Hello and welcome to my website. I am Carina, 31 years old, born in Münster, now living in Berlin, Germany.
I do many things, but most of all I try to do things that I enjoy and that have a positive impact on me and others.
21.04.1984 in Münster
2013 – present Co-Founder and CEO @Easy Languages
2009 – present CEO and program manager @The Global Experience
2013 – present Freelance videographer
2012 – 2015 Project manager @easyGo-easyCome
2008 – 2012 Managing partner @YouNet Media GmbH
2005 – 2008 Project assistant @EUREGIO
2003 – 2005 Freelance journalist @Münstersche Zeitung
2010 – 2013 International Migration and Intercultural Relations @Universität Osnabrück
2003 – 2009 Medieval + Modern History and Regional Science @Universität Münster
1994 – 2003 Schillergymnasium Münster
2014 Citizens Award of Münster in Bronze @Bürgerpreis Münster
2013 Special Award „Global Learning“ @NRW denkt nachhaltig
2013 Winner “Education for All”@ European Youth Award
2012 Runner-Up @World Summit Youth Award
2011 Winner “Connecting Cultures” @World Summit Youth Award
2009 Citizens Award of Münster in Silver @Bürgerpreis Münster
2008 Dieter-Baacke-Preis for media pedagogical work
2006 North-South Award of the City of Münster on development
Finished high school in Münster with the age of eighteen. Wanted to become a journalist, started to work for a local newspaper but then dropped it after two years. I have studied medieval history, new history and regional science for 5 years, finished with a Magister Artium and 100 pages of paper on the 1st crusade. I don’t know if anyone ever read that.
I have worked as a project assistant for over 3 years at Euregio, which has tought me a good basis of project management skills. I have travelled whenever I had money to spend and stopped when I was broke again, which has tought me more about life than any school. I have started a Master in International Migration and Intercultural Relations, which has given me a whole broad spectrum of perspectives on my work. And I have been self-educating myself on a whole bunch of stuff, including project conception, grant writing, financial administration and video production. More than that I have only learned through wonderful people who have been crossing my way, who have become friends, partners, co-learners and mentors.
It took me a while to figure out that not following a fixed career path is actually not bad, but a fortune.
I consider myself as a permanent learner. And I am happy for every experience, good or bad, to help me grow a better understanding of the world and myself.
In May 2014 I had the honor to speak about my personal learning experiences at TEDxDonauinsel in Vienna.
I was born and raised in Münster, a small town in Western Germany. I first started using a camera and microphone at the age of 15 when I started to host my own TV show on a local public access channel.
Later, I was afraid of not making a living from doing videos, so I focussed on something else, which has turned out to be good and bad in equal measure. Bad because back then I didn’t have the courage to follow what I had been really passionate about, and good because it opened up even more beautiful opportunities for learning and growing.
At the age of 19 I travelled outside of Europe for the first time; something I now look back on as a life-changing opportunity. Coming back from Namibia (Southern Africa) with a different understanding of myself and of the world around me, I followed a group of people who wanted to create new opportunities in youth education and intercultural learning. In 2005, we founded a group called Solar Net, today known as The Global Experience, an international youth media network to create opportunities for intercultural learning both online and offline. I have been managing The Global Experience since 2009, which has had a huge impact on my professional and personal development. Over the years, my own life has become a true global experience itself, with friends from all over the world, lots of travels and a great international office – first in Münster, now in Berlin.
One of my favorite questions ever. We did this video with students from Friedensschule Münster on an exchange in York, England.Go to work
Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together for a TED-like experience. Together with a fantastic Team we organize TEDxMünster since 2012.Go to work
Conferences are boring with just old white men on stage talking about decisions in the making? Not with us! We have created our own conference with no less than 19 young partner organizations from across the globe. Together we form a platform of active support for young digital change makers.Go to work
Easy Languages is a global video project helping people worldwide to learn languages through authentic street interviews. We work with video producers from all over the world to feature real language situations and expose our street cultures beyond stereotypical images. Our Youtube Channel www.youtube.com/learnlanguages is constantly growing and has reached out to over 25 Million viewers so far.Go to work
Earlier in 2014 we produced a series for Engagement Global’s program “Konkreter Friedensdienst” that supports young people from North Rhine-Westphalia doing projects and exchange programs in Africa, Asia and Latin-America. This part just came out lately and portrays the exchange of young hotel and cook trainees between Germany and Namibia.
The latest part of our easyGo-easyCome video series: In May 2014 Yacouba, Aguia (Burkina Faso), Titus, Lydia, Sellah (Kenia), Anna and Magdalena (Namibia) conducted their teaching practice internship in different schools in and around Münster, Germany. During their stay we visited them with the camera to find out more about their experiences.