Profile | Angela Köppl

Environmental Economist, Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) “Even though we were among the first movers towards sustainable growth, we are no longer the frontrunners.” In 1978, Austrians voted against nuclear power, resulting in the closure of the new Zwentendorf power plant. It would never operate. Back then, Angela Köppl was a foreign exchange student in the […]
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Profile | David Jandl

Forest Ranger “We’re very proud of the fact that the very concept of ‘sustainability’ originated from forestry.” If a tree falls in a forest, and no one’s there to hear it, does it make a sound? In David Jandl’s neck of the woods – 1,200 hectares of the Wienerwald – people may well hear it (there are […]
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“In war, culture is anything but irrelevant. Destroying someone’s cultural identity is just as painful as any physical wound.” Friedrich Schipper often travels without insurance – the destinations are considered too high risk. The places he and his colleagues travel – Syria, Libya, Mali, Lebanon – are not exactly holiday destinations. Schipper works for Blue […]
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“Coffee culture is booming. Which also means that these days, we even have to compete with the fancy espresso machines people have at home.” Café Weidinger is off the beaten path, a corner café on the far side of the Gürtel in the former working class district of Ottakring. It’s a place that’s easy to […]
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Profile | Danielle Spera

“If we read people’s memoirs of the buildings important Jews lived in, a lot of them do not exist anymore. We are trying to tell the stories of what has been lost.” In 1995, as excavation work began on Judenplatz for the Shoah monument Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal had asked Austria to build, the centuries […]
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Austrians like to show off their serious appreciation of classical music. But if you want them to erupt into joyful singing, you’ve got to play them some Austropop. And you may learn some Dialekt, too It was two o’clock on a Friday morning. I’d followed a herd of colleagues to Bettelalm: a sweaty underground cavern […]
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Founder, Vienna Textile Lab “If synthetic dyes ...
Regional Secretary, PRO-GE Vienna “Some say, ‘Live and let live.’ I can only live well if I can allow others to live well and be able to look after their needs.” On Toni Steinmetz’s desk stands a small iron statue of the clock tower located in Enns, his hometown in Upper Austria. It’s not just a souvenir, but […]
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Deputy Head of Special Exhibitions, Vienna Technic...
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