Review of our coworking workshop

Review of our coworking workshop


On monday afternoon, we had invited all those interested in coworking to come together at the “Schaufenster” (shop window), an empty and only irregularly used space in the city center, to take part in our first project workshop (read earlier post). The “Schaufenster” belongs to the FHP, Potsdam’s university of applied sciences, who would like it to be used as a coworking space. As spaces for freelancers, especially within the culture and creative industries (CCI) are a scarce good in the city, this idea really had the power to attract around 40 participants – representatives of both the administration and the university as well as CCI entrepreneurs and potential users – to our workshop. After three very inspiring and interesting speeches by our guests Thorsten Jahnke from iq consult, Morten Sylvest Nøhr from Republikken and Christoph Fahle from betahaus (thank you very much for that again!), we split into three groups: the red-dotted “administratives” on one side and two green-dotted “creatives” on the other.

As you can imagine, vivid discussions ensued. But the results were brilliant:

One the “creative side” almost everyone was and is personally interested in moving into the “Schaufenster” and also knows more people who would join in. Although it quickly became clear that two very different groups could be defined according to their needs – those with no equipment except for a laptop, who would love to immediately set their tents up and start working, and those with costly and heavy equipment, who expressed a reasonable wish for lockable rooms and spaces – there was a lot of consensus within the group: most people expressed a concern about the sound level (e.g. when everybody in the room is having a phone conversation at the same time) and all agreed that a basic infrastructure, such as wifi, a printer and a beamer were the basic requirements, as well as the need for being able to access the space 24/7. Generally speaking, the majority was also in favour of mixing the guilds or disciplines (such as designers, writers, film makers etc.) in order to have a more fruitful exchange, as long as this was reconcilable with the different spatial needs.

On the “administrative” side, a consensus was also quickly found and is just as quickly told: if the potential users or an external operator comes up with a solid concept, they are more than willing to support the cause – with financial as well as organizational and scientifically help (such as e.g. helping with a market research). And the FHP is thinking about accompanying the process by a student project from the culture management class.

We sincerely hope and cross our fingers that the momentum of the workshop will be used in a way as to quickly put together what it takes to turn this idea into reality and will be following the development process at close range!

For further information (in German), read about our workshop in the press:


Meet the speakers for our coworking workshop!

We are thrilled that we could get 3 very interesting people to speak at our coworking workshop next monday in Potsdam and would like to introduce you to Christoph Fahle, Thorsten Jahnke and Morten Sylvest Nøhr!

Christoph Fahle (CEO at betahaus) studied Media Sciences, Political Communication and Business Studies and was, amongst millions of other things, co-founder of Politikfabrik, worked for a short time in Brussels for the European Parliament, operated a small T-Shirt label and helped a couple of companies and organisations in understanding Social Computing. Christoph is your man in the area of future visions of betahaus, one of Berlin’s most notorious coworking spaces with offshoots in Hamburg, Cologne, Lisbon and Sofia.

Thorsten Jahnke (associate and second CEO of iq consult) has a background as an industrial sales management assistant and studied business education and political science in Berlin. Thorsten is member of the SROI network (SROI = social return on investment) and has worked as CEO and chairman in numerous different companies and organizations before joining iq consult in 2005. iq consult promotes social entrepreneurship in Germany and has, amongst others established an incubator for social entrepreneurs in Berlin. They are operating on the european level and have branches in Berlin and Potsdam.

Morten Sylvest Nøhr (architect) works at Republikken, one of the best known coworking spaces in Copenhagen, founded by some of his close friends in 2005. It is located in the centre of the city and covers three floors, where approximately 85 coworkers (also known as citizens) from different backgrounds and fields such as design, graphics, communication and craftsmanship have pitched their tents. Morten was involved in the whole project since the very beginning, when he helped with the painting, building and drilling. Later, he was the project manager of the design team, before he became head of events, communication and PR. Today, Morten is developing the new projects such as Republikken Academy, the designshop and external relations.

We want to thank them all for accepting to come speak and are very curious to hear them share their experiences with us!


Co-working in Potsdam – an invitation!

Workshop on „Coworking – a model for Potsdam?“

Schaufenster Potsdam

Schaufenster Potsdam

When: 4th of March 2013, 4 to 7 p.m.

Where: FHP-Schaufenster, Friedrich-Ebert-Str. 4, 14467 Potsdam

Over the last years, „coworking spaces“ have established themselves as a new form of work environment for people active within the culture and creative industries (CCI). Against the mostly unattractive alternative of isolated home office at scattered kitchen tables, a coworking space offers the common shared use of the room and its infrastructure. Additionally, a coworking space facilitates exchange, inspiration and cooperation of like-minded professionals.

But: Can „coworking spaces“ function as an alternative working model in Potsdam, where affordable spaces for the CCI are such a scarce good? 

This is the question we want to explore with stakeholders of the creative scene as well as representatives of the city’s administrative and political level.

To this end, we will start by presenting successful projects from other regions (Berlin and Copenhagen), followed by an analysis of the practical needs of Potsdam’s creative entrepreneurs. The workshop will also attempt to develop very practical ideas and action recommendations based on the example of the „Schaufenster“, this empty space, belonging to the FHP, the city’s university of applied sciences.

C2C is hosting this event in collaboration with „Kreativdialog“ (a series of discussions dealing with issues around the CCI, initiated by the Ministry of economics and european affairs of Brandenburg/MWE and the ZukunftsAgentur Brandenburg/ZAB) and we would like to invite you to join us on the 4th of March to actively participate in this process.

As the places are limited, please send your binding registration to Katja Dietrich-Kröck (Creative coordinator, ZAB: before the 1st of March. Please also tell us which branch/sector you are active in.


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The European Social Fund – investing in your future!

This event is sponsored by the Ministry of Labour, social affairs, women and family (Ministerium für Arbeit, Soziales, Frauen und Familie) with funds from the European Social Fund (Europäischen Sozialfond) and the state of Brandenburg.