What can we learn from Istria about sustainability

Istria — sustainability — cape Kamenjak — Safari bar
Cape Kamenjak, Safari Bar; photo by Sebastian Hinckel

Field Check

We decided to start doing reports about the places we are visiting and notice daily good examples, good practices of sustainable development.

We start in my homeland Croatia since biodiversity, natural resources, and a self-sustainable mindset of people living there, who experienced many hardships, especially in the last thirty and more years, offer tremendous potential for this country to fulfill sustainable development goals next decade.

Suppose we are now talking about social and environmental factors of sustainability while ignoring other factors like the strong legal system, particularly strong institutions. In this last criteria, Istria needs to improve (as being a…


Even small things can have huge impacts on a complex system

Island — nature — Krk — Croatia — sustainability
At Island Krk, Croatia; Photo: Antonija Osojnik

Why I write

“One of the functions of art,” Ursula K. Le Guin observes, “is to give people the words to know their own experience… Storytelling is a tool for knowing who we are and what we want.”

Telling your story should be transformative for me, as a writer, as well as for you, as the reader.

Not so easy task.

My life story is full of setbacks and hardships, but they brought me to some discoveries, triumphs and taught me some lessons.

For example, the most valuable lesson is that it is OK to fail sometimes. If you want to know what…


Climate change is already here, inside of our homes, and we are not doing enough

Photo: Pixsell Photo & Video Agency, Zagreb

As if pandemic and lockdown weren’t enough, the earth in my homeland is still shaking while I am writing this. After a devastating earthquake this year in March in Zagreb, yesterday again 6,2 on the Richter scale. A series of earthquakes represents a wake-up call for EU institutions and leaders.

Sustainability of the Old Continent needs to happen now. Climate change is already here, inside of our homes, and we are not doing enough.

Warnings we don’t listen

I remember when my dear friend from New Zealand warned me about a series of earthquakes that we can very soon expect…


We can all learn from this Covid crisis that while ‘online’ is something we can survive, it is not enough - we need real, live human interactions

Online work — covid — pandemic — lockdown — humans
Photo by Maksim ŠiŠlo on Unsplash

We can all learn from this Covid crisis that while ‘online’ is something we can survive, it is not enough. We need real, live human interactions. | Medium

This fall, one full year has passed since we moved to Germany. They say that for ex-pats, the most difficult year is the first year. And wasn’t it indeed a challenge for us as well for all ex-pats out there. Feel for you, brave souls, wherever you are!

Pandemic and lockdowns when you already feel alone enough are not something you need at that moment. Meeting new people in a new (more…


Skills we will need in 21 st Century

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‘The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.’- Marcus Aurelius

We are currently experiencing a significant change in culture and mindset. This impacts the very core of our society.

It will forever reshape the way we conduct political discourse and implement legislation.

It will also reshape how we behave and decide as consumers and define our role as citizens.

It will also reshape the way we do business, how we lead and communicate, and how we structure our organizations.

We are forced to rethink our own personal behavior and decision-making.

What is really important…


And Now Turn Off Your Screen And Go Outside With Your Loved Ones

Photo by Shane Rounce on Unsplash

This year’s Labor Day has a special meaning for me. The job market is vulnerable as all the workers worldwide.

In my opinion, we should be looking for different life skills, quite the opposite of the ones we hear nowadays. Digital skills are not the only ones we should strengthen.

Today it would be so lovely to have a barbecue with ‘our people.’

But how to organize a barbecue, in Germany, for example, where I live?

If I invite too many people, I will be fined cause for more than two families; this is presently a misdemeanor punishable by law.


Why this is even more dangerous for the environment and 8 suggestions on what to do instead

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‘Pulling the plug’ is not the solution

Greenwashing, by Cambridge Dictionary, is a term used to make people believe that your company is doing more to protect the environment than it really is.

And this considers not only business or companies behavior.

It is on us, as consumers, to decide what is an environmentally and socially responsible product.

We are happy that we can talk about climate issues and sustainability more than ever before. However, it is important to see a positive perspective and not be scared of what we can expect in the future.

The fear of climate issues is scientifically based, and we shouldn’t deny…


When music raises the right questions: how will we use technology — for good or for the bad?

Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Yesterday, one of my favorite musicians, that marked my life with their work of art, french duo Daft Punk announced a breakup after 28 years.

This is a tribute text to them.

I can’t help but notice the symbolism at the moment of their farewell

This enigmatic, influential French electronic-music duo, formed in 1993 in Paris by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, marked by a disinterest in fame, always hidden behind their helmets, now, in the age of masks, when technology rise is at its peak, send us a strong message again.

On 22 February 2021, Daft Punk announced their split with an 8-minute video on their YouTube channel entitled “Epilogue,” featuring…


Share your examples, thoughts, ideas, and concepts on what sustainability means to you

Sustainable business implementation
Spring in the city of Zagreb; Photo by Whizzk

1. What is Whizzk, and why would I become a contributor to Whizzk Publication?

WHIZZK has brought together inspired individuals with different backgrounds.

The team behind WHIZZK is putting together solutions to the changing world through their professions and expertise regarding sustainable development challenges.

Along the way, we also write.

We want to leave a legacy. Our emotional involvement in how the world will look like in the 21st century continuously drives us through our professional path.

People engaged in a wide variety of fields, from agriculture, education, community planning, and development to engineering, business, industry, energy, manufacturing, technology, data science, public health, human rights, etc., …

Antonija Hinckel Osojnik

I’m a Lawyer and Entrepreneur, live in Heidelberg with my family, and write what I care about the most, how to sustain life on our only 🌎 More: www.whizzk.com

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