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New Copenhagen project will 'try to change the world'

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New Copenhagen project will 'try to change the world'
Martin Kæstel and Anja Müller are the driving forces behind think.dk. Photo: Melanie Haynes
11:53 CEST+02:00
A new project based in the Copenhagen district of Østerbro was launched this week to give sustainability proponents power in numbers.
After twelve months of planning  Anja Müller and Martin Kæstel, the faces behind the project, opened the doors to think.dk, a sustainability think-tank that they say will "accelerate change".
 
“Today, there are numerous initiatives for a more sustainable lifestyle, but they stay hidden in niches because they lack a lobby — and people are stuck in their old habits,” Müller told The Local. “We have always been concerned about the fact that this planet is step by step ruined by how things work today. So finally we decided to try to change the world, full-time.”
 
Think.dk offers workshops and lectures aimed at furthering collaboration on sustainability projects.  Members can attend talks and movie screenings, join workshops on implementing sustainability into their everyday life and learn about open source programming for a more sustainable digital world. Members can borrow tools or equipment from think.dk or share their own with others. 
 
The idea is to provide a location and a platform for connecting with like-minded people to hold sustainability-related events.
 
“At think.dk we now host a platform for new ideas and offer events and workshops which further sustainability, sharing and collaboration,” Müller said. “We want to offer serious and sustainable solutions to the problems that affect everyone's every day life. We want to make a difference and the same goes for all of our members,”
 
The centre offers services in the broad categories of convenience or ‘stuff' such as the tool library, an open office and creative space and a chance for member to balance or ‘regulate' themselves via yoga and inspirational talks. There are also cultural offerings like film screenings, open source sessions and ‘play with tech' event. 
 
The project plans to branch out to include a weekly farmers' market featuring local, fresh and organic food.
 
“I believe we are in the privileged position to be able to change the world — we have to take the responsibility to act accordingly,” Müller said. “In my view, knowledge transfer is the key to making this world a better place. And yes, I am confident that people will get it before it's too late!”
 
There are different levels of membership beginning at 59 kroner per month. 
 
Forthcoming events in October include a ‘changer hangout' for people interested in social entrepreneurship and social change, yoga sessions, a series of upcycling workshops and a bicycle repair workshop. 
 
For more information on how to get involved visit think.dk
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