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Hightech & Baroque – Dresden’s Future

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Centuries ago it was the White Gold, the Exploration of silver in the Erzgebirge, and many other innovations that were spurred by the country’s creative king, August the Strong. The recent exhibition “State of the Art for 450 Years” of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, http://bit.ly/StateOfTheArt450Years, shows the creativeness and entrepreneurial spirit that has been fostered economic wealth since then.

In the time of the industrialization on the turn of the 19th to 20th century, Dresden was famous for its camera business, and many more http://bit.ly/DresdenInventions (see for yourself). Also the car industry, that is still there in the face of dozens of OEM suppliers in the area was very strong.

Then the time after the war and 40 years of GDR in a way halted that movement – it least it seemed like that.

Nowadays it may be the time for making the connection between the past and the future, combining Hightech & Baroque to something magnificently great.

SiliconSaxony, as the Financial Times coined the city of Dresden years ago has the power and drive to make this happen, through its citizens who really deserve it due to their creative power that has outlasted the times of GDR and 20 years as being part of Germany.

Are you thrilled to join the journey? Happy to connect and create the collaborative innovation network that is already under way. Outspanned to Savannah, GA, for the http://coins2010.com conference. The Global Entrepreneurship Week starting 15th of November will be the next chance driving change forward in this fast moving world.

The picture seen is the former Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau, that was an entrepreneurial hotspot exactly 100 years ago (and still is, on smaller scale today), http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deutsche_Werkstätten_Hellerau

Sent by Ralf from Dresden


Monday, July 26th, 2010

Beyond the contemporary mystifying writings in mass media on this town aiming to attract visitors, Berlin is at first a real place: a conglomerate of economic struggles, education issues, post-industrial phenomena, country’s political capital, geographic axis of Eastern Europe and the “West”. It is too, a real place of local and international bohemians including well-established and emerging artists, pre and post-university relaxation seekers, European academic exchange program students, fashionistas and at the same time a beloved place for designers, IT-specialists, architects, musicians and researchers.

Specific areas of the town have been transformed in short periods from just residential into residential plus artistic/bohemian and creative professional. The district “Prenzlauer Berg” is the prototype. Being an affordable place for students and emerging artists in the early 90th, in which they moved in considerable quantity from west Germany and later from all over Europe and Americas, in order to live there. Prenzlauer Berg began to change its demographic face and spatial color and more deeply its social structures at late 90th by the subtle migration of new creative professionals and prolonging stay of those former students of city’s universities and art, acting and technical schools. The mix mad it: middle age entrepreneurs in conventional branches, start-up youngsters, real estate old sharks, emerging artists, physicians, handcraft people, lawyers, theatre, TV and cinema actors and finally “just living” bohemians. That’s Prenzlauer Berg today.

As Richard Florida mentioned once, there is no contradiction having family friendly, biologically regenerative atmosphere and a creative, gay and bohemian culturally regenerative surