear: The shift when moving from a corporate to a “Growup.” The challenge of scaling in COVID How food can bring communities together How business models innovation in COVID And, of course, much, much more. I hope you enjoy this conversation with James Woolard from Freight Farms. Podcast editing - Paul (
March 24, 2021
Using waste to reduce waste - Innovations in Biocontrol - Fanny Rolet -
My guest today on the show is Fanny Roulet the Founder and CEO of Antofenol ( The inspiration for her business came from a glass of wine in a vineyard. Looking at what was considered waste in the wine industry she looked at how to valorise it:  From waste, wine wood she created a potent natural fungicide and antioxidant to protect post-harvest protection of fruits and vegetables. This is extending now to the pre-harvest market as well In this episode, you will get hear: How she got inspired to start her own company, The benefits of combining a startup with university backing. How she approached her business in a circular way to create value from waste And how working on one challenge can then open up other business models that you didn’t initially envisage. I hope you enjoy this conversation with Fanny Roulet from Antofenol. Podcast editing - Paul (
February 24, 2021
Creating a sustainable Oat Drink - not as simple as it sounded! - Marlene Bruce -
Today on the podcast we are joined by Marlene Bruce one of the founders of Kornwerk ( Kornwerk is a Berlin-based startup creating a sustainable Oat drink. The drink is made from older grain sorts helping to increase biodiversity whilst at the same time, they are focusing on creating a circular business model which supports their locally based supply chain in order to create a truly sustainable business. In this episode, you get to hear how Marlene: Started first by finding a Co-founder and then together, they  started thinking about a project they could do together The process of creating a less traditional business model and how that can challenging for many in the startup world. The challenges of taking a process up to industrial scale How a solidarity model can also promote sharing and community And of course, much more, I hope you enjoy this conversation with Marlene Bruce. Podcast editing - Paul (
February 24, 2021
Bring farming to our cities with Aquaterraponiks - Letting nature do the work - Kathrin Kuhlemann -
We are joined today by our guest Anne-Kathrin Kuhlemann from StadtFarm. ( Anne-Kathrin and her team have created a circular aquaterraponik Farm in Berlin and will be opening a second farm in Berlin soon. The farm produces 50 tons of African catfish and 30 tons of lettuce, herbs, tomatoes and cucumbers, and exotic foods such as bananas and passion fruit, all whilst using 80% less water, 80% less land use and reducing CO2 emissions by 85%. The has generated a lot of interest both in Germany and worldwide. Join the team at Mother Earth Heroes to hear how Anne-Kathrin prototyped the concept initially on the office balcony. How they managed finance and scale the initial farm The challenges you face when google incorrectly lists your location and How they had to innovate their business model due to COVID And, of course, much more. I hope you enjoy this conversation with Anne-Katrin Kuhlemann. Podcast editing - Paul (
February 24, 2021
A truly sustainable protein source - would you eat it? - Marc Timothy Schotter
Protein is vital for our health, how we produce it and the sources we choose will have a dramatic effect on our planet. Meat and dairy are not going to be a sustainable source of protein for a potential population of 10 billion. There are alternatives. Todays Guest - Marc Timothy Schotter from InSnack ( is looking at one alternative source for protein, insects.   He would like to change the way we consumer protein. His company produces snack from insects. Marc makes the case for this circular and sustainable food source. In this episode, you will learn how: Marc got his inspiration for the business by thinking about his passions and concerns for the environment How he went about discovering who their potential clients were with UX research The challenge of Product market fit when you are creating the market and then the challenges of scaling it retail. The benefits of Insects as a source of protein compared to Plant or Meat and Diary? Including how insects protein has less environmental impact than imported plant-based proteins How insects can fit into a circular design to provide food from waste. And a great deal more. I hope you enjoy this conversation with Marc Timothy Schotter from InSnack. Podcast editing - Paul (
February 24, 2021
Scaling Hydroponics sustainably - you need to think differently at scale! - Adam Dixon -
We are joined today on the podcast by Adam Dixon, United Nations Young Champion of the Earth and one of the founders of Phytoponics ( Phytopincs is a Deep Water Culture technology, using a closed water system instead of soil or other substrates. Their technology increases yields, whilst dramatically reducing water waste. In the episode you will get to hear how: Adam turned a hobby and curiosity about a subject into disrupting an industry. How he grew a network to gain the knowledge that he needed. Used criticism to strengthen his ideas How your prototype evolves when you look to scale the business How you need to think about circular design and recyclable materials for a healthy system and also for human health And of course, much more, I hope that you enjoy this conversation with Adam Dixon Podcast editing - Paul (
February 24, 2021
Felix Staeritz (CEO) & Dr. Sven Jungmann (Chief Medical Officer) @Founderslane & Fightback - über das eingreifen in komplexe Probleme
"Unite leaders worldwide to create a more sustainable, healthy, and inclusive world." Um das zu erreichen, haben Felix Staeritz & Dr Sven Jungmann die FightBack Community begründet. Das es sich bei globalen Problemen um komplexe Systeme handelt, ist nichts neues. Doch wie greifen wir in diese ein? Darüber & über die Arbeit von Felix & Sven bei Fightback und FoundersLane sprechen wir in dieser Episode der Mother Earth's Heroes Show Podcast. Checkt Fightback aus auf: Das erste Buch findet ihr hier: Und das Zweite: Und zu guter letzt, die Webseite zu Founderslane:
February 3, 2021
Hermann Fischer Gründer der AURO AG - Wie die Natur neues in die Welt bringt mit
Hermann Fischer und seine Projekte spielen den Dreiklang aus technischer Perfektion, nachwachsende & ökologische Rohstoffe und Ästhetik. In mitten seines Diploms für Chemie, hat dieser Dreiklang, von der Gründung eines der ersten Naturfarbenunternehmens mit 20 Freunden, zur späteren Gründung der Auro AG 1983 in Braunschweig geführt. Besonders interessant ist Hermanns Reflexion, über den schnellen Erfolg von Auro. Sein Team und er, haben den damaligen Gesellschaftlichen Wandel, zum gesunden Wohnen aufgegriffen und bis heute konsequent befriedigt. Damit konnte Auro, als produzierendes Unternehmen vom ersten Jahr an schwarze Zahlen verzeichnen. “Eine Welle der Begeisterung”, hat das Unternehmen von beginn an getragen. Öko Farben ohne Qualitätseinschnitte sind eines der Erfolgsrezepte von Auro. Der gesunde Mix aus Wissenschaft und Bauchgefühl. Wie Hermann mit seinem Unternehmen am Puls einer Gesellschaftlichen Diskussion, Auro etabliert hat erfahrt ihr in diesem Podcast. Einige der Themen die wir beleuchtet haben: “Wir haben Geld ersetzt, durch Energie, Lust & Leidenschaft” Wie die Natur neues in die Welt bringt & wie Hermann das für sein Unternehmen nutzt “Da kommt der Erfolg von den Tragkräften die in einer Transformation drin sind”
January 20, 2021
Jürgen Grabher - Vertriebsleiter der HEFEL Textil GmbH
Diese Woche ist Jürgen Grabher Vertriebsleiter der HEFEL Textil GmbH in der Show. Neben vielen interessanten Themen sprechen wir über innovative Stoffe, gesunden Schlaf und das produzieren vor Ort. Viel Spaß beim zuhören! Hier findet ihr mehr über Hegel heraus.
December 21, 2020
Daniela Schlotz Geschäftsführerin bei HAKAWERK W. Schlotz GmbH
Die HAKAWERK W. Schlotz GmbH ist ein mittelständisches Familienunternehmen. Mit der Neutralseife wuchs das Unternehmen sehr schnell. Seit der Gründung im Jahr 1946 wird im Hause HAKAWERK besonders auf den Schutz von Natur und Umwelt Wert gelegt.  Ein Paradebeispiel ist das Thema Palmöl. Daniela beleuchtet dieses sensible Thema in einem neuen Licht und spricht mit uns darüber, was Nachhaltigkeit abseits der Medien, für sie und ihr Unternehmen bedeutet. Nun rann an die Hörer & viel spaß beim zuhören.  Hakawerk findet ihr auf dieser Webseite:
December 15, 2020
Authentisches Unternehmertum - Dietmar Wagner - Gründer Neonatura GmbH
Dietmar Weinmann ist der Gründer und Geschäftsführer von der Neonatura GmbH, dem führenden Futonanbieter in der DACH-Region. Besonders im Podcast hat mich Dietmars Lebensphilosophie fasziniert und wie er diese durch sein Unternehmen lebt.  Der Podcast ist besonders interessant für Menschen die das Leben als ein ganzes sehen und den Job/ ihr Unternehmen als integrierten Bestandteil. “Wenn man auf seinem eigenen Weg ist dann kann man garnicht verlieren” sagte Dietmar - wie er das meint erfährst du in dieser Episode der Mother Earth Heroes Show. Mehr über Dietmar & die Neonatura GmbH findest du auf der Webseite:
December 11, 2020
Getting back in touch with nature - Paul Hellier, founder Fairfoodforager
Today I have Paul Hellier on the show. Before becoming an impact-driven startup founder Paul was a community member frustrated about the situation of his local beach in Wollongong, Australia. As a runner and lifeguard, he became increasingly aware of the trash lying on the beach. So he just decided to pick it up and get started on his own.. Little did he know that this would create a movement. Nowadays, Paul has created a documentary - Peloton against Plastic showing his trip through Asia and turning the lights on the situation these countries face in terms of their trash management and sustainability. He is also the founder of Fairfoodforager - an app that you can get to find sustainable restaurants, bars and shops nearby. Give the app a try by clicking here. Check out Paul's podcast by clicking here. Wanna check out Paul's documentary?
