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Gerhard Haas

Early Life

Gerhard was born in 1950, in a small village in the middle of Germany, where he spent his childhood. Life was simple in those days and Gerhard could roam in the meadows and forests along with his friends without inhibition.


Gerhard went to primary school in Fürth[1] and then to the gymnasium (grammar school), the Martin Luther Schule in Rimbach, where he found a special interest in music and arts. At an early age he learned to play the piano.


Gerhard was working at the pharmaceutical company Merck AG in Darmstadt, Germany. Later he took a course at the music academy, Akademie für Tonkunst in Darmstadt where he studied piano, clarinet and flute. He also worked as a volunteer and social worker at Release[2], a drug rehabilitation center in Ernsthofen.

In 1980 he moved to La Nouvelle Mayapura in France, where he was engaged as a teacher. It was there where he met his spiritual teacher A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami and received initiation and training in bhakti yoga. In 1988 he moved to England teaching German in schools, colleges and the private sector. He then studied music at the University of Leicester and later on worked as a freelance web designer.

For many years Gerhard has been engaged in charitable activities. He was instrumental in establishing two registered charities dedicated to the teachings of bhakti yoga, spiritual counseling, life coaching and food distribution to the homeless and needy. In 2017 he took up a course (Communication Arts) at Leicester's De Montfort University.

Websites and Social Media

Gerhard maintains a number of websites, social media accounts and blogs such as:

Year 1

Assignment 1

Assignment 2

Plastic Ocean
Blog 1: Plastic Ocean
This blog post is a research piece of work about the environment and the pollution of our oceans. Besides hyperlinks it contains a Twitter feed and embedded YouTube videos. It contains a strong message from Captain Paul Watson about the hypocrisy of environmental groups and their lifestyle. It is a shocking account of the state of our oceans.

Saray Mangal
Blog 2: Saray Mangal
This blog post is about homelessness and contains hyperlinks, pictures and an audio interview with Mehmet Aydin, the owner of the 'Saray Mangal' restaurant in Leicester. For the second year Mehmet puts on a festival and free dinner on Christmas Day for over 150 homeless people in Leicester.

Bushby Lions
Blog 3: Bushby Lions
This blog is about a fund raising event with the Leicester 'Lions Club' in which we took part as volunteers. The event was organized around a Christmas theme with Santa and a Santa sledge pulled through the streets. It also gives background information about the 'Lions Club', its international reach and its 100 year history as well as its charitable and philanthropic aims. The blog contains hyperlinks, pictures and embedded videos.

The Bridge
Blog 4: The Bridge
'The Bridge' is an audio interview with a volunteer staffing a charity coffee float at Leicester's University Christmas Market. The homeless charity deploys the converted milk float on various occasions and at different venues to raise funds for its charitable objectives. The blog gives background information about 'The Bridge' and contains as its center piece an audio interview as well as embedded YouTube testimonials from service users along with pictures and relevant links to the charity's website. It also contains the charity's Twitter feed.

Blog 5: Reflective Video
This video blog is a reflection on the blogging and Community Media journey undertaken so far. It chalks out the development from the position of almost zero to that of a fledgling Community Reporter. It looks back on the journey and evaluates the progress made so far. This video blog was recorded on a mobile phone, popped up on a stack of books in order to get the right height and choosing a neutral background, which was the bamboo window blind. The video blog runs slightly over time because only later it was realized that the mobile had actually a time counter.

Assignment 3

Blog 1: Slackers
This blog tells us the story of Jim, who is homeless. It contains a recorded interview with him. We also get some revealing background information on homelessness in Leicester. Jim went into rehab but then lost his flat due to a lack of communication between the Rehab Center and the City Council. He was accused of making himself intentionally homeless, in which case the Council can deny any responsibility for support. This resulted in Jim being back on the streets of Leicester.
Then the Council told him he has no 'local connection', which is often the excuse for the authorities to push the problem elsewhere, even though Jim was born in Leicester. He tried his luck in Loughborough, however, there was only a provision for two days a week. Therefore he moved back to Leicester. This shows that people in the homeless community are highly mobile, moving from city to city and across County borders. This, of course, does not help to provide a local connection, with the result that it only worsens their problems. Dealing with the Council makes him feel that they think all homeless people are slackers who don't want to work and are thus not worthy of their help and support.

