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Genossenschaftsversammlung

In gemütlicher Atmosphäre fand auf der Plattform die zweite Genossenschaftsversammlung statt. Dani Studer hat das Geschäftsjahr 2020 noch einmal Revue passieren lassen und Max Ursin von Innovenergy hat von seiner Erfolgsstory erzählt, die nicht zuletzt auch dank der Plattform Haslital möglich wurde.

Hier gibt’s den Jahresbericht.

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Gut geflickt, statt neu gekauft

Zum dritten Mal organisiert die Plattform Haslital das «Repair Café Haslital», wo talentierte Bastler und Handwerker aus kaputten Alltagsgegenständen wieder brauchbare Ware machen. Von Kaffeemaschinen, über Textilien bis zu Kinderspielzeug kann alles vorbeigebracht und repariert werden.

Contact
Marcel Schwaiger, repaircafe@ platformhaslital.ch, 079 758 85 33

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Zusammenarbeit UNESCO und Plattform Haslital

Dear platformers, dear partners, interested parties

Engere Zusammenarbeit Plattform Haslital und UNESCO
«Freude herrscht!» würde ein ehemaliger Magistrat wohl ausrufen – und es stimmt tatsächlich. Das UNESCO-Welterbe Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch (SAJA) wird seine Präsenz in Meiringen ausbauen und dies in Partnerschaft mit der Plattform Haslital sowie der Unterstützung der Einwohnergemeinde. In den Räumen der Plattform soll ein sogenannter «Infopunkt+» der UNESCO entstehen. Bisher wurden in 16 der 23 Welterbe-Gemeinden insgesamt 21 Informationspunkte realisiert. Mit diesen Punkten will SAJA die Präsenz in der Welterbe-Region stärken.
Das + beim Infopunkt bezieht sich auf die aktive Zusammenarbeit zwischen UNESCO und uns: Konkret sollen in Meiringen Mitarbeitende von SAJA regelmässig in der Plattform Haslital präsent sein, das Coworking-Angebot nutzen, den Puls im Oberhasli fühlen und den Wissens- und Erfahrungsaustausch institutionalisieren. Beim regelmässigen Austausch an öffentlichen Anlässen sollen konkrete Anliegen, Herausforderungen im alpinen Raum und neue Ideen diskutiert, sowie Skizzen für umsetzbare Projekte entwickelt werden. Und es geht auch darum, aufzuzeigen, dass das Oberhasli zu den wertvollsten Landschaften weltweit gehört.


Herzlich willkommen in der Betriebsgruppe!

Wir haben Zuwachs erhalten und freuen uns, neu Jan Stamm mit an Bord zu haben. Er wird uns tatkräftig unterstützen und sich zudem um die Inhalte und die Aufmachung in unseren Schaufenstern kümmern. Jenes in der Mitte kann man übrigens mieten. Nach der stark nachgefragten Ausstellung von Elias Rieder mit seinen Holzskulpturen, stellt ab Mitte Mai eine Initiantengruppe das Projekt Ludothek Haslital-Brienz vor.


Coworking Spaces Gegenstand einer Forschungsarbeit
Nicht nur die Medien interessieren sich zunehmend für die Arbeits- und Funktionsweisen von Coworking Spaces, es wird auch dazu geforscht. Eloy Rojas Arostegui studiert am Geographischen Institut der Universität Bern und hat soeben seine Masterarbeit abgeschlossen. Das Thema: «Periphere und urbane Coworking Spaces in der Schweiz: Analyse der Strategien vor und während der COVID-19-Pandemie». Für seine Analyse hat Eloy auch mit unserem Betriebsgruppenmitglied Daniel Studer gesprochen. Spannend zu sehen, inwiefern sich urbane und ländliche Coworking Spaces unterscheiden. Vielleicht möchte die Eine oder der Andere ja mehr wissen. Gerne leiten wir eure Anfrage an den Autor weiter.


