Day 16 – From Outrage to Engagement! A school campaign that enables students to realize their ideas of a better tomorrow

At the end of last year I got involved in the project “Fair Future – der okologische Fu?abdruck” – a lecture series about the eco footprint at schools in Austria and Germany. After a while, I decided with a friend to develop a new form of school campaigns, so “reif” started. Reif designes and implements beautiful, provocative, inspiring presentations that highlight some of the most important issues of our time like sustainable economies, energy transition or organic food production. It engages the audience by mixing pieces of award-winning documentaries with rock n’ roll lectures. Filmmakers, designers and activists are invited to build reif as a platform to enable students in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and beyond to realize their ideas of a better tomorrow.

2011 was a great year. With “Fair Future” I reached over 20.000 students. Some of them have started their own little projects, like selling fair trade products in their schools and challenging old conventions. In November we started “reif” and can’t wait to get the approval by the “Bundespolizeidirektion Wien” to get started on the design process.

Filmmakers like Carl Fechner are already working with us to distill strong statements from their award-winning documentaries. For 2012 we are looking forward to add more contributors to the project. Also, we are in the process of finding designers to create a simple but visually stunning identity for “reif”. Our goal is to deliver the first customized presentations to students and communities in the second quarter of 2012.

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Matthias Reisinger IMPACT IS… Doing what makes you come alive in a way it contributes to more than just yourself. WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE BECOMING PART OF THE IMPACT HUB VIENNA TEAM I was finishing my studies and building up emersense, the NGO which gave birth to the Hub WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? Prototyping the new way of doing business WHAT DO YOU WANT TO HAVE ACHIEVED AS PART OF THE IHV TEAM BY THE END OF THE YEAR? Hosting the impact eco-system in Austria and bringing it to the next level WHAT DOES YOUR PERFECT SUNDAY LOOK LIKE? Excercize + Chillaxation + Good Food & Good Movie in Good Company WHAT IS AN ABSOLUTELY RANDOM FACT ABOUT YOU THAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW? When I was learning the piano as a child, I refused to learn the music pieces I was supposed to, but only wanted to play my own compositions PLACE OF BIRTH? Linz, Austria LANGUAGES YOU SPEAK? German, English, French

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