Plastic Fish
Blog 2: More Plastic than Fish
This blog describes the state of our oceans and how the global plastic production and plastic waste will soon outnumber fish (by weight). The blog outlines much detailed research with graphs, diagrams, statistics and relevant links. It explains that to date some 8.3 billion tonnes of virgin plastic[3] have been produced and 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste have been generated, of which only 9% were recycled, 12% incinerated and 79% were accumulated in the natural environment such as landfills and our oceans, according to the 'Science Magazine'.
'Plastics Europe'[4] have published an infographic which shows that packaging account for two-fifths of all European plastic demand, followed by construction, the automobile industry, electrical and electronic components and agriculture. Another graph shows the rapid increase in global demand for plastic production. This blog is well worth reading, especially if one wants to get some hard facts, figures and arguments regarding the extent of the global plastic pollution. Plastics Europe explains the concept of a circular rather than a linear economy[5] in regards to product production and recycling. It also proposes sustainable solutions for the world's oceans[6].

Blog 3: Brazil without Borders
Fronteira Da Grandeza[7] is a documentary by the filmmakers Dodge Billingsley and Cory Leonard. It is the latest film in their 'Border' series and describes the historical development of Brazil's borders. This blog post speaks about the 'Documentary Media' event and the screening of the film at De Montfort University's Mill Studios. The blog contains links to Dodge Billingsley's YouTube channel, his Twitter feed and his Facebook page. It also contains Gerhard's Video Blog[8] and my thoughts about the film.
The film throws up many questions rather than providing answers and that is exactly what was intended, according to Dodge Billingsley, even though the filming took its own ways according to the specific situations the filmmakers found themselves in. One of these situations was that there was a unique language barrier because they only spoke English and the other party only Spanish, still communication took place somehow.
During the question and answer session, someone asked if there was a lot of red tape involved to obtain permissions. The answer was no, a contact introduced Dodge to the defence minister who happily gave permission. The soldiers at the local platoon were also very helpful.

Blog 4: Junk Mail Britain
This posting is an account about a presentation of Mark Craig, the well-known documentary producer and director of ‘The Last Man the Moon’. Mark presented two documentaries, ‘Junk Mail Britain’ and ‘The Last Manon the Moon’.
‘Junk Mail Britain’ tells the story of never-ending junk-mail pouring through our letterboxes. The film makes the point that despite so much diversity and differences we all have one thing in common, the never-ending stream of junk mail. The short film explores this topic in a brilliant way with unusual camera angles and much humour.
Furthermore, the blog post contains an excerpt from the film ‘The Last Man on the Moon’ as well as a photo of Mark Craig himself, posing for the camera at the DMU’s Mill Centre after his presentation and question and answer session.

Blog 5: John Greensmith
This blog post describes a meeting and an interview with a security guard at the Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester, who has a soft spot for the homeless community. We hear some amazing encounters with homeless people, especially the story of the iPhone guy who is a Big Issue seller.
Some hyperlinks, photos and quotes spice up the posting. The full audio interview with the security officer John Greensmith can also be found in the post as well as a Twitter feed to the Big Issue tweet, ‘Undefeated by The Beast from the East’. There is also a quote from John Greensmith telling us that nobody is better in his eyes than those homeless people on the street.

Media Café
Blog 6: Community Media Café
The article describes a visit to and practical involvement in discussions at the Community Media Café at Leicester’s Bishop Street. Groups of DMU students were paired with regular visitors to the Café and talked about their chosen projects in the relaxed atmosphere of the Media Café.
The post contains a number of photographs which capture the atmosphere at the Café. It also contains a Twitter feed from the ‘Leicester Media Café’ with the message ‘Here to Listen, not to Judge’. Moreover, it has an audio interview with one of the regular visitors to the Café along with informative hyperlinks and a Blockquote.

Peace Vigil
Blog 7: Grandmas for Peace
This posting describes the 2015 Peace Vigil at Leicester’s Clocktower[9] which has been a weekly ongoing event ever since. It has originally been an outcry against the British military involvement in Syria but has become a manifestation of universal peace and brotherhood.
The article contains a number of pavement chalk drawings and writings as well as an audio interview with Penny Walker and Marguerite, the original organizers of ‘Grandmas for Peace’. It also has beautiful video footage of the pavement writing which has been put to Tracey Chapman’s famous ‘Revolution’ song.