November 20, 2020
Von der Insolvenz zum Pionier der Naturkosmetik - Jörg von Kruse - Geschäftsführer I+M Naturkosmetik
Vor 13 Jahren stand das Pionierunternehmen der Bio-Bewegung I+M Naturkosmetik, kurz vor der Insolvenz. Jörg und sein Bester freund Bernhard von Glasenapp haben zu diesem Zeitpunkt gerade ihre Insolvenzberatung an den Nagel gehangen und wollten in der Branche der alternativen Energien fußfassen. Kurz vor der Pleite, kam die Gründerin von I+M Naturkosmetik, Inge Stamm, auf die beiden mit einem letzten Auftrag zu. Heute ist I+M ein bekanntes Produkt aus den Drogeriemärkten. Das Unternehmen ist Pionier für nachhaltige Naturkosmetik. Von den Rohstoffen bis zur Verpackung. Jörg spricht mit uns über die Themen: Nachhaltige Produkte sind oft teurer. Das Mindset hinter Margen. Was ist Fair? Die Bedeutung von Vertrauen bei Transparenz zu Kunden und Mitarbeitern Es ist genug für alle da. Wie teilen wir unsere Innovationen für das große Ganze Gemeinwohl vs. Konkurrenz Unternehmensstrategie… Jörg: “Wir haben keine Ziele”. In unserem Podcast sagt Jörg: “Wir werden die Welt nicht verändern, in dem wir grünere Produkte anbieten”, was mich nachdenklich gestimmt hat. Klar es ist ein Anfang, but lets think beyond "just" making our products more green.  Der Podcast ist besonders interessant für Menschen die sich für das Mindset hinter Unternehmen interessieren, die es nicht nur als “Lipservice” schaffen, unsere Welt nachhaltiger, fairer und noch wundervoller zu gestalten.
November 20, 2020
C2C als Umsatztreiber der Baubranche? mit Guido Gizinski Geschäftsführer Staco Deutschland
Cradle to Cradle und Nachhaltigkeit - die nächsten Megatrends der Bauindustrie? Staco ist ein Traditionsunternehmen und wurde in den 50er Jahre von Dr. Stapelmann gegründet, einem Pionier und Entwickler von Gitterosten in Deutschland. Unter anderem hat Dr. Stapelmann das Schweißpressrost erfunden. Staco gehört zur niederländischen ROTO-Gruppe, die in einem globalen Netzwerk agiert und europaweit tätig ist.  Auch die Staco Gruppe ist europaweit tätig, hat mehr als 350 Mitarbeiter und erzielt einen Umsatz > 45 Mio.€. Damit sind sie einer der größten Produzenten von Gitter- und Profilrosten in Europa. Staco ist der einzige Gitterrost Produzent mit dem Cradle2Cradle Zertifikat in Silber. Bisher haben die konkreten Herangehensweisen gefehlt, wirklich nachhaltige Unternehmen zu bauen und der gesellschaftliche Rückhalt diesen Weg zu gehen. Die "nachfrage vom Markt" hat auch nicht viel hergegeben.  Durch die Klimabewegungen, den technologischen Fortschtitt werden jedoch echte Lösungen zu unserem Klimaproblem denkbar, ohne unser wirtschaftssysthem auf den Kopfzustellen. Erste Anzeichen dafür, sehen wir in der Baubranche durch die ersten Cradle to Cradle Städte, z.B Venlo die „Cradle to Cradle Hauptstadt 2017“. Gerade in der Baubranche wird das Thema von Drees & Sommer mit Studien unterfüttert und laut Guido werden wir dort mit hoher Wahrscheinlichkeit bis 2030 große Veränderungen sehen. Die Cradle to Cradle Story wird zu einer ökonomischen Story.
November 17, 2020
Pioneering Holzbau - Erwin Thoma - Gründer Thoma Holz GmbH
Erwin Thoma hat mit seiner Firma Thoma Holz, weltweit Standards im Holzbau gesetzt. Was vor 30 Jahren noch als Spinnerei galt, ist heute durch 100% Holzbauten von Bürogebäude mit mehr als 1000 Arbeitsplätzen, 7 Stöckige Hotels und energieautaken Low-Tech Holzbauten auf dem ganzen Globus Realität. "Was kann ich, dass mache ich" Erwin Thoma lebte und lebt genau das.  Besonders faszinierend, finde ich Erwin's Story.   "Auf meiner Agenda steht nicht der Kontostand, sondern die hingebung zum Leben". Wie Erwin dieser Hingebung gefolgt und darauß ein sehr erfolgreiches Unternehmen geworden ist, erfährst du in dieser Episode. Was mit Holz möglich ist, muss man sehen. Bilder und Projekte findest du auf der Webseite von Thoma Holz.
November 9, 2020
Chocolate on a Mission - Christian Fenner CMO - The Nu Company
In weniger als 4 Jahren haben Christian und seine Co-Founder bei The Nu Company, nicht nur mehr als 40 Menschen eingestellt, sondern einen Schokoriegel in die Regale unserer Supermärkte gebracht, der vom ersten Rohstoff aus kontrolliert ideologischem Anbau bis zur Kompostierbaren-Verpackung durchdacht ist. Das noch nicht alles Perfekt ist (z.B. Hanfsamen noch aus China) kommunizieren die Jungs und Mädels bei The Nu offen.  In unserem Podcast sprechen wir über: Die Verantwortung des Konsumenten bei der Alternativlosigkeit im Supermarkt Transparenz - behind the Buzzword Wie geht The Nu mit Gehaltstrukturen, Margen, Marketing etc. um? Die Love brand “The Nu Company” 1 Milliarde Bäume... Der Podcast und die Webseite von The Nu ist besonders interessant für Menschen, die ideologische Unternehmen aufbauen möchten und sich zu einem inspirieren Markenauftritt gedanken machen. Christian und sein Team sind ein weiterer Weckruf, dass die ganze Welt aufeinmal zu retten, villeicht viel weniger bedeutsam ist, als konkrete Lösungen umzusetzen. #ihavebeenthere :) Und jetzt könnt ihr euch auf einen ehrlichen, transparenten Podcast mit Christian freuen. Also rann an die Hörer und enjoy :)
November 3, 2020
Serial App Entrepreneur takes on Climate Change, Markus Gilles, founder KLIMA
"How can you use tech for good?" That is a question that Markus had asked himself for quite a while now. He started his career as a political activist at the age of 16, became a filmmaker creating the most viral German sustainability campaign in the history of YouTube, and worked for the German Fairtrade Network. On his quest to have a positive impact he also started several app businesses to get closer to actualizing his vision. One being Hyper, a social network for curated videos that quickly got acquired by, a venture capital-backed company in the US. Another being MIGHTY a self-defense app for women that got featured by renowned magazines like Vogue and Spiegel as well as becoming a favorite by Apple. According to him, he has now come "full circle" by working on an app that helps everyone to use their smartphone to effectively reduce their CO2 footprint. So, how does it work? 1. You calculate your climate footprint in a very visual way and by answering simple questions 2. You choose an area you like most - Nature, Technology, Social 3. You choose which projects you want to support to offset your carbon footprint Definitely check out the app by clicking the link below to find a way to lower your own footprint.
October 6, 2020
Green and cheap energy for emerging markets - Martin Baart CEO at Ecoligo
Sustainability is not a technology problem but a problem of valuable business models. Martin Baart and his Team at Ecoligo are changing that in the emerging markets by providing a fully financed solar-as-a-service solution for local businesses. To local business owners in Ghana, Kenya, or Vietnam that reflect into lower energy costs that help them to grow their business by saving money and help to build emerging economies based on clean energy. This episode is particularly interesting to people that are working with a technology that major problems are not the further development of the technology but the right business model and product-market fit to be attractive. Furthermore, Martin dives with us on the topic of global collaboration and helps us understand how Ecoligo builds up a network of companies that realize their funded projects around the world. That results in a boost of the local economy and a scalable operation for Ecoligo. If you ever thought about investing in solar projects, you can check out their website for investors: As Ecoligo is growing also check out their positions or proactively approach Martin since they are always looking for people that want to join their mission. The Book Martin recommended to us: Factfulness
September 25, 2020
When Data Science meets Climate Change with Olivier Corradi, founder Tomorrow & Electricitymap
In this episode, we are talking to Olivier Corradi. 5 years ago after working on a project for wind energy in Denmark he decided to quit his job to focus on finding scalable solutions for climate change. As a data scientist, he began collecting data and creating models to better understand the status of global energy consumption. After he connected the dots and understood the big picture he turned his research into his first product — ElectricityMap. Over the years Olivier and his team have turned Olivier into a valuable tool for scientists, teachers, and politicians. He also started North, an app that helps you to make your CO2 footprint visible to you and calculate your CO2 budget among others. If you want to find out how these learnings could help you to have a better impact, then listen to this show. Check out Olivier:
September 21, 2020
Electrified Economy, der nächste Schritt nach grünem Strom mit Johannes Mayer - CEO bei Wiferion
Photovoltaik-Preise für Projekte, die 2021 in Betrieb genommen werden, könnten durchschnittlich auf 0,039 USD/kWh heruntergeschraubt werden. Das bedeutet erneuerbare Energien sind mehr als ein Fünftel günstiger als der billigste Konkurrent im Bereich fossiler Brennstoffe, nämlich Kohlekraftwerke. Aus diesem Grund beschäftigen sich Johannes und sein Team bei Wiferion mit der Elektrifizierung unserer Wirtschaft und unseres Lebens. Eine große Aufgabe. Der Podcast is besonders interessant für Menschen, die sich mit der Entwicklung von neuen Technologien beschäftigen. Johannes und sein Team schaffen es sich, mit dieser großen Vision und einer sehr innovativen Technologie "am Markt" zu behaupten. Im Podcast sprechen wir über die: Herausforderungen die neue Technologien die langfristig die “bessere” Alternative darstellen, jedoch aufgrund fehlender Infrastruktur, Skalenefekte etc. noch nicht mit den bestehenden Systemen mithalten können. Wie Johannes und sein Team es geschafft haben, einen konkreten Anwendungscase für Kabelloses, induktives Laden für FTS, Gabelstapler und Flurförderzeuge zu finden Electrified Economy - was ist das? S-Curve, welche Phasen durchlaufen neue Technologien Direkt auf der Webseite von Wiferion findet ihr ein Video auf der Startseite, das die Technologie in zwei Minuten veranschaulicht. Check it out! - Das empfohlene Buch: “The Innovator's Dilemma” von Clayton M. Christensen
September 16, 2020
Coping Nature and High tech to bring clean air to the cities - Peter Sänger CEO at Green City Solutions
Air pollution is one of the biggest threats for people living in cities causing 8million deaths each year. Peter Sänger and his Team at Green City Solutions GmbH are developing filter mediums made out of moose, combined with IoT components to fight against this threat. It's an amazing example of how we can use the millions of years of development, that nature is providing us and coping it with high tech. Especially problems as Greencitysolutions is tackling that involve a variety of stakeholder's as air quality, have one problem: It’s hard to find people that pay for good air quality as it is hard to finance ocean cleanups and other multisystem problems. As bad air quality is not caused by one individual, company, or state, Peter and his team needed to find a valuable business case. Just having a sustainable and green idea, can get you at some conferences and people get excited, but when it really comes to fight air pollution there is more needed then just goodwill Peter says. This episode especially interesting because Peter and his team have found a valuable business case with Greencitysolutions that allows them to get from a “feel-good product” for some companies that want to become a bit greener, to an actually scalable solution that has the potential to provide us with clean city air. Check out their website - or when you live in Berlin one of there city trees and see how exciting the future of our cities could look like. The book Peter recommended is Zero to One from Peter Thiel
September 9, 2020
From living two years in the wilderness to protect the rainforest with 100.000 of people - Matthias Langwasser, founder Regenbogenkreis
Matthias is the Founder of Regenbogenkreis a company that focuses on providing products out of the rainforest to enable indigenous families with work so they can keep their land. Furthermore, Matthias makes sure that the profits of the company are invested in the protection and reforestation for the green-lungs of our world. Matthias' journey began when he lived for two years in the wilderness and just ate what nature provided him with. By accident, he ate plants that poisoned him. His body entered a state of delirium through which he found answers to questions that formed his life. When Matthias left the wilderness, he followed his passion for food and joined a permaculture farm. In the following years, he then translated his love for food and became a known vegan cook and wrote the book "Vegane Kochkunst". To leverage his impact and follow the answers he had found to his life purpose back then in nature - to save the rainforest - he started with Regenbogenkreis. Today the operation employs 20 people and many more freelancers. They reach 100.000+ people every month with their mission to safe the rainforest and provide high-quality products out of it. We had a deep-dive into the milestones of his story and talked about the role of money, his company culture, how to face and handle things that are going wrong in the company or world and so much more. Enjoy the inspirational story and get deeper insights into Matthias philosophy on the website of Regenbogenkreis at
August 12, 2020
From the laboratory into the world - Dr. Marcel Roth Head of R&D at Dörken the hidden champion in Germany.
Having demands about climate action is important. Marcel Roth Head of R&D is touring this demand into action for decades. All of that within an industry that is dominated by the demand for system performance not mainly sustainability since it is crucial to ensure the safety of our everyday life. Chemists are able to do fantastic things with water-based or sustainable or materials BUT often it comes with huge sacrifices of performance. To break that problem we need to enter the world of complex systems. Marcel emphasized that in the complex systems we are operating in, collaboration gets not just more important but inevitable. I believe that cooperation is the biggest leverage for every challenge globally. That's why there needs to be more public attention and involvement in worldwide collaborations that solve meaningful problems. Stay tuned since we soon need your help in such an open collaboration & enjoy this episode.
June 27, 2020
Values-Based Innovation Managment - with Dr. Henning Breuer, Prof @HMKW Berlin & Founder of UXBerlin – Innovation Consulting
Prof. Dr. Henning Breuer is a professor for business psychology at the University of Applied Sciences for Media, Communication and Management and the founder of UXBerlin – Innovation Consulting. With UXBerlin he works as an innovation consultant for companies like Deutsche Telekom, GM, Dropbox. The episode is about values-based innovation management. He and his team are trying to find ways to navigate innovation in complex systems. Values could be key to do so successfully. In the Podcast, you learn about the practical application of values in your innovation process and gain deep insights into the world of the studies & practices of our guest. Check out UXBerlin to get more information about value's based innovation and Dr. Henning Breuer's work.
June 24, 2020
The Elon Musk of Smartphones - Firas Khalifeh, CEO Carbon Mobile
Let me share a crazy idea with you. 🛰🤔 What if we extract the surplus of CO2 which is causing us so much trouble and we turned it  into Carbon? You know the material, which is so popular among race car fanatics. Now, let’s not stop there. What if we would take this carbon and turn it into a smartphone? It sounds great, right? Even too good to be true and certainly crazy. Now would you believe me if I told you that this is not Sci-Fi but that a company in Berlin,  Germany is actually working on turning this into reality. Promoted as the “lightest smartphone” ever, featured by major publications like Chip,  Android Authority, ZEIT Online and T-Online, the CARBON 1 MK II is designed to impress. But much more importantly to us we wanted to figure out if Firas is authentic in his  approach.. And after the interview we have all the reasons to believe that Firas’ vision comes  from an honest place. He does care about the impact of his product and therefore goes against all odds, working  on what many claim to be impossible, launching a successful Smartphone business amongst  the giants like Apple, Samsung and HUAWEI. Not only did he already launch, he also presented the final product in our show. So if you want to be inspired by an entrepreneur who not only dreamed about being useful in  the area of sustainability but who has overcome so many obstacles to make his vision a  reality.. Then this episode is for you. Check out more about Carbon Mobile and Firas:
June 3, 2020
An unexpected answer to sustainability by Bryan Welch, CEO of Foundation for a Mindful Society
This was an interview I did not expect… Talking to Bryan Welch I was expecting to get to know more about the origin of the sustainability movement and what he learned over the last 20 years covering news with Ogden Publications and about what is happening in the world of sustainability and how we can apply more sustainable habits in our everyday life.. But right from the start Bryan showed me that we have to go much deeper and that we have to target the issue at its core. It is beyond dispute that Bryan has done his homework about the issue of climate change and he didn’t hesitate sharing his opinion. We question the very core of both our existence as humans as well as the nature of our economy. In a time where we simply have no time for sugarcoating our answers Bryan Welch makes a bold statement on why our Status Quo isn’t working and how we can approach it by targeting the cause. If you are ready for an interview to learn from a man who has embraced himself with this topic from a variety of perspectives and for quite a long time, then sit back and open your mind to learn from Bryan. Also please check out his book Beautiful & Abundant: Building the world we want Follow Bryan and his work: LinkedIn
May 29, 2020
Flüssiges Holz - Tecnaro revolutioniert die Kunstoffindustrie - im Podcast Geschäftsführer Jürgen Pfitzer & Helmut Nägele
Tecnaro - Kunststoffe aus Pflanzen ist ein Thema, mit dem sich Jürgen Pfitzer und Helmut Nägele seit 20 Jahren beschäftigen. Heute sind sie auf einem technologischen Stand, bei dem sie mit ihren Werkstoffen nicht nur mit der auf Erdöl basierten Kunststoff-Industrie mithalten können, sondern entsprechend der Anwendung den besseren Werkstoff anbieten. Biokunststoffe werden erst seit einigen Jahren erforscht und weiterentwickelt, mit einem viel kleineren Forschungsaufwand als bei auf Erdöl basierenden Kunststoffen.  Im Podcast erfährst du, welche Potenziale sich in diesem jungen Werkstoff noch verstecken.  Helmut & Jürgen nehmen uns mit auf die Reise der Entstehung ihres Unternehmens, welche Herausforderungen sie bewältigen mussten & wie sie es geschafft haben, sich mit ihrer ambitionierten Idee, viel Arbeit und mit ein klein bisschen Glück, als ein stark wachsendes Unternehmen zu etablieren.  Grünes Geschäftsmodell, schwarze Zahlen also. Die beiden Unternehmer sind für mich´Vorzeigebeispiele in Unternehmensführung & Werte-Basis,  und beweisen damit, dass die von Europa gesteckten SDG's nicht nur erreicht, sondern auch übertroffen werden können. Warum? - Das erfährst du im Podcast.
May 15, 2020
Are we living in a healthy system? - Tom Rippin CEO, On Purpose
How can we translate amazing ideas like the circular economy, economy for the common goods, etc. into our economical system. Before we go in the details of the podcast let me tell you what Tom is doing: He finances professionals & gives highly skilled people working in vibrant environments, to quit their job and join a 1-year program working in companies that are working for a healthy system & find their purpose. Tom starts to help us to understand our global economy from a systemic perspective with an amazing analogy about the human body. Usually, such analogies are pretty brought and sound nice BUT I believe Tom found a really useful one to get a good understanding of what is going on on our planet. having a look at what a healthy system is looking like we all can look at these attributes and challenge ourselves if we are working towards such a healthy system and if we find it desirable. Tom's view of a healthy system: - distribute resources equally - resources get reused multiple times - tend to balance and not maximize either efficiency or resilience When we have a look at the attributes of a healthy system, it looks like a system a lot of us are working for. Talking about a common vision Tom brings up a pretty interesting thought. He hopes that the SDG's even when they have served the movement towards a better life for all of us, that we are not missing the deeper conversation we as a species have to have. As Michael Braungart says "When you make the wrong things perfect, they are perfectly wrong".  That and a lot more you can listen to in this episode. Enjoy!
May 11, 2020
Sebastiann Neumann CEO Sharkbite Innovation - finding inspiration not fear in climate change.
Talking to Sebastian Neumann the Co-Founder & Managing Director of Sharkbite I learned that transformation comes down to individuals that take a problem and solve it. Of course, we have systemic problems with huge "butterfly effects" with whatever we touch and change BUT Sharkbite is proving that we can use the SDGs to come up with concrete impact and business opportunities. Sebastian introduced us to the idea of Zebra's and how our Start-Up unicorns haven't brought the transformation we hoped for. On the other hand companies like Shell that try to find out how they can funnel their money in the "sustainable disruption". New business models, new companies, old companies transforming, all of it is happening and now change is unstoppable. The conversations in this podcast have changed from "can we manage to slow down climate change" to "how fast can we manage to slow down climate change". Slow but steady improvements. Let's keep going changemakers.
April 14, 2020
Ronja Wolf & Ulrike Glatz - system problems need system solutions.
Ronja Wolf working at Ronja gained deep expertise in our economy and how we can transform into a more sustainable one. What KPI's do we following that transformation? Is GDP a KPI which can co-exist next to a world without climate change? Ulrike Glatz me interviewing Ronja and helps us with here background in strategy consulting at Accenture and as the founder of the impact Allianz to find answers about new measurements for our economy & global society. On the hunt for silver bullets, I came to the understanding that "one solve its all" is not how we can approach our complex system.  What we need instead is to constantly evolve and find new ways of approaching global problems like climate change. In this episode we talked about: - What moves companies and individuals to push change within their industry  - The power of individuals bringing change into their companies - How to help the government to drive change with good set boundary conditions - Why will we act on climate change now since we haven't acted on it since decades - Why companies are scared as shit from not evolving now into sustainable business models - How to set up your own Fridays for future at your workplace
March 31, 2020
David Wortmann - CEO DWR ECO - How infrastructure and the regulatory environment make fossil energy cheaper than clean energy.
David Wortmann the CEO of DWR-Eco is working in the interface of politics and business. A key problem, that takes time and effort to use fewer fossil raw materials within our value chain is the given infrastructure & regulatory landscape. With his team, David is helping startups, companies and VC’s to crack the code and scale sustainable solutions. As the CEO of DWR ECO David gained deep expertise in political legislation and the right communication within the market to help clean technologies to become profitable. We talked about: - what leverages we have to make clean tech investable?  - When do we start with what, to hit the goal of carbon neutrality till 2050?  - how politics can support clean technologies by trying out.
March 24, 2020
Digitalisierung & Ökologie - zwei mega Trends für eine bessere Welt - Lucas Gerrits - TLGG Consultant
Die Kombination aus Notwendigkeit der Digitalisierung & Ökologie als Chance. Doch was macht die Politik? Lucas Gerrits Speaker und Consultant bei TLGG Consulting hilft uns tiefe Einblicke in die Transformation im deutschen Mittelstand zu gewinnen. Fragen die auf die wir Antworten suchen sind: - IOT & Nachhaltigkeit? - Wie schaffen wir es das die nachhaltigsten Autos in Deutschland hergestellt werden? - wie Otto Versandhandel den "war of talents" gewinnt - die Bedeutung von Daten in einer nachhaltigen Welt - Investitionssicherheit in Nachhaltigkeit durch politischen Wille - gleichwertige Alternativen statt Verzicht Wenn du die mischung aus Digitaler & Nachhaltiger Transformation besser verstehen möchtest, dann ist diese Episode die genau richtige.
March 2, 2020
Holger Thorsten Schubart, CEO Neutrino Energy Group - Die Zukunft der Energiegewinnung
Das Thema der Energiegewinnung ist ein sehr zentrales in der Klimafrage. Gerade beim diesjährigen Energiewende-Kongress in Berlin von der dena (Deutsche Energie Agentur) ist uns klar geworden, dass wir 2 Bewegungen Herr werden müssen. Auf der einen Seite zwingt uns der Klimawandel zum Handeln schneller auf erneuerbare Energien umzusteigen. Doch auf der anderen Seite steigt unser Energieaufwand als Gesellschaft ungemein. Die aktuelle Lösung? Mehr von dem gleichen machen. Mehr Solar! Mehr Windkraft! Mehr Wasserkraft! Doch ist das alles? Ein vehementes „Nein“ kann unser heutiger Gast dieser Frage entgegenbringen. Holger Thorsten Schubart ist der CEO der Neutrino Germany GmbH. Die Neutrino Energy GmbH arbeitet an einer neuen Art der Energiegewinnung, über Neutrinos.. Eine gänzlich neue Kategorie. Warum diese Art und Weise der Energieerzeugung bereits von DAX 30 Unternehmen in Deutschland evaluiert wird und warum wir zukünftig unsere Elektroautos nicht mehr an der Steckdose aufladen müssen, erfährst du in diesem Podcast. Erfahre mehr über diese faszinierende Technologie: Neutrinos in Aktion (Video-Demo): Die offizielle Webseite von Neutrino Germany: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung - Physik-Nobelpreis für die Entdeckung der Neutrinomasse: Holger Thorsten Schubarts sehr lesenswerter Blog:
March 1, 2020
Kasha Huk - B-Lab Country Manager - using businesses as a force for good.
It is the main role of businesses today to serve the global community or to serve their employees, shareholders and customers? Kasha Huk is the Country Manager of Canada at B-Lab. We talked about the mind-shift happening in the business world. The biggest and most capital intensive institutions like Black Rock commit their efforts towards a more sustainable and fair world for humanity and the planet.  Kasha is facilitating that emerging within big cooperations, medium-sized businesses and startups in Canada and around the world and gives us deep insights into the standards B-Lab is establishing in the economy. In the podcast we are talking about: - the match of profitable businesses and social/environmental impact - what are the signs that we are witnessing a tipping point of companies that adapt to our global problems - the interplay of politics, NGO´s and business - how the externalization of costs (e.g pollution) is regulated and how "green" business will give their investors profitable investment possibilities - impossible till someone does it - will we that in solving climate change? - how to leverage the power of organizations like B-Lab My key take away of the podcast is Kashas amazing "we will solve that mess" attitude and the positive energy that is creating. Who are your role models that use their business as a force for good?
February 24, 2020
Anders Wijkman - Club of Rome honor president - incremental change vs transformation.
Anders Wijkman talked with us about the trends and transformations we are currently going through in regards to climate change. We dive deep into the following topics: Are the coming generations equipped enough to really face the problems we see occurring in our world? Service-oriented businesses - what can happen? How are opportunities like the circular economy are connected to different ministries and how that is slowing down implementation? History tells us transformation only takes place in big crisis. How Anders experiences the mindset of our political leaders and what impact it has that most of them are not listening to. The issue of competitiveness in regards to climate change. The system that needs to be transformed is huge and set up so that implementing "the right things" often is not jet supported by the rules, politics gives those cooperations. Anders spent his lifetime at this interface and helped us to get a better understanding of what is really happening there. The takeaway I gained in this podcast is that: when there is no business model for your solution, we won't be able to implement it on scale 2.nd politics can create the environment so that it is easier to find business models for the "right" products. What are your role models for future prooven businesses that hit the sweet spot between serving our world & having a great business model?
February 19, 2020
Joel El-Qalqili - Lawyer at SMP - foundation of sustainable investment
Joel El-Qalqili Senior Associate at Schnittker Möllmann Partners (SMP) gives us a glimpse into the sustainable development of the VC and private equity sphere. We talk about the importance and the weaknesses of #esg policies (Environmental, Social and Governance) and the forces driving change towards more sustainable investments like new regulations but aswell a change of mindset. We discussed the possibility of working around regulations and that exactly that mindset shift mixed with the new rules will be the driver of change in the VC and private equity game. Listening to the podcast you can get a deeper understanding of how ESG is applied in the real world, how the law is evolving in regards to climate change and how we leverage the power of bringing together conventional and environmental fund managers to see how they could unite their power, knowledge and impact. Who could Joel talk to, to form such a team?
February 13, 2020
How to put your money to work to save the world - Douglas Heske, CEO Newday
Did you ever sit down with your financial advisor and ask yourself where your money is flowing to? Have you ever asked if your investments might support companies that aren't acting sustainably or might even continue to support the fossil fuel industry? Well, to clarify this and find an alternative I talked to the CEO of Newday Impact Investing. Not only do they provide an app but they keep over 8000 publicly owned companies accountable with their own tracking system, their service also  covers 2000 funds and more than a hundred thousand public entities. This way they make sure that your money is put to work properly while you can lean back and have a good conscience. Newday helps you invest in companies and financial instruments that support: * Climate Action * Gender Equality * Ocean Health * Clean Water And many more positive causes while providing you a good return on your money. I recommend to check them out when you are living in the US: Apple App Store: Google Play Store:
February 3, 2020
Georg Schürmann - Director Triodos Bank - I AM RESPONSIBLE
I AM RESPONSIBLE. Big words backed with action. Georg Schürmann - the director of the Triodos bank Germany talks with us about their decades of experience in sustainable banking and what that actually means. Georg finds pretty clear words for his work. "It´s really easy", he says: "I take care of a better world for future generations". Triodos provides a blueprint to bigger banks for financially feasible & sustainable investments. At the podcast, you find out about the trends in sustainable finance and what is the missing piece to accelerate that change.
January 21, 2020
Len Fisher - Co-Author kyoto manifesto
How do complex systems work? Len Fisher is an individual who spent his life on the interface of science, politics and society. He talked about the problems the world is facing are so big that sudden changes are unpredictable. We talked about: - the impact of the difference between the pursuit of understanding vs. the pursuit of power - how a new kind of insurance could be the answer to the wicked problems we are facing - what Len believes could be the first steps towards a more resilient world
January 15, 2020
Ekhart Hahn - Founder Eco-City a city designed for humans again.
What do cities have to do with climate change? Actually a lot! When Ekhart Hahn started to study city design, electricity was seen as an abundant resource. That changed with the report of the Club of Rome “Limits to Growth” when he realized that cities are actually big energy-consuming beasts. A stream of food, products, water, etc. goes in and we get tons of wasted material out. Not a really great system isn’t it? Ekhart believes that with modern architecture and the right design he can tourn the view we have on cities around. Ekhart says: “Modern cities are designed for consumers. The eco-city will be designed and organized for humans again.” With ecocity he is building the biggest ecosystem for the future of modern life I have seen so far. It’s big, it’s ambitious it's crazy. How he will bring his ambitions to reality and how far they actually are, is what you find out by listening to the podcast.
January 6, 2020
Cradle to Cradle - The good the bad and the ugly with Tim Janßen, Executive Director of Cradle to Cradle NGO
Visiting the Cradle to Cradle lab in the heart of Berlin we learned what it can mean to leave a positive footprint in a world where we aren’t even barely scratching the surface of leaving a neutral footprint. Tim Janßen - the Executive Director & Member of the Board of Cradle to Cradle NGO pursues an idea some could call radical.  He dreams of a world where because of us the world is MORE sustainable and not livable for another couple of decades.. His mission is to make the concept of Cradle to Cradle tangible to understandable that this is actually possible, on a large scale. While walking through the Cradle to Cradle lab in the midst of Berlin, walking past walls created with sustainable paint that do not emit any unhealthy gases, looking at construction concepts of buildings that operate fully sustainably and learning that every single piece in the lab was produced fully sustainable (even the dish washer ;)) we got a good idea of the power of this concept. If you are interested in sustainability and want to learn about the status quo of Cradle to Cradle and how it fits into our current world. This episode is for you. Check out Tim’s additional resources: Website: Instagram: Youtube:
December 26, 2019
Martin Schichtel CEO Kraftblock - Optimizing energy waste through a big hot stone.
As we took natural resources for granted, entrepreneurs like Martin started out to reuse as much of what we use as possible. With Kraftblock he and his team are transforming the way we use waste heat within our value chains. To do so he needed to face a lot of challenges and the most important one was to make his solution economically feasible. How the industry is responding to solutions like his and what is needed to drive change faster is what you can listen to in this episode.
December 21, 2019
Leon Reiner, ImpactHub - Social Entrepreneurship needs to reinvent itself
Join this conversation with the chief of the ImpactHub in Berlin where we learn at which stage social entrepreneurship is at and where we address many of the misconceptions around it. Leon's main mission is to drive positive change to our society and help as many purpose-driven entrepreneurs as possible close the gap from their mere potential to helping them have a true impact. In this episode you will learn: * Why making money is crucial to create solutions for "wicked problems" like climate change * Why social startups are currently not growing like Unicorn  "hockey-stick" startups * Why it is URGENT to find the blueprint for highly successful social ventures * Why the Sustainable Development Goals are helping to create a common denominator for impact ------- Check out his community for impact-driven entrepreneurs: Leon's LinkedIn: The Impact Hub Berlin website: When you are in Berlin definitely visit the ImpactHub Berlin: ImpactHub Friedrichstraße 246, 10969 Berlin, Deutschland
December 18, 2019
Hubert Rhomberg, CEO - Rhomberg Group: Wooden skyscrapers and wood as the building material of the future?
What materials do you think about when you think about highrise buildings and the construction industry? Usually cement or steel, right? Well, there is one entrepreneur who is pioneering the construction industry in stealth. He has taken over the family business and instead of following business as usual. He decided to do something differently.. In this episode you gonna find out: * Why we need to learn from mother nature if we ought to survive on this planet * Why it is NOT enough to work on solutions on your own but why SHARING is the key * What does Hubert think about FridaysForFuture and other grassroots movement as an industrialist? * Why our world isn't designed to be 100% circular and what to do about it Check out Hubert to learn more: * Check out his book: From Ego to Lego - *
December 13, 2019
Fabian Heilemann, Partner Earlybird VC - Co-Founder Leaders for Climate Action, what is it all about?
Fabian is not only a serial entrepreneur who is sitting on various boards, Partner at Earlybird who is invested in known startups like Movinga, Onefootball, N26 and many more, he is also the Co-founder of Leaders for Climate Action. Leaders for Climate Action is an organization now a group of 210 members of CEOs and venture capital investors, that makes clear statements. Their website shows clearly that we have barely 8 years left. They have specific demands and present solutions with concepts like the Green Pledge where leading digital entrepreneurs in Germany and Europe commit to measuring, reducing and off-setting their company's CO2 footprint, and who are uniting their voice for stronger political action, like putting a higher price on CO2 emissions that actually would make a steering impact. In this podcast episode he gives us an insight how he plans to use the power of institutional investors like Earlybird to combine their duty of delivering financial returns to their investors with driving a positive impact for our planet. What you gonna learn in this episode: - What Fabian thinks is the intersection between companies that have a positive social and environmental impact which aren't charities but for-profit businesses (Climate Tech) - How Leaders for Climate Action are helping companies on a concrete climate action level - How they plan to quantify, reduce and off-set CO2 emissions for companies Check out the following resources: - - (Reach out to them if you are working on an impact-driven business, they appreciate your email)
December 10, 2019
Thy-Diep Ta, Chief Well Being Officer - Brainboost: Well-being in an uncertain future.
As our world gets more complex & the next existential crisis humanity is facing is just around the corner. Thy-Diep Ta (Yip) gives us insights into the work of Brainboost a company that uses neurofeedback for higher capacity and life quality. As former Mc Kinsey and now "Chief Well Being Officer" at Brainboost Yip is diving with us into how we can use mindfulness to: - make better decisions in a complex world - dealing with stress & uncertainty  The last topic we talked about is the needed infrastructure so we as humans, friends, mothers etc. can enable our environment. As humanity is facing more and more social "diseases" what is your opinion on that utopia in which society becomes its own mental health coach?
December 9, 2019
Rüdiger Fox - CEO Sympatex "Doing what is necessary instead of what's possible"
When Rüdiger joined Sympatex a company in the textile industry, he asked a question that put the existence of the company at risk. "Can we find a reason that the world needs us." In this question, Sympatex not only found a way to really contribute and revolutionize the textile industry but they have been able to position themselves as a lighthouse company in regards to sustainability. What economic weakness our current models have and how Rüdiger managed it with Sympatex to become a profitable circular company is what you find out in the podcast. So I wonder, why is your company needed? Have you found an answer to that?
December 6, 2019
Christoph Zschoke, Geschäftsführer der Ökotec: Energiewende - Unternehmen weiter als Politik?
"Ich bin immer wieder überrascht, wie optimistisch die Politik noch ist" - Christoph Zschoke, Geschäftsführer der ÖKOTEC Energiemanagement GmbH Christop beschäftigt sich bereits seit 25 Jahren mit dem Thema Ökologie & Ökonomie. Deshalb kann er als jemand bezeichnet werden, der durch sein Unternehmen die Energiewende mitgestaltet. Dass wir allerdings nur noch 8 Jahre bei gleichbleibendem CO2 Ausstoß haben, um das 1,5 Grad Ziel zu erreichen, ist ein trauriges Indiz dafür, dass eine erfolgreiche Energiewende global & lokal gefährdet ist.. Die Gründe dafür sind komplex und vielseitig. Eines ist jedoch zumindest in Deutschland Realität. Bürger*innen und Unternehmen haben den Knall gehört und fordern klare Vorgaben der Politik. Christoph's Aussage nach, sind große Unternehmen wie die BASF darin interessiert in eine emissionsfreie Zukunft zu investieren. Allerdings fehlt für ökonomisch lohnenswerte Investitionen ein sinnvoller politischer Rahmen. Schalte jetzt ein und finde heraus welche Partei Christoph trotzdem Hoffnung macht und wie er mit Ökotec die Energiewende mitgestaltet und beschleunigt. Unsere Frage an euch: Wie können wir der Politik helfen die "richtigen" Entscheidungen im Rahmen des Klimawandels zu treffen? Link zur Webseite von ÖKOTEC Energiemanagement GmbH
December 5, 2019
Manuel Dolderer, Co-Founder - Code University: Curiosity-driven education to face the challenges of our time
For this episode Manuel Dolderer welcomed us at the Code University at the Factory - the go-to startup hub of Berlin. Just on our way to the interview we already noticed that Code University is aware of the issues that we are facing. On the blackboard we saw signs of Extinction Rebellion and students searching for like-minded action-takers for climate related projects. But the main purpose of the Code University is to create software developers, designers and creators, equipped with the skills for the modern world. In this interview Manuel introduced us to what they call curiosity-driven education based on project-based learning. So instead of having one lecturer, i.e. an expert telling the students what they need to learn, students are being put into real projects where they learn the skills necessary in a self-exploratory way. A really radical way of learning a skill as you might think. However, Code is so much more than that, and this is why you should listen to this interview with Manuel. :) Check out: Here you find a link to the Better Future Lab where Code students work on projects in alignment with the SGDs by the UN:
December 4, 2019
The Climate Hackathon by Yale Open Lab - Interview with Net Impact Berlin
For today's podcast we are sitting together with the organizers of the Climate Hackathon initiated by Yale University, or the Open Climate Collabathon by Yale Openlab as the official name is. Luka Zrnic, Oliver Bley  and Sam Tuke have taken time to give use an insight into what is happening behind the curtains at the event and explained us why this isn't a typical hackathon. "It isn't about competing against each other, but much rather about achieving a common goal while collaborating with each other." says Luka Zrnic president of Net Impact@ESMT Berlin a student club focusing on climate change and effective charity work. In this episode you will learn: * Why if you are a professional coder you can use your skill for good * How the structure of intellectual property looks like in a collaborative project * Which specific problems the Yale OpenLab determined and why * Why this is just one event of many to come The event is taking place all around the world. But only from the 16-17th of November you can participate in person. Afterwards the whole event will continue exclusively online for another week. The goal is to create a global accountability system to track the CO2 emissions for stakeholders in climate change stay accountable against the Paris agreement. If this isn't a worthy cause, I do not know what is. ;)
November 16, 2019
Oliver Bolton, Founder of Almond - The Everything Store for Sustainable Products?
Today’s guest is the founder of Almond. He is here to remind us which impact the choices of our consumption have on the climate and our environment.  While most people do not even know their own carbon footprint Oliver points out that 55% of our own carbon footprint comes from the goods we consume! (food, drinks, clothing, health, beauty, electronics) This means that with the Almond app we can have a significant impact if we break our habit of consumption and shop sustainably instead. But not only that. Oliver and his team want to help you Buy Better products. Act Better and Offset the rest. Becoming something like your go-to place to find sustainable brands, plant trees for consuming positive products and lower your footprint in the process. Before founding Almond Oliver started his own brand creating sustainable drinks - Waterbomb. It was not only one of the first B-Corp certified drink companies in Europe but it is also a way for his Almond app to spread because you can get rewards if you scan the lid of your FACT drink with the Almond app. To round up the concept Almond is run on the Blockchain to bring transparency to everything from food to services with responsible brands and make it easier for you to find the brands you can trust. So download the app. Find out what carbon footprint you have. Connect your credit card And shop sustainably. :)) [Please note that Almond is currently mainly active in the UK and we are not being paid by Almond, we just want to share the great idea with you. :)]  Here you can check out the app:
November 13, 2019
Borealis (Biggest Plastic Supplier) - Vice President Lucrèce Foufopoulos-DeRidder - Walking the talk
As one of the biggest plastic suppliers in the world Borealis has huge responsibilities to us as humanity. This podcast leaves us with mixed feelings. Lucrèce is such a smart person & accepted to be on our podcast as well as talked at a program in Austria really dedicated to solve climate change. So she walks the talk. In this podcast, we tried to find out how not only she as an individual but especially the company she works for really is changing towards a circular economy & what if this company is not only able to do what is "worth it" but what is needed. We want to believe Borealis becoming a part of the solution to climate change and the plastic problem but just time & action will show if Lucrèce and here team will be able to show that industries like the plastic industry are really able to close the circle.
