North Korea often makes the headlines on politically sensitive issues. However, this country has also daily problems related to developments that Germany got already over in part. Thus Germany serves as a role model, especially when it comes to technical issues.
In late November, nine North Korean delegates went on a one-week journey to Germany with most of them being urban planners and architects. The main theme of the trip was “Sustainable Urban Planning”. During the trip across Germany from Berlin by way of Bitterfeld and Kassel to Bonn and the Ruhr region, the delegates learned not only about technical innovation but got also fundamental information on sustainable urban planning in Germany.
The tour was mainly focused on restructuring measures. In Bitterfeld-Wolfen, mayor Petra Wust portrayed how the long-standing industrial base, the chemical stronghold of former GDR, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, bored the downfall of the GDR-companies (such as AGFA) and was reinvented through a prospective location policy. The Ruhr region was confronted with a similar problem about twenty years ago. Above all, the mine shutdowns brought the region to a structural crisis. Several cities reacted, strengthening the urban marketing and establishing a new branch. In this context, the North Korean guests were highly interested in the transformation and renaturation of the Emscher channel, the biggest sewage drain in Germany.
Even though this visit program was technology-oriented, politics was not left out. In the Landtag in Duesseldorf, the regional parliament of the state North Rhine-Westphalia, MP Kai Abruszat, a member of the liberal party, received the delegates and had a talk with them about the work of the Landtag and about the question on water supply, which is ensured at local level in Germany.
Since 2002, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom has conducted activities in the North of the divided peninsula. For quite some time, there has been the sign of changes in the economic policy in North Korea. The foundation wants to give support from this start point. Besides economic regeneration, the foundation dedicates also to the field of city planning and renewable energy.
today we want to get back to you on one of our projects that we have been discussing & presenting for some time now:
Liberal World Club 2.0 (“LWC”)
This is a big project, that we would like to tackle together with you. Here is what you can help us with:
Together, we want to re-vitalize our online network of all IAF-alumni. Our goals are…
- A secure, private space for exchange among an exclusive group of people, i.e. auf IAF-Alumni
- A valuable ressource for political and NGO professionals
- A ressource for your work: LWC will give you direct access to our >3000 person professional network that grows with every IAF course.
- To involve as many alumni and colleagues in the process of building an using the platform (moderation etc.)
Why are we not doing this like “normal people” over established networks such as Facebook, Linkedin, Xing or else?
- We want a system that’s open source and “controlled” by us.
- We want to make securre access for as many alumni as possible from ALL the countries.
- Our alumni are family – not products. Most commercial networks see that differently.
For more information, please check out our latest Presentation
This will not be a quick & easy process
But a fantastic project to take our foundation on the path of becoming an interactively learning institution. We already have a working platform and are currently working on participants’ data in OPAL (to make sure that we can easily “book participants” with the right information). We want to start with a ~100 person beta phase 0n 01.01.2015 and – depending on how things are going – open the platform for all alumni in March 2015. FNF is committed to the project and our technical guys understand and support what we want to achieve with the plattform. We want to evaluate the platform in 11/2015 and then decide how to proceed while involving AS MANY STAKEHOLDERS AS POSSIBLE in the process. We need your help for this!