The office is an informal network of scientists, artists and practitioners who are committed in their work to a democratization of Germany’s transition to renewable energy (Energiewende). The name and the idea were inspired by the Congress for Energy Democracy in Potsdam in the fall of 2012. The office began as a start-up in winter of 2012 in an unused building of Humboldt University of Berlin. Since the summer of 2013, it continues as a work in progress with ongoing research, publications and the website.
An office could be used in the first months in the Charité Campus in the center of Berlin. The building of the Department of Animal Breeding in the Tropics and Subtropics as well as a park, after a long and hopeful protraction, had to make way for a new building.
The office for a democratic transition to renewable energy was founded by Conrad Kunze. Since 2009, his research topics have been the Energiewende, fracking and brown coal (lignite). He began initially at the Institute for Environmental Problems in the Social Science at Technical University in Cottbus, after a year as a freelancer in Berlin he continued at the Chair for Environmental Governance in Freiburg and from September 2014 onwards at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig.
Lidia Beleninova is graphic artist and illustrator. She lives and works in Berlin. At Moscow State University, she studied fashion design for three years and graduated with a diploma in fine arts at the University of Art and Design in Halle, Germany. Since 2012 she has illustrated various texts and presentations. –> Homepage