The Takeaways:

  • The Universal Sea is an initiative from Berlin that combines the power of art, science, and entrepreneurs, to fight for clean drinking water and tackle water pollution
  • This initiative is a traveling art exhibition paired with a co-creation workshops series, that anyone can sign up to attend
  • The Universal Sea will be traveling to eight different countries in Europe to share their art and workshops with the public – check out their website for upcoming venue locations!

I never thought I’d say this – but I’m grateful every time someone shares or discusses anything related to plastic pollution. Not because I get the warm-fuzzies when I’m reminded how catastrophic this issue is, but because that means one thing: awareness is spreading.

In order to make change, we have to be aware change is needed. We have to be conscious of the issue before we can create a solution. There are hundreds of thousands of people around the globe fighting this issue on a daily basis, but without exposure to these innovative solutions or worldwide efforts, it can feel as if your own efforts won’t make a difference (although, trust me; they do).

This week’s podcast episode features Nicole Loeser, the co-founder of The Universal Sea. Universal Sea is an initiative out of Berlin that combines the power of art and science to gain access to clean drinking water and protect the ocean. Universal Sea is a traveling art exhibition and co-creation workshop series, which will make appearances in eight different countries this year throughout Europe.

Nicole and her team have gathered artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs to help showcase the successful water-pollution efforts taking place around the world and they are inviting the public to get involved in solutions through co-creation workshops. They believe art can spark the motivation to act, and science, technology, and entrepreneurship can create platforms for long-term solutions.

You won’t want to miss this podcast episode! Want to attend one of The Universal Sea’s art exhibitions and co-creation workshop series? Check out the calendar on their website to see where they’re headed next. Can’t make it to a series? Become a community member on their website to stay up-to-date, and be sure to follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

You can listen to the podcast here on our website or on iTunes. If you’d rather, you can also watch the full episode here.

“We show the power of art, but really it’s the power of the people.”

Nicole F. Loeser is a Berlin-based independent curator and art manager with over fifteen years of experience in collaborating with institutions and corporations throughout Europe. Nicole founded WHITECONCEPTS in 2009 and serves as the gallery’s director. Since 2017 she has also worked for the Institute for Art and Innovation where she holds the position of Artistic Director. As an art critic, she is a regular contributor to catalogues, journals, and art publications. Her central interests lie in featuring socially reflective and environmentally focused projects that introduce diverse and forward-thinking perspectives.