If you've never been to SoundCloud's offices, the address is:
Rheinsberger Str. 76/77
We're on the second floor
Doing our part
Climate change is a huge, terrifying problem, and the scale of the changes we need to avoid the worst impacts are awe-inspiring.
And with the tech sector responsible for a similar level of emissions as aviation or shipping now, we have our part to play to fix it.
But where do you start?
One of the first things you can do is talk about it, and just like we explored GDPR with OMGDPR last year, we have do ways to explore big, complicated topics like the climate change together.
That's what we're going for with OMG CLIMATE - a community-run, open space event, in Berlin.
A community run, open space event
If you've never been to one before, open space is an event format where you, the attendees, decide the content on the day, by bringing your own subjects you'd like to talk about with peers, in the context of climate change.
What follows is a set of lightly facilitated conversations to explore these subjects in smaller breakout areas, and capture the key insights, before culminating in a final session to share these back with the rest of the group before wrapping up and enjoying the rest of the weekend.
You can read more about the format here, and the schedule below:
We want all you folk coming to feel welcome and safe, and generally be excellent to each other, so we're running it under the Berlin Code of Conduct.
The rough schedule for the day
We're starting after lunch at 2pm, in Soundcloud's swanky offices. Doors open at 13:30, and we'll have soft drinks available. We won't wait for latecomers, so please Mbe on time.
13:30 - Doors open
14:00 - Introductions and explaining the format
14:20 - Pitching session ideas
14:45 - Sessions start
17:15 - Wrap-up, and sharing back what we've learned
18:00 - Tables booked at the Brewdog bar, for continuing the discussion with new friends, over drinks and food (optional)
Who's organising this?
OMG Climate is being organised by Christine LaRiviere, Tiffany Conroy and Chris Adams:
Christine works with digital communications and data at EIT Climate-KIC, Europe’s leading climate innovation initiative. In her spare time, she dabbles in media theory and forages plants and fungi.
Tiffany is a Canadian living in Berlin, an engineering manager at SoundCloud, co-curator of JSConf EU from 2012 to 2015, and past organizer of Berlin.JS, UX Happy Hour Berlin, and CoderDojo Berlin.
Chris Adams is an environmentally focussed tech generalist, living in Berlin, and working in Europe. He works on open data and developer tooling for the Green Web Foundation, and is an organiser of ClimateAction.Tech.
A note on diversity and inclusion
We really want this to be an inclusive event with people coming from a diverse set of communities, so we have diverse set of viewpoints to look at at an important subject. And well, there's no easy way around this - as organisers we're a bunch of white people with English as our first language - a demographic is usually really well represented at tech events. We'd miss loads of really obvious stuff to cover if it was only people who were just like us at this event.
So, we're asking for your help to make it better, we're speaking at various events about this anyway, but if you're running a meetup and you're interested in one of us coming to your event to talk about it, please drop Chris a line, as a DM on twitter (@mrchrisadams) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Huge thanks to Soundcloud, for providing their space to run this, for free, and the various staff time for making it possible.