About the Team

Hans • ハンス

Hans Kern was born in Munich, Germany and studied political science at Bard College, New York. Since graduating in 2014, he has worked as teacher, art gallery archivist, seaweed researcher, and as a writer, illustrator & self-publisher of environmental manuals. Since high-school, Hans Kern has been documenting ideas, solutions and projects that address the big challenges facing our civilization in the 21st century. In 2016, he discovered that the best way to organise these ideas is by use of the prefix [re]. Every idea, strategy or project that he had collected in his notebooks, could be assigned a phrase using an appropriate word starting with the prefix [re]: “[re]green the oceans through kelp cultivation”, “[re]store habitats with myco[re]mediation”, “[re]vive democracy through citizens assemblies”. This system allowed Hans to inventory the incredible diversity of concepts and projects he had documented, and allowed him to present them in an easily accessible reference book, the [Re]cyclopaedia. With this resource, he hopes to inspire and empower individuals and communities to take charge of their own ecological, social and political [re]generation. Around 2016, while researching and writing this book, Hans started developing the “[re]generator”. This concept for an art-incubator, makerspace & knowledge hub was the product of a simple realization: that the many amazing ideas for a green future that exist around the world, require physical spaces to be shared, connected, evolved and financially supported. The uniquely cyclical and self-sustaining organisational model of the [re]generator, can make all this happen. Hans also co-runs an institute (B.I.R.D.S.) dedicated to the study of Citizens’ Assemblies, housed at the Hannah Arendt Center of Bard College.