nbo short bio

Born in 1967 in Bochum, lives in Hamburg - St. Pauli.

Lots of questions. Study of physics and philosophy in Aachen and Berlin. Still restless. A Trip to India, South East Asia, Oceania, to the Andes. Some illusions about Globalization lost. But a great journey.

So what next? A move into journalism: first at the newspapers Freitag (Berlin), Die Woche (Hamburg) and die tageszeitung (Berlin). Then contributing editor in the Business & Environment section of die tageszeitung, from there to Hamburg: technology editor of Die Woche. In March 2002 the publisher pulls the plug. A big opportunity. Free lance writer since then.

In March 2004 my first book "Nano?! Die Technik des 21. Jahrhunderts",a general introduction to nanotechnology for everybody (Rowohlt Berlin).

Next trip with Dorothee Wolter: from Hamburg to Cape Town with public transport, over land. In five months. A blog for those at home. Becomes a book: "21.000 Kilometers oder die Kunst sitzen zu lernen" – 21,000 kilometres or the art of learning how to sit (Rowohlt).

In parallel: tackling questions. What is capitalism? What is knowledge? What democracy, what globalization? Project "km 21.0" (1990 - 2006, cofounded with Robert von Heusinger). Resulting idea: transcapitalism. More on that in a forthcoming book.

2006 sees LOMU, the local organized multitude arriving. Experiments and social art in public space. Cofounded with Agnieszka Krzeminska. From LOMU into the Hamburg network "Recht auf Stadt" (right to the city). Urban politics, grassroots style. Because everybody is responsible.

In 2011 a third book: "Alles auf null" – all down to zero, a manual for reality (Edition Nautilus). Reflections on the crisis, within the crisis.

A last word on football: Would love to the VfL Bochum as German Champion at least once in my life. Highly unprobable.