November 8, 2019
Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Co-President, Club of Rome - Economic philosophical mistakes of our modern world
Ernst Ullrich von Weizsäcker talked with us about the philosophical mistakes we have built our modern world on & the massive misunderstanding of Adam Smith. The “old” models worked before we have been in a globalized world but now they are easily undermined by smart but destructive tactics. How we can learn to transform those models with the power of smart governance structures like Sweden did for example in early 1990 about the acid rain. Ernst had the chance in his career to really get a deep understanding of system earth and we tried to get the first glimpse of that understanding so people who want to drive change can build on the learnings on the shoulders of titans ;)
November 5, 2019
Ingmar Rentzhog, Founder of the Social Network for Climate Change - We Don’t Have Time: Mother Earth has fever, and here is what we can do about it!
„If you understand the crisis, we must act. It is like walking on the street and seeing someone dying. You have the obligation to help them.“ THIS is the clear message that Ingmar shares with us in this podcast episode. By listening you will understand why Ingmar is a Mother Earth’s Hero and how you can become a part of the change that awaits us all. Find out why Mother Earth has a fever and why an increase is severely more dangerous than we perceive it to be. Here you can find We Don’t Have Time. The mobile app for everyone who wants to become part of the solution to fight the climate crisis. Download on Android ( Download on iOS (
October 30, 2019
Juan Pablo Osornio, Global Climate Politics - Greenpeace: Why the big green brother is always there for you
We are reporting live from the office of Greenpeace in Berlin sitting with Juan Pablo Osornio right about to have a conversation with the person responsible for Global Climate Politics. We were expecting this interview to be very formal and PR-ish, talking about the events happening around the world where Greenpeace is bringing in their help and how Greenpeace operates. But what we got was very different.. Instead we were having a human-to-human conversation getting insights into the humane aspect of Greenpeace sharing stories about how every action Greenpeace takes is about coherence with nature and humanity as a whole. Turn on this podcast and sit back for a very different perspective on the big green brother that has been there probably before you have born even and will continue to be there even when the shine of the media will fade.. Learn why: * we should loosen our need for certainty to have a perfect plan before we ACT on climate change * Greenpeace supports every activist with resources and media support to spread their message * Juan decided to become part of the most powerful force of the world, nature. * Greenpeace is in favour of FridayForFuture and why Juan values the humility of Greta Check out Greenpeace and get in contact with Juan if you need support with your activity to save our climate! *the opinions expressed by the interviwee are his own and not of the organization he works for
October 23, 2019
Kwame Yamgnane - Co-Founder of the most successful Coding School, 42: The Blueprint to solve any real-world problem?
Today our host Nicolaj is interviewing Kwame Yamgnane - a real powerhouse in the field of education who despite a lot opposing winds has created one of the world’s most successful coding schools which is endorsed by almost every high profile Entrepreneur in the Silicon Valley. Not only has the school consistently created exceptional talent in the field of software development, but it has done so without any professor holding a lecture in front of their students... It is all done purely through Peer-to-peer learning. Because according to Kwame his students learn best by learning the knowledge "by creating the knowledge yourself." In this podcast you will get a deep insight into how the school works and which principles the educational system is governed. Find out what makes the difference between a student who learns from an expert and who then applies it to the real world or a student who explores a field on his own and then becomes a true MASTER. Find out... 1. Why our current education has been working so well during the time of industrialization but why we will face many challenges getting into the digital age 2. Which massive barriers Kwame and his team had to overcome despite being funded by famous french billionaire Xavier Neil 3. Why the principles of 42 cannot just be applied to any other field 4. Ideas on how École 42 could help solve climate change 5. Why in 2100 we might be facing the biggest crisis humanity ever faced (greater than climate change?!) Check out the school(s) by Kwame: Please leave a 5-star review if you enjoyed this episode. See you in the next one. ;)
October 21, 2019
Lubomila Jordanova - CEO, Big Data of Climate Change to take ACTION
Today we were fortunate to have an interview with Lubomila Jordanova. She and her team have been crunching the numbers for the last 2 years to understand the impacts of climate change on a data-driven level. Even though we might need these forces as well but for her it is not enough to occupy bridges or to go out and strike. She wants everyone of use to be empowered to take ACTION. To become an expert at a small area that helps mitigate climate change. Because she also noticed that she was explaining the same things over and over again, she built an academy, what she calls the encyclopedia of climate change. You should check out the website of PlanA and get a better understanding of the global movements that are happening ranging from big businesses, startups to NGOs. Thanks for having us, Lubomila.
October 14, 2019
Harald Friedl - CEO, Circle Economy: How we can accelerate the shift to a circular economy!
In this episode Harald Friedl explains why the shift from a circular economy is much more than just closing material loops. It is about embracing a shift of our mindset, to get to a world that values the ecological and social components as much as or even more as economics. In this podcast you will learn about these BIG ideas: 1. Why the circular economy is not compatible with the current system and what we can do about it 2. Check out 1000s of case studies on 3. Why it is highly necessary to protest but why even a 12-year old in Bali can have an impact! For more, check out:
October 11, 2019
Jakob Muus - CEO Tracksfortrucks: How to reduce the CO2 emissions of trucks with predictive algorithms
Jakob Muus is a great example of a change-maker making his way from the corporate world to start his own business after he has spent time in his "innovation lab". Learn how Jakob is building the solution to improve an industry full of inefficiencies to contribute to mitigating climate change. As always, we are looking forward to your questions on Instagram: Also if you like the episode, leave us a 5-star review for more listeners finding about the companies and solutions that will dominate our future.
September 30, 2019
Andreas Kuhlmann - CEO of the German Energy Agency (dena): Why we need more young people who CHOOSE to CHANGE
Why history repeats itself and why we did not change in 1992 when the "Earth Day" happened. >> Listen to this podcast and find out why young people need to step up their game.
September 29, 2019
Extinction Rebellion Leaders in Berlin, Germany - Till, Jana and Kaa: The insides of a Grassroots Movement
NO MORE NICE WORDS: Extinction Rebellion has become one of the premier movements to save our planet and keep politicians accountable to act according to the Paris Treaty next to FridaysForFuture and the Sunrise Movement and in this podcast episode we dive deeper into how the organization came to life. Nick wants to know if there is any plan beyond civil disobedience which opens the conversation to the demands, core principles and values the company runs on. Check out the episode and learn: - Why Extinction Rebellion organizes as a Holacracy - Which 10 principles the organization runs on and how they create the core of all operations - Why they have been unique as a movement and execute against a plan that has been created in 2 years - Which support systems they have built up and how it helps them prevent activism burnout Participate on the conversation on Instagram:
September 27, 2019
Fritz B. Simon - Organisationsberater, Psychotherapeut und Autor: Warum Massenbewegungen Organisationen werden müssen
In dieser Folge trifft Nicolaj auf Fritz B. Simon, der ihm einen Exkurs in die Welt der Organisationsberatung bereitet. Er teilt Einblicke aus seinem Buch: Anleitung zum Populismus: oder: Ergreifen Sie die Macht! Auch wenn das recht extrem klingt, ist Populismus etwas, was Fritz B. Simon nicht unterstützt, vielmehr zeigt er anhand der Prinzipien von "effektivem" Populismus die Prinzipien für eine starke Organisation, und wie Bewegungen, wie FridaysForFuture durch eine optimierte Organisation dafür sorgen können nachhaltig Energie in ihre Sache zu investieren. In dieser Folge lernst du: * Warum Greenpeace als Beratungsunternehmen gescheitert ist und warum immer ein Feindbild im Populismus nötig ist * Warum eine ansprechende Vision für die Zukunft nicht ausreicht, um Massen zu bewegen * Warum das "Wozu" wichtiger ist als das "Warum" * Welche Qualitäten und Komponenten für eine effektive Organisation nötig sein Wie immer freuen wir uns auf deinen Kommentar bei Instagram: Schaue auch gerne in unseren Live Ticker zur Climate Action Week in New York.
September 26, 2019
Peter Kalmus - NASA Scientist, Author and Activist: 6-steps of effective Climate Action
Peter Kalmus is one of a kind. After hearing about the impact of Global Warming during his studies he decided to switch to a direction that involves environmental studies. He had to do something to channel his worries. Not only is he now working as a Climate Scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory but he also has written a book about the matter - Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution. You can find out on his website: There he shares his research, his projects and everything what he is working on. Which is a lot. He has an app: Earth Hero: He has an anti-flying campaign for scientists: So taking a look at his resources makes sense ;)
September 25, 2019
Martin Stuchtey - Managing Director SYSTEMIQ (former McKinsey): The Climate Change Dilemma and why there are no easy solutions
In this podcast episode Martin Stuchtey gives us a deep-dive into the system of our current economy and his perspective on why we cannot change even if the world's most renowned experts are working on our current challenge that we face. In this episode you will learn: * Why we are facing human's most prevalent "Innovator's dilemma " and why we are failing to handle it * Which super-trends our modern ways of doing business bring * How we need to transform our current economy and society * How the framework by SYSTEMIQ acts as a catalyst for change Check out the consultancy by Martin Stuchtey:
September 24, 2019
How does the UN even work? From the perspective of UN employee Papa Dembele
In this podcast in front of the UN building where the General Assembly is happening, we get the chance to interview Papa Dembele who has been with the UN for 8 years.
September 23, 2019
Greta Thunberg, New York Full Speech
„We demand a save future. Is THAT REALLY TOO MUCH TO ASK?“ - Greta Thunberg, New York
September 23, 2019
Stefano Venier - CEO, Hera: Leader in environmental water and energy services
In this episode of our #30days30heroes challenge Nicolaj jumped on an interview with Stefano Venier, a seasoned business executive who overlooks the vast operations of the Hera Group. We notice right away that this man puts his money where his mouth is when he tells Nick that he just came out of a meeting with 100 other executives discussing how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) could be implemented more effectively. And so it begins, enjoy an episode full of wisdom getting insights into the principles of the circular economy and sustainability as well as first-hand insights from an executive managing an enterprise with close to 9000 employees. Find out how he works on this established business to become a role model in our pursuit towards building more sustainable companies.
