What a Wealth in this Waste

Tony Joy, founder of Durian in Nigeria Tony Joy is doing impressive work in Nigeria. With her organization Durian, she’s helping out the most marginalized people in rural areas, transforming the image and comprehension of “rural equals poor and marginalized” towards “rural is creative and cool!”. How she’s managing to do this, she explains in a very straightforward, precise way in today’s podcast. Tony Joy is showing women a way to succeed, break standards, showing up and doing the right thing. She also talks how they coped with COVID-19 and the space she created to help out while things were Read More


Kanthari – Sabriye Tenberken: Giraffe Heroe and her Giraffe Incubator

It is amazing what Sabriye & Paul have got together and it is fascinating to listen to Sabriye talking about how it came all to happen. The perfect match for the Giraffe-Heroes-Project. Convince yourself: ‘”The biggest danger is not to dream big and fail but to dream small and succeed.” In case you have no Spotify access you may listen on our website directly: kanthari-empowering-the-marginalised/


… a friend from almost 50 years ago just joined us…

Sept. 25th, 2020, …. Anselm now lives and works in Bourgogne, so  the links to a Tedx-Talk and two videos below are all in French….. Friends on the Blog: Over the last couple of days I got in touch with a friend – well, the last time I saw him he was not even 10 years old, I guess – who went through a Giraffe-type career: business consultant and entrepreneur in the middle east, then turning to activism there, as result being barred entry in those lands of his first, previous choice and then – well, then apparently turning to Read More



Where is everybody?

A remote friend who returned from a world trip early March wrote to me “…. The most difficult thing is to touch ground again when everything is ‘so much in-the-air’.” And yes, indeed, it seems people are evaporating somehow from their presence known to us previously.  Or was our previous perception an illusion? Hmm…. One thing, as another friend told me, fur sure is tension and stress. Some sort of mind paralyses seems to be gripping as a result. Everybody is on the defensive, preparing for whatever strange thing there is to come – or, no one is eager to Read More


Cosco and the Bee Refuge at the Refugio Sulayr and Bibliotheca del Sol

This is to give you an impression about our protagonist Cosco Louis de Cordier. What Louis has managed to do is extraordinary: he is not only a highly imaginary artist he is also a visionary in other fields. His historic rediscovery of the Lost Labyrinth of Egypt is the most spectacular, but the creation of Bibliotheca del Sol near the Refugio Sulayr in the Alpujarras is a feast of its own. Follow the preceding link to a video for that so you can have a look and get a feel for the place. It is here, that Cosco is now Read More


GECA Campaign Climate Adaptation

Report from the kick-off event on 9/11/2020 “The most benevolent counter attack on a historically rather loaded date: yes, climate adaptation is what matters today, more than anything else!” Four Giraffe-Heroes were present at the event, which alone made it a great success. Now the clock is ticking, and PLEASE, we are dependent on your support! You may have a look at the live-streamed part of the evening by following the first link below; the second leads you to the campaign website where to make a DONATION. There are great rewards to harvest, so have a look if you didn’t Read More


The Great Divide and the Giraffe Heroes Foundation – An Appeal –

We are living in an age of divisions, growing ever more extreme. The technical divide, yes; but not only. Increasingly, in the technically well advanced society the wealth and welfare divide is gaining dramatically ground and  has reached absolute, historical proportions. In parallel there is a less noted and less accepted divide creeping in: the intellectual divide. The new Big Brother, China, is leading the lot, followed by a maniac American president who wishes to erase the intellectual discourse in the name of fake news and alternative facts. The so called scientific community, powered by big pharma and power hungry, Read More


Ai Weiwei

What happened in China is not just about the pandemic. It raises the question of whether the West can continue to see China as a partner without basic transparency and trust in its political structure. This struggle will last longer than the disease itself. It is painful, but has become necessary. China stands as a challenge to the West, not just economically but with cultural and social differences and conflicts in ideology. SCMP, July 29th, 2020. Go to interview


Scallion Dutch Baby, by Shen Lu, June 2020

The dishes I make myself flavor my moods, and season my experience of the news. As my birth country and my host country cast blame on one another, I eat four-cheese pizza with a side dish of blanched cauliflower seasoned with soy sauce, vinegar, and extra chili oil. The day Trump moved to halt legal immigration into the U.S., I poured osmanthus-infused syrup over a steamed Chinese yam, tingeing the edges of my rage and despair with its bright floral sweetness. When police detained volunteers who archived censored articles about coronavirus, I threw too many bird’s eye chilies into a Read More


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