Who Works with Whom? And How?

Gesa Ziemer

Creative cooperation comes in multiple varieties: complicity, network, team, alliance. The workshop will introduce these different forms of collaboration and discuss their respective modes of operation. Drawing on concrete examples, we will analyze failed and successful ways of working together and their effects in the contemporary working environment.


Tools for Online Collaboration from the User’s Perspective

Julia Bergmann

Julia Bergmann gives an overview of tools and techniques that can be used for (digital) self-organization and collaborative teamwork. Which tool is suitable for which task, and where can groups of tools support the smooth interaction of tasks and tools? The workshop will also define the factors for success for implementing such tools. What has proven successful, and what hasn’t?

Workshop in German 

Creative Routines: A Genealogy of the Idea at the Push of a Button

Hannes Krämer

How do you come up with an idea? Which techniques foster ideas? And what is the link between sooty screens and brainstorming? Methods for generating creative ideas are not new but, in their specific form, indeed an innovation of modern times. A scavenger hunt for creative techniques points to different origins: in art, the economy, psychology, everyday ethics or government. I will describe this development on the basis of fine arts and management to elucidate the practice and use of creative techniques.

Workshop in German 

The Need for Seed – Informal Spatial Preconditions for Collaborative Effectiveness

Andreas Krüger

When considering good practices of spatial accessibility for collaborative working formats in civil, corporate and political frameworks, one question often arises: What are the basic preconditions for getting these formats up and running? We’ll have a closer look at openness, proximity, serendipity and some social innovation methods as groundbreaking approaches that inspire group creativity and effectiveness. By the end of the session we hope to be a little closer to knowing how to engender the right conditions to breed future collaborators.

Tools for Online Collaboration from the Developer’s Perspective

Lukas F. Hartmann

If you want to embark on a project together, questions regarding the right tools and spatial and temporal organization quickly pop up. How would you organize the team’s knowledge and the communication that is necessary for aggregating and distributing this knowledge?

Digital computers, their programs and networks are broadly available and accepted means of organization and communication today. Thus the impetus to use them in project management is understandable.

But as soon as you tackle this honorable enterprise, many more problems and questions appear: how to solve usability and accessibility, how to design and transfer knowledge? What are suitable modes of interaction? How do you integrate those ever-recording and never understanding devices in an anthropologically fit and socially acceptable way?

The probability of new collaboration software actually fulfilling its purpose and succeeding in the workplace is very low. This is in stark contrast to their development effort and cost. The talk will shed some light on the reasons for failure and success of digital collaboration tools from the perspective of one of their producers.


Organizing Creativity and the Paradoxes of Informality

Jana Costas

Creativity is often regarded as being antithetical to organization, specifically of the formal bureaucratic kind. For creativity to flourish informal organizational arrangements in groups, networks and other kinds of relations are required instead. Yet what are the drawbacks of such informality? How much informality is needed to foster creativity, or when can informality in fact stifle creativity? In bringing in insights from the school of organization theory, this talk will address the paradoxical interplay of creativity, informality and organization.

Let’s talk about flow, baby

Jonathan Imme

Let’s talk about you and me. After an introduction to (group) flow, this workshop will shift into a facilitated conversation. When have we experienced great moments of flow in group formats? Learning from these moments, we will extract how we can consciously design, forecast, facilitate and measure group flow.


Analog School / The recapture of real life and creativity

Anni Roolf

Welcome to the first lesson of Analog School! The pull of the digital sphere on us is so powerful that we need strong counterweights to maintain our ability to control and create. This is only possible if we are able to choose sovereignly between on and off, digital and analog. In the Analog School we start to recapture the analog space again.

Workshop in German 

Testing Empathy: Dialogic Collaboration

Daniela Marzavan

The aim of the workshop is to make collaboration tangible, beyond theories and concepts. Starting with Sennett’s considerations on how the skills of dialogic communication, subjunctive interaction and empathy (as opposed to sympathy) support collaboration, especially in urban societies and workplaces, we will discuss and experiment with formats of and approaches to collaborative work. Tackling a surprise challenge together, we will also test different elements that help facilitate the proper “playground” for the practice of collaboration.

Post-Hierarchical Management – Building a Collaborative Company

Dark Horse (Monika Frech, Patrick Kenzler, Lisa Zoth)

Dark Horse is an agency for innovation development whose thirty co-founders from 25 disciplines work together free of any hierarchies. The workshop will address the connection between innovative output and innovative structures. We will present guidelines for collaboration that have worked for us – as well as some that failed – and will share our experiences in implementing and adapting a collaborative working culture.


Social and Digital Tools for Managing Coworking Spaces

Thilo Utke & Sara Usinger

When we talk about managing a coworking space, it can be easily overlooked that the focus lies on the people and their interaction within it and less the coworking space itself. We will share which tools can help people using a coworking space frictionless. Beyond that we will present social tools that can be applied making interactions within the always changing environment of a coworking space pleasant and fruitful. People are messy, so during the workshop we will look at the drawbacks aforementioned tools and our painful experiences too. At last we will explore possibilities of these tools beyond just managing coworking.