September 14, 2019
Roland Ehry - Associate Partner, Sustainable Growth Associates: Zur Nachhaltigkeit im deutschen Mittelstand
Die heutige Folge gibt uns die Möglichkeit jemandem mit +30 Jahren Erfahrung im Management Consulting zuzuhören, der den Wandel vom Top Consultant zur treibenden Kraft der Nachhaltigkeit im deutschen Mittelstand gemacht hat. Roland, stellt uns in dieser Folge nicht nur einige wertvolle Frameworks und Ressourcen vor, die ihn auf seinem Weg unterstützt haben, sondern er zeigt uns ebenfalls wie er seinen Weg zur Nachhaltigkeit gefunden hat und welchem Wunschbild er sich annähern will. In dieser Folge lernst du: * Wie der Stand des "Nachhaltigkeits-Mindsets" im Mittelstand ausfällt * Was Ressourcen, wie Gaia Education oder The Natural Step mit seiner persönlichen Transformation zu tun haben * Warum jede Veränderung bei uns selbst beginnt Wie immer freuen wir uns auf deine Beteiligung bei Instagram.
September 12, 2019
Michael Braungart - Co-Inventor Cradle-to-Cradle: There are no heroes, there is no mother earth!
Let's forget about sustainability and talk about Beauty, Quality and Innovation. Michael Baumgart really gave us a whole new perspective on climate change - even more, on the role of humanity. In this episode you will find out why we should rather consider to celebrate life and humanity than constantly think about decreasing our footprints. At the end Nicolaj also prepared a special invitation if you search for a way to become a change-maker yourself. Just shoot us a message on Instagram to learn more.
September 11, 2019
Anna Kirah - Design Anthropologist at Kirah Co: On the Power of Kindness to overcome Climate Change
Anna Kirah is all about humanity. In her early career, she worked for Boeing and Microsoft where she excelled in both achieving “overnight success”. As a professor in various design schools like Standford university, she became an expert at people-centric design. The cool thing about Anna - she really represents the idea that there are no magic pills to solve our issues as humanity. We just need to do it. We as humanity need to solve problems humanity is facing which means that we can't pass it on to politicians or corporates. Much more importantly, we need to start with looking at ourselves. The Key take-away: Let's become more human and helpful to each other again. We all have our inner fights and it is okay to lose them sometimes. But as Anna, we can become strong believers in a bright future for humanity The challenge Anna left us with after the podcast: Do one act of kindness a day :)  So, what was your last act of kindness you are proud of? As always we are happy to discuss on Instagram
September 10, 2019
Dr. Conrad Kunze - Forschungszentrum für Umweltpolitik (FU, Berlin): Wissenschaftler und Klima-Aktivist
In einer gemütlichen Runde interviewen wir den Klimaforscher und Klimaaktivisten Dr. Conrad Kunze, zu einem eher ungemütlichen Thema. Denn wir wollen von ihm erfahren welche Rolle die Wissenschaft in der Klimadiskussion spielt. Wir haben Conrad bei einem Klimacamp bei Leipzig getroffen und sehr tiefe Gespräche über die Thematiken Aktivismus, Klimaschutz und Wirtschaft geführt. Deshalb freuen wir uns umso mehr ihn in unserem Podcast begrüßen zu dürfen. In diesem Podcast lernst du: * Warum Conrad sich dazu entschieden hat den Fokus seiner Arbeit von der Energiewende auf die Mobilitätswende zu wechseln * Warum er sich seit einiger Zeit dafür einsetzt den Bau einer Autobahn zu verhindern * An wen sich wissenschaftliche Arbeiten richten und wen die Wissenschaft erreichen will * Welche Rolle die Wissenschaft im Klimawandel spielt Wie immer freuen wir uns auf deine Beteiligung auf Instagram: Beteilige dich unbedingt am Klimastreik am 20. September 2019 Autobahn 100 Besetzung -> Kontaktiert uns gerne über Instagram und wir verbinden euch mit Conrad.
September 9, 2019
Philipp Wildberger von Öklo: Die Trockentoilette, der übersehene Bereich der Nachhaltigkeit
Unser alltäglicher, unbesonnene Gang zur Toilette ist unter Umständen einer der am meisten vernachlässigten Bereiche der Nachhaltigkeit. Allen voran, wenn wir den Zahlen von unserem heutigen Gast glauben. 3-7 Liter Wasser in Trinkwasserqualität soll es benötigen eine Spülung auszuführen. Und das macht eine Menge aus. Denn Philipp zufolge nutzen wir 1/3 unseres Trinkwassers dazu unseren natürlichen Abfall in der Kanalisation zu transportieren. Dazu kommt noch, dass wir nicht vergessen dürfen, dass Kläranlagen sehr viel Energie benötigen, einem Bericht des Umweltbundesamts nach sei allein nur für den Betrieb einer "kommunalen Kläranlagen Strom in der Jahresleistung eines modernen Kohlekraftwerks" nötig. Pro Jahr entstünden so "rund 3 Millionen Tonnen des Klimagases Kohlendioxid (CO2)." (vgl. Umweltbundesamt: ENERGIEEFFIZIENZ KOMMUNALER KLÄRANLAGEN (2009), unter: Dieser Bereich bietet also noch viel Raum für Innovationen, berücksichtigen wir, dass der meiste Strom aus Deutschland noch aus fossilen Brennstoffen erzeugt wird. Diese Fakten gepaart mit der eigenen Erfahrung ein Festival zu gründen war für Philipp und sein Team Grund genug daran zu arbeiten hier eine Lösung zu finden. In dieser Folge lernst du: * Warum die Neugier wie die Wertschöpfungskette von Büchern aussieht ihn zu Öklo geführt hat * Wieso Öklo viel mehr als nur eine Festival-Toilette ist * Wie Öklo dazu dient andere dazu zu ermutigen im Sinne der Kreislaufwirtschaft zu handeln Wie immer freuen wir uns auf deinen Kommentar bei Instagram:
September 7, 2019
Dr. Alexander Gerber - Vorstand, Demeter: Der Ökobetrieb als Modell für eine nachhaltige Wirtschaft
Wie der Titel schon verrät, geht es in diesem Podcast, um viel mehr als nur die einzigartige Philosophie und Anbauweise von Demeter, sondern vielmehr spricht unser Host Nicolaj,  heute zusammen mit Gast Karl Hosang, mit Dr. Alexander Geber über die Entstehungsgeschichte und Prinzipien von biodynamischer Landwirtschaft. Denn bereits rund um 1924 haben führende Landwirte die Nachteile von einer systematisch, mineralisch gedüngten Vorgehensweise bemerkt und die Konsequenzen auf die Natur ausgemalt, allen voran nennt er dabei Rudolf Steiner (Begründer der Anthroposophie), der damals Aufklärung betrieben hatte. Was wirst du lernen? * Dieser Podcast wird dir einen umfangreichen Einblick in die Entstehungsgeschichte von biodynamischer Landwirtschaft geben * Es wird dir den Vergleich zu konventioneller Landwirtschaft aus der Sicht eines echten Experten geben * Es wird dir zeigen warum Alexander die ökologische Landwirtschaft als Vorbild für eine nachhaltige Wirtschaft sieht * Und warum auf einem Bio-Bauernhof 30 Menschen beschäftigt sind, und die gleiche Menge an Land verwaltet, für die, die "moderne" Landwirtschaft nur 2 Leute benötigt Wie immer freuen wir uns auf deinen Input bei Instagram
September 6, 2019
Johannes Stangl - Co-Initiator #FridaysForFuture Österreich: Bewahrung unserer Biosphäre und eine Gesellschaft globalen Bewusstseins
In dieser Folge der Mother Earth's Heroes Show ist unser Host Nicolaj auf Johannes Stangl getroffen. Als Co-Initiator der Bewegung Fridays For Future in Österreich könnte die Erwartung vorhanden sein, dass dieses Interview hauptsächlich um den Einfluss von Fridays For Future und ihre Aktionen geht, aber diese Podcast Folge ist ganz anders.. Denn Johannes ist in seinen jungen Jahren nicht nur Klimaaktivist, sondern auch ein Student der Philosophie, weshalb dieser Podcast einige sehr interessante Züge angenommen hat, die über Klimaaktivismus hinausgehen. Eigentlich wollte Johannes immer Wissenschaftler werden, doch heute finden wir heraus, wie eine weltweite Whatsapp Gruppe, die Klimaaktivisten miteinander verbunden hat, sein Leben verändert hat. In diesem Podcast lernst du: * Was ein Bewusstseins- und Wertewandel der Gesellschaft mit dem Klimawandel zu tun hat * Was der Begriff Biosphärenbewusstsein mit dem Schutz unseres Planeten zu tun hat (Konzept von Jeremy Rifkin: * Warum eine globalisierte Welt Chancen und Gefahren birgt * Warum Natur nicht als Externalität in der Wirtschaft begriffen werden sollte * Buchtipps und wie er sein eigenes Bewusstsein gewandelt hat Wie immer freuen wir uns auf eine Diskussion auf Instagram:
September 5, 2019
Laurent Petit & Till Harnos - Active Giving: Planting 12103 trees by being active
In Today's episode we feature two  Entrepreneurs who decided to contribute to a more sustainable environment by enabling everyone who is active to use their activities to plant trees. So, if you are walking your dog, going for a run, or sweating in the gym, you can easily track your activities and help save the planet! But one important thing struck me during my interview with Till and Laurent. They have much more behind their idea than just planting trees. They want to start a movement and raise awareness. But much more importantly they want people to take ACTION. With news of our Amazon rainforest burning and tons of land being destroyed for livestock in South America it is easy to feel helpless. However, Active Giving builds upon your habit of being active. You would go for a run anyway, right? So why not contribute to a better planet.. In this podcast you gonna learn: * Why they recommend the book One Shot - Trees as our last chance for survival by the founder of Trees for Future ( * Why a tree is so much more than just a plant that offers us oxygen * How they tackle an environmental issue to tackle Hunger, Poverty and Education * How they met each other and decided to start this business. So there are only 3 things left for you to do. 1. 1. Follow Active Giving  ( (just following them will already plant 1 tree!) 2. Be active Be active and track your activity. You can run, cycle, walk or even do yoga or workout in the gym. As long as you track distance (km/miles) or your energy (kcal). 3. Share your activity Share your activity in an Instagram story and tag