Mental Health
Blog 8: Mental Health Day
This blog post is a report about Mental Health Day at Leicester’s De Montfort University. The post features a video talk by Jo Cooke, the Associate Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Student and Academic Services at the university.
It also contains a number of event photographs as well as a YouTube video about ten signs to be aware of in regards to bad mental and emotional health.

Womens Day
Blog 9: International Women's Day
International Women’s Day is a blog post about an event at the Old Library[10] on Beaver Street in Leicester. The evening was organized by Penny Walker, who is a peace activist and one of the original campaigners against the UK’s involvement in the war in Syria.
During the evening there was a presentation from Abeda Sakha[11], a doctor from Afghanistan who spoke about women’s condition under the Taliban and before the Taliban came to power. She also recited some of her poetry and answered questions from the audience. Anna Cheetham[12], a local artist and peace campaigner who produced many of the exhibits at the library also recited her poetry.
The blog post contains, amongst a number of informative hyperlinks, a video interview with Penny Walker as well as video recitals of Abeda’s and Anna’s poetry.

Blog 10: Reflections
This is a reflexive video blog for assignment three. Much progress has been made since our first reflexive video blog[13], technically as well as in regards to content and the confidence and ability to go out into the community, find a story and conduct an interview. It is certainly very exciting to engage as fledgeling community reporter with the public.
This reflexive video blog charts some of the highlights of this journey as it takes us through a series of encounters with people and issues, most of it is reflected in my various blog posts.
There have been, of course, a number of challenges, technical as well as interactive ones and it is surprising how quickly one learns and adapts to a new learning environment. All the interviews, audio as well as video, have been done on a mobile device and it is astonishing to see how well they have come out.
The major drawback was the omnidirectional[14] nature of the mobile phone’s microphone. It picks up almost all the background noise and chatter, even to the extent of making the audio almost useless. An investment in a unidirectional portable microphone for the iPhone would be a major step forward. Besides this, I firmly believe in the mobile phone. The best recorder is the one which is always with you.
Regarding a video recording, I have realised that the lack of a tripod or mini-tripod forces one to hold up the mobile to one's eye level. This obstructs the line of view and hinders eye contact with the interviewee. It is needless to say that a good tripod arrangement which is set slightly to the side is a major contributing factor to make a good and realistic interview.
Another technical point is to practice a good introduction at the beginning of an audio or video interview, stating who the interviewer is, where the interview is taking place, the name of the interviewee and what the purpose of the interview is. There is still much space for improvement and it is good to see that all these things fall into place by practice.
Most of all, however, progress has been made in terms of increased confidence building. This also came about by practice alone and by trial and error and I am grateful for having been given this opportunity on the module. The course and especially the Community Media module have been very enjoyable so far and I have learned a lot. The Drawing Centre[15] with Chris Wright adds an extra plus to this.

Additional blogs

Community Reporter
Although not for assessment this blog describes the Community Reporter's toolkit. It details the necessary tools to conduct a meaningful interview in a variety of circumstances, may it be an audio or video interview and what are the three main important steps, ABC, Audio, Background and Content. One can find some instructive photos in this regard.

Year 2

Component A

Feeding 5000
Blog 1: Feeding the 5,000
'Feeding the 5,000' is covering an event in the City Centre of Leicester, which took place on 22 September 2018. The blog contains background information about the event along with recorded video footage, Vox Pops, and interviews, thus putting learning at DMU into practice. It also contains a number of photos to provide a visual feel of the story. Moreover, the blog covers several of the United Nation’s SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)[16]

News Story
Blogh 2: Refugees - Another News Story
Another News Story[17] by award-winning director Orban Wallace[18] is a magnificent and epic documentary of historic proportions. It highlights the stark contrast between human suffering and professional journalism or conflict reportage. All the best and all the worse in humanity is represented in this story. It gives as profound an insight into the refugee crisis as one will ever get. This film will ignite a burning discussion about journalism ethics.

