PEDRO PINEDA

Pedro was born in the Canary Islands, after studying Design & Technology in London, he moved to Berlin where he is developing different ways to apply collective & creative problem solving to challenges that affect us as individuals or as society. He sees design as a tool to create experiences. For him “is not enought to look at the isolated product or service but at the whole experience that we want to create”

His design work ranges from facilitating MakerLabs to the creation of parties, including all the single components which need to be there to create the envisioned experience. He works through openness that everything should be Open so that whatever we do can be shared and build upon.

He is co-developing numerous projects like MakerLab, Enable Berlin, We Creative People, and Open Design City.

How are you engaged with betahaus?

I started working in the betahaus environment when Open Design City (the creative part at betahaus groundfloor) was opened. Firstly, as member, then, developing a close relationship with people that work at betahaus and other members, I started holding my own workshops and helped the ODC department in its earlier stage.

How does the coworking environment affects you?

Coworking is very important for my job mainly for two reasons: inspiration and new possibilities. I believe that working in a coworking environment helps me to maintain a fresh and updated mind on new trends. This is possible thanks to the possibility to work next to other members and gain inspiration from them. In addition, having the possibility to meet new people is very helpful for networking and might lead to create something together. In fact, when someone works in Open Design City and has a brilliant idea or starts being engaged in a certain project, other people might be interested in that project and join him to create a better product.

What is the biggest difficult that you faced in the coworoking environment?

Sharing tools and space sometimes might be difficult, especially if you are new to the coworking environment. Since the opening of Open Design City/ betahaus, more and more people joined this space and, sometimes, sharing the space with workshops or other members becomes frustrating. However, this is part of the coworking environment and it is a problem easily solvable by talking to the other members and creating your own internal coordination.

What are your future projects?

My next projects are: convention camp, and action research. Convention camp is based on expanding the “betahaus culture” and explaining it through experience and making people feel the actual sensation of being part of a coworking environment, instead of plain conventions and lectures. On the other hand, action research, is a project that helps to understand the future trends of the creative environment through interviewing people.

In addition, I want to keep working in the designing space environment and create experience for people.

Thanks for the interview!

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