Luisa Neubauer on Dreaming as a Tool for Change

55 Voices for Democracy - Luisa Neubauer

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55 Voices for Democracy - Luisa Neubauer

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The societal state as a crisis of imagination? German climate activist Luisa Neubauer is one of the main organizers of the Fridays for Future movement in Germany, an international movement of students demanding action from political leaders against climate change.

In this episode, she talks about her involvement and the momentum of the movement, climate awareness in the US and Germany and dreaming as a tool for change: "On the one side, we have to accept the catastrophes that are going to unravel. But on the other, we need to allow ourselves to dream big." Neubauer is the co-author of the book Vom Ende der Klimakrise – Eine Geschichte unserer Zukunft (On the End of the Climate Crisis - A History of Our Future).

The series 55 Voices for Democracy is modeled after the BBC radio speeches, through which Thomas Mann, from his home in California, turned to listeners in Germany, Switzerland and occupied Netherlands and Czechia during the war. From 1940 until 1945, Thomas Mann pleaded to thousands of listeners to resist the Nazi regime and thus became the most important German voice in exile. His conviction that the “social renewal of democracy” is condition and warrant for its victory seems more relevant than ever. In this podcast series, intellectuals, artists, and activists will engage in conversations about how to renew democracy today.

In collaboration with Los Angeles Review of Books, Goethe-Institut Boston, Goethe Pop Ups in Seattle, Houston, and Kansas City and Wunderbar Together. With friendly support of Dublab.

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