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Die Zeitung «Der Bund» ist vergangene Woche der Frage nachgegangen, wie die Corona-Pandemie die Stadt verändert. Ein Fazit: Für einige wird das Leben ausserhalb der Stadt wieder attraktiv. Sie zügeln aus der Stadt raus, zudem sei die Suche nach und die Verkäufe von Ferienwohnungen im Berner Oberland markant gestiegen, heisst es. Und die Aufenthalte der Gäste seien länger geworden, viele würden bereits am Donnerstag oder Freitag und nicht erst am Wochenende anreisen. Wer lesen mag, findet unten den Link zum Artikel.
Artikel (PDF)

Herzliche Grüsse und eine gute, erste Mai Woche,

the platform operations group

Questions or suggestions? info@ platformhaslital.ch or 033 553 41 09

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Repair Café abgesagt

Aufgrund der Corona-Pandemie wird das Repair Café am kommenden 8. Mai 2021 nicht stattfinden.
Das Positive: Mittlerweile gibt es auch hierfür digitale Alternativen. Falls ihr einen Gegenstand habt, den ihr gerne jetzt repariert haben möchtet, könnt ihr dies online anmelden und wir werden uns dann mit euch in Verbindung setzen. Probiert es aus!
Das nächste, echte Repair Café findet (aller Voraussicht nach) am 16. Oktober 2021 statt. Wir freuen uns bereits jetzt auf einen weiteren erfolgreichen Reparaturtag!

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Interview with Elias Rieder

"My customers bring the very best ideas with them"

Every forest warden tries his hand at "Schnätz", Elias Rieder says in an interview in his calm manner. The 23-year-old Haslitaler has been sawing and carving wood sculptures full-time for a good year. As a trained forest warden, he has a good hand for the basic building material for his works of art, wood, and the tools required for processing are also in his atelier in the old saw in the Muhr, Schattenhalb. In an interview with the Haslital platform, Elias explains how he selects his trees, how he gets his ideas and what big plans he still has.

Haslital platform: You and your wooden figures are our guest in the platform shop window. How long have you been cutting and sawing figures like this?

Elias Rieder: It started at the beginning of the apprenticeship in 2013. A colleague carved an eagle back then. That piqued my interest and so I made my first attempt. From then on I tried it out again and again, tinkered with it and constantly developed myself further. I think every forester sooner or later tries to carve a sculpture. Some are caught by a fever, others prefer to cut trees.

You are a trained forest warden, when did it become clear to you that you wanted to fully focus on wood art?

That was kind of fluid. Over the years my works and sculptures got a little better and I was able to sell more and more. So the desire to start my own business grew. That was about three years ago. At some point everything was very clear to me - although I actually had other plans.

And what other plans?

I would have liked to have specialized in my profession. Or I would have liked to have gone out of the Hasli for a year or two, to see what it would be like in the lowlands; everything less steep, less impractical and probably also with larger trees. I would have been interested. But I have to say, I am very happy with the path I have taken.

How did you organize yourself at the very beginning besides your work?

At the very beginning, carving was a hobby that I did in my spare time. At the farming community in Hasliberg, where I did my apprenticeship, I was allowed to use the saws whenever I wanted to carve something. And once during my apprenticeship, at the instructor's request, I was able to sniff two mushrooms as a thank you for a hotel in a wood course in Valais. I then got one afternoon for that. That was great!

Where or how do you get inspired? Where do you get your ideas from?

Social media like Facebook and Instagram are definitely important to me. I see the works of people from all over the world. I have certain ideas myself, but the very best ideas and inspirations come from my customers. For example, there was someone there today who wanted a mermaid. In my life I would never have thought that someone would come and make a wish! It's very exciting for me to do something special. Often customers come with ideas that I have concerns about and have to say that it could be difficult. But I'll try anyway. And so you end up carving something that at first you felt was almost impossible. So I always have new challenges.

That sounds demanding. Has anyone ever shown you how to proceed - also technically - exactly?

No, not really. This type of carving is not that common in the Bernese Oberland. For the first three years I taught myself everything. Carving with a saw is a matter of practice. You could learn to be a sculptor, for example, but that's somehow not the same. In 2017 my grandparents gave me a one-week course in Tyrol on the subject of "Carving with a chainsaw".

Can you briefly describe how it looks in your studio?

