I am Bjørn de Wildt, 33 years old. I love to go to theatre, concerts, exhibitions, bars and parties. Since August 2011 I live in Berlin Friedrichshain. The plan was to go to Berlin for 3 Months to get some inspiration… I am still here! I work as a freelance theatre maker, actor and coach/teacher. Next to my freelance work, I am the artistic director of the interactive Theatergruppe PlayBack Berlin. At this moment, we travel from high school to high school in Berlin and Brandenburg with our interactive performance “Gefällt mir” about online identity and cyberbullying.
My first contact with theatre was as a child when we went to the puppeteer Josef van der Berg. He is a master in creating an entire world with only two or three objects. It was later during my study of Cultural and Social Science that i rediscovered the power of imagination. In our minds we can create everything. Theatre is a great medium to fuel that power of imagination. I discovered how you can use the imagination to motivate and move others.
After my first study, I worked a lot in event management for cultural events. I started with mainly organising events, but became more and more fascinated in developing (theatrical) concepts that gave more content to the events I organised. These were mostly concepts to communicate with the festival visitors in a playful way. I felt that I needed to create more depth and body in my concepts if I really wanted to move people. That’s when I decided to go to the theatre academy.
Theatre and acting is all about expressing yourself and telling stories in an interesting, touching and amusing way. Theatre and presentation share the same goal in that aspect.
A lot of the exercises and coaching techniques I use are seducing people to step out of their comfort zone. People have created a lot of mechanisms in everyday life to make sure they cannot get hurt. This can be very useful but it also gets in the way if you want to make contact with others. When talking in front of an audience, contact is the main key to get your message across. In my course, people experience what it is to leave the comfort zone. The good thing about the theatre exercises is that you create an “as if” environment in which it is safe to experiment.
As mentioned before, this course is designed to let people experiment and step out of their comfort zone. It is great to see what happens if somebody experiences that they are free to do whatever they feel like in front of the group - that they do not need the hiding mechanism they always use to put away their insecurity. Everybody has their personal reason to join the course but it all comes down to wanting to be heard and taken seriously. It is a great breakthrough when that happens. We had a few of them in the last course. Daring to lose the “always trying to please and entertain mode” and starting to be very open and clear, an always a bit shy and monotone presenter delivered such a colorful and attractive speech, a shy girl turned into a powerful woman. For me, these moments of transformation are the highlights of the course.
My girlfriend Gwen works here in the cafe.
Chaos Trilogie - Abattoir Fermé
This year we released a new event format in Kreuzberg called ‘’The betaSalon’’. It's an open panel discussion which aims to give stage to important topics and give free speech on them. The fist one we did on the EU elections, last month we talked about changemakers, but our favourite one for this season stays ‘’Mother + Founder’’ where we partnered with FemGems podcast and recorded a live podcast episode for them having Madeleine Gummer von Mohl (betahaus co-founder), Kristine Zeller (co-creater of ooshi period underwear) and Luisa Hoffman on the stage.
Every September, our co-founders take part in the Techfestival. in Copenhagen, spending a few days disconnecting from the daily life and focusing on creating a better, more human-centered tech future. This year the think tank which included our co-founders Madeleine and Max came up with the TechPledge. The Tech Pledge was made to emphasize the need for a new direction in tech. Similar to the Hippocratic oath for doctors, the Tech Pledge is a promise to make tech a force for good and ensure responsible and sustainable tech leadership. It’s a commitment to driving a new direction in technology.
One of the most exciting projects for betahausX this year (which is also continuing in 2020) is their new startup challenge called The Werder Lab - a global startup competition that aims to reimagine the way clubs like Werder work with athletes, fans and partners.
This year couldn’t end without us having our favourite events - the end-of-the-year holiday party and the BETAPITCH Global Finals. On the 6th of December we saw the 9 finalists of the regional BETAPITCH competitions pitching in front of our jury. Congrats to Troy from Hamburg for winning the big prize.
We finished the year at our Holiday Party celebrating anything and everything at betahaus | Neukölln together with our members, friends of friends and our favourite artists from Passiflora LIVE, Tapete and Kotoe.
Thank you for being with us in 2019. It's been a crazy big year for us and it wouldn't been possible without your support, trust and the hard work of our amazing team. Have an amazing holiday time and we'll see you again in 2020.