We are a team of 5 people who come from different backgrounds:
From cultural and creative industries to politics and social sciences.
Many of us live in Gaarden or know the district and the city of Kiel well through other projects.
Initiator and Project leader at Smart Gaarden
Why are you doing Smart Gaarden? “I believe that we can only successfully implement a digital transformation if income and socially disadvantaged people as well as our diverse society are included in a Smart City strategy. Smart Gaarden does exactly that: we actively involve them/these groups of people in the development and implementation process.”
Working Studentat Smart Gaarden(Masterant Migration & DiversiThank you)
Why are you doing Smart Gaarden? ”Many modernisation and digitalisation concepts disregard the individual needs of social minorities. Smart Gaarden, on the other hand, has the self-declared goal of making digitalisation usable for precisely these groups.”
Strategic Consulting(Focus: Process moderation and project development)
Why are you doing Smart Gaarden? “The purpose of digitalisation for us is to enable a lived and interactive connection between the people of Gaarden and Kiel, to give voices to diverse stakeholders and to enable them to shape their city more easily. We do this in a people-oriented and open-ended way - which I think is exactly how effective ideas and infrastructures will emerge."
Strategic Consulting (Focus: Methods & Design)
Why are you doing Smart Gaarden? "I see Smart Gaarden as an opportunity to give people in the district new perspectives and positive changes in which they can actively participate."
Strategic Consulting(Concept, Design, Execution of Activities)
Why are you doing Smart Gaarden?
"In order to see, think and act in the public space again and again in a new way in times of growing diversity, the focus of the project for me is on collecting and making visible multiple realities and perceptions in and of Gaarden - in the form of questions and in dialogue through artistic methods."
“The trade association Die Gaardener e.V., which was newly founded in 2019, has gladly become a project sponsor and will work closely with the Smart Gaarden initiative. Through this we see a great opportunity to work together – tradespeople and civil organisations – to further develop the district of further develop the district of Gaarden in the area of digital use.”
– says the first chairman Erol Bal.