Serendipity: Creative Process between Accident and Sagacity

Sebastian Olma

Serendipity describes the logic of finding something valuable without looking for it. As such, serendipity is quickly becoming an important reference in our innovation-obsessed economy. In my talk I am going explore serendipity as “accidental sagacity” which is to say that I am going to talk about accident and sagacity as the two dimensions of serendipity.

Accidents, in a way, form the raw material for serendipitous creativity. This is indeed a strange kind of raw material, made up of colliding ideas, objects, intuitions, knowledge fragments etc. that in the usual course of things would not encounter each other. The question is: to what extend is it possible to facilitate or even manufacture accidents that lead to serendipitous creativity?

Sagacity, on the other hand, is the capability to recognize the potential of the accident and turn it into something valuable. Here, what interests me is the question of the kind of sagacity or wisdom we need (intellectual, manual and technological) in order to transform serendipitous potential into meaningful products, institutions and, indeed, lives.


New Business Order – The Startup-Way of Designing Creative Collaboration

Lena Schiller Clausen

The next society’s economic activities will be shaped primarily by collaboration. The extent to which the interconnectedness of actors, entities and networks will affect tomorrow’s market economy can already be observed in all of the young companies lining up to change the game. With their new approaches to the typical parameters of organizing a business, start-ups serve as a prism, both bundling and reflecting different tendencies and trends in the economy and in society. What is most striking about their approaches – despite their variety – is their shared common ground of a strong and vivid value system that stresses openness, connectedness and collaboration.

Collaboration as Gesamtkunstwerk – Paradigm and Wishful Thinking at the Bauhaus

Lukas Imhof

Based on the principles of the Arts and Crafts movement, the Deutscher Werkbund developed its own concept of collaboration among all those involved in construction and the production of goods. Artists, architects, designers, manufacturers, businessmen, engineers and craftsmen were supposed to come together to collaboratively transform the modern world into a gesamtkunstwerk.

Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus further adopted and developed this concept of collaboration, though their results differed significantly from those of the Werkbund and of the proponents of the early Bauhaus. Under similar conditions, a completely new aesthetics evolved. Can we draw conclusions about the value of collaboration from those differences or even about its dangers and shortcomings? And did the late Bauhaus’s concept of collaboration influence today’s collaboration among all those involved in construction in a similar way that its modern aesthetics did?


Talk in German, translation available

What was Design Thinking?

Daniela Marzavan

Imagine if Design Thinking were to become a common practice within organizations. How would it shape future business and society? Will Design Thinking have been just another buzzword, a marketing gimmick, or in fact a powerful movement – the right thing at the right time – that changed mindsets and the way we work? Design Thinking is not yet passé.

The Bauhaus Today

Philipp Oswalt

Modernization – both technical and scientific – is centrifugal, undirected and aimless. The Bauhaus (and the rest of the avant-garde) in 1919 attempted to formulate a project that would engage again in synthesis and confluence, supplying a single goal for the processes of modernization. This project took place against the backdrop of industrialization. Today’s era of digitization poses comparable questions and requires answers in a similar vein.

The Bauhaus responded to the transition of crafts and early manufacturing to industrial production and mass consumption. Now, as classic consumer society stalls, we need to develop new models of prosumption and collaborative production.

If video killed the radio star, is the web going to murder the keynote speaker?

Jonathan Imme

How did we ever become accustomed to the approach of having some people on stage while the others shut up? What’s all the buzz about collaborative group formats? Why should we be grateful when corporations essentially steal our ideas? And what would happen if we truly ate our own dogfood? This talk will try to find some enlightening answers.


Creative Collaboration in Protected Online-Environments

Bastian Unterberg

jovoto is known for crowdsourced online creativity, called „crowdstorming“. But it also offers intimate online separées for protected group creativity. Jovoto’s founder Bastian Unterberg provides exclusive behind the scenes insights.

Vast Distances: Five Thousand Years of Communicative Disasters in Astronomy

Aleks Scholz

Astronomy is the oldest of the sciences and arguably the oldest collaborative endeavor in the history of mankind. It is also the history of not being able to talk to each other, not talking to each other, ignoring each other, and destroying each other. This talk is about the evolution of the geographical, technological and psychological factors that prevent us from knowing more about everything.

Beyond the Blue Horizon – Inspiration for a Digital Bauhaus

Matthias Weber

Almost one hundred years after the birth of the original Bauhaus manifesto, our means for artistic production and collaboration have fundamentally changed. Which developments in the creative sector should we consider for our re-edit of the Bauhaus idea? This lightning talk collects inspiration and provides a perspective for a Digital Bauhaus in the 21st century by showcasing contemporary practices at the intersection of art, technology, culture and business.