Community Now? The Politics of Participatory Design (Feb 2015, Berlin Germany)

Dates: 19-21 February 2015
Location: Jewish Museum Berlin, Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin
Registration deadline: 8 February 2015

The international symposium focuses on emergent issues of urban grassroots movements, especially in relation to current social developments in Germany and Israel. Together with guests and projects from all over we explore how to promote processes of active participation and support a sustainable development of communities, their impact on policy making and on everyday life. The event is the closure of the German-Israeli research project “Communty Now?” between the Berlin University of the Arts and the Bezalel Academy Jerusalem.

The program includes an opening evening and a night-talk, followed by two days of keynote talks, presentations and workshops – accompanied by an exhibition around the Neighborhood Lab and a series of thematic walks.

Thursday, 02/19/2015

19:00 – Opening Ceremony | Inaugural speeches & short panel discussion with:

Daniela Schadt (Board of the German-Israeli Future Forum DIZF and Germany’s First Lady)
Cilly Kugelmann (Program Director of the Jewish Museum Berlin)
Thomas Krüger (President of the German Federal Agency for Civic Education bpb)
Michal Eitan (Dean at Bezalel Academy Jerusalem)
Ezri Tarazi (Curator and Professor at Bezalel Academy Jerusalem)
Andreas Eberhardt (Director of the German-Israeli Future Forum DIZF)
Gesche Joost (Head of the Design Research Lab, Berlin University of the Arts)

Night-Talk with Hanno Rauterberg, Author and Journalist (ZEIT) and
Jesko Fezer (DGTF board member, Professor at HfBK Hamburg)

Concert wit TAL BALSHAI & Band

Friday, 02/20/2015 & Saturday, 02/21/2015

Avi Sabag (Musrara School & Musrara Mix Festival), Barbara Meyer (Director Schlesiche 27 Berlin), Daniela Schadt (Board of the German-Israeli Future Forum DIZF), Doug Schuler (Evergreen State College, Washington)

Talks and workshops:
Efrat Meyer (Yad Be Yad), Valentina Nisi & Mara Dionisio (Madeira Institute of Technology), Iva Cukic & Marko Aksentijevic (Ministry of Space Beograd), Panayotis Antoniadis & Ileana Apostol (ETH Zürich), Leah Abir (Haifa Museum of Art), Karin Lücker (MadaMe Berlin), Michael Smith (Urban IxD Edinburgh); Myriel Milisevich, Henrik Lebuhn & Mira Thomsen (Neighborhood Satelites), Michelle Christensen & Florian Conradi (DGTF), Gilly Karjevsky (Glocal Neighborhoods)

Free admission, Please register here:; Note that the registration closes February 8th!

For further information about the Symposium, please do not hesitate to contact us:
Bianca Herlo or Malte Bergmann (

About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is

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