Bits & Bäume 2022

Plakat mit Lichterkette: Bits & Bäume 2022

“Bits & Bäume” (German for “Bits & Trees”) is currently the leading movement for sustainable digitalisation in Germany. It consists of 13 NGOs from the fields of environmental and climate protection, digital policy, development policy and science, as well as a growing “B&B” community.

 

"Bits & Bäume" is currently the leading movement for sustainable digitalisation in Germany. It originates from the first "Bits & Bäume" conference in 2018, which Germanwatch organised alongside with nine other civil society organisations involved in network, environmental, and development policy.

Numerous organisations, activists, and speakers helped shape the programme and shared their insights regarding sustainable and future-proof digitalisation. The conference encompassed nearly 200 contributions and attracted around 2,000 participants. Video recordings of the contributions reached almost 18,000 views. This was the first time that civil society organisations involved in digitalisation and those involved in sustainability cooperated on such a large scale. Today, the "Bits & Bäume" movement also consists of a large online community and regional subgroups in eight major cities/regions which organise their own events, meet for round tables, and engage in a great variety of activities to promote sustainable digitalisation.

In association with twelve other NGOs, Germanwatch organised a second large-scale conference: "Bits & Bäume 2022" started with a kick-off event taking place on 30th of September 2022. During the following two days, more than 2500 people participated in a variety of discussions, workshops and other events at the Technische Universität Berlin.

 

Logoteppich der Organisationen der Bits & Bäume Konferenz 2022

 

The conference provided great networking opportunities for environmental and social justice activists, technology experts, and human rights advocates. This includes networking with representatives of small socio-ecologically responsible digital companies as well as with politicians in order to find tangible solutions for the most pressing issues of our time. The goal was to encourage economic and political actors to collaborate with civil society actors in shaping a sustainable digitalisation!

In the run-up to the conference, the 13 NGOs organising the "Bits & Bäume 2022" have published more than 60 political demands, addressing the German Government, the European Union and political decision-makers worldwide. These political demands point out concrete ways in which digitalisation can and must be put more at the service of society and socio-ecological change. The vision: a future in which digital technologies protect people and their rights, livelihoods and the environment.

 

Bits & Bäume in Aktion

 

At the conference, the 2.500 participants and experts discussed major political strategies and specific policy recommendations to enable a sustainable digitalisation. More than 200 workshops and lectures gave insights into fields like Open Data, the Repair movement or digital colonialism. In the „Bits & Bäume“ Forum, more than 30 initiatives and organisations that advocate sustainable digitalisation presented themselves. As part of the special format „Pitch & Thrive for Sustainability“, 14 start-ups and small enterprises presented their sustainable digital business models. 500 volunteers supported the realisation of the conference. People who were interested in the conference but did not have the possibility to be at the Technische Universität Berlin could follow the lectures and workshops through a livestream. The videos are still publicly available. .

The full programme of the conference is available here >>>

The more than 130 streamed events are avalaible here >>>

 

Can’t get enough of “Bits & Bäume”? Then join your regional “Bits & Bäume” group or start one yourself. More information can be found here >>>

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The work of Germanwatch and the "Forum InformatikerInnen für Frieden und gesellschaftliche Verantwortung" (FIfF) in the context of the “Bits & Bäume “ Conference 2022 is mainly financially supported by Stiftung Mercator.

Stiftung Mercator is a private, independent foundation that acts on the basis of scientific expertise and practical project experience. Through its work, it strives for a society characterized by openness to the world, solidarity and equal opportunities. To achieve these objectives, it supports and develops projects that improve participation and cohesion in an increasingly diverse society. Stiftung Mercator wants to strengthen democracy and the rule of law in Europe, address the impact of digitization on democracy and society, and drive forward climate change mitigation. Stiftung Mercator pursues activities in Germany, Europe and worldwide. It has a particular affinity with the Ruhr area, the home of its founding family and of the foundation’s headquarters.

Stiftung Mercator

 

 

 

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In our globalized world public policy making and society at large face challenges like climate change and financial crises that are global, shared worldwide and tightly connected with policies across different sectors. Solutions for addressing such highly interconnected challenges in a ‘system of systems’ world, tend to address only subsystems and so fail to achieve systemic change and anticipate impact and unintended consequences of public action. Pursuing the necessity of informing the policy decision process and proactively sensing possible problems concerning global matters we are proposing a novel computational platform called SYMPHONY that offers a solution for designing and testing policies and regulatory measures. Our aim is to offer policy modellers and policy makers tools that will support them to make decisions which will prevent and mitigate economic and financial crises as well as foster an economically and ecologically sustainable growth path.

Publication
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