Australia - For Austrians Australia is a distant but fascinating continent. Oz (as the locals call it) is not only geographically a contrast to Austria, it could not be more contradictory in all its aspects. There are many and intense relationships between the two countries. berka.at deals with these relationships especially with the focus on social innovation, ecology and nutrition. If you want to stay up to date, refer to our news service on Facebook. Just subscribe and the news will be delivered to your FB-site. Austria is trying to strengthen cooperation initiatives with Australia. Several initiatives already exist in this regard. These are the Austrian-Australian Society or Advantage Austria.
Southeast Asia - Travel brochures announce an idyllic picture of Southeast Asia, an ideal place for a dream holiday. The reality is different. This region is also confronted with war, terror, crisis and environmental destruction. berka.at deals with these questions and reflects on the future of the region. berka.at usually visits organizations, institutions and initiatives in Southeast Asia (with special focus on Malaysia) that are actively delevoping new models in society and ecology. The focus of research interest is Malaysia, one of the new Asian tiger states and yet little known in Austria. For more information about Southeast Asia and Malaysia follow our FB-threat Malaysia-News. berka.at is member of Austrian-Malaysian society.
Innovation - music to the ears of chairmen and CEOs. Innovation and creatifity are vital to their business. In fact innovation does not easily fit in the focus of modern business. Why bother?
In a world where business is more interested in "best practice", ist it any wonder that products and services, companies and organisations are all beginning to look the same? It is quite clear that generating ideas is not the problem - its making them happen thats really hard. New forms of innovation especially social innovations are needed. berka.at defines social innovation as a new solution that meets a social need and lead to improved capabilities and use of assets and resources. Social innovations may change social values and lead to social improvement. For more information visit our news-threat in Facebook.
Nutrition -The key to the future of the world.The global economy affects every aspect of what we eat and our health and welfare. We can see that food has a central place in how our world operates. It is necessary to redesign the global and local food economy and culture to promote organic production, fair trade and food sovereignity.
Modern industrial scale agricultural practices have led to the destruction of our environment and culture of nutrition. With this in mind agriculture and nutrition might become increasingly important in the future. In fact, food is one of the most basic resources that humans need for daily survival. New solutions are needed. These solutions must be found in harmony with agricultural and human nature. What is more important: The most desirable factor of nutrition is that people should enjoy their food.
berka.at looks for new kinds of relationships between farmers and citizens and between nutrition and agriculture. We see a new relationship between production and consumtion and between city and countryside. To empower those kinds of relationships we design and support social innovations in order to improve sustainability.