First Main Mentors Meeting Minutes

September 11, 2017

Today we had our first meeting with our WEARsustain “Main Mentors”:

Frank Becker
Frank Becker, Jahrgang 1959, ist Diplom-Volkswirt und gelernter Elektriker. Er arbeitete von 1988 bis 1993 als Gewerkschaftssekretär bei der IG Metall. Als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter bei kubus arbeitet er seit 2001 an den Schwerpunkten nachhaltige Entwicklung im Kontext regionaler Ökonomie, Wieder- und Weiterverwendungsstrategien sowie soziale Kooperationsnetzwerke. Außerdem ist Frank Becker als Organisationsberater, Personalentwickler und Projektmanager tätig.

Martin Charter
Professor Martin Charter is the Director of The Centre for Sustainable Design at University for the Creative Arts (UCA) and a former Visiting Professor of Sustainable Product Design at UCA before joining full-time.

Both Frank and Martin have been involved in setting up and running Repair Cafes in the UK and Berlin.
Repair Cafes

We had our first meeting with our Main Mentors. We decided that Frank Becker (TU) would become our sole Main Mentor and that Martin Charter (UCA) would contract with us as a consultant on sustainability issues. This decision came as Martin is based in London and he has limited time in the next months. We thought it is more beneficial to use his time for consultancy on specific issues of his expertise than working with him on the entire project. Frank seems to have a good competence on alternative economy, sustainable community topics and knowledge of this areas specific to Berlin. We are very happy to have him as our Main Mentor.
As a next step we hope to continue regular project meetings with Frank and also hoping he will be able to advise us on legal/business issues. We are working on a more detailed sustainability consultancy framework for Martin.

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