From: Claverton@yahoogroups.co.uk [mailto:Claverton@yahoogroups.
Theres a very good thing called COUCHSURFERS designed for this very thing!
Can anyone help, please ? I seek a free sofa in Berlin for the nights of Friday 8 and Saturday 9th November. Does anyone have any friends living near Berlin’s Technical University – between Tempelhof and Tegel airports – , on whom they’d contemplate inflicting me to stay?
Run by ‘BuergerEnergie Berlin’, the capital’s wonderful citizens’ energy co-operative, next Saturday’s free conference Network Summit/NetzGipfel” will concentrate on the practicalities of Berliners bidding next year to take back democratic control of their city’s electricity grid from 2015 for 20 years. Conference details at http://www.buerger-energie-
Attention on Berlin is huge among Europe’s community of energy activists. On 22 September Hamburg’s voters opted narrowly to follow Berlin’s citizens’ path. In a tiny way, London’s government is tinkering around the margins of municipal / citizens’ operation of a grid. Hence the value of some kind of British observation at next weekend’s Berlin conference.
Can anyone help? I have good conversational German ( – but manky at business-level.) If you can fix your own accommodation, then come and join me ! Once I find a video camera, am very happy to record short interviews in English at the Berlin Co-operatives’ conference with lovely German delegates. Useful for efforts as UK communities – Peterborough, Manchester, Bradford, Edinburgh ? – push ahead with community-controlled or municipal green generation.
My funds are very tight, so all offers of accommodation for Friday 8 and/or Sat 9 will will be gratefully acknowledged. Big thanks! Vielen Dank ! May even provide tear-stained copies of Philip Oltermann’s exceptionally fine study, ‘Keeping Up with the Germans: 200 years of Anglo-German Encounters‘ , Faber, 2011 Wunderbares Buch!
With best regards / Mit herzlichen Grüsse,
Projekt Sonnenschein unites right-of-centre politicians in Britain & Germany, educating them in the benefits of community-owned renewable energy. Accountable, local & democratic, community-ownership of low carbon energy has proved to be the most powerful policy tool available to change citizens’ behaviour towards energy use & conservation. For 30 minutes’ BBC radio about Germany’s 600 (yes) community-owned energy co-operatives, click on Radio 4’s ‘Costing the Earth’ at http://www.bbc.co.uk/