//Hack a bike.

June 10, 2011 § 1 Comment


Picture from heiwa4126 (via Flickr)

A bicycle, also known as a bike, pushbike or cycle, is a pedal-driven, human-powered, single-track vehicle, having two wheels attached to a frame, one behind the other. A person who rides a bicycle is called a cyclist or a bicyclist.

We would like to expand on the Wikipedia definition of bike and continue to explore what can be done with the concept of bike.

Cargo bikes, bikes with integrated software, or a bike with legs? We are open to see what people would like to make out of it.
Next wednesday 15th of June at 19:00 we want to invite you to come along and hack bikes!

The idea is simple, get together with other people interested in the topic, have a big brainstorm to find some cool ideas. And then in teams start building prototypes (we got the workshop and the machines for it).
At the end of the evening we hope to have developed some interesting concepts to ride the city in a different way.

PS: You are welcome to bring your own unused tools, bike parts, or inspirational materials!!


Opening Up: Session Fees

May 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

We would to open up here the way we charge for our sessions.

The graphic displays how we use the money that we receive. (Session Design is 20.8%, -the top right bit-, then follow clockwise)

If you claim to be doing something social and fair, we believe that everything should be open and transparent.
Of course sometimes is scary to open up and show what is happening behind the curtain, but if we are sure that what we do is fair, why shouldn’t we do it?
It helps us to show that we believe in what and how we do it, but also other people to learn about the work that is behind the process.

So here is the first chart with the distribution of our fees* and a little explanation of each component.

  • Session Design: Meeting with the client, Understanding the Challenge, Setting goals and background research, designing the creative process for the session and gather the participants.
  • Session Hosting: Preparing space, tools and materials, visuals, hosting participants, leading session and documentation.
  • Session Facilitators: Fees for facilitators.
  • Space, Tools and Materials: Rental space, materials and tools for people to play with.
  • Miscellaneous: Usage/rental of technical equipment.
  • Catering: Food and drinks for participants.
  • Kick Starter**: Kick starter for a team that would like to take ideas forwards as Start-up/ social business.
  • Enable Berlin: Budget to continue developing Enable Berlin, legal issues, …

Further info:

* Fees: They are in percentages because they are not always the same amount, so we prefer to show how we distribute them rather than a final quantity.

**Kick Starter: This is our idea for Crowd sourcing. It was introduced at our last session (visions for Mobility). If we are earning something with a session we also want that the community gets something. At the same time we wanted to support locals to be proactive in solving social challenges. So we came up with this kick starter idea:

If any of the participants in the session is inspired to take further one/some of the concepts generated in the session in the form of social business or start-up, we will give them a small grant to help kick start the project.

We will welcome feedback about what you think about this step we are taking towards more transparent structures.

People in Beta

April 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

How are coworking spaces an extension of the environment often found in universities? How does competition fare vs. collaboration in a coworking space? Why is coworking a better alternative for freelancers who usually work at home? “People In Beta” begins a conversation on these topics and invites your participation (twitter: #peopleinbeta #futureofwork). KS12

Finally, some documentation about what is happening in the co-working scene in Berlin. It would be also great to know what is happening in another co-workers spaces around the globe. One thing is for sure, collaborating we build together our society and its future, one that has a little bit from each one of us.

KS12 is developing a conversation between intervies so that the documentaries have another sense of continuity, and making the process more collaborative. They call it Mad Hatter’s Tea Party technique

This created a high level of continuity in the interviews as people responded to and iterated on each other’s answers… In many ways the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is like a performative brainstorm.

Check more of their work at KS12

Review: SESSION 10 / Designing Public Space

March 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

At our last session (SESSION 10 / Designing Public Space / Feb 27) we set our self to engage citizens in the designing and shaping of the public space.

Here is a video with a taste for the session and the four concepts that came out of it.

Max Kohm Rahel Kraska

Katharina Galla Vitorio Benedetti Robin Resch

Neil Clavin Valentina Catena Francesca Lavigna

Lea Kolling Bas Kools Anna Kostreva

Pedro Pineda Regis Lemberthe Sam Muirhead

And here are some of the participants which develop them. Thanks a lot guys!!

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