Christoph Fahle
May 25, 2012

Makerlab on human rights

The Human Rights MakerLab is a collaboration between DMY, InterInstitute in Berlin,humanrightslogo.net, Open Design City and numerous content partners. It is facilitated by Jay Cousins​ and Pedro Pineda using the MakerLab Process. The common understanding of human rights and societal norms are defined by our surroundings, but do they truly correspond our personal attitude? Are they actually universally correct? This project provides the opportunity to explore what Human Rights means to us in a playful manner of positive provocation.

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The objective is to engage people and explore together what could or should be improved, what are the main rights to be considered, what the contemporary and future development of human rights is. For example, the main document on human rights is “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights” adopted by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 1948, as a result of experience of the Second World War.  It was stated that rights of every individual everywhere should be recognized and protected by the rule of law. The idea was awesome, but ... the document haven`t been updated since then and almost 100 years went by.  Furthermore, was the set of rights really well prepared? What is the inner sense of human rights? Is private property really an essential right? What is about privacy of personal data and information in terms of the World Wide Web, which didn`t exist back then? 

These are just the few of questions, which could and should be asked. Moreover, “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights” was created with best intentions, but according to National State thinking, so there are quite some points missing, like access to drinking water, for example.At the moment “Human Rights MakerLab ” is developing the infrastructure and approach to the main event, which will take place within the DMY festival. At the Planning Party last week all the current participants were explained “the autonomous nature of the event”, which means that anyone will have a right and possibility to get involved or spontaneously make any activity. However, a number of preset activities also exist. The final frame and starting content of the event (new content can be created by anyone during the event itself) will be announced at the Opening Night of DMY at Tempelhof Airport on the 6th of June. However, if you want to participate in creation of this substance, follow the link to continue reading.  Join them on 28th May in the Betahaus/ODC hof for the next planning party.

Claudius: Design is the core of what we do and what we’re all passionate about, but hardly our only focus. Design, at LAUDO, stands more for designing a whole strategy, often very close connected with marketing. We’re developing websites and apps for our clients, but also help them reach their target audience through SEO, Google ranking developing newsletter systems, print brochures etc.

Claudius: A lot of other companies are seeing themselves as a service provider and don’t really question what their client wants and why. We pay very close attention if the work we provide for a client is in line with our personal values and vision. It’s not just delivering a product to the client, getting the paycheck and leaving, but also building relationships with clients and collaborating. Because they are often our doors to new opportunities

We see LAUDO as an airport, where the clients are our gates to new guests, new perspectives and new potential clients. It happens all the time that whoever we’re working for, from there we get a new project, which wasn’t planned before. So we open up a new gate. That’s how we were able to grow and why good connection with our clients is so crucial for us.’

‘’We see LAUDO as an airport, where the clients are our gates to new guests, new perspectives and new potential clients. It happens all the time that whoever we’re working for, from there we get a new project, which wasn’t planned before. So we open up a new gate. That’s how we were able to grow and why good connection with our clients is so crucial for us.’’
Photos by Lea GK

Orietta: I think one thing that makes us stand out on the market and our number one strength is the team. We’re a small team and we all look in the same direction and have the same approach and vision. That makes the communication go smoothly.

Joey: Another thing is that we have a very hands-on approach. We are the guys, who say: ‘’Okay, let’s do it’’. That’s our culture.

Orietta: When we started looking for a place I was already involved in the betahaus community. Working from previous betahaus locations and attending the community events, I already knew a lot of people in the 'haus ...

Joey: Yes, I remember on the first day we came to betahaus Orietta was like ‘’Oh, hey! Hi! Hey, how are you doing? Hi!'' giving high-fives to everybody and we were like: What is going on, why does she know everybody?!

Orietta: Well, the vibe in betahaus is just super easy going. You directly feel that you can meet people easily. If you go to the kitchen for example and just ask ''Hey how are you, what are you working on?''. We made many new contacts too.

Claudius: What makes it nice here is that people are enjoying being here and working on their projects.

Photos by Lea GK

Claudius: The truth is, we could probably afford an office for the same price, but that would put us between these four walls, which put you into a box, much harder to exit and to connect with new people. We went for a Team Desk because here we have so much more space and everything seems much more connected. You can easily meet people.

Orietta: And it’s just so spacious here. We have this super nice garden.

Claudius: I like being focused on my work but I also like if someone disturbs me from time to time. It helps when the door opens. In an office we would work in a whole different way. Here Gillord (Coworking Manager) is coming in everyday, giving me a hug, telling me about his workout .. that’s the main reason - the personal connection.

The day in betahaus starts with a hug and ends with a hug. The time in between is pretty much spent on doing what you love.
Photos by Lea GK


After you’ve taken care of your paperwork and you’ve signed up both in Bürger- and Finanzamt, you are all set up to start working. One of the best ways to get integrated into the city fast, meet like-minded people, and even find clients is by working from a coworking space. There are tons of benefits for freelancers and luckily Berlin has a lot to offer in this way. A coworking space is a physically collaborative shared workspace, which brings all kinds of creatives and entrepreneurs together. It’s a perfect place for startups, freelancers, digital nomads and even corporates searching for innovation. And it’s the biggest advantage towards the typical office space is that it pushes a collaborative exchange between its members and facilitates the creative process and networking.

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