Component B

Plastic Bag
Blog 1: Do you want a Bag?
This is an account of a Twitter exchange with Sainsbury's customer service [19]about one local rough plastic pushing store. This store asked customers who approached the till, 'Do you want a bag?', even if they just bought a lemon or any other single item. Still, after numerous discussions with the staff and even the manager of the store, there was no change. Only after writing to and formally complaining to customer services were things taken seriously. customer services approached the local store and from that day onwards a change had been affected. This is an account of single-handedly and successfully lobbying Sainsbury's regarding their environmental credentials and commitment of reducing their plastic footprint. It is an account of successfully effecting change. The full exchange with Sainsbury's customer services was documented to inspire others to civic action in order to reduce the amount of needless plastic pollution of our land and oceans.

Blog 2: Purple Tuesday
This blog post is about Purple Tuesday, the UK’s first ever accessible shopping awareness day. Throughout Leicester, the colour purple took on new significance. The Highcross Shopping Centre[20] invited charities and disability organizations to set up their stalls. The blog features a number of links for further information about Purple Tuesday, such as Web links, YouTube links, as well as Instagram links with the hashtag #purpletuesday.

Blog 3: Reflections
This is my second reflexive blog, looking back at the journey taken so far in the second year of my Community Media module of the Communication Arts course at DMU. New skills have been developed, deeper insights gained and new confidence has been achieved. In the video I am discussing the Feeding the 5,000 event[21] in the city centre of Leicester, my Sainsbury’s campaign[22] to reduce plastic waste, and Purple Tuesday[23]. Much has been learned by not only attending the event at Leicester’s Highcross Shopping Centre, but also through participating in the event and especially by recording the interviews and engaging with and researching the concept of Purple Tuesday.

Component C

Blog 1: The Haymarket Theatre
This blog post is about a visit and guided tour throughout the Haymarket Theatre[24] in the City Centre of Leicester. It is one of six visits to a series of locations to assess whether it would be suitable as a Community Media Café. The blog contains a number of photos throughout the theatre. It features an interview with Kelly, a DMU[25] alumni, who was given a job at the Haymarket after a placement in her second year of studies. Kelly explains how she had the opportunity to work in a number of departments at the Haymarket, as well as the Curve[26] and other locations. through her job, she had encounters with famous actors and comedians and realised how much 'normal' people they really were off stage. The post describes the various spaces at the theatre, from the dressing rooms to the media room and the main stage, which is the largest stage of any theatre in the U.K.

Prana Café
Blog 3: The Prana Café
This blog post describes a visit to the newly opened Prana Café[27], a Vegan[28] Health Food Café on Horsefair Street near Town Hall Square[29] in Leicester. The Café prides itself as an alternative hub, having ample space for convening group meetings and Community Media Cafés. The blog contains a number of photos of the beautifully decorated and spacious interior of the Café, including images of its attractive looking and tasty cuisine. Prana is a newcomer to the alternative food scene in Leicester and it is hard to see why it would not be a successful venture, especially at a time where a vegan diet and lifestyle has become fashionable. The blog also features some interviews, covering topics such as mental health[30] and others.

Graff HQ
Blog 2: Graff HQ
The 3rd visit in the series of six Community Media Cafés was to Graff HQ[31] in Leicester, which is situated at Frog Island[32]. This blog post contains an interview with Ant and Izzy who both run Graff Werk[33]. They describe their personal journey and how they were getting involved in Graff HQ. Ant was conducting a tour throughout the newly acquired premises from the ground floor to the upper levels, which are still very much in renovation work. The blog contains a number of photos which describe and paint the mood and atmosphere at Graff HQ.

John Lewis
Blog 4: The John Lewis Café
The last visit of the six weeks Community Media Café series was to the John Lewis Café[34] at the Highcross[35] shopping centre in Leicester. The blog describes the community outreach activities of John Lewis like supporting their chosen charities, the token system of how customers to the Café can choose the charity to be supported as well as the Community Matters programme[36]. It also describes how the community team is visiting local primary schools to put on a variety of activities. The post features a video interview with Justine, John Lewis's Community Ambassador as well as their Wednesday drop-in sessions to help the public with technical issues with their mobile phones or iPads or even laptops and how a team of students is at hand to offer advice and support.

Blog 5: Reflection
This blog contains a video, reflecting on the recent progress made in my studies of community media. The video touches on topics such as community media cafés visited in Leicester, a comparative study of four such cafés, as well as events at the Doc Media Centre at Highcross such as an evening with Zinthiya from Zinthiya Trust, an evening with Julian Harrison and a podcast with Rob Watson and John Coster.