Most of the time there is a lot of sawdust there and it's very dusty. Then it certainly has about ten chainsaws and various angle grinders. The saws are very different in size, from the smallest with a carving sword to the second largest with a huge sword.

Which tool would you not want to do without?

I have two favorite saws that are very close to my heart. I even had them decorated with water foiling. Both of these are tools with which I make the blank, i.e. saw away the large parts of the trunk. I couldn't work without them.

Where did you get the wooden blocks that you need for your figures?

The wood I use usually comes from the region. It is important to me to get the material locally as possible. That also means that I don't go anywhere else to buy wood just because it might be cheaper there. Mostly foresters call me from Hasli when they have something special for me. They know what I need. And then I buy ninety percent of the wood.

Your figures also differ greatly in the colors of the woods. What is best for your job?

For me, larch and oak are the best. Both are very beautiful in color and, above all, they can withstand horrible weather. Most of the time my sculptures are not in living rooms, they are more objects for the garden. My sculptures have their price, then I want to offer my customers something good. If desired, I treat the wood so that it is weatherproof for even longer.

Is there a typical customer who buys a sculpture from you?

No, there isn't. Everything from apprentices to retirees is included. There is not one type of person who shops with me. The only thing I can say: I mostly only sell eagle owls and owls to women and if I sell an eagle owl to a man, then it is safe for his wife. That's the only thing I've noticed so far.

What are the men ordering?

Men like eagles. But the women also order eagles, that's about fifty to fifty.

What does a typical working day for Elias Rieder look like?

I get up, make coffee and check my emails. Then around eight or eight eight I go to work. I deliberately don't start earlier so that I don't wake up the neighbors with a saw. Then I go to my small, heatable room where my orders hang on a clothesline. There I look through whether I can carry out a specific customer order or whether I have time to try something new. Or whether I can make common sculptures like eagles or eagle owls, which I then place in the exhibition space. I also make phone calls around thirty times a day and I am often out and about, for example to visit a wooden stump in a garden that will be used to create a sculpture. And then I keep visiting wood that is offered to me for sale.

How are wood artists like you organized? Is there an exchange between them, a kind of network?

Yes, if there is no pandemic, a wood carving competition would also take place in Switzerland, where you can compete in different disciplines or create sculptures together with others. Unfortunately, I've never been there. Hopefully the competition can take place this year or at least next year. In this way I could get to know new people and exchange ideas, so that I could also expand my personal network and not just that on the Internet.

In Brienz there is a traditional carving craft that is strongly anchored in the region. Do you also lean on the work of such artists?

Of course, I am inspired by wood carving in Brienz, as well as by other artists around the world. Every artistic work has its style, its signature and over the years the work is refined and improved. There are always new influences.

You have been self-employed for a year. Were there any moments when you were unsure whether you were on the right track?

No, I have never regretted taking this path. It always fills me with great joy when I see the happy eyes of my customers. And I still want to try a lot and develop myself further. Of course there is also work that does not succeed. These then end up as firewood, which is also part of it.

When you look in the future, which projects would you like to tackle?

The next project is certainly my own carving course, which I will be holding in the summer together with a sculptor from Brienz. The course is already fully booked. And then the next is a world record attempt. I bought a mammoth tree from which I want to carve the world's largest golden eagle. However, I have not yet seen the trunk in person, so I can not quite judge whether it will be something. But if possible, I'd like to make something bigger out of it, probably on the Grimsel.

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Interview: Nadja Ruch

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Co-working in the Bernese Oberland

A full-page report on co-working during Corona has been published in the Bernese Oberland. The Haslital platform is of course also prominently represented.

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Second edition of the Repair Café Haslital

Patch instead of throwing away! That is the motto in the Repair Café of the Haslital platform - and this for the second time. On October 17, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., dedicated and talented volunteers will repair all kinds of objects that are broken or no longer work properly. Due to the corona pandemic, this time the event will not take place in the location of the Haslital platform, but in the tram hall in Meiringen. Coffee and cake are also provided.

