Yesterday, Girls Are Awesome visited Copenhagen’s new hybrid festival, Made in Space: a mash-up of talks, sessions and academies about the future. Basically, we earthlings are fucked if we don’t do something decent for the planet sooner rather than later. SPACE10 makes it possible to actually envision taking action to live better and longer on this planet; thanks to the festival, we’ve already become wiser about co-existence, circular societies and digital empowerment.
Late afternoon, we took a walk around the Meatpacking District, where the festival is located, to hear what people thought about it so far.
What have you seen today? I saw a talk about co-housing, which I find interesting because that’s something I really want to do in the future. It’s a personal interest but I also work in architecture and urban design in my daily life. Themes like empowerment and making people make a change are something I personally care about but also what I work with; how we can actually empower local communities to do something about their cities.
What are you looking forward to? All the talks. Because when you work everyday, you miss being a student again. Sitting down ready to learn, grow and get new perspectives, and then go back and work even better.
What have you seen today? I saw the intro with Carla Cammilla Hjorth and Kaave Pour from SPACE10 and stayed for the talk afterwards with Jens Martin Skibsted about African design. I’ve also just been to a sustainability talk in Cloud9 with these three awesome entrepreneurs talking about how to create businesses that aren’t only good for business but good for the world and help alleviate those big problems.
What are you looking forward to? Saturday, I’m definitely going to see the Girls Are Awesome session. I am totally looking forward to seeing the talk about echo chambers by Claire Woodcock. I hope she has a different perspective on internet algorithms. We already know that we have to be scared about it, but what should we do about it?
What have you heard today? I heard a talk with three speakers about the same topic: making sustainable changes. I have worked in the most polluting industry of all: clothing, which covers 10% of CO2-emissions. I’ve moved away from that industry as sustainability is important to me.
What are you looking forward to? Today, I’m looking forward to everything. We decide by looking at the headlines and now we’re going to SPACE10 to hear a discussion.
What have you seen today? I was first in SPACE10 and then in Cloud9, and now here at S/H hearing about co-living in the cities of the future. It’s a theme that I already know a little about but is really nice to hear more of.
Best talk so far? We heard a talk about social impact with Veronica D’Souza. I’m studying social entrepreneurship so it was really cool to hear somebody talking about female empowerment and needs in a society.
What have you seen today? I’ve seen a social entrepreneurship talk with three really cool people discussing their key points on sustainability and social entrepreneurship.
Best talk so far? I really like Veronica, but everybody does. She was super cool and I even use her product. What I liked was her perspective on sustainability. I’ve worked with social innovation and I think it’s very on point with not guilt-tripping people and instead make it attractive to live sustainably.
What have you seen today? Marianne Haahr from Sustainia and Steve Jennings about social impact. I myself work in a social company, so I hear a lot about social innovation and social design, so especially Steve Jennings was very good.
Impression of the festival? Many things are happening at different levels with the academic talks, dinners, and DJs. A really good mix and age span.
What have you seen today? In Cloud9 I heard a talk about empowerment and how we can engage in thinking more sustainable without necessarily being labelled as entrepreneurs or having to start our own business. It should be a lifestyle.
What are you looking forward to? I really want to see Veronica D’Souza from CARCEL and then some musical acts. When I woke up this morning, I was excited about how they did the whole space and made this festival work out.