Abigail Wick

Blog Contributor

Abigail Wick is currently based in Berlin, Germany. She works as a communications consultant and writer for a broad range of international clients. 

Learn more about her at abigailwick.com

Headscarves In Berlin

Sep 15, 2015

It’s nearing 9:00pm, and the lightly-chilled evening air carries the scent of autumn. People pack into the Şehitlik Mosque’s cultural center off lonely Columbiadamm in Neukölln, a district in Berlin. Visitors sit on elaborately designed Turkish rugs, chatting in hushed voices and nursing small glasses of dark black tea.

Jason Wishnow

In 2006, everybody told New York filmmaker Jason Wishnow it was career suicide. Nobody wants to watch academic lectures on a computer screen, they said. More than 1-billion online views later (including from, of all places, outer space), TEDTalks naysayers couldn’t have been more wrong--securing for Mr. Wishnow, the filmmaker who helped transform the ideas-driven TEDTalks platform into its highly-watchable modern format, a legacy in the pantheon of viral-content gods. 

Carolin Weinkopf Fotografie

Geekettes cofounders Jess Erickson and Denise Philipp didn’t set out to stimulate a movement that would sweep across Europe and spill into the United States. They just had a gut feeling that women were hungry, as they themselves were, and wanted to create a platform in response to that need.

Marc Samwer
Courtesy of TechCrunch

Once propped up by a smattering of successful exits and no small share of hype, Berlin’s startup economy is increasingly lock-and-step with the real world.

2013 Thought for Food Global Summit
Abigail Wick / for NPR Berlin

It’s a complex challenge that requires interdisciplinary solutions: 7.2 billion people currently inhabit the planet, and an estimated one billion go to bed hungry on a daily basis.

Food production and distribution are, and have been, in a state of crisis. By 2050, the global population is expected to reach nine billion, and the United Nations projects that farmers must produce 70 percent more food globally (from 2009 levels) to sustain the world’s predicted population growth.