For the second time, the Haslital cooperative will be involved in Swiss Repair Day on October 17, 2020. This is an initiative of the Consumer Protection Foundation and is taking place for the fifth time this year. An important aspect of the Repair Cafés is sustainability: What works again is still needed and does not end up in the trash. This saves resources and money. Around 100 items were repaired in autumn 2019 at the first Repair Café in Meiringen - a complete success.

Motivated, volunteer repairers
The organizers of the Repair Café Haslital, Marco Liechti and Marcel Schwaiger, were once again able to convince committed repairers who volunteer to help mending objects for a day. Be it a pair of trousers with a hole, a toy train that no longer runs or a Bäbi who is missing an arm, the volunteer flickers take on all kinds of objects. And the success rate is impressive at around 90 percent last year. Electronic and electrical devices, textiles, wooden goods and toys can be patched. A 3D printer is also available, which has already provided good service for repairs. Spare parts can be partially restored in this way. If you have to wait or want to take a little break, you can have a coffee and eat cake in the tram hall.

And then to the cinema
After the Repair Café Haslital, production and consumption are also an issue in the Meiringen cinema.
In cooperation with the Friends of Cinema Meiringen, those interested can watch the film "Walden" on the said Saturday at 5 pm. In the film by Swiss producer Daniel Zimmermann, production realities are twisted. A tree from a forest in Austria is processed into thousands of wooden slats and then transported to the Brazilian rainforest. Zimmermann also questions the mechanisms of the globalized economy. The film will be shown again on Monday, October 20th at 8 p.m.

Contact
Marcel Schwaiger, repaircafe@ platformhaslital.ch, 079 758 85 33

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Repair Café and panel discussion on combat aircraft

Dear platformers, dear partners, interested parties

We would be happy to send you some reading material from the platform - because we’ve done a lot!

But first we would like to remind you: get ready the lamp that has stopped working, the chair that wobbles or the pants that have always been too long. Soon there will be another opportunity to repair or adjust all of these things: in the second Repair-Café Haslital. We look forward to numerous visitors and would like it if you could do some word-of-mouth for us! Many Thanks!

Note: This year, due to the Corona situation, we are repairing with a lot of space and air in the tram hall instead of - as last time - in the platform.


"More work-life balance in the future"
That was exactly what it was Title of an article about the Haslital platform in the Jungfrau Zeitung. In it, the journalist Nora Devenish showed that modern work infrastructures are attractive and important for locals and contribute positively to regional development. As the article describes, contemporary work opportunities such as those offered by co-working spaces are also an argument for newcomers to choose the Haslital.


Premiere: panel discussion on the draft of a vote on combat aircraft
Not voted yet? Not sure what yours when submitting "Federal resolution on the procurement of new combat aircraft" should throw in the urn and what does a yes or no mean for the Oberhasli? Then it's worth it to watch the panel debate on this very issue online. The platform has organized an event of this kind for the first time, the Jungfrau Zeitung recorded and moderated. Finally, on September 11th, around 30 interested people gathered in the auditorium of the Kapellen school building in Meiringen to follow the - partly emotional - votes of the panelists. It was important to the operating group as a platform to meet the requirements of a platform. In other words: Both the pro and the contra side should be taken into account and have their say. In our opinion, the premiere was a success and for those who prefer to read rather than watch, there is one for them here the discussion is summarized in one article.


Cooperative meeting #1 successfully carried out
And finally this: Due to the corona, the Haslital platform held its first general meeting of members of the cooperative on September 10, 2020 with a little delay. If you would like to see the annual report, you can send us a short message to info@plattformhaslital.ch or we will shortly be able to download it from our website.

Suffice it to say: We'll keep going:)

Kind regards, the platform company group

Questions or suggestions? info@ platformhaslital.ch or 033 553 41 09

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The platform in the Jungfrau newspaper

We recently received a visit from the Jungfrau Zeitung. Topic: New, flexible forms of work and offers such as the Haslital platform enable other life plans. Much will be different than before, much will be possible. So much that even city residents of Zurich take heart and decide to move to Hasli - which of course we understand only too well 😉
https://www.jungfrauzeitung.ch/artikel/184089/

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