Janima Nam

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Janima Nam is a freelance journalist, translator, and editor living in Vienna. She has a BFA in film from New York University and a Masters degree (MA) from the London Consortium in Interdisciplinary Studies.
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Kindling the Flame – Ali Mahlodji

On our path to a knowledge society, understanding the world around us is ever more important. On any given day, 50 to 60 people vie for Ali Mahlodji’s time at his offices in the 4th district. So ...
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Kindling the Flame – Lutz-Helmut Schön

On our path to a knowledged society, understanding the world around us is ever more important. When asked what he does for a living, Lutz-Helmut Schön, 70, first tries to show rather than tell. H...
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Kindling the Flame – Melisa Erkurt

On our path to a knowledge society, understanding the world around us is ever more important. Fleeing the chaos of Bosnia in the 1990s and arriving in Vienna as a young child, Melisa Erkurt is we...
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Smart Minds Think Alike

How smart is Vienna? Four pioneers of building a smart city share a sense of how far we’ve come, and how far we still have to go Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Esther Blaimschein, & Oliver Frey Organizers of “Smart Cities16 Designing Places & Urban Mentalities” Smart? – We’re smart people living in a city that enables our […]
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Profiles: Vienna’s Got Talent

Raise the curtain! Cue the lights! For these Vienna-based performers, the show must go on. A classical violinist, an opera soprano, a musical theater starlet, and a singer-songwriter tell us what it takes to make a living on the stage. Angelika Ratej Musical theater actress When I explain that I do musical theater – singing, dancing, […]
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How to…Minimize Your Carbon Footprint

Want to go greener? Be like a Wiener! An introduction to the eco-friendly habits of the Viennese In many parts of the industrialized world, living ecologically has become trendy. While often impr...

Think small

FRANCOIS “ ’Austrian’ is not a very important word. It refers to someone from the land of Austria, which is a pretty tiny country. We can live without the word. For example, can anyone name a famous Austrian?”   (Not one hand is raised.)   BOUBACAR “Mozart.”   FRANCOIS “Mozart was Austrian, yes, but do […]
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Only fools get bored

They call us boring and we like it that way. (seen on a Vermont postcard) Like Vermonters, the Viennese like tidiness and calm Settling into my tram seat on a Saturday evening, I was struck by the silence. Dressed up or down, not a word was spoken by any of the passengers as we each […]
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Being Grouchy: Whinge-worthy Banter Rant

Das Problem für jeden Wiener: Man kann es in Wien nicht mehr aushalten, aber woanders auch nicht. (The problem of every Wiener: We can’t stand it any longer in Vienna, but we can’t stand it anywhere else either.) Helmut Qualtinger, Austrian actor, writer and cabaretist (1928-1986)   I like to observe the transition newcomers go […]
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