Sebastian Däschle

Common Future

Sebastian Däschle, a designer focusing on sociopolitical topics, is working within the model project Cucula, a refugee company for crafts and design he co-initiated in 2013 in Berlin. He is now setting out on a half year-long journey to West Africa to learn about the reasons why people have to leave their countries. – What is our own role in this? How can we live socially and ecologically sustainably? What would a common future look like? A collage of a search by observations, thoughts, meetings, and pictures

Common Future

#3 I…

…am German. I grew up in a district called Paradise in Konstanz, in the Bodensee region. Embedded in a diverse beauty between snowy mountains, extinct volcanoes, crystal-clear lakes, humid forests and lush grassland. The region of Bodensee is not just blessed with beauty, it is also the center of the weapon industry in Europe. And Germany is the country with the third biggest weapon exports in the world. For 14 years of my life I went to school and I

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Common Future

# 2 – Speechless

A conversation, unfortunately based on a true story, in my hometown in the south of Germany. My conversation partner had once described me as a »do-gooder« years ago, and I was surprised that this expression was used as an insult. »What do you say to the people in West Africa when they want to head off to Europe?« Me: »Hmm … That’s a difficult question and would certainly be dependent on whom I’d meet there.« »Yeah, so these economic refugees

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#1 – Home

An acquaintance told me about his home in Ghana, how beautiful it is there in December. That he comes from a village, a very simple life with self-built houses made of clay and agriculture as a basis of existence. He told me that he only now realizes in Germany how beautiful and rich his homeland is. That he couldn’t imagine that there was poverty in Germany. That he wants to return, but that his family doesn’t believe him about how

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#0 – The Chance

Two and a half years ago, I met Malik, Moussa, Saidou, Maiga, and Ali, five young men from West Africa. They found themselves in a situation where they were not allowed to work and stay in Berlin, stigmatized, like many others, as so-called refugees. By working together on the DIY furniture of Enzo Mari, we became friends. We had the approach to help them out of their situation and to give them the possibility to take charge of their own

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