Yes to Braunau! – a project of planetYES

Since a little more than a year I am a partner of planetYES. Our goal is to create networked sustainable cities and regions within a team and with a large network of research, companies, organizations and academia. With a focus on regional value creation and global knowledge transfer for rapid change and significant effectiveness.

November 2019
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Since September 2019 I have been a partner of planetYES, a project founded by the Viennese neurologist and burn-out expert Univ. He originally wanted to find solutions for his patients to create a new positive attitude towards life. Because we become ill and depressed through stress, multitasking and excessive demands in the face of performance pressure, noise and external threats such as climate change, species extinction, loss of healthy soils, toxic pollution and pollution of the seas.

These considerations ultimately turned into a big deal with a network of science, companies, specialists and a group of idealists, the eight of us, who want to make the world a better place.

What we want to create: a worldwide sustainable & innovative development of regions and cities with regional added value and global knowledge transfer. Until we know how and with what digital foundation we want to do this, we will simply start. One of these first projects is taking place in the Braunau region.

Ja zu Braunau! has emerged from the network and is funded by EIT Climate-KIC, a global programme to support social innovation for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Together with SERI (Research Institute for a Sustainable Europe), DREISEITLwesearch, Footprint Consult, regioHELP and Chalmers Tekniska Hogskola, we have set ourselves the goal of making the district of Braunau and its communities "happy, resource-efficient and low-carbon, while keeping it economically successful".

The first step was to determine the regional ecological footprint (the sum of the CO2 footprint and global land consumption) of the population and companies. At the end of October, the results were discussed in the "Innovation Lab" together with Braunau's local stakeholders. In a creative process, measures for implementation were then selected, which are to be incorporated into an overall strategy for the region by the end of the year.

On November 22, the next round was held in the "Reflections Lab", a workshop in which the selected measures were concretized and the topic of the Circular Economy was explained in more detail. The next step is the strategy paper, which must be completed by the end of the year.

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