Year 3

TECH 3501 - Community Media Development

Component A

Blog 1: The Wyoming Community Media Project
This survey focuses on the Wyoming International Community Media Project (WCM)[37] in the US, which was established in 1963. WCM offers community based education in media production and is closely linked to the Boulder (BCM)[38] and Nebraska Community Media (NCM)[39] projects. It works with the tribal Cheyenne community[40], especially the youth by providing a safe space to tell their stories and share their commonalities and differences. WCM has developed a digital media filmmaking curriculum, ranging from hands-on skills in video pre-production, including storytelling, screen writing, casting and location scouting, as well as skills in lighting, sound and camera operation. Further skills include post-production editing as well as promotion through film festivals, websites and community television. They actively aim to preserve the Arapaho[41] tribal language and to empower local communities to become sustainable by encouraging and celebrating the arts and the New Creative Economy[42] through integrating creativity and social awareness into the daily lives of each community served. The blogpost also features a video about WCM.

Component B

Blog 1: Hinckley Community Media
This blog is an investigation into Community Media Projects in Hinckley[43]. It describes two radio stations, Fosse 107[44] and Castle Mead Radio[45]. Furthermore the Hinckley Times newspaper[46] is discussed. Castle Mead Radio is the smallest hospital radio station in the UK. It broadcasts to patients, staff and visitors of two hospitals in Hinckley. Both stations have an Internet streaming service which is available on TuneIn[47] for iOS and Android. Fosse107 has a dedicated website and a presence on Twitter[48]. The story of Fosse107 goes back all the way to 1981 when four local lads used an attic space to record programmes for friends and family. Castle Mead Radio was established in 1981 when a group of friends built a small studio in their loft. Later the station was moved to a medical storeroom within the hospital. The station broadcasts since 2011 on the Internet. Both radio stations have an entry on Wikipedia. The Hinckley Times, which was established in 1889 has no Wikipedia entry but has a website and a Twitter feed[49] since 2010 with over 7,000 followers.

Blog 2: Contested Spaces
Leicester has a number of Contested Spaces with international dimensions which are discussed in this blogpost. There is much history involved in these spaces, history of protests, civic engagements and places where people and communities come together. The international climate protests at the Clock Tower and at Jubilee Square and the 'Grandmas for Peace' protests against the Syrian war involvement are just a few examples of Leicester's international dimension. Our tour takes us from De Montfort University's Stephen Lawrence Research Centre[50] to Jubilee Square[51], to Leicester's Clock Tower[52] and finally to Leicester Cathedral[53]. The blog contains a number of hyperlinked references, captioned and accredited images, a Twitter feed of Greta Thunberg[54] and a direct quote from artist Arabella Dorman[55].

Blog 3: Reflection
This blogpost is a reflection on previous research undertaken, i.e. research into community media organisations in the district of Hinckley[56] as well as research about contested spaces in Leicester[57]. The city has a long history and therefore sports a number of significant spaces in which civic engagement and protest took place. This reflection looks back on the research of these spaces, what was involved, the findings, which were the most interesting and significant aspects of the research and if there were any surprising outcomes during the research. It also looks at potential challenges and if and how they were met.

Component C

Expo 2020
Blog 1: Setting the Scene
This is the first of a four part journal about the Expo 2020, organised by the final year Communication Arts students at De Montfort University. This journal is meant to give a running commentary on ideas, thoughts, responsibilities and tasks accomplished in preparation of the event. It will be published every two weeks in order to document the progress of the project.

Climate Song
Blog 2: The Climate Song
This blog contains a sound montage for the Climate Expo 2020 with references to the individual components of the piece and a full audio breakdown. It was designed for the entrance hall when the public enters the Mill Studios. The montage contains sounds such as tsunami alerts, an announcement by Greta Thunberg, sounds from the Leicester climate protests in 2019, didgeridoo sounds, a forest fire, a koala bear crying, thunderstorms and the song ‘el derecho de vivir en paz’ from the Chilean protests in 2019.

