Visiting the Umweltarena in Spreitenbach just outside Zürich, I learned a lot testing various products and services. Top experiences: Testing a segway and a Renault Zoe. The home made cream soup in the climate restaurant tasted very well. The saying on the last slide “Zwischen Reden und Tun liegt das Meer” means “Between talking and doing is the sea.”
During this well moderated and informative 1-hour event on the transformation of energy, I learned, for example, this:
- From minute 3: The downward trend in the price of oil will continue. Investments in oil are declining.
- From minute 10: The price of solar energy has reduced dramatically. Technology innovations have helped solar panels to generate energy much more efficiently. Price reductions in solar energy will increase. In China, investments in renewable energies – including solar energy – will increase considerably.
- From minute 20: Renewable energies are developing into a main fuel. In particular, wind energy and solar energy are in focus. The driving forces are emerging economies with China, India, and Brazil as strong growth engines.
- From minute 31: The price of batteries is decreasing – leading to increasing usage. In particular, the use of batteries in transportation will increase and drive further innovation. Electric vehicles are key in driving growth in the use of batteries.
- Minute 59: The increase in demand for energy will increase considerably.
As you watch / listen to the event, please note the moderator’s strong moderation skills / facilitation skills, for example in
- asking short, concrete questions – including follow up questions – to each of the panelists.
- involving other participants in the room by inviting them to ask short, concrete questions. In this regard, notice how the moderator follows up on the question of a participant at minute 48 and asks the person to better explain what he means and be more explicit – thereby helping the person asking the question to add more detailed information.
At nextzuerich.ch I noticed that a large number of ideas have been communicated about making Zürich a more bicycle friendly city. So as I saw this invitation to the event Nextsalon Velocity, I decided to participate to help contribute to making Zürich a more bicycle friendly city.
At the event, I found it very interesting to share ideas with other participants about what we can do to improve conditions for everyone moving from a to b in Zürich. I found it fascinating that the event was complemented by work on the internet, for example on nexzuerich.ning.com, facebook, nextzuerich.ch, and on ronorp.net.
In this blog posting, I read that to be an innovator, you have to be a relentlessly curious anthropologist and a keen-eyed ethnographer, so with a mobile electronic device, I walked / cycled / drove around the city to take photos of the areas in Zürich where I have experienced there is a strong potential for making conditions better – not least for people who use 2 wheel / 3 wheel vehicles with or without engine / battery.
Below are some more experiences / ideas / inspiration on making cities more bicycle friendly: