How does the story of a patriarchal, fundamentalist theocracy become a story of hope? With the help of Donnie O'Sullivan the dystopian "The Handmaid's Tale" from acclaimed author Margaret Atwood becomes a hopeful utopia, dealing with, among other things, gender issues, aspects of feminism and individualism. Don’t believe it can be done? Take a listen!
James was born in West Point (Highlands, New York) and grew up in Germany. He studied English, German and general linguistics. James writes fantasy novels ("The Elves") and science fiction ("The City of Symbionts").
The Umweltbank is a generous sponsor of our Hopepunk podcast as part of ‘Signals of Hope’ and the FBM20. We asked the Umweltbank, four questions about hope:
‘Hope’ & ‘Future’ form an inseparable word pair. What about the word pair ‘Banking’ & ‘Future?’
In our eyes, banking & future go hand in hand. Through investments and financing, banks have an enormous influence on the purposes for which their clients' money is used - and thus banks actively shape the future. In the best case, banks support projects and companies that have a positive impact on society and the environment.
What concrete opportunities does the Umweltbank offer to shape a hopeful future?
We only finance sustainable projects that make a concrete contribution to the sustainability goals of the United Nations. This could be a wooden house, a kindergarten or a solar park. By financing these future-oriented projects, we are actively committed to future topics such as the expansion of renewable energies and ecological and affordable housing.
This podcast is called Hopepunk Podcast. When you describe your bank what aspect would you consider ‘Punk’?
The fact that we have been combining sustainability with economic success for over 20 years is pretty ‘Punk’. At the beginning we were often looked down on by larger banks, but nowadays all banks have to deal more and more with sustainability... now those banks that looked down on us are looking up to us.
Now we want to send your personal Signal of Hope to the world. Please complete this sentence: Hope is ...
... the seed of sustainability
The Frankfurter Book Fair Schedule, a day long digital BOOKFEST, an extensive conference program, the large ARD Book Fair stage in the ‘Frankfurt Festhalle’, the ‘Blue Sofa’ and much, much more.
The UmweltBank combines finance with ecological responsibility. With the savings deposits of its customers, projects in renewable energy, ecological construction and organic farming have been realized...
The inventor of the genre ‘Hopepunk’ explains in her essay what it’s all about.
The first German-language hopepunk novel: a woman with a motorcycle - a man with a baby - a gang with a bucket-wheel excavator - a dystopia with a gripping end-time setting.
This post-apocalyptic novel of hope and terror follows the tradition of ‘The Handmaid's Tale’.
The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses in the US during the early to mid-19th century, and used by enslaved African-Americans to escape into free states and Canada.
Margaret Atwood’s celebrated vision of a totalitarian state is the model for the successful TV series ‘The Handmaids Tale’ and is considered a milestone in modern feminist literature.
After an alien invasion the earth is contaminated. The last humans live in an AI-controlled city. Gamil can communicate with the AIs, and one day he intercepts some mysterious chatter...