Blog 3: Soundscapes
This blog contains two soundscape compositions for the Climate Expo 2000. The first soundscape was composed for a photo exhibition in the events room. It contains two didgeridoos, a number of tropical bird sounds, various water sounds such as a rivulet, heavy rain, ocean waves and a thunderstorm. The cries of humpback wales and penguins can also be heard. The soundscape moves between tropical jungle, forest and the seashore. A breakdown of the various sounds is also offered. The second soundscape contains the beeping sound in a hospital. It is designed for the auditorium where keynote speakers address the public and a film is screened.

Blog 4: The Twitter Campaign
This last blog of the four part series about the Climate Expo 2000 is describing a Twitter campaign with statistics ranging from 26 February to 18 March. It also displays a number of tweets. The original Twitter account was inherited from the Communication Arts students at De Montfort University who organised the Expo in 2019, ‘It Takes a City to Raise a Child‘, with the theme of child poverty.

Blog 5: Reflections
This blogpost is the final blog for Component C. It is also the final blog of my university experience and journey. It consists of a video presentation that reflects on what has personally been learned about the community media development project, how creative media skills have been improved and developed, and how this relates to the content that has been posted on the blog site and the module wiki.

TECH 3022 - Social Media Practice

Component A

Blog 1: Survey of Campaigns
This YouTube video is a survey of social media campaigns. It looks at two distinctive campaigns, one by the climate activist Great Thunberg and the other by A Plastic Planet. Although both campaigns appear to be different with their focus on climate breakdown and on plastic pollution, they both originate from oil. However, Greta's campaign is a personal activist account while A Plastic Planet acts in the capacity of an organisation.

Component B

Blog 1: Campaigns
This blog looks at how social media influencers construct their campaigns, with the view of running my own social media campaign about plastic pollution. The focus is on two campaigns, Boyan Slat’s “Passive Cleanup System” and Mike Hudema’s “We have the solutions, let's implement them” campaign. Mike Hudema’s Twitter campaign is an example of good social media practice and a prime example of a successful social media campaign. His feeds are regularly seen by thousands of viewers and are always centred around a captioned video.

Plastic Tap
Blog 2: The Plastic Tap
'The Plastic Tap' is a piece of investigative journalism and research looking for the proverbial tap from where our plastic originates. The blog uncovers some uncomfortable truths about plastic production and the big multinational petrol-chemical complex which is supported by the Trump administration. We are particularly looking at Royal Dutch Shell's Ethane Cracker Plant in Pensilvania which will go online in the next 6 to 7 months, producing some 80 trillion plastic pellets per year. 300 such plants are planned to come online by 2025 in the US alone. The oil and gas industry aims to increase plastic production by at least 33% by 2025. In the light of these findings the slogans 'Turn off the Plastic Tap' and 'We Can't Recycle ourselves out of this Mess' are more appropriate than ever.

Blog 3: Reflections
This blog is a reflection on the TECH 3022 Social Media module as a whole, what worked, what didn't work and what could work better. It also looks at learning outcomes and at new techniques employed. Moreover, it reflects on the research undertaken and what has been learned from it in terms of method, techniques, investigation and how a campaign could be conducted. Amongst several learning outcomes, perhaps two stand out as significant, namely the use of PowerPoint with voiceover as a valid media and video tool and its export facility as video file to be uploaded to YouTube.

Component C

Surviving C21
Blog 1: Surviving the 21st Century
This blog contains a podcast and interview with Julian Cribb, the renowned science writer and science communicator from Canberra, Australia. Julian is the author of many articles in the Guardian and elsewhere and has published an impressive list of books. His latest work is called ‘Surviving the 21st Century: Humanity’s Ten Great Challenges and How We Can Overcome Them’.

Blog 2: The Carbon Barcode
This is a podcast with Alberto Saavedra from Los Angeles, California. Alberto calls himself a serial entrepreneur in the computer industry. He begun his first software startup in 1981 and has since been involved in an additional six startups. His last startup was ‘Earth Accounting’ which aims at a trusted and transparent consumer experience. Consumers can scan a barcode to receive information about the sustainability of a product, its environmental and social impact, its carbon footprint etc., in short, transparent information about the entire supply chain, with climate change as the the number one priority.

