Narrative 1 – Cologne Workshop
What should be simple in the future and what shouldn’t?
This question became the point of departure for one of the four narratives that were created at the Cologne-workshop.
Even though it contains the word “simple”, the question far from was. Many different wide-ranging topics were discussed, mostly resulting in quite ambigous conclusions. In the end, however, the group was able to come up with three different concrete newspaper sections, which illustrated their main points:
Global exchange of knowledge
The first newspaper section was an article about German students going to Congo to learn about their new mobile phone technologies and exchange knowledge.
International relations should be complex in the sense of connecting the whole world and profiting from the possibilities created by globalisation. We should profit from each other’s different complex value- and knowledge systems. On the other hand, International relations should be “simple” in the sense that they should be based on humanity, solidarity and equality.
The second section was an article about how a local citizen’s initiative had managed to completely abolish food waste in their city.
In the future, more problems should be solved by more direct (/simpler) volunteer initiatives. The citizens should feel connected to their neighborhoods and thus responsible for finding solutions to local and even global issues. Additionally, innovative solutions should be cherished and encouraged.
A complex but honest public debate
The last newspaper section was a debate section, where politicians clearly and honestly expressed their varied opinions on a subject.
Public debate should not be dominated by over-simplified arguments, and it should not depend on complex hidden political strategies. Instead it should be dominated by complex, honest and clear representations of opinions.