Inspired by Marit Larsen´s song „If a song could get me you“ and my long-held conviction that coworking and radio can benefit hugely from another I like to ask whether 2012 will see „Coworking Radio“ come alive? A lot of what coworking has been about up to now passes via written texts (emails, websites etc.) – through an interface that is usually a keyboard. I believe spoken texts, live interviews, music, dancing and singing will be very important aspects of our work to come. In an empathic world we need to exchange more than short text messages and emails. Without the „spoken word and music“ enthusiasm for new challenges will be very scarce. States of „Flow“ as described by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi currently occur very rarely. We need to activate our voices and bodies to be more productive, more energetic. Our society and our planet needs action now. We need to become whole and happy individuals.
The idea according to the organizers: „Imagine all new business in the world would be created in the context of and supporting global social, ecological, political and economic change.“ – „We are building the infrastructure that allows us to experience the change we see in the world.“ – „At the Bar Camp from Nov. 28th until Dec. 04th 2011 we will use interactive methods for crowd-intelligence, pool collective knowledge, initiate joined projects and create a new form of collaboration.“ – „Come and be part of the change you want to see in the world.“
Letzte Woche haben wir am Mittwoch und Donnerstag über die „Awesome Foundation“ berichtet. Das Betahaus in Berlin ist bereits als erstes, deutsches „Chapter“ (ein Entscheidungsgremium von 10 Personen) seit Dezember 2010 aktiv. Die aktuelle Projekteinreichrunde wird nach Auskunft von Madeleine am 10. März 2011 mit den „obligatorischen $1,000 in der braunen Papiertüte“ prämiert. Einreichungen sind hier möglich. Wer Lust hat ein weiteres Chapter in einem weiteren europäischen Coworking Space zu gründen möge mich bitte kontaktieren. Ich setze dann eine Liste ähnlich dem CoWorking-Starter auf, damit sich Gleichgesinnte finden können. Viel Erfolg!!!
If you find something awesome, like the „Awesome Foundation“ it is a tough call to excel on it. Some might ask why should you anyway? Well, I would say because it is worth it. If we are happy with the things we have achieved, we get complacent and stop innovating. What an awesome idea to support „crazy brilliant idea(s)“ with $1,000 each and no strings attached. When you look at the website you can see that this is great fun!!! While the members of „Awesome Foundation“ are happy to sponsor the universe by $1,000 at a time, I wonder whether the universe is able to return this favour. Here is the point where evolution or innovation is possible. Maybe in many cases $1,000 will not be enough to implement these „crazy brilliant idea(s)“. What happens in that case? What does the universe think about this? Well, I think awesome ideas, need awesome funding. What about a feedback loop in the system? If recipients of „Awesome Foundation grants“ could or would return to the chapters to report on the progress of the implementation of their idea, there would be a much bigger chance that the projects would inspire by their existence and not by their potentiality of existence alone. For your clarification: Awesome projects, according to the „Awesome Foundation“ are „not strictly defined, but tend to challenge and expand our understanding of our individual and communal potentials. They bring communities together, casting aside social inhibitions and boundaries for a moment. They spark an instant of joy and delight and inspire a long-term hope for a more awesome future.“
Very often when we speak of the culture in coworking spaces, we think of the way people communicate and relate to each other. We believe that shared values will attract the right people that we like to share our workspace and ideas with. Most of the time we find though that we run our own business or do our own job in parallel to this coworking space culture. I therefore ask myself what happens to the coworking culture when people that previously worked by themselves join in the coworking space to form a company? Can something like a company culture develop in a coworking space? When Brad Neuberg started coworking with Spiral Muse in August 2005, he wanted to „replicate exactly what it is like to work at a cool company“ like Google. Since then many companies have started up like Foursquare (Start 2009) and Groupon (Start 2008) that have the potential to be as influential as Google (Start 1998) in the internet and maybe on coworking culture as well. On Monday at this years DLD, Dennis Crowley (Foursquare) and Andrew Mason (Groupon) gave an insight into their company cultures and the way they see the development of their business models of „social, local & E-commerce“. Please comment whether you believe there is a new company culture that comes with these two firms and whether this culture will influence coworking culture.