Blog 3: Climate and Food
This additional blogpost contains a podcast with Jim Baird from Vancouver. Jim speaks about food security in a heating world. Other topics discussed are Extinction Rebellion, the Fridays for Future youth climate movement, share investment into local organic farms, plastic pollution etc. Jim is an academic who worked in the non-profit sector but he is now retired. He has always been passionate about growing food while his father was engaged in agricultural science. Jim is experimenting with permaculture and growing his own food, which gives him first hand experience about the impact of climate change.

Smog in Delhi
Blog 4: From Model To Activist
This is an additional podcast with Kavita Ashok from Delhi, India. Kavita used to be a model who gave up her life of glamour, turned climate activist and went into the field of environmental social work. She runs a small NGO and is active in climate education, environmental issues, plastic pollution and community health. Kavita speaks out about air pollution, migration from rural into urban areas, air and water pollution etc. She talks about how humans try to control nature not according to their need but according to their greed.

Blog 5: System Chage not Climate Change
This additional blog is a podcast with Hannah Loake, a climate activist from the generation just before Greta Thunberg. Hannah started her environmental journey at a young age. While working in the textile sector she realised that every item, however small, was wrapped in plastic. Hannah studied an environmental technology degree and took part in the EU climate initiative, The Tick. The conversation with Hannah moves on to how the worldwide petrochemical complex is diverting its investments from oil for petrol to oil for plastics. The Royal Dutch Shell ethane cracker plant in Pennsylvania will soon swamp the world with a 33 percent increase in virgin plastic for making plastic bottles etc. 300 similar plants are planned in the US alone. A stark warning is already given, namely that by 2025 there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans.

This blogpost is the final blog for Component C and consists of a video presentation, that reflects on what has personally been learned about the Social Media Project, how creative media skills have been improved and developed, and how this relates to the content that has been posted on the blogs above.


Gerhard was always interested in arts, especially music. He has made several music recordings and is a multi-instrumentalist. He also keeps an organic allotment garden which provides for his personal needs as well as for food distribution to the homeless and needy. The garden provides vegetables and fruit throughout the spring, summer and autumn. Gerhard plans to extend the capacity of the plots to grow larger quantities and more variety.

Organic Garden

Future Plans

Gerhard plans to build on his charity work and network with like-minded people and organizations to further develop into the area of community media. He also wants to increase his skills, especially in the field of music and film production. Moreover, he plans to develop his organic garden, all with an emphasis on self sufficiency and sustainable development.


  1. Fürth, Hesse
  2. Release
  3. Green Infrastructure
  4. PlasticsEurope
  5. Circular and Linear Economy, full life cycle thinking
  6. Sustainable Solutions for the World's Oceans
  7. Fronteira Da Grandeza
  8. Gerhard's Video Blog
  9. Clocktower Protest (BBC News)
  10. Find the Old Library
  11. Grassroutes: Contemporary Leicestershire Writing
  12. Anna Cheetham - On The Street (YouTube video)
  13. Reflections
  14. Microphones
  15. LMSDC (Leicester Media School Drawing Centre)
  16. United Nation Sustainable Development Goals
  17. Another News Story
  18. Orban Wallace
  19. Contact Sainsbury's
  20. Highcross Shopping Centre
  21. Feeding the 5,000
  22. Sainsbury’s campaign to reduce plastic waste
  23. Purple Tuesday
  24. Leicester Haymarket Theatre
  25. De Montfort University
  26. The Curve, Leicester
  27. Prana Café
  28. Veganism
  29. Town Hall Square
  30. Mental Health
  31. Graff HQ
  32. Frog Island, Leicester
  33. GraffWerk, Leicester
  34. John Lewis, Leicester
  35. Highcross Shopping Centre, Leicester
  36. Community Matters
  37. The Wyoming International Community Media Project
  38. The Boulder Community Media Project
  39. The Nebraska Community Media Project
  40. The Cheyenne Tribe
  41. The Arapaho Tribal Language
  42. The Creative Industries
  43. The Market Town of Hinckley
  44. Fosseway Radio
  45. Castle Mead Radio
  46. The Hinckley Times Newspaper, Local News
  47. TuneIn Internet Radio
  48. Fosse Radio
  49. The Hinckley Times
  50. Stephen Lawrence Research Centre
  51. Jubilee Square
  52. Clock Tower
  53. Leicester Cathedral
  54. Greta Thunberg
  55. Arabella Dorman
  56. The Market Town of Hinckley
  57. Leicester