Wolf Jeschonnek

“If you only start looking in a niche, the solutions are not so extensive.” – A talk with Wolf Jeschonnek concerning the potential of FabLabs

Benjamin Stromberg Insights, Interview Leave a Comment

Young, dynamic, international are some of the descriptors that instantly come to mind as soon as you enter the FabLab in Berlin: typical Berlin. However, this would not be accurate because Berlin’s FabLab is only three years old, making it even younger than many other FabLabs that are to be found in large cities all over Germany. Most of these FabLabs deal with 3D-printing and Laser technologies,  but for what purpose?

“The focus of the FabLabs lies in the educational and enlightening purpose”, explains Wolf Jeschonnek, founder and manager of the FabLab in Berlin.

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Helge Steinmann Bomber One

Adding Something to the World – Interview with Graffiti Artist Bomber One

Adina Asbeck Insights, Interview Leave a Comment

Helge Steinmann, in the street art scene, is better known as “Bomber One”, a graffiti-institution in Germany. Born in Hessen, he studied communication design and became active as a graffiti artist in the late 80s. Mainly operating in and around Frankfurt he is also known internationally as an analyst, co-creator, and guest to various events and campaigns. His work has been published in a number of magazines and publications. In an interview with us he spoke about his career as an artist, about the freedom of the arts, and appreciation of oneself, the process of learning and education, as well as idea generation, and the daily struggle with structures and restrictions.

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Ludger Brümmer

„The Moment of Surprise Always Adheres to Creativity. You Get Surprised by Yourself.” Interview with Composer Ludger Bruemmer

Dirk Dobiéy Insights, Interview Leave a Comment

Composer Ludger Bruemmer was one of the first of his generation who turned towards digitally produced acoustic-electronic music. He is one of the pioneers of a music genre that is beyond growth and several transformations. Did he know that already when he started? “Artists are always associated with the present. The reception is in the past. This means that art, or what we understand as art, is always art of yesteryear. Artists also live in the present world, so it doesn’t make any sense that they should live fifty years ahead.

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Michael Atavar Various Books by the Author

The Unconscious is the Real Magic of Creativity: Interview with Michael Atavar

Adina Asbeck Insights, Interview, News Leave a Comment

Michael Atavar is Artist and Creative Consultant. He works with individuals and businesses, helping to solve professional problems, using creativity as a key. He is the author of four books, most recently ‘Better Magic – How To Have Creative Ideas In 24 Steps’.

Age of Artists: What is the science behind your new book ‘Better Magic’? And what is the real magic?

Michael Atavar: Rationality is important – data is useful, especially in business, but my book takes a different approach and explores the irrational as a source of ideas.

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Sabine Schaefer Studio TopoPhonien 1992

The Idea of a Spherical Shape of Time – Interview with Installation Artist Sabine Schaefer

Dirk Dobiéy Insights, Interview Leave a Comment

Imagine yourself a career where you play in a rock band as a teenager before starting an apprenticeship in a bank. Being a qualified bank employee only causes you one problem: You don’t feel challenged enough. So why not mastering the entrance examination at the music conservatory in Karlsruhe to become a pianist and music teacher?

Well, this career exists and marks just the beginning of Sabine Schaefer’s journey that continues further today.

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An Impulse in Everyone to Say Something that is Different – Interview with Edgar Schein

Dirk Dobiéy Business, Insights, News Leave a Comment

Edgar Schein is author and former professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He has made substantial contributions to the fields of organizational development and organizational culture. For people interested in understanding how companies really work, Schein’s model of organizational culture developed in the 1980’s represents a major piece of the puzzle, and influenced generations of professionals dealing with organizational transformation and change – including ourselves. Less known but not less exciting, Ed Schein has also thought about the relevance of art to other elements of society like business or government, and why managers should learn about it.

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Photography taken from Brand Eins Cover July 2016

Wenn Kreise denken und lenken. Welche Organisationsform passt in die Wissensgesellschaft?

Dirk Dobiéy Business, Insights Leave a Comment

Unternehmen quälen sich nicht ohne Grund mit der Frage nach der richtigen Form. Das klassische Modell der bürokratisch-hierarchischen Organisation scheint nicht recht zu passen zur Arbeit in Zeiten der Digitalisierung. Vor allem wenn es um die wichtigste Qualität eines wissensbasierten Unternehmens geht: seine Reaktionsfähigkeit. „Die ist notwendig, um in Zukunft in einer Welt zu bestehen, in der die Dynamik der Digitalisierung alle Unternehmen zu Softwarefirmen werden lässt und Effizienz durch zunehmende Automatisierung wohl bald an den Kollegen Roboter ausgelagert wird“, sagt Frank Klinkhammer, Gründer der Software-Beratungsfirma Netcentric.

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Théodore Géricault Portrait of an Artist in His Studio

Rather Art than Business: The best CEO’s get along without a MBA

Dirk Dobiéy Business, Education, Insights Leave a Comment

The Harvard Business Review released last week a list of world’s best-performing chief executives. One statistical detail easy to overlook deserves particular attention beyond the ranking: Only 25% of the top 100 CEO’s have an MBA. So, clearly there must be something else that matters when it comes to leading for long-term performance and the triple bottom line. Already some years ago leading thinkers and education experts such as Sir Ken Robinson stated “The master of fine arts is the new master of business administration,” and supported his claim in saying “a study of the educational background of leaders in 652 engineering companies in Silicon Valley — you would expect that they had a background in science, engineering and mathematics,  yet .

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Alexandre Calame Swiss Landscape

The Best Performing Executives: Also a Matter of Social Responsibility, Sustainability and Longevity

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“Only one of the 10 best-performing CEOs in the world runs a U.S. company”, the Washington Post headlines last week, while pondering over the results of this years’ Harvard Business Review list of world’s best-performing chief executives that was released earlier that week. Eight of the top ten are CEOs of European companies and editor Jena McGregor notes “it’s the balance of sustainability measures with financial performance that explains why CEOs of U.S.-based companies are less represented at the top.” The reason why Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, who made it to the top previously, now moved down to #87 is because HBR changed the rules of the game.

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