Sozialatlas Steirische Eisenstraße. Lokales Wissen erfolgreich nutzen

Editors: Isabell Gstach, Elisabeth Kapferer, Andreas Koch, Clemens Sedmak
Publisher: Mandelbaum, Vienna
Content: 180 pages
ISBN: 978-3-85476-428-1
Year: 2013

Emigration and an ageing population, economic and social change – these are only some of the challenges facing the inhabitants of the Styrian Eisenstrasse. What changes do local people want? And how can the problems be tackled?

The Social Atlas documents the answers given in 67 projects that emerged during the Social Festival Tu was, dann tut sich was. The ideas and visions for improving quality of life and social participation are examples of a sense of responsibility, individual initiatives and creative handling of local knowledge in each social and spatial environment, that could also be exemplary for other locations. The underlying challenges in the region are also presented from a scholarly point of view in terms of social geography, sociology and poverty research.

Tu was, dann tut sich was. is a project by Internationales Forschungszentrum für Soziale und Ethische Fragen (ifz) and the members of SinnStifter, a joint initiative of six Austrian foundations (ERSTE Foundation, Essl Stiftung, Turnauer Stiftung, Schweighofer Stiftung, Humer Stiftung und Unruhe Stiftung). The aim of Tu was, dann tut sich was. is to spark sustainable development in structurally weak regions of Austria.

This publication is available at ERSTE Foundation Library.

Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.