There was no coworking scene at all in 2005. The only idea that was going around was Frithjof Bergmann's “New work” and his concept of setting up halls in which everybody could meet and collaborate on anything.
Coworking is still a niche topic if you put it next to how most people in the world commonly work. But today the phenomenon is well known and has proved to have a powerful effect on innovation and empowerment. It is a strong part of the sharing economy. And even old economy starts using the methods of coworking and collaboration. Berlin is the sharing economy capital of Europe and coworking culture in any form is the connecting part of that impact. But this is only the smooth beginning of a tremendous shift of work which we will see in the next years and in which Berlin will play a major role. Berlin has a long tradition of ‚Being not Owning‘ and a history that proves that any condition can be changed very fast.
Angst is an emotion. We are all steered by emotions; nobody can escape them. On one side, fear is not a beautiful thing and it is not advisable to be guided by it. But on the other side, fright in a healthy dose is a helpful feature in any part of life, especially in entrepreneurship.
Used like a seismograph, you can call fear 'German Angst'. Use it as a gauge, but don’t let it rule you. Use it as another piece of information that helps you to make the right decisions. It fosters sustainability and will make you happy. Even the Germans themselves sometimes forget about the correct usage of that app.
Franz Kafka. He is the only one who brings me into a unique mix-mode of awareness and limbo that no one else did before. I read him to clear my mind. I read him to be focused; a few sentences are enough for that. When I read too much of his stuff my dreams start to look like old B&W movies, like somebody deleted the colours.
Following the idea of Here and Now, I am convinced that everything we have is everything we need and it does not matter where we are, we are always at the perfect place. But it does not mean that we shouldn't change things. The acceptance of the Now and Here is the first step of change. The next Here and Now is just an eye blink away and can be totally different. The only one who can influence that is you.
I would ask the universe if we could get back the unconditional basic income that humans already had some thousand years ago.
Coffee! Filter coffee! Perfectly made filter coffee is closer to a perfectly made tea, than a badly made tea is to a perfectly made tea. We prove that in St. Oberholz.
Courage and humility are two poles of one polarity. One can not exist without the other. In the German words ‚Demut' (humility) and ‚Mut' (courage), you can easily detect the old connection by looking at the etymology. If you suffer under a lack of courage you should check on your humility. Give it a try. It works immediately.
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.