by Nico Andreas Heller

Are we headed irreversibly towards catastrophe or do we have what it takes to fundamentally remake our world in time, sustainably, regeneratively and equitably? If so, who are the people and organisations that drive the transition to a sustainably regenerative negative carbon economy and a better life for all? To shed some light on these questions we have created Reboot2030, a podcast and

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Podcast episodes

  • Season 4

  • Hacking the Future: Solarpunk's Vision for a Sustainable World

    Hacking the Future: Solarpunk's Vision for a Sustainable World

    Nico Andreas Heller in conversation with Pawel Ngei Watch on YouTube. In an era of multiple global crises – from the climate emergency, to rising populism and the existential threats posed by rapid developments in AI – positive visions of a sustainable and regenerative future are urgently needed. This episode of Reboot2030 explores solarpunk, an emergent movement gaining traction for its life-affirming outlook. We unpack its potential for revitalising democracy and social movements, examine how solarpunks propose balancing technological advancement with sustainability, and explore ways of democratising big tech in an age of techno-feudalism to enable the emergence of alternative social structures. Joining us is Pawel Ngei, a hacker and solarpunk researcher focusing on narratives of technology in culture, especially climate futurism. He works with Global Innovation Gathering, collaborating with inventors and educators from the Global South to discover new, community-based perspectives on tech and culture. Pawel blogs at and co-writes the Solarpunk Prompts podcast. To never miss a Reboot Dialogue, if you haven't done so already, subscribe to our newsletter here.

  • Navigating Africa: A Digital Revolution in the Making?

    Navigating Africa: A Digital Revolution in the Making?

    Nico Andreas Heller in conversation with Jean-Désiré Kouassi. Digitalisation is a key driver of both economic and social development, not only in the industrialised world, but increasingly also in developing countries – with all the downsides and risks this implies. In this Reboot Dialogue, Jean-Désiré Kouassi tells us about how Be Digit Wise advocates against online propaganda and fake news; and how they equip young people with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively utilize digital media and safely navigate the internet. Jean-Désiré founded Be Digit Wise in 2020 and has since trained over 1,500 young leaders in digital literacy and skills. More information about him and his award-winning work is available at To never miss a Reboot Dialogue, subscribe to our newsletter at

  • Fighting Climate Change the Zambian Way

    Fighting Climate Change the Zambian Way

    Nico Andreas Heller in conversation with Akufuna Muyunda. In Zambia, climate change sparks severe repercussions: crop failures afflict six million families; dwindling rainfall deepens water scarcity, impacting rural life; diseases like malaria surge, straining health systems; smallholder farmers suffer livelihood losses, prompting diversification efforts; and rampant deforestation worsens environmental degradation, heightening climate risks. These interconnected challenges demand immediate action, highlighting the urgent need for global cooperation in addressing climate change's disproportionate impact on vulnerable communities in Africa and beyond. Our guest today to talk about the impact of climate change in Zambia is Akufuna Muyunda. He is an award-winning climate leader and social entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in environmental advocacy. He is also the founder of Young Volunteers for Environment Zambia and serves as volunteer Director of Green Investments at the Farmers Development Cooperative Union. More information about Akufuna Muyunda and his work is available via our contributors' page. To never miss a Reboot Dialogue, subscribe to our newsletter.

  • European Elections: Risks and Possible Scenarios

    European Elections: Risks and Possible Scenarios

    Nico Andreas Heller in conversation with Susanna Cafaro Europe over the past ten years has seen a tectonic shift to the right, both at the level of member states, and at the European level. But what exactly does that mean? How will this shift affect European policy, relations between member states and indeed the European Union itself, or rather European ‘supranational’ democracy – both in the short- and in the long term? In this podcast we explore these questions and ask how can Europe defend itself against a sustained attack from far-right populists and anti-European nationalists? Joining us for this discussion is Susanna Cafaro, a leading European federalist and professor of European Union law at the University of Salento (Italy). More information about Susanna Cafaro is available via our contributors’ page. Also of interest to viewers/listeners might be the Supranational Democracy Dialogue Susanna hosts every year. More information about this gathering/conference is available here.

  • Europe at a Time of War

    Europe at a Time of War

    Nico Andreas Heller in conversation with Roberto Castaldi Europe is now facing multiple serious threats, internally via right-wing populists and nationalists, and externally, because of the ongoing war in Ukraine and other geopolitical conflicts and risks around the world. Global warming and migration act as fuel and further exaggerate these divisions along nationalist/populist versus liberal/federalist lines, with the populist camp increasingly gaining the upper hand not only within European member states, but at a European level as well. In this podcast we ask: should we be concerned? How significant are these developments, and how will they play out if current trends persist? We will also be looking at the EU’s plans for eastward expansion with regards to Ukraine and Moldovia and talk about the challenges the EU faces in rapidly establishing an integrated European defence force. Roberto Castaldi is a European federalist. He holds a PhD in international relations in the area of European integration and is an Associate Professor of Political Philosophy at eCampus University in Italy. He is also the CEO of the International Centre for European and Global Governance, co-edits Perspectives on Federalism and is the General Editor of EURACTIV Italy. More information about Roberto Castaldi is available via our contributors’ page.