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Christoph Fahle
January 10, 2012

Das beta-Prinzip - Wir haben ein Buch geschrieben

On 27 April, we're throwing a big birthday to celebrate our 10 years in beta and shape a utopian future together with our community. Wondering what UtopiaX means, what you'll find in the Zen Zone and which artists are exhibiting in the The Basement? Here's what we've got lined up for you at our 10 Years in beta party!

Yes, we can write a book. Neben Kaffeekochen und Internet machen haben wir eine neue Schlüsselfähigkeit der Medienindustrie erlangt. Wir haben ein Buch geschrieben.

Auf 100 Seiten schildern wir den Entstehungsprozess des betahaus und erklären die Grundprinzipien: Community, Open Space, Locality and Access und der Rest unserer Religion.

Hier ein paar Auszüge:

Das Beta-Prinzip bedeutet für uns, auf kontinuierliche Weiterentwicklung anstatt auf fertige Formeln zu setzen. Dieses Buch folgt diesem Prinzip.

Im betahaus verschränken sich Wirtschaft, Kultur, Technologie, Politik und Soziales zu einer Topologie des Coworking, die quer zu den traditionellen sozialen Systemen - sagen wir im Sinne Niklas Luhmann´s - stehen Das bedeutet nichts anderes, als die Tatsache, dass das betahaus ein Laboratorium ist, in dem der Versuch unternommen wird, gesellschaftliche Praxis auf der Höhe der Zeit neu zu erfinden.

Es geht uns jedoch nicht nur darum, der Welt zu erzählen, wer wir sind und was wir tun. Deshalb sind das dritte und vierte Kapitel des Buches als ein Leitfaden konzipiert, den coworking-Teams zu Rate ziehen können, die gerade irgendwo auf der Welt ihr eigenes betahaus aufbauen.

Angefangen bei der Vision, die uns schließlich dazu getrieben hat, in Berlin eine Industriebrache anzumieten, bis zu den Prinzipien, die uns bis heute dabei leiten, erklären wir Schritt für Schritt: wie man vom Günderteam zur Immobilie kommt, die Anlaufkosten finanziert und seine community aufbaut, das Haus betreibt und ständig weiterentwickelt.

Mehr im Buch. Das ist erhältlich im betahaus unten an der Bar und bestimmt in einer überarbeiteten Version demnächst bei Deinem Buchhändler. ;)

UPDATE: Das Buch ist leider vergriffen. Wir arbeiten an einer Neuauflage. Hier ist eine Version zum Download: DAS BETA-PRINZIP

Ein Teil unseres weitverzweigten Redaktionsteams arbeitet schon an einer englischen Übersetzung. Wer helfen möchte, email an:

From 8pm on, we'll open The Club where the DJ booth and the dance floor will turn into our playground. We've invited hip hop and pole dancers to open the dance floor and have a friends-only crazy-cool lineup planned for the night. We'll be mixing botanical cocktails with Fritz Cola and inviting you into our Photo Booth Room so you can take home some silly photos from the night. In The Club, you will also find The Balloon Room and The Zen Zone which will be our chill spot for the night. Check out the timeline in The Club and learn more about The Zen Zone below.

The Club
20:00 - 22:00 Dj Niggo
21:00 - 22:00 Hip-Hop Dancers
22:00 - 22.30 AinTheMachine
23:00 - 01:00: Michal Vagner
01:00 - 03:00: Asia

The Zen Zone
(to be announced): Cacao Experience with Moruga Cacao
19:00 - 21:00: Tea Ceremony with Thirsty Moon

Make sure to join our Facebook Event and RSVP on Eventbrite, so we can put your name into our Happiness Jar. This birthday bash is all about our community, and together with our partners we've prepared a special Prize Draw.

Throughout the whole night, you will find the rooms of The Basement filled with art pieces from our favorite Berlin-based creatives. From illustrations to paintings to wooden sculptures and installations - we've made sure to host an inclusive Berlin-like mix of all things art. Let us introduce to you to some of the artists, who you will meet down in The Basement:

Have you met .. the Softblobs? Since moving back to Berlin from the US, Gesine Krätzner has been making strange creatures out of fabric that she calls Softblobs. They are cute, random, and they'll be waiting in The Basement if you want to try playing around with them.

From toys made of fabric, we’re moving onto wooden sculptures. Matt Danko knows how to bring wood to life and does it amazingly in his free time. In The Basement, he’ll show his latest furniture pieces and sculptures.

In the same room as Matt, you’ll find Lisa Büscher, who has prepared for us a hyper realistic sculpture presentation that gives it the touch of the extreme, surrealistic and absurd. She de- and reconstructs and reorganizes human bodies like Utopia does society.

In our Photo & Video room you will find works from Collette Pomerleau and Ocean.Now.

Colette is a Berlin-based creative working in photography, art direction and set design. Through her visuals she explores intimacy and anonymity. The space that falls somewhere in between.

Ocean. Now! is a collective that accelerates ocean protection. They work with different types of art to motivate our society to protect the Ocean -Now!

In the early afternoon, based in The Garden, you’ll meet Amaury BOUQUET. He’s a Berlin-based French artist from Saint Maur des Fossés, who has a background in social innovation and loves to play with symbols in his works. At 10 Years in beta, he’ll do his special Humanist Tarot readings from 4-6pm.

Parallel to him, also in The Garden, Sebastian Olivares will be painting live a special Mandala created for betahaus. Sebastian is a Berlin-based visual artist who specializes in painting mandala murals and has painted murals in Germany, Chile, Australia and Thailand.

Throughout the day ilan katin will be putting the party vibes onto a mural, specially created for betahaus. He's a Neukölln-based artist with experience in visual work, both static and performative, graphic design, illustration, comics, installations, animation and live video.

We think this one speaks for itself. If you need a little glitz or glitter to get you into the party spirit, come early and we'll do the rest.

Last, but not least, special thanks to our lovely partners who are helping us making this event happen.
Pilsner Urquell and Fritz Cola for the drinks, Emmy, Drivy, FrameRight, CoffeeCircle, Dream Facilitation, Moruga and BioWine for supporting our Prize Draw and our media partners from Silicon Allee, ASK HELMUT, Creative City Berlin and TechCode.

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