Wider das Leseverbot im Eugen-Keidel-Bad

Ich habe an den Geschäftsführer der Freiburger Kommunalbauten als Betreiber des Eugen-Keidel-Bades geschrieben und darum gebeten, das Leseverbot in der Sauna aufzuheben.

Betreff: Leseverbot in der Sauna

Sehr geehrter Herr Klausmann,sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,
Am Sonntag, den 3.3. war ich aufgrund einer Zerrung im Eugen-Keidel-Thermalbad und der dortigen Sauna. An diesem Tage war es gefühlt voll, trotz der Maßnahmen zur Attraktivitätsreduktion in dieser städtischen Einrichtung

Während ich also in der Sauna saß, laß ich ein Buch. Leseförderung ist ja ein Anliegen der Stadt Freiburg, siehe etwa die Drucksachen ASW-18/003 oder KA-17/003. Still vertieft in Peter L. Berger, Thomas Luckmann: „Die gesellschaftliche Konstruktion der Wirklichkeit. Eine Theorie der Wissenssoziologie“ trat plötzlich ein Angestellter auf mich zu:
„Ich will ja nicht pingelig sein, aber Buch lesen ist in der Sauna nicht erlaubt“, waren seine Worte. Darauf verließ ich ein wenig konsterniert die Sauna.

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ReDesign of Society 2040

On Monday we opend our exhitbiton on ReDesign of Society 2040. Which Utopia do we want? How can we reclaim the future?

There are two exhibits in which I participated: The republic of knowledge and Finnland as a Utopia. I will post later information to the republic of knowledge our proposal to a new more democratic form of schooling. Which I designed with two other students from Aalto university: Soujanyaa Boruah, Jami Sarnikorpi.

I had the following idea: Often people travel to Finland and report from it. And these reports are often used as a projecton space to highlight things you want for your own country. Very explicit was this in the reports in Germany about the Finish Education System:

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Finnland the education utopia?

 

In 2000 the results of the PISA study on student achievements were published. Germany was rated dismal and Finnland best. The German media invented a new term „Pisaschock“. (literally schocked by Pisa results) German  scientists, politicians, teachers, students and journalists flew to Finland and tried to find out why it was so good. Everyone who traveled found design decisiosn that suited his ideology or preconceptions:
Some concluded it was the one school for all, others that it was the good social status of the teachers, others progressive or conservative teaching methods, the lutheran tradition of literacy, free school food or even the cold weather where children stay at home and read instead of playing outside. Less utopian aspects were never highlichted.
Indeed after some years of study most scientists concluded it was a range of factors and they could not easily point it down.
But indeed everyone could project onto Finland what he oer she liked…

So why does Finland function so well as an utopia?

And with some thinking you may find other examples of this in present day media.
Finnland ist distant and close at the same time. Distant in the sense that you have to fly for more then two hours from Frankfurt or take a boat for about 20 hours to travel from Germany to it.
It’s language is very distant from German, although it has numerous German loan-words (teigi – Teig, Kaffeepaussi – Kaffepause,  kivääri – Gewehr, …).

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It is a country where very few Germans go on holiday unlike Sweden, Italy or Spain and it is fairly small. For most of its history it was also not important as a trading partner or source of raw materials for Germany.
And it is a rather dull and peaceful place with no conflict or burning political issue to report on. If German media have a correspondent the person is in Stockholm and covers all of Scandinavia and maybe even the Baltics.
All this makes it easy for the occasional traveling reporter, scientist or political entrepneur to pass through and pass  back information about the wonders of this great society and country. Some examples you find here.
And indeed there are many wonderous things to report, but often they are simplified and have not one particular source: the baby box is not the sole reason for low child mortality, the well repsrected teacher not the sole source for good PISA results and so on…

The most controversial of the four sides on the Finland as an utopia pillar is the „Nazi Utopia“ side. I do not claim that Finland ever was a Nazi utopia. But I claim that at some point in the past it was marketed to Germans as such.