September 3, 2019
Katherine Foster - CIO Sustainable Digital Finance Alliance: 25 years of climate action and sustainable development
Katherine Foster has seen it all. In her 25 years of working experience she has seen both the good and the bad sides of the evolution of our collective action in the field of climate change and sustainability. In this podcast we gonna learn about all the stages that she went through while she shares her frustrations and hope on the further progress in pursuing a better world. She is a proponent of systemic changes rather than believing in standalone innovators or silver bullets bringing exponential change to the movement. One of her quotes is: “We need to actually shift systems and have systems thinking. Take that anger, harness it and take that frustration, harness it and work on what we can.“ In this podcast you gonna learn: * Why she doesn't believe in another innovator like Elon Musk to "save us" * Why everybody wants to reinvent the wheel and how this is hindering the progress * The different stages of her diverse career in the field of sustainability * We she sees hope in the younger generations As always feel free to join the conversation on Instagram: Useful resources: What the Sustainable Digital Finance Alliance is:
September 2, 2019
Dr. Pasi Vainikka - CEO Solar Foods Oy: Fight Climate Change by making protein powder from CO2 and change the food industry
This podcast is a good one for all the entrepreneurs out there who think about really innovative solutions to fight climate change. Today we feature Pasi Vainikka, a scientist who turned into an Entrepreneur because he had to! In the face of the challenge to find alternatives to our current way of creating food and to directly tackle climate change Dr. Pasi Vainikka turned his two research projects Neocarbonenergy ( and Neocarbonfood ( into a new startup called Solarfoods ( His goal is to find a way to create food without using the traditional methods. Why, you ask? Because if you think about it, normally we use farmland which we for example burn areas of rainforests for just to place crops on, which are really resource-intensive requiring a lot of water. Additionally, for a lot of farming land there are synthetic fertilizers being used which kill beneficial microorganisms in the soil that convert dead human and plant remains into nutrient-rich organic matter. Nitrogen- and phosphate-based synthetic fertilizers leach into groundwater and increase its toxicity, causing water pollution. Fertilizers that leach into streams, rivers, lakes and other bodies of water disrupt aquatic ecosystems. (source: Therefore he is literally reimagining the whole system of creating foods. Independent from farmland. Requiring less water. And well based on microbes.. Which sounds awkward, but Pasi has a great way of explaining that. It is similar to brewing beer... I told you this podcast is different... ^^ Have fun listening to this show. As always we are looking forward to your feedback on Instagram:
August 31, 2019
Ingmar Höbarth - Geschäftsführer des Klima- und Energiefonds Österreich: Förderungen für clevere Ideen für eine nachhaltige Gesellschaft
Durch einen glücklichen Zufall, wurde jemand, der quasi die Klimabewegung in Österreich erfunden hat, auf unseren Host Nick aufmerksam. Ingmar Höbarth war schon in jungen Jahren ein Rebell, der sich für Gerechtigkeit eingesetzt hat. 1982 fühlte er sich berufen, die Bewegung Greenpeace in Österreich einzuführen und gründete kurzerhand Global2000. ( 1984 im Konflikt um den Bau eines Wasserkraftwerks im Hainburger Au, einem unberührten Urwald in Österreich, hat er es geschafft 40.000 Menschen zu mobilisieren, die sich alle dafür eingesetzt haben, dass die Natur seinen Platz beibehält. Wohlgemerkt weit vor der Zeit von Social Media und Co. Heute setzt er sich seit mehr als 10 Jahren als Geschäftsführer beim Klima- und Energiefonds Österreich mit finanziellen Förderungen und durch die eigene Entwicklung von Zukunftsmodellen für die Weiterentwicklung von diversen Innovationen im Klimawandel ein. ( Ingmar ist ein Vorreiter seiner Zeit, was Nachhaltigkeit angelangt und wir können viel von ihm lernen. Deshalb lernst du in dieser Folge: * Wie der Klimafonds auch vielleicht dich als cleveren Gründer unterstützen kann * Welche Motivation hinter seinem Drive etwas zu verändern steht * Warum sein Lebensmotto „Ich habe keine Chance, aber ich nutze sie.“ ihn dort hingebracht hat, wo er jetzt steht * Und warum  Wirtschaftswachstum als Diktion aus seiner Sicht überholt ist Wie immer kannst du dich bei Instagram an der Diskussion beteiligen:
August 30, 2019
Johannes Naimer-Stach - Climate-KIC Österreich: Sein Weg vom Emissionshändler zum erfüllten Klimaschützer
Heute berichtet Host Nicolaj Grabert wieder live und ungeschnitten von dem Forum Alpbach in Österreich, wo sich die führenden Köpfe des Klimaschutz treffen und über die Lösungen sprechen, die uns vor einer 1.5 Grad wärmeren Welt schützen sollen. Unser heutiger Held des Klimaschutz ist Johannes Naimer-Stach. Schon früh hat er bemerkt, dass er einer Beschäftigung nachgehen muss, die ihn erfüllt. Nachdem er einige Stationen unter anderem als Broker für Emissionshandel und als Mitarbeiter beim WWF, wo er einige Jahre gearbeitet durchlaufen hat, ist er heute als Country Manager in Österreich für Climate-KIC ( und selbständiger Klimaschutz Consultant bei 288Grad ( Schalte ein und erfahre: * Was Climate-KIC ist und welche Strategie sie verfolgen die Startups und Organisationen zu unterstützen, die sich für den Klimaschutz einsetzen * Warum er glaubt: „ungefähr 80% der Lösungen sind bekannt, werden aber schlichtweg nicht gemacht.“ * Warum er glaubt, dass der Emissionshandel keinen positiven Einfluss auf den Klimawandel nimmt * Warum WEGSCHAUEN, für ihn KEINE LÖSUNG IST Beteilige dich gerne wie immer mit deinen Fragen auf Instagram, unter:
August 29, 2019
Rüdiger Röhrig - Transformations-Berater für Unternehmen: Warum Nachhaltigkeit mehr als nur Klimawandel ist
In dieser Folge haben wir die Gelegenheit die Gedanken eines Mannes einzusehen, der seit 8 Jahren mit dem Thema Nachhaltigkeit beschäftigt ist. Seiner eigenen Aussage nach ist er vor Jahren auf den Ansatz von The Natural Step ( gestoßen und hat sich gewundert "warum musste ich erst so alt werden wie ich damals war, um das zu sehen? Warum wird das nicht in der Schule gelehrt? Warum ist das nicht so, wie wir tagtäglich lernen mit der Schwerkraft umzugehen. Wir diskutieren (doch) auch nicht die Schwerkraft. Gleiches gilt für die Nachhaltigkeitsprinzipien." Und damit startete seine Reise. Schalte jetzt ein und erfahre: * Warum ein ganzheitlicher Blick (systemischer Ansatz) höchstrelevant ist, um an den richtigen Dingen zu arbeiten * Warum schnelle Lösungen oftmals nur Symptome bekämpfen, aber nur selten die wirkliche Ursache * Warum Klimawandel auch nur ein Symptom von nicht nachhaltig handelnden Individuen ist * Warum Unternehmen auch nur Individuen sind * Warum wir der Lösung vielleicht schon viel näher sind, als wir das glauben Es lohnt sich den Podcast bis zum Ende anzuhören, um Rüdigers aufbauende Worte anzuhören, die er jedem, der etwas bewegen will, mitgeben möchte.
August 28, 2019
Geanne van Arkel - Head of Sustainable Development at Interface: How to reduce your carbon footprint by 96% and sell millions of goods [Forum Alpbach]
#30days30heroes This is a special episode. It is coming live from the European Forum Alpbach where Nicolaj is interviewing Geanne van Arkel a household name in the area of sustainable development. This episode is packed with living proof of how industries can adapt their processes and use sustainability as a driver for profit. In 1994 after the CEO and founder Ray Anderson noticed that his company wasn't in alignment with the Planetary Boundaries ( and after reading the works of experts like Paul Hawken ( Interface began its mission to eliminate any negative impact the company may have on the environment by 2020. As the Head of Sustainable of Development Geanne van Arkel sits on a wealth of knowledge on the field of sustainability, but this podcast will give you a broad overview of how a decision and a dedicated team can create a vision that is in alignment with nature. You will learn: -> How sustainability has become an unique selling point for Interface to attract talent and increase profits -> How we have to change our attitude toward CO2 and see it as a resource instead of an enemy -> Why the principle of a circular economy mainly is about adapting the blueprint given to us by nature And much more. Feel free to SHARE this episode with your peers who are sceptical about an economy in alignment with our sustainability goal. JOIN the discussion on Instagram: #30days30heroes
August 27, 2019
Thomas Leppert vom Heldenrat: Wachstum und Soziales? Lässt sich das überhaupt verbinden?
Thomas Leppert macht keine halben Sachen. In seiner Heldenrat GmbH zeigt er Unternehmen, wie sie finanzielles Wachstum mit Sozialem verbinden können. Sein Ansatz ist das "Brücken bauen" was das bedeutet und vieles mehr findest du in dieser Podcast Episode. Du willst mehr erfahren und wissen, wie du deinen Teil zur Lösung beitragen kannst? Werde jetzt Teil der Lösung und besuche:
August 22, 2019
Prof. Dr. Torsten Oltmanns - Partner & Global Marketing Director bei Roland Berger: Warum wir im Klimawandel über den eigenen Tellerrand schauen müssen
Unser erster Podcast mit einem Helden im Klimawandel. Global Director von Roland Berger, Prof. Dr. Torsten Oltmanns gibt uns exklusiven Einblick in seine Ansichten. Du willst mehr erfahren und wissen, wie du deinen Teil zur Lösung beitragen kannst? Werde jetzt Teil der Lösung und besuche:
August 22, 2019