Issue#07 : Revolution

“Information Is a Human Right”

North Korean refugees have found creative ways to smuggle information into one of the most censored countries in the world. New legislation will make their activism more difficult – but they are determined to continue their work.

In your face: hacking facial recognition systems

So big brother is watching, so what? This picture editing program that is fooling facial recognition software.

Despite the doom and gloom, humanity is still progressing

Given the ongoing pandemic, many people feel that we are living in a world where everything is going from bad to worse. But is that really true?

Saving the Planet – One Lawsuit at a Time

A look at recent climate statistics is all it takes to see that nature needs a good lawyer. These people and organizations have successfully sued corporations and governments for neglecting or ignoring environmental issues.

Right against the right

How German neo-Nazis involuntarily took part in a walkathon to support an anti-racism initiative.

Championing peace

Sometimes, doing nothing can be the most powerful weapon of all. Sometimes, just being there forces the powers that be to change. And sometimes, a non-violent protest can even bring an entire political system to its knees.

Candlelight vigils are not enough

The artists’ group “Center for Political Beauty” weaponizes art for radical change. Sometimes, the collective ends up exposing even more problems than they expected.

Fear my rubber duck!

How humorous protests are successfully backfooting the authorities and leading to actual change.

Investing in change

Shareholder activism forces companies to listen to criticism of their social and environmental policies and sometimes even to change their course.

Rules for effective resistance

Non-violence, the rule of 3.5 per cent, and variety of protest methods: Why huge protest movements such as Fridays for Future and Black Lives Matter may have the potential to incite real change.

“Whistleblowers are the guardians of our rights”

Corruption often seems invincible, but it is not: A Serbian NGO is helping uncover corruption cases and holding those involved to account.

“They killed the journalist. Not the message”

Journalists Daphne Caruana Galizia and Miroslava Breach were killed to prevent their controversial investigations from seeing the light of day. Now, the "Forbidden Stories" project is continuing their research and publishing their stories.

If you can’t take it to the streets, take it to the supermarket

Moroccans have proven that big business is not untouchable: Three companies in the Arabic country experienced just how closely their fate really depends on the goodwill of their consumers.

The success of the Ice Bucket Challenge

For all those who doubted that pouring a bucket of ice water over your head could make the world a better place, doubt no longer. Six years after the hype, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has financed the development of a drug for the deadly disease it targeted.

Oldie but goldie:

Revolution articles from previous issues

Egypt: Walls of Freedom

During the Egyptian revolution, Cairo’s walls became newspapers of resistance. Mural artist Ammar Abo Bakr tells their story - a story of power, politics and revolutionary fight.

Turkey's "Standing Man"

Sometimes it’s better to do nothing: How Erdem Gündüz kindled a protest movement with his hands in his pockets.

How Baghdad’s youth movement is re-uniting a divided society.

A carnival defies the bombs: Tens of thousands of people party for peace in downtown Baghdad.

6,900 letters in support of reconciliation, including one from Uruguay’s former president José Mujica

After more than half a century of civil war, Colombia’s young people are sending letters of hope to guerrilla fighters to help them re-integrate into society.

Colouring Afghanistan

Would you expect that Afghanistan's first graffiti artist is female? We talked to Shamsia Hassani about graffiti and her home country in Afghanistan.

Ukraine: How everyone can make a change

You think you can’t change the world all by yourself? Then the “Wonderful” initiative in Ukraine is proving you wrong! The actions taken by these young people are changing the urban landscape of Kiev.

Protest Graffiti Art in Athens

Do you think that a crisis can make people more creative? It does! Here's the proof: the mood in Athens, Greece might be bad but the creativity in street art explodes.

The story of Peru’s first transgender politician

One of the first transgender politicians in Latin America is currently city councilor for a community in northern Peru. We present Luisa Revilla – an impressive woman whose commitment to her constituents could serve as inspiration for many politicians.

438 days

Freed after 438 days: How reporting saved Egyptian journalist Baher Ghorab from nine more years in jail.

How art is saving the lives of refugees in the Mediterranean

Since October, a floating island has offered a safety zone to refugees in distress at sea: complete with food, life buoys and solar-powered emergency telephones.

Risking one’s life for a laugh

Can you joke about ISIS? An Iraqi news satire show, the Albasheer Show, is doing just that. And it is winning over viewers, even in ISIS occupied areas where the show has been banned.

Why Argentinians are raising money to fight poverty in Germany

When the Argentinian government declared it had lowered its poverty rate below that of Germany social media users responded with sarcasm and mockery.

Other recent articles:


Your friend the robot

These five social robots could improve your daily life. They can watch your kids or mix you up a special cocktail behind the bar, with a little extra lemon, just how you like it.

Coronavirus-killing UV lights

What if we could use light to kill the coronavirus and get back to life as we once knew it? Huge UV spotlights could be a promising way to ensure virus-free outdoor city life.

Ink Made of Smog

Tailpipe soot could be seen as just another resource – all you need is a good way to use it. In ink, for example, the pollutant is suddenly quite useful.

“Tlacuilos”: the graffiti artists of Central America

Central America’s graffiti scene is still relatively young, but it has already produced some unique styles and artists. A new documentary follows its development over 20 years, from the very start to the present day.

Hy-Fi, The Living, MoMA

How fungi can help create a green construction industry

Buildings and construction contribute 39% of the world’s carbon footprint. Building materials made out of mushrooms might reduce it dramatically.

Burgers, pasta and bread made from CO2

Would you eat carbon dioxide? It might not sound very appetising at first, but after reading this article, you might want to give it a try! For all of you trying to find planet-friendly alternatives to meat or soy, we have got the solution for you.

Re-cycling polluted air

Cycling prevents enormous amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, as bicycles generate about 10 times fewer greenhouse gases than individual motorized transport. But what if we could do even better, and ride smog-cleaning bicycles that sucks up polluted air?

Let your windows power your coffee machine

What if our smartphones generated energy instead of just consuming it? A new transparent solar panel is making its way onto the solar technology market.

Tea Room

Mika Simone

anthropologist & author


Hamburg’s Citizens City Lab

Sebastian Rocca

Entrepreneur & LGBTI activist

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