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Christoph Fahle
July 13, 2011

Mission Impossible – Wie man ein Schiff über die Berge bekommt

2019 was a big year for betahaus. Before wrapping up this year and heading towards our goals for 2020, it’s time to look back and take a minute to appreciate the lessons we learned.

Free Culture Incubator Workshop No.8Dienstag, 26.07.2011 von 17-21.30Uhr

im betahaus Café

Mit Henning von Gierke, Maler und Regisseur, Professor an der Universität Wien

Bei jedem größeren Projekt kommt irgendwann der Punkt, wo man einfach nicht mehr weiter weiß: es treten Probleme auf, mit denen kein Mensch gerechnet hat, Budgets werden gekürzt, Teammitglieder fallen aus – kurz, das Vorhaben erscheint unmöglich. An diesem Punkt kann man entweder aufgeben oder erst recht weitermachen. Bei diesem Workshop dreht sich alles um den magischen Moment des Weitermachens über alle Widerstände hinweg. Dabei interessieren uns vor allem zwei Fragen: woher schöpft man neue Motivation und wie kann man durch einen Perspektivenwechsel das Ruder herumreißen?

Für den Workshop haben wir einen besonderen Gast eingeladen, dessen kreative Arbeit immer wieder von unmöglich scheinenden Herausforderungen bestimmt war: Henning von Gierke - er ist bildender Künstler, Regisseur, Set Designer und lehrt an der Universität Wien. Er hat unter vielen anderen mit Regisseuren wie Werner Herzog oder Völker Schlöndorff zusammengearbeitet. Im Verlauf seiner Karriere hat Henning von Gierke Bilder geprägt, die immer in unserem kulturellen Gedächtnis haften bleiben werden: das berühmte Boot, das für den Film „Fitzcarraldo“ im Dschungel Südamerikas über einen Berg gebracht werden musste, Tausende von weißen Mäusen die für die düstere Atmosphäre in „Nosferatu“ einfach nicht grau und dreckig werden wollten oder die oft zitierte Szene aus der Wagner-Oper "Lohengrin" in Bayreuth mit einer Bühne unter Wasser.

Henning von Gierke wird uns von den Herausforderungen seiner Arbeit berichten und davon erzählen wie man mit viel Leidenschaft, Liebe zum Detail und der hohen Kunst der Improvisation das Unmögliche möglich machen kann auch wenn man nur begrenzte Mittel, Zeit und Erfahrung besitzt. Danach teilt sich der Workshop in vier kleinere Gruppen auf, in denen sich die Teilnehmer über ihre individuellen (Un)möglichkeiten austauschen können. Henning von Gierke wird uns dabei etwas von seinen Methoden erzählen.Im Anschluss an den Workshop findet ein gemeinsames Abendessen im betahaus-Café statt, bei dem der Erfahrungsaustausch in größerer Runde weitergehen kann.

Die Teilnehmeranzahl ist auf 40 Personen begrenzt. Wir laden alle ein, die gerade mitten in einer unmöglich scheinenden kreativen Herausforderung stecken sich für diesen Workshop zu bewerben. Erzählt uns woran Ihr gerade arbeitet, warum ihr gerade jetzt neue Inspiration und Motivation braucht und welche Erfahrungen ihr den anderen Teilnehmern weitergeben könnt. 
Die Teilnehmer werden, wie in dieser Workshop-Reihe des Free Culture Incubator üblich, im Hinblick auf einen spannenden Mix an Menschen, beruflichen Hintergründen und Erfahrungen ausgewählt.

Die Teilnahme am Workshop ist kostenlos. Für das gemeinsame Abendessen zahlt jeder Teilnehmer einen Unkostenbeitrag von 5 Euro.

Die Workshop-Sprache ist Englisch. Wir werden Euch spätestens am 20. Juli Bescheid geben ob Ihr bei dem Workshop dabei sein könnt.

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Let’s start with the big one. Anyone who has ever moved houses before knows there are tons of tiny expenses that suddenly add up to a very expensive relocation. And that’s just for you and your stuff.

When you start an office from scratch, you’ll have to invest in everything from new furniture to office amenities. You’ll need to outfit meeting rooms and stock the kitchen. Sign a monthly contract with the internet provider. Decorate. Even if you have a lot of these things from your old office, you’ll have to hire someone to help you move it and use up hours of your time getting everything set up.

One of the best parts of moving your team into a coworking space is that most of these costs are already covered in your monthly membership. You’ll move into a fully-furnished space with everything you need to get to work, AND you’ll know exactly how much you have to pay from the time you move in. 

Read More: Everything you wanted to know about Team Spaces at betahaus

Commitment. Oof. 

