Freiburg is the first German city to introduce a deposit on reusable coffee cups. The Freiburg Cup not only reduces waste; it also saves coffee lovers the trouble of rinsing out returnable cups.
The Open Book project offers holidaymakers a very special experience: In the Scottish village of Wigtown, visitors can run an independent book shop for up to six weeks. What may sound like a pretty unspectacular holiday adventure is actually fully booked on Airbnb for years to come.
Dozens of films have explored the life of Vincent van Gogh. Now, for the first time, his story is being told entirely through van-Gogh-style oil paintings and the painter’s death is recounted as a thriller: was it suicide or something more sinister?
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a weather guarantee sometimes? In Milan’s Garden of Four Seasons, you will soon be able to choose summer, autumn, winter or spring at any time of year.
Tea after Twelve turns three! Time to recap: What Tea after Twelve has to do with Trump, why journalism can change the world and how you are doing your part.
Anybody can become a graffiti artist with this set of painting drones.
Two beautifully designed books portray the lives of women throughout history.
Children and adults all over the world love creative toys like LEGO® bricks, but bricks from different brands usually don’t fit together. MakerBrane modules offer the solution: they allow you to link up anything and everything and build whatever you like.
How Moroccans made their dream city come true
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.
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.
While many of us wrestle with the crucial question, “to eat or not to eat”, a lot of labs and companies are experimenting with virtual reality food. But what on earth is it? And does it involve real eating at all?
In Alexandria, students are designing solutions to save architectural heritage. Their university professors have brought young minds and sponsoring companies together in a competition to bring forth the best ideas.
In Bogotá, a group of people displaced by violence describe their experiences through drawings and prints. In this way, they attempt to heal their wounds and prevent the past from repeating itself.
Rarely has the Robin Hood principle been so charmingly enacted as in a restaurant of the same name in Spain. The wealthy dine here during the day, and pay for a free, warm, meal for the needy at night.
Five Swiss villages rejected a tax windfall from a commodities corporation and donated it to the countries harmed by the corporation’s ruthless production methods.
“Become the person you are” – the secret to happiness we all carry inside. Knowing yourself better gives you more freedom to make choices and make your life so much happier. Philosophical self-reflection can help you get there.
It's not easy being an passionated chess player while having small talk with non players. Stand-up comedian Pavel Tomes decided to conduct a self-interview to answer all dumb questions once and for all.
Europe is supposed to be one of the safest places for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual and intersexed (LGBTI) people to live. Nevertheless, LGBTI refugees still often suffer abuse. Could different housing options change their fates?
Online shopping with a twist: The Kiezkaufhaus project exclusively offers products from local retailers and delivers faster than Amazon.
While Santa and Rudolph are probably already on their way, we have a last-minute inspiration for you how to brighten up your Christmas feast even more.
Cruising the city by bike can spark an amazing feeling of freedom - as long as you don't have to hop on and off your bike to look up directions. But now there’s Haize, a new navigation system that keeps you cycling without limitations.
Our favourite Christmas gift ideas
Sometimes, one moment could change everything. This the story about how the hype around one Pakistani tea seller continues to grow - just because a picture of him went viral.
Where the beer salutation replaces the sun salutation: Jhula offers beer yoga in Berlin, as incredible as that may sound. A true challenge for a recovering alcoholic – in every sense.
The Olympics are over, but summer in Rio is not: Enjoy these magical pictures of life in the Brazilian metropolis.
So you think the mixtape is dead, killed by the Internet with its music on demand? You couldn't be more wrong. The Suan startup is taking the mixtape into the 21st century.
This mobile projection screen let you enjoy the games in Paris & Rio everywhere.
That maintaining golf courses causes harm to ecosystems the world over is nothing new. What is new to the sport is a sustainable golf resort company in China which is pioneering sustainable tourism in the country.
Interview with the first space architect, Galina Balaschova, who designed the interiors of the famous Mir & Sojus space stations.
