23 September

Trek7 + Serve the City = Partners for Change

 For the second consecutive year, Trek7 partnered with Serve the City. Serve the City is a Christian volunteer movement that started a decade ago in Brussels and has spread to more than 90 cities on three continents. Christine, who coordinates Berlin’s Serve the City efforts, says that STC tries to make it easy for people […]

17 September

Four Surprising Facts About Berlin

Movies Berlin has more movie theaters per capita than any other German city with 97 theaters (visited by more than 12 million visitors annually). Volunteers Involvement in civil groups, community organizations and public forums has grown over the years. It is estimated that one in four Berliners take part in volunteer service. Parks Berlin has […]

15 September

How Berlin Has Ruined Living Anywhere Else

Posted by in Berlin, Cities

Many people have fallen head-over-heels walking the streets of Berlin. But where does this love affair with the city start? Putting words to the elusive draw of Berlin can be a challenge. Here is one perspective that reveals a few of the city’s many charming qualities. Read “How Berlin has ruined living anywhere else.”

10 September

The Diversity Difference

It is impossible to live in Berlin and not encounter diversity. When I step into the hall of my apartment building, I am confronted by the realities of the urban world. I hear the languages of my neighbors who have family backgrounds outside of Germany. When I walk out the front door onto the sidewalk, […]

8 September

Portraits in Berlin’s Religious Gallery

“It’s not that I am religious or believe in God or anything!” When my family and I arrived in this city this summer, we knew that more than 60 percent of Berliners identified as nonreligious, so it was no surprise to hear these words. The context of this statement, however, was surprising. We had been having a good […]

3 September

Top Five August Tweets

In case you’ve missed us on Twitter, here’s what’s been happening in the @Charrette Berlin Twittersphere. 1. An authentic Christian perspective: we do not come to the city to take; we come to the city to give. — Charrette | Berlin (@CharretteBerlin) August 19, 2014 2. Cities can be deceiving: we understand one part and think […]

7 July

To Berlin and Back Again

The 2014 Trek7 team got off to a quick start in Berlin. In just a few short weeks, the young foursome has seen and done a little bit of everything. They describe Berlin as huge, vibrant, multicultural and diverse, even in just how the city is laid out. “I love how we’re in Köpenick, and there’s […]

1 July

A Call for [More] Collaboration

More than 180,000 people move from a rural area to a city every day. In the next four decades, one out of every two people will move from the countryside to the city. This global migration will generate challenges beyond our comprehension – challenges that will stretch us to collaborate with others well beyond our […]

17 June

Finding My Place in Berlin

Around the time I first arrived, my team leader challenged me to find a spot in the city that could serve as a reminder of why I was here and be a place of solace on tough days. I love color, so it seemed natural to choose something vivid. Something that could stand in contrast […]

3 June

Is My Heart a Living System?

In a recent presentation to our team, the speaker, Bianca, challenged my thinking. She asked us: How is a city different from a toaster? Admittedly, the city is clearly not a toaster. It is not a piece of machinery but an integrated system of many organic systems – including its people. Characteristics of a Living System […]