Hey, I’m Fabian Wagner, anthropologist, biologist, wannabe politician and now: blogger!
Our world is at a tipping point. We’re running towards the environmental apocalypse, the world is turning more and more miserable and violent for more and more people, both globally speaking and at home in Europe. Instead of turning to new, fresh and bold ideas for a better future for all of us, political leaders remain uninspired, play pointless games or plant distractions, while voters turn towards those new forces that offer wrong answers to the wrong problems.
I think, all this is connected. All these problems are the result of a culture in Europe that has increasingly been based upon assumptions that have nothing to do with reality. The idea of the so-called “liberal world order”, is just as much an illusion as the image of Europe’s progressive role in the world. Deep cracks and fissures in these illusions appear when one starts cross-checking them with the lived reality of the vast majority of the global population - as I have been doing for the past ten years in places like the Congo, West Africa, Peru, Brazil, India, China and all over Europe.
It might be painful, but it’s precisely in these cracks and fissures where real solutions and utopias can grow. Perhaps it is in there that we can find the base for new ideas for a better future, together with those whose culture is as of now very different from the shiny neoliberal elite? That is what this blog is about: looking at Europe from the outside to make us reflect, in the hope to contribute ways to dream up and then construct a better world for all of us. It’s about ordering, condensing and sharing the experiences and thoughts that I have been collecting while spending the past decade buzzing across the globe, between politics and academia, between the first and the third world and everything in between.
Expect to find texts on human rights, environmental protection and global justice, but also – and especially – on what lessons these fields hold for politics in Germany and Europe, especially on the rise of the far-right as merely an extreme development of an already extreme status quo. What are you waiting for? Grab a coffee, hop into your arm chair and start reading. Don’t forget to share your thoughts with me afterwards. May this be the beginning of long and inspiring email exchanges, calls and talks.
Chances are that, while you read this, I am running around in the Southern Amazonian jungle discussing with indigenous peoples about their land rights or freezing my behind off in a strongly air-conditioned office in Brasília. In my life I have worked in a variety of positions – as campaigner, project manager, teacher or advisor – in the fields of human rights and global justice. What follows is a list of the experiences I consider most valuable.
Development Advisor on Indigenous Affairs and Environmental Protection for the Brazilian Government and the German Development Agency GIZ
2017 - 18:
Assistant Campaigner for Survival International
2016 - 18:
Member of the Executive Committee and Co-Spokesperson of the Federation of Young European Greens FYEG
2018 - currently:
Lecturer for the courses Global Governance and Human Rights and Campaigning at Leuphana University Lüneburg
Environment and Climate Change Fellow at the Youth Plugin Initiative of the African Union and the European Union
2015 - 16:
Project Manager for the French Think Tank Laboratoire Européen d’Anticipation Politique
Research Intern in a reforestation project at the German development agency’s office in Lubumbashi, DR Congo
2014 - 15:
MA Social Anthropology of Development from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
2010 - 14:
BSc Biology from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany
2009 - 10:
Civil service in an orphanage in the Peruvian Amazon