Alternative employment and training projects in Berlin.
The research presented in the thesis is a case-study of attempts to develop socially useful
and environmentally sound technology (suest), products or services, as undertaken by
alternative employment and training projects in West Berlin.
The research is important for the exploration of several issues: the limits of training as a
process of changing employment patterns and technological practices; the role of the
voluntary / alternative sector; the role of "suest" generally.
The initiator group and the eight member groups of the Kooperationsverbund
Entwicklungswerkstatt comprised the focal point of the research.
Findings from the study suggest that the "training" focus has nearly as many limits as the
"products" focus: there were internal problems which in part reflect the confusion about the
role of training as a social / technological change agent. The fate of these initiatives will
depend largely on what happens to the German economy: will it re-expand conventionally
or will "alternative" models prevail