Events: Why analog counter-culture will disrupt technology

Dear OFFTIME-Fan,

we proudly present two events – one free, one behind the paywall – together with the Berlin Tech Open Air Festival:

Why analog counter-culture will disrupt technology

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We invite you to a fireside chat between André Wilkens, author of “Analog is the new Organic” – a book that has recently seen a massive hype – and Michael Dettbarn, designer and co-founder of OFFTIME. Wilkens and OFFTIME both promote human approaches to the problems of hyperconnectivity and the age of distraction: After all, our way of life has to follow individual needs and desires and not vice versa. Together with you we want to exchange perspectives on the power of (digital) renouncement and ask: ​Where’s the human in the digital?

Espressobar, Zehdenicker Str. 1, Berlin
6:30 PM, Thursday, July 16, 2015
– free, but registration required –

Details and registration

The Power of Off in a Connected World,

talk by Michael Dettbarn

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Today, getting off the grid has become almost a political statement and it is for many a form of personal liberation. Their aim: finding and shaping environments where digital connectivity is limited and other social rules apply. These “other spaces” are not only good for our health, productivity and creativity – they also hold the potential for transformative change by offering opportunities to play, experiment and try out new utopian ideas.

Michael Dettbarn, designer & co-founder of OFFTIME
TOA Open Air, Alte Teppichfabrik, Berlin
14:30 PM, Wednesday, July, 15, 2015

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(20% off)

Have a good OFFTIME,

alex und das Team

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