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The internet is a public, chaotic space used by billions of people with a wide range of life experiences, personal intentions and opinions. One of the most important features of the internet is that it does not belong to any country, organisation or person. All users can freely create, share, find and edit information.

Children and young people are also part of this ever-growing virtual space, already at primary school age and certainly some earlier. For them, growing up and learning without the internet is unimaginable. They use it in their free time to watch videos (93%*), play games, chat…


Digital Literacy becomes increasingly important. We talk about it even more since the pandemic. Still the topic remains blurry and poorly explained. Here is my attempt to bring clarity.

#1 Understand and use Information

Empowerment to safely navigate the information age: explore and consume information without being fooled.

Search for information on the Internet.

Find, filter and sort information using search engines, platforms and apps. Learn about improving search terms, ranking and avoiding human biases.

Identify fake information.

Evaluate information based on credibility and source. Distinguish different types of content and sources, such as Wikis, Blogs, Advertisement, Social Media. Use methods like triangulation.

Understanding the value of your information.

Data is like oil and there is a reason services are free. …


Technology is even more crucial in times of uncertainty when a pandemic forcefully digitalises our society — to satisfy social needs and help.

Image by Julia M Cameron, Pexels — exploring new ways to use technology in times of isolation

Ever since the beginning of digitalisation we could barely make out its true meaning, nor did we experience it with our own eyes and hands. The forceful digitalisation of our daily life in time times of the Corona pandemic makes the term somewhat more tangible. We experience digitalisation in time of crisis in many ways:

We seek information online. We already got information from online news and forums. Now we see a rise in new apps and websites and increased use of social media to provide us with real-time data about the pandemic, the spread of the virus, the situation…


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We rarely appreciate young people as social actors and collaborators. This is how to rethink the age gap in our current system.

At a glance

  • Objective: explore struggles of young people in a world made and controlled by adults by taking a young person’s perspective
  • Outcomes: (1) better understanding of the age gap; (2) basis for more reflected decision-making for adults and parents who are in direct contact with young people or make decisions on their behalf; (3) concepts for eye-to-eye collaboration between young people and adults

Context: Young people in our society

Globally, about 26 percent of the world is under 15 years of age. This makes astonishing 2 billion participants growing up as part of our society. Young people, who experience fast changes in their personality, mindset and skillset…


This story is not a piece of research or art. It is a snapshot of feelings and thoughts. Maybe it also resonates with yours?

I tend to see things one way or the other. Or oppose two extremes in order to decide between them rather than find the sweetspot. However, in the end, I often feel that deciding between extremes helps me find a middleground. This time with this question: should I do things heart-first or head-first?

Please let me give you a snapshot of my circumstances, which inspired me to write this. I started my first job in a…


A thought experiment to use traditional business methods with children, students and adults.

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Why it makes sense to make business methods child-friendly

The business model canvas (BMC) has been proposed by Osterwalder, Pigneur & Smith (2010). Since then it became a recognized business tool with justified critique. Some consider it a “powerful tool” to tackle all business problems, because it allows transparent communication, quick iterations and simplification and visualization. Some say it’s oversimplified and doesn’t solve the underlying problems.

My objective of this thought experiment is not to explain or discuss the business model canvas. It is to investigate how the business model canvas can be used in a scenario consisting of both young(er) and old(er) generations. And to find out how…


Three principles for impact adventurers to enrich your experiences with purpose — and a vision about playgrounds for creative destruction.

For our current generation, it gets increasingly important to explore and learn about the world through adventures: hiking through the jungles of Costa Rica, connecting to tribes in rural areas in New Zealand, and wandering off the beaten tracks in Mexico. At the same time, we want to influence the world as we interact with it: volunteering in non-profit organizations, bringing our own ideas to other parts of the world and contributing to social issues like inequality, climate change and social welfare.

As an impact adventurer, you learn about the world by exploring it, while finding meaning in what you…


A research on unconventional personas and environments to tackle complex problems of our digital age - by combining methods and thinking from arts, business and entrepreneurship.

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Challenges:

  • Explore the relationship between the fields business and arts
  • Find similarities, differences and identify potential synergies
  • Find tools and methods from these fields and how they connect
  • Find current articles and examples which combine these fields

Arts, Business and Entrepreneurship (ABE)

My research started with making sense of arts and business. Initially entrepreneurship was not a separate field, however, it soon became apparent that business and entrepreneurship are also two fundamentally different mindsets. Finding definitions was rather difficult. In the end it was easier to let standalone-words describe what makes each discipline unique:


Services and hybrid offerings become the core of our economy and society. Let’s rethink how Technology, Design and Strategy together create more unique services and positive experiences for a new generation of business thinking and living.

The author Kevin Kelly descibes in his book “The Inevitable — Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future” three ages of computing. The initial age borrows from the industrial age, simply imitating the medium it replaced (e.g. folders and files on a desktop). The second digital age overturned these office metaphors and gave us the orgnanizing principles of the web (e.g. web pages and the browser). Now we are transitioning into the third wave, where the prime units are flows and streams. We access streams of music, videos, photos, news, and posts. …


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Hybrid Thinking is the ability to integrate different ways of thinking and jump between. It’s social impact be immensely disruptive.

Have you ever heard of the Reggio Emilia approach? This school of thought is founded in the believe that children have infinite ways to express, explore, and connect their thoughts, feelings and imaginings. Children always seem to find a common language when they interact with each other or communicate with adults. I experienced this when I was playing with the 5-year old child of the hostel owner where I stayed at in Thailand. Even though, we didn’t speak the same language, we communicated in a playful way, building paper boats, running around and laughing.

Interacting with kids can be a…

Sascha Bardua

Creative Technologist at Taikonauten in Berlin. Passionate about preparing children for the digital world while playing outside.

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