In a traditional office, you’ll typically have to sign a year lease (or longer). You’ll be committing to a fixed space that won’t grow with your team or give you flexibility if things change. Unless your contract goes month-to-month, you might just find yourself in a lifelong cycle of “let's figure it out next year”.

We believe that your office should help you grow, not hold you back. That’s why our Team Spaces come with leases as short as two months. Your rates are on a per-member basis, so you can easily expand your team or take over new rooms without having to break your lease. We work beside you rather than against you to find an arrangement that gives you the comfort of a home base with flexibility.

Did we mention this was going to be easy? 

Just kidding. We definitely did.

But, look. Your space will be fully-furnished from the day you move in. We’ll have the WiFi up-and-running and printers online. The meeting rooms will be ready to go. The kitchenette stocked with mugs and freshly brewed coffee. And you’ll have the support of our coworking team. They’ll provide everything from reception to package handling to space maintenance. They’ll get you oriented in the space and make sure you have what you need to get to work.

New office without the downtime.

Some office spaces have a one-size-fits-all approach, but that's not really our style. The reason no two betahaus locations look the same is because they’re locally designed. And we give our Team Space members this same opportunity to customize their space.

Choose a room with a view of the city or one on the ground floor with easy access to the garden. Change the lighting fixture or bring your own bookshelf. We want teams to be able to white label, decorate, and really make the space their own if they want to.

And if you’re really looking to customize, Team HQs allow teams to collaborate with our architects and coworking team to create a space that is completely bespoke. Whether it’s additional meeting rooms, unconventional seating, or a yoga room, we apply our 10 years of experience in building functional workspace to your creative vision to create something that’s just right.

Probably the biggest benefit of coworking is community and events. Now we know it may not be the first thing you’re looking for as you seek out your next office space, but bear with us.

Imagine using your lunch breaks to chat with someone in your industry. Meeting freelance developers at after-work beers. Networking with investors at BETAPITCH. Pitching at our weekly betabreakfast and getting support and feedback on your new ideas.

betahaus has spent the last 10 years cultivating a community of people who we genuinely like working with. And when you join, your team will become a part of it, too.

" People matter! Community was always what we were all about. ‘’

In June we launched #PeopleInbeta - our monthly blog post series in which our Content Manager - Vihra interviewed teams and freelancers from the betahaus community to present the variety of creatives we have in ‘haus, to understand their missions and get some useful advice for our audience. We talked on topics such as sustainability (with PlanA) , decentralized digital identity (with JOLOCOM), curated music experiences (with Bespoke Sounds), freelance photography (with Sara Herrlander), full-stack development (with Obst Digital), design (with LAUDO) and much more.

Interview with LAUDO at betahaus | Neukölln
Interview with Obst.Digital at betahaus | Neukölln

"The Summer is the best time to host Backyard sessions and BBQ’s’’

In the summer, we launched a couple of new events in Neukölln like Freelancers, Unite!, The Backyard Sessions and My friend’s BBQ. 

Freelancers, Unite! developed as our productive coworking session with freelancers from in and outside the ‘haus. Once a month, we picked an important freelance topic (such as taxes, time-management, etc) and invited experts to give us insights on the topic. We saw so many new faces and had the chance to come back closer to where we started from - the freelance, grassroots culture. 

Freelancers, Unite! at betahaus | Neukölln

Another event, which started in July (and turned out to be our favourite events) were The Backyard Sessions. Organised by our queen of Neukölln - Robbin – the Backyard Sessions are our creative evenings with live music jams, movie screenings and cocktails. 

The Backyard Sessions at basement.berlin
Movie Screening at basement.berlin

This last event was hilarious because for quite some time, nobody knew exactly who organised it or invited them. The friend was throwing a BBQ for the community in the garden and this led to all our members joining and staying after for a beer or two with us.

‘’My favourite moment this year was the second friends bbq which was actually cancelled because of the rain forecast. But despite the bad weather, people show up and it turned into a super nice intimate evening with Elizaveta and Paul giving a garden concert.’’ - Robbin (Community Manager, betahaus)

''In July, it was great how the casual after-work BBQ turned into an impromptu acoustic blues jam session with Elizavetta Barsegova and Paul, who have the voice of an angel. Actually, all of the My Friend's BBQ's and Backyard Sessions were AWESOME.’’
- Paige (Head of Marketing, betahaus) 

The Garden at betahaus | Neukölln
My Friend's BBQ at betahaus | Neukölln

"As a coworking space, you have to give stage to important topics.’’

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.

betaSalon at betahaus | Kreuzberg

"We should fight for a more human-centered tech development’’

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.

Techfestival. 2019 in Copenhagen

"Startups are transforming European football as we know it.’’

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.

"You should leave time for the things you love most’’ 

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.

Love at The betahaus Holiday Party 2019

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.

With love,


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