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Archive: April 2020

Beyond Instagram: Support Berlin’s Small Businesses

What I love to see during this crisis is how motivated people are to support small, independent and local food businesses. So here’s another list with suggestions where to spread your love (and money). This time, the focus is on businesses that we tend to forget when most communication happens online on the ‘gram, the neighbourhood places we all highly depend on, which are often owned by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) but who don’t have the type of social media skills needed to stand out in your feed. The idea and start for this list came from the Smells Like collective, a Berlin based group celebrating food heritage, culture & identity. They started it on their instagram channel, collecting shops and restaurants not represented on the Instagram, then I extended the poll to my followers, threw my own recommendations in, and the result is this long list! Why not make it a goal to visit one or two of those per week, to make an effort to support those who often fall through the attention cracks. Happy eating!

Corona Crisis: How to Help Now

While supporting small local businesses is important, we need to keep an eye out for those, who are even more affected by the current pandemic and are too often ignored in the urge to help. Homeless people, refugees, and other people in need are in even more dire situations when stay at home orders are in effect and enforced. The situation at Europe’s boarders is even more awful, even though that is hard to imagine. The pressure and stress on the people working in jobs that are “relevant to keep up the system” is unimaginable, and at the same time nurses, caretakers, delivery people and supermarket staff are massively underpaid. It’s important to take care of ourselves so much, that we can start taking care of others in need. To make it easier for you, I compiled a list of many local and some global initiatives to support right now.