How does vision loss – partial or complete – affect a person's ability to communicate using a mobile device? The Blindshell app offers a range of options designed to simplify smartphone use for the visually impaired.
The Moscow Metro has turned its underground hubs into full-scale palaces and temples of transport resembling a gigantic art museum.
A Dutch volunteer organisation is placing refugees in private homes where they enjoy the warmth of family life instead of the impersonal anonymity of life in a huge centre.
Saving energy through upcycling: Producing these Bauhaus inspired industrial desk lamps saves millions of joules of energy.
A small favela in Rio is demonstrating how easy it is to generate energy – just run.
These beautiful pictures of playing squirrels show how similar squirrels can be to human beings.
An abandoned brewery site near the very heart of Australia’s largest city has been reborn, and it’s becoming the toast of the town.
Vehement, a Berlin start-up, makes vegan, fair-trade boxing equipment – and is fighting its corner quite successfully in both Europe and the USA.
A young Tunisian woman, Abir Rouis, wants to revive the hopes of elderly abandoned people by building bridges between the generations in one of the most disadvantaged regions of Tunisia.
Today, many couples decide to live together without getting married. But that also means that people get less party invitations. So why not go to a fake wedding party?
They are young, elegant, and extremely well-dressed: the new dandies of Johannesburg. Retro is trending in many African countries, and so is the vintage fashion collective Khumbula.
The Ghanaian start-up Gutta Soles designs the funkiest sneakers you’ve ever seen – made of old car tires and perfect for everyday.
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.
The trend is moving towards green urban planning. What happens though when architecture not only employs eco-friendly, renewable materials, but also takes the word “green” quite literally and tries to integrate houses into the natural environment?
Eric Pinto totally falls in love with Skateboards - and turned his tiny apartment into a Skateboard museum. Nearly every inch of the flat is covered with boards and skate artifacts.
Active citizens in West São Paulo have revitalized a square to create a small oasis in the middle of the city.
The bakers of La conquête du pain keep their quarter in Montreuil happy with delicious baguettes - while practicing anarchism.
Are you good with your hands? Then grab your hammer, chisel and saw and build your fairy tale home for less than 4,000 euros.
Iran: A different view
The demographic crisis is turning Gaza into a concrete jungle, green space is lacking. Rooftop agriculture is a small solution for a big problem.
The outstanding film “Dreams Rewired” takes viewers on a journey way back in time to the electric media boom of the late 19th century. At the same time, the directors provide a foretaste of technological development and the need for each of us to act in order to secure an open future.
Don't know what to do at the weekend? Here's a funny way to make yourself and probably all of your loved ones very happy: Make edible and stackable lego jellies!
In the computer game Slum Challenge, Europeans can immerse themselves in life in a Philippine slum from a first-person shooter and wander through real film sequences.
What if a child’s hospital stay could be turned into one long superhero adventure? If not only the illness, but also the powers of evil could be vanquished in the end? A new tablet game for young patients will soon make this possible.
How smart will the smart home of the future be? Will the walls of our houses soon be screens? And what is the personal price we will pay when this turns us into transparent citizens?
African legends come alive in award-winning mobile games and comics.
Not knowing how to code may be the illiteracy of the future. Yet learning to program is so easy today. Here are nine tips on how to teach yourself the basics quickly and easily.
A heroic Mayan runner and a Quetzal bird that flies between pyramids: Experience Guatemala’s Mayan culture through entertaining videogames.
The mobile-addicted Philippiness become one of the most attractive markets for investors in the internet branch: people are glued to their mobile phones, sending text messages to friends, loved ones or officemates, or simply scrolling down their Instagram or Facebook feeds.
Encrypted communications, drug deals on the web, propaganda per Facebook: The younger generation is driving the digitalisation of the Mexican drug cartels.
Isla Holbox: the Graffiti Island
More colour for men’s calves! A Canadian start-up wants to bring a splash of colour to liven up the boring business uniform.
Did you know that your plastic bottles for your drink to go are not only damaging the environment but also your health? Two guys from Berlin developed a complete toxin-free and very stylish solution to solve this problem.
