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The role “kreativität” plays in Education.

Do you realize how important „kreativität“ is for your life?

You were made to be creative.  (So what happened?)

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite Youtube videos, and let them speak for me as to why we do what we do.  You may have seen one or more of them before, but if you really want to understand what lies at the core of Action House Heidelberg, it’s important to realize how archaic our school system is, and how desperately we need to update it, replace it, or augment it with alternatives, or else be prepared to face the consequences for our inaction.  It’s time for Education 2.0.

By the way, if you have any difficulty understanding the British English in the videos below, I recommend watching them here, with English subtitles on (the video avatars are in the upper right corner), or you could read the transcript (for the first video only).

While I’m thinking of it, these videos are obviously quite long; why don’t you go ahead and bookmark this page, or better yet, subscribe to our RSS feed. (And while you’re at it, follow us on Twitter, and become a fan on Facebook.)

We appreciate your comments.

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We Started a BLOG!

And here it is. Please help us spread the word!

A little bit about us:

Action House Heidelberg is collaborative working space for creatively and artistically-minded people (and those who would like to be).  We want to support young artists and entrepreneurs as they shape the face of the community. In addition to offering creative space, we offer training courses, workshops, seminars and so on in various creative areas, including fashion design, video production, language training, music, and graphic design, among others.  So if you want to expand your kreativität, we’re just what you’re looking for.

There are multiple ways you can tell the world about us:
1. Interact with us.  Like, Tweet, or share our forward entries to all of your friends (and we also welcome your comments)!

2. Get automatic updates through RSS to your favorite feed reader!

3. Follow us on Twitter (@ActionHouseHD)!

4. Become a fan of our Facebook Page!

5. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

If you’re REALLY on fire to help us out, and especially if you live near Heidelberg, Germany, let us know and we’ll be glad to arrange something!

Stay awesome, and Keep a lookout for more to come!

And just for good measure, here’s one final EXCLAMATION POINT!

Oh, and here are some additional articles floating around the internet for you to check out…

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The Economic and Social Impact of Kreativität

Since we posted such long videos last time, we thought we’d continue with a couple more rather long videos dealing with the importance of „kreativität“ in our time.

As mentioned in our previous update, since these two videos are quite long, it’s a good idea to bookmark this page, although we strongly recommend that you also subscribe to our free updates through our RSS feed.  Other ways to stay updated include following Action House on Twitter or becoming a fan on Facebook.

Our videos feature a man named Richard Florida who is probably best known for his book, „The Rise Of the Creative Class“ (which I highly recommend).

These two videos are about an hour each, and the content is very similar, so if you only wish to watch one, I think the second is the better choice, as it’s more polished and easier to understand.  However, both videos are quite good, and I recommend watching both (and taking notes!) if you can.

I do also have to mention that the videos are a bit American-centric, but there’s no reason why we can’t extract principles we can apply to our own region.

When I consider what Richard Florida has to say about how creativity affects PLACES, I can’t help but think back to a thesis paper I once wrote.  In it, I explained how certain events in German history changed the cultural identity of our city, Heidelberg.

A Lesson From History
When Napoleon won the battle of Jena-Auerstedt in 1806, he decided to close the University there.  However, the University of Heidelberg was allowed to stay open because of what was called the Confederation of the Rhine.  (This basically meant that the people who lived near the Rhine were required to provide their sons to Napoleon’s army, and in exchange, they were granted certain amenities.)  At that time there were not many Universities in Germany, and when the University of Jena was shut down, it created a migration of students to Heidelberg.  This gathering of young minds sparked new ideas in art, politics, and culture, and effectively turned Heidelberg into the epicenter of the Romantic Movement in Germany in the 19th century.  From this movement came the first student groups (called Burschenschaften) and ultimately, a composite image of the national German identity was formed, culminating with the formation of the German Empire in 1871.

This is our cultural heritage.

We believe that by training people to develop their creativity, we are having a direct impact on the social and economic vibrancy of our region.  This is why we do what we do, because „kreativität“ is crucially important.

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The kreativität don’t stop.

The last few weeks have been FILLED with Kreativität.

At the end of October, I announced an English Course I will be starting in January.  In the beginning of November, I said that the first month would be free for facebook users who share Action House Heidelberg with their friends by:

(By the way, if you are someone who has done any of those things, OR IF YOU DO ANY OF THEM RIGHT NOW, please send an email to ActionHouseHD AT gmail DOT com with the subject „I won the Facebook challenge“ and claim your reward.)

So about a week after I made that announcement, we had a rather cool event at Action House, which was called SOFA No. 1,  meaning SOund and FAshion.  We hosted a live band, and then had a catwalk runway show.  The night was quite enjoyable, and if you’re like me then you’re already looking forward to SOFA No. 2 and other such Kultur in Action House.

(By the way, if your band is interested in performing, or if you are interested in creating your own unique custom-fit clothing designs, or modelling them in front of an audience, send us an email with „I wanna get on the SOFA“ as the subject line.)

So a week after SOFA, Action House gave a presentation in Mannheim about what Action House is about, what we do and so forth.  It was an event which we had been preparing for since the summer, so it was quite a big deal, and we were relieved when it was over.

The following week, we met with Frank Zumbruch, who has been a personal hero of mine for a while now, so getting the opportunity to sit down and chat with him in person was an experience I valued highly.  He contacted us on Facebook and we set up an appointment for him to come check out Action House, find out a bit about who we are, what we do, where we do it, and why, and we also got to hear firsthand about his experiences and lukewarm reception by some city leaders, as well as some of the projects he has planned for the term of his appointment as the Beauftragter für Kultur und Kreativwirtschaft.

We’ve also met with the guys from Subkultureller Fortschritt and I look forward to having them come by and check out our space as well.  Additionally, we’ve met with the Jugendgemeinderat of Heidelberg, who intend on running an organization like Action House although on a much larger scale.

On top of all that, we’ve been doing a lot of networking, both offline and online, making connections with like-minded groups and individuals, updating the information on our facebook page, and trying to redesign our home page.

This coming weekend is the Christmas edition of the Beat Basar Kreativmarkt (on 5. Dezember at Halle 02) and that should be a lot of fun as well.  (Stop by the Action House table and say hello!)

So basically, the point of this post is to let you know how busy we’ve been, to let you know in case you were unaware that MANY things are happening, and that we’re sorry it’s taken us so long to keep you updated here on the blog.  Keep your eyes out for more coolness to come in the next few days.

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