Exchange for vital Neighborhoods: How six cities in Europe and the USA connect to learn from each other

Six cities. Three in Europe, three in the United States. And one common topic, as social coordinator Jochen Schäfer from Cologne, Germany says. It is about vital neighborhood. Representatives of cities like New Orleans, Detroit, Turin, Cologne or Brussels visit each other and learn from each other. Among them urban planners, community networkes and volunteering citizens. After flying to Detroit, now Cologne representatives welcomed Maria … Continue reading Exchange for vital Neighborhoods: How six cities in Europe and the USA connect to learn from each other

THE SOCIAL MEDIA SIDE OF THE MUNICH #OEZ SHOOTING

For Bavarian town Munich, and also for the whole country Germany, it was a situation of unknown intensity. Maybe comparable to the terror at the 1972 Olympics.

A round-up of the events from the morning after: Friday, July 22, 2016. An 18-year-old German-Iranian shot nine people at a Munich shopping centre (named #OEZ) near the Olympic park of the city. After first reports of three shooters, Munich police investigated that most likely only one suspect was involved and later identified after killing himself at the crime scene.

Not only on scene Munich police seemed to work very successfull and thoughtful. They also helped people and media via social media platforms to deal witht the situation.

Posting recent and constant updates on their twitter channel – in various languages. Reporting about the circumstances.

Just a few minutes after first reports of a shooting at the shopping center were broadcast, social media in general joined in. People tweeted about the events – even a video of the suspect was posted and then broadcast on local and international television.

On the other hand the negative side of those fast spreading news are false information among them.

A Bavarian TV channel posted a photo of a supposed victim that later appeared to be from a shooting in South Africa from two years earlier. “We should not have tweeted the fake photo. Sorry,” the team later said.

Fake and wrong tweets and posts that maybe even influence the work of the Munich police. They later critisized the other side of social media.

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CLASSIC CAMERA: Polaroid instant camera – 7 facts about the technical revolutionary item

1. Polaroid. In 1933 physician Edwin Herbert Land invented a filter that later enabled him to build a camera (first presented at a summit of the Optical Society of America in 1944) that made the captured photo available instantly. In 1937 Land had started a company named Polaroid.

2. The name Polaroid later became the generally used name for instant cameras.

3. Today, after the initial company went bankrupt around 2007, films are still produced by the Impossible Project – for several models of Polaroid cameras, and for the 8×10 inch format.

4. After 1944 various companies, apart from Polaroid, built and sold instant cameras.

5. Polaroid inventor Edwin Herbert Land died March 1, 1991 in Cambridge, USA. In 1933, during the time of his invention, he was studying at famous Harvard University.

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