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The exhibtion is open until 5th of June and it its in the ground floor of Kluvi Shoping centre:

Und jeden Tag grüßt das Murmeltier – Ähnlichkeiten von Flüchtlingskrisen

Für das Seminar „Deutschland in Europa“, hier an der Abo Akademie, habe ich mich mit einer Hausarbeit über die Ähnlichkeiten im Umgang mit Migrationskrisen auseinandersetzt. Die beiden Bilder aus dem Tagesschau vor 20 Jahren twitterfeed fasen die Diskussione relativ gut zusammen, sind aber nicht die einzigen Ähnlichkeiten welche ich in den „Flüchtlingskrisen“ der vergangenen Jahre: Vertriebene nach dem 2. Weltkrieg , Deutsche Übersiedler aus der damaligen DDR nach Westdeutschland, Die Flüchtlinge aus dem Jugoslawischen Bürgerkrieg, Die Schwaben in Berlin, Bulgar*innen und Rumän*innen nach 2014, Die ‘Flüchtlingskrise‘ 2015 / 2016, gefunden habe.

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In meinen Schlußfolgerungen schreibe ich:

Wir sehen also Ähnlichkeiten, sowohl in den Ängsten als auch in den Reaktionen der Gesellschaft.

Bei den Ängsten geht es jeweils um die Konfrontation mit einer wie auch immer gearteten anderen Lebensweise, der Angst die eigene Lebensweise nicht fortsetzten zu können, aber auch um ganz konkrete Dinge wie die Angst um das eigene Auskommen, daher Verlust des Arbeitsplatzes, bzw. von Transferleistungen oder der Wohnung, Kriminalität, sexuelle Verwahrlosung, Verlust der (deutschen) Frauen an fremde Männer, Dreck und anderem.

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Denkbar wäre auch, dass Menschen so lange ihre Probleme medial thematisiert werden, fühlen, dass man (die Politiker, die Gesellschaft, …)  um sie kümmert. Rückt diese Gruppe aus dem Medialen Fokus oder dem Interesse der Öffentlichkeit, entsteht der Eindruck, ihr würde nicht mehr geholfen, obwohl natürlich die bestehenden öffentlichen Leistungen an sie weiterlaufen.
Weniger laut erscheinen aber auch immer diejenigen, die positive Seiten sehen, etwa zusätzliche Arbeitskräfte, kulturelle Bereicherung oder andere.
Auch die gesellschaftlichen Reaktionen bewegen sich in diesem Feld. Auf der einen Seite Protest gegen die Ankunft von Flüchtlingen oder deren Unterbringung in der Nachbarschaft – wobei sich dies immer mit einer guten Portion ‘Nimbismus’, Gewalt gegen Einrichtungen die ihrer Beherbergung dienen, Wahl rechter Parteien,
Auf der anderen Seite, wiederum eine weniger laute und auffällige Gruppe, die den Betroffenen hilft.

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Vappu

Somewhere from the swedish Valborg and the German Walburgis, the Finnish have created their own form of carneval: Vappu. Like the German it has to do a lot with celebrating and drinking. My first Vappu expierience was in Helsinki on the 30th when I had just arrived by plane form Germany and then took the train to Turku but in betweent I had some 3 hours and decided to visit a friend.

Well said friend recieved me on the stairs of Helsinki cathedral where he and the other students from his student organization waited and drank and celebrated. Apparently he had at one point worn his student overall to the carneval in Cologne and fit in really well.

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But its not only for students, in Helsinki I saw plenty of old people wearing student hats and celebrating. And as we all know, celebrating in Finnland means also drinking a lot. Besides that the celebrations are really peacefull. We had good luck and sunny warm weather (warm in Finnland means around 15°C)

But in Turku the other part of the 1st of May tradition is a live as well. There were events from the Left Party and from the Greens. Maybe even from the SDP, but I didn’t see them.

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A letter to Åbo Underrättelser: learning from Freiburg for better cycling

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I wrote a little letter to the editors of Åbo Underrättelser concerning Turku / Åbos cycling policy. They translated it into Swedish (my swedish is not so god that I can do more then read the newspaper).

But here is the English original:

To the editors of Abo Underrättelser,,

In general there is a good cycling infrastructure in Abo – in my hometown Freiburg about 27% of all voyages are done by bike. We have achieved this through a variety of measures such as giving cyclists the first place in the queue at the traffic lights.
But for this we we have good solution: cyclists can pass the cars and wait in front of them.
This improves safety  for both drivers especially for trucks, as the chance of any person in a dead spot is reduced and it improves the feeling of safe cycling.
The costs are minimal: Painting the roads like this can be done when they are painted anyway and it usually reduces the space for cars by about 3 – 4 meters.

Yours Sebastian Müller

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Most people from Freiburg probalby know that the picture was taken at the intersection of Eschholzstrasse and Lehenerstrasse.

Finland as projection space: this time guarnteed basic income

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The official emoji for: „meanwhile in Finland“

When you live in Finland but are from Germany, you sometimes find articles about stuff that is supposedly going on in Finland. Most of these things are more or less surprising or even astonishing. We were used to Finland as the land of „magic education“, technological mobile phone wonders and so on. Now Finland has even caught up as the country of amazing social advances and German media report it is about to introduce a guaranteed basic income.

See for example one of Germany leading dailies, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung:

„Finnland 800 Euro Grundeinkommen – für jeden

Die finnische Regierung bereitet offenbar ein monatliches Grundeinkommen für jeden Erwachsenen vor. Sie hat damit vor allem eines im Sinn. 07.12.2015″ (more)

If you read the article you might think this is going to happen tomorrow. But if you dig deeper, then you find this explanation on the website of the Finish state social affairs office „Kela“:

„Experimental study on a universal basic income

A working group of researchers from a range of organisations under the project leadership of Kela is exploring ways in which to carry out an experimental study focusing on the implementation of a universal basic income scheme“ (more)

 

So the entire thing is an experiment. Right now they are doing research about different methods and modes that this might take (more or less studying books and previous studies..) Then in 2017 there might be an actual experiment in one municipality!

So people stay calm. The Finish Goverment might try this at some point in the future…

Meanwhile Bildblog has also started talking about this.

 

Celebrating the Nation: Finisch Independance Day

After witnessing independence Day celebrations in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia and writing about them on this blog, I will continue this little series with writing about the celebration here in Finland. Nations are imagined communities, so tells us Benedict Anderson.

So I bought some supplies like Fazer Finland colored stuff and a cookie cutter from in the shape of Finland.

Turku students celebrate it with a torch parade. Actually this year the torch parade lacked torches, because it was really rainy.

The parade with the flags of all the student organization went from the University Student building, to Abo Akademie, to the Graveyard where short speeches were given in Swedish and Finish. Thanking the people who fought for the freedom of Finland. Then wraths were laid. Some somber music was played. After that we took the bus back to the student building and then had some glögi.

And of course I’m a big fan of the Finland Emoji set:

There is also a military parade, held every year in another town, this year it was Jyväskylä and Finland is so politcal correct, that one of its soldiers featured in TV was an immigrant:

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Apparently in TV they re-screen every year a bloody war movie, called „The Unknown Soldier„.

Of course playing and listening to patriotic (or militarist) music, is a great part, as in this march from the 30-years war:

The snowy north is our fatherland,
there our hearth crackles on the stormy beach.
There our sinewy arm grew by the sword,
there our chest burned with faith and honour.

We watered our snorting horse in the Neva’s bath;
he swam across the Vistula as happy as to a feast,
he carried our avenging steel over the Rhine,
he drank the emperor’s toast from the Danube.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54YSkW4sJU4

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