As it’s the first day of the new year, I want to take this opportunity to look ahead at some of my personal highlights in 2014.
Apart from some exciting lectures and panel discussions, I guess I’ll use much of January to finish the massive relaunch of my blog, in particular by translating my remaining old blogposts of 2009-13 from German to English and blogging some interesting insights from some events in 2013 that I’d still love to share (I intended to do this between Christmas and New Year’s Eve but as usual there wasn’t much time in between these two events).
So, after hopefully finishing the relaunch, it’s time to celebrate 5 years of this blog AndreasLindinger.AT in February! Thanks to the switch to English and the new focus on the four important and interconnected issues of Democracy, Climate Change, Sustainability and Urbanism, I hope to use this anniversary and the recent relaunch to intensify blogging similarly to the way I’ve recently intensified tweeting on these issues.
Despite not being too religious, I’ll use the fasting period in March and April for a new challenge: Instead of going vegetarian as in previous years, I’ll try to go vegan for 46 days and look forward to sharing my experiences, successes and difficulties on this blog and via social media. I guess this will also allow me to write some blogposts on food, agriculture and nutrition as I can also discuss aspects of democracy, climate change, sustainability and urbanism in this context.
In May, I want to bring Jane’s Walk, a series of free neighborhood walking tours that I got to know in Vancouver, to Vienna. I guess this will need a lot of time, effort and helping hands in the first four months of the year and during the festival weekend on May 2-4 as Jane’s walk has shown tremendous growth since its inception in 2007 and I’d like to contribute to this impressive growth, the legacy of Jane Jacobs and my neighborhood and the City of Vienna.
For the remainder of the year, I guess it’s time to make June a month to remember by winning the Stanley Cup with the Vancouver Canucks and winning the league and relegation games with Austria Salzburg, both of course as an enthusiastic supporter. Apart from that, I’m looking forward to an exciting year full of interesting insights, discussions and blogposts that I’d like to share with you!