Sometimes it’s better to do nothing: How Erdem Gündüz kindled a protest movement with his hands in his pockets.
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.
Can social media keep women from being harassed? This was the aim of the Egyptian start-up HarassMap when founded 4 years ago. We talked to women in Egypt: Did it actually help them?
A unique project at the interface of art, lifestyle and technology shows for 4 weeks, 5 exhibitions from 14 artists and combines it with Apple's ibeacon app. A technology first you shouldn't miss!
The fashion industry in Pakistan is still in a fledgling phase in comparison to India. But events like the Fashion Pakistan Week show: Pakistan is a country with a lot of fashion and rich in craft.
If you trust the international media, Pakistan is all about religious fanaticism, terrorism and the Taliban. But of course it is not! Get inspired by young Pakistani filmmakers.
How did a song from the favelas make it into the advertising spot for the new Mercedes Benz luxury car? A surprising story from Rio's suburbs on how the Internet has made favela culture mainstream.
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.
In Paris parks, visitors are explicitly instructed to pick up the poop when they walk their … wait a minute, their elephant? French artists have been hacking street signs in Paris - and we've taken pictures of them.
Bicycle helmets are a pure aesthetic disaster and the death knell to any hairstyle. Two young designers from Sweden have now demonstrated that bicycle helmets needn’t be ugly at all.
Funky Socks delivered monthly right to your door- that's what WeSell Socks is all about. And these socks have a social mission, too!
Sleio is a search engine that donates 100% of its profits to causes you love. In other words, the money for every search you make, every link you click and/or product you buy through Sleio helps change the world.
A photo story on the invisible heroes of the “Comuna 8” district in Medellín.
Anyone who does not believe time travel is possible simply has to visit Marrakesh, the “Pearl of the South”.
Havanas’s unique agricultural infrastructure today provides an exemplary precedent that could be applied worldwide.
The reality of daily life for Palestinians is complex. But the initiative Visualizing Palestine took on the challenge of spreading the word, making “creative visuals to describe a factual rights-based narrative of Palestine/Israel”.
These days tourists want to see the other side of Rio: the poverty in the favelas.
It has often been said that if you can make it in Lagos, you can survive anywhere. Explore Nigeria's buzzing capital and find out: would you make it in Lagos?
Violent youth gangs are spreading fast in Colombian cities' poor neighborhoods. But thanks to a young initiative from Bogotá, fighters can now gain fame as artists.
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.
Czech designer Tomáš Moravec has made use of a unique quality of the Bratislava tramlines: He surfs them with a euro pallet.
Photographer Aleksey from Riga climbs into abandoned ruins or up on tower cranes, and he experiences the threats of the cold war when penetrating former bunkers or military training grounds.
A new approach to transform traffic in big cities: the SkyCycle, a bike highway above the city.
Sustainability has become a megatrend in fashion in recent years. But environmentally sustainable isn’t enough – social responsibility is also important. So what can we do?
"Lima is horrible", Peruvians say. The city is chaotic and full of ugly architecture and informal housing. But some young architects already have new plans up their sleeves…
A playground producing renewable energy, and a rescue initiative for broken bicycles: Take inspiration from these intriguing ideas!
Take one sandy car park, two friends and an idea: The result is La Carpa, a creative place where artists, musicians and the people of Seville meet to exchange ideas.
Orwell’s 1984 has become reality today. But why?
Would you expect that Afghanistan's first graffiti artist is female? We talked to Shamsia Hassani about graffiti and her home country in Afghanistan.
An inspiring graphic novel about the life of Jewish boxer Hertzko Haft who survived the WWII death camp because he won the boxing fights organized by the SS.
Australian rapper Mars Castro turns bullet casings from Brazil's favelas into jewellery. Bling instead of bang, Mars da Favela instead of Mc Marsepan.
Metro Manila, the metropolitan region around the Philippine’s capital, is in a constant state of change. Traffic is a particular problem for Manila’s over 11 million inhabitants.