Christoph Fahle
November 23, 2012

People in Beta (Session) at Convention Camp 2012

We want to learn about the limits of openness, connectedness and sharing.

Concept

You can’t get creative insights sitting behind an office desk. Everything is more or less predictable and contradictory things can be left outside. Out in the world, it’s more chaotic. You have to deal with unexpected findings, with uncertainty, and with irrational people who say things you don’t want to hear. But that is where you find insights. That is why at the Convention Camp, we are not making a presentation of how we work, neither telling about our successful stories, nor our failures. We are venturing in the Convention Camp pursuing learning without any hypothesis or script, but to challenge our comfortable assumptions (and the ones o of its visitors)

We want to know How will we un-share the world in the future?

We want to learn about the limits of openness, connectedness and sharing. And imagine scenarios which narrate our insights into a story. This story is a spontaneous reflection of what happened at the Convention Camp, and we will share it at the end of the day with all.

The session is facilitated by Pedro Pineda. It is designed to visualize an spontaneous reflection to the Convention Camp and what is happening at this very moment. The session is inspired by betahaus as you know which is a co-working space. Here things are not predictable, some things are very contradictory and irrational people try to change the world.

Process

This process should not be seen as a fix scientific structure but rather functions as the drum’s player in a jazz concert. It serves as a reference for participants and it might be spontaneously updated, changed or ignored depending on the flow.

Part 1: Gathering insights (Open to all)

  • 9:00 - 10:00; betabreakfast
  • 10:00 - 12:00; Scout the convention looking for insights

Part 2: Understand insight and find out patterns (Open to all)

  • 13:30 - 14:00; Cluster insights
  • 14:00 - 14:50; Open* Discussion (The discussion is open for all to participate, but be aware that it is facilitated and that might get uncomfortable)

Part 3: Creating stories

  • 15:00 - 16:30; Envisioning scenarios, Session*to translate ideas into tangible stories. (*Session for 20 participants, sign up required)
  • 16:30 - 16:45; Present and film scenarios
  • 20:00; Present video with the visualized story.

Team

The session will be kickstarted by Anne, Alessandro, Rick, Maximilian,  and Ricardo. All from different backgrounds, have never work together before, do not even have an action plan,  but are all co-workers willing to get out of their comfort zone. (Full bios can be find online at www.betahaus.de)

Anne Kjær Riechert: The Dreamer (anne@kaospilot.dk): Anne is a 2006 graduate from the KaosPilots in Denmark.. Since 2006, Anne organizes -We Have a Dream- global workshops to empower youth through drawings and discussions about their dreams for the future.

Alessandro Contini: The Realist (www.alessandrocontini.it): Alessandro is a designer and a tech savvy.  He works with sounds, images and coding.  Currently he's a freelance creative technologist,  interactive artist and regular hackathon-goer!

Maximilian Doerner: The Futurist (@maximiliandoe): Max is a Future managment researcher and Business Anthropologist engaged in a multitude of fields including future analysis and foresight, design thinking as well as business culture and innovation management

Pedro Pineda: The Connector (@pedropiba): Pedro is an experiences and process designer. He develops ways to apply collective &  creative problem solving to challenges that affect us as individuals or as society. And the application of design and art to inspire activism.

Ricardo Ferrer:The generalist (@ricferrer): Ric uses his extensive experience in management, design and programming to  advise and help in the conceptual design on all projects he is involved  with. His multi-cultural  background serves him well in order to predict the needs of an emerging  digital generation of nomadic professionals.

RicK Scavetta: The Optimist (rick.scavetta@science-craft.com): Rick, as a co-founder of Science Craft, he is dedicated to offering outstanding transferable skills training to graduate students in the life sciences. Rick combines his infectious enthusiasm for science and its communication with a unique ability to inspire life scientists in their career development

More upcoming events and announcements you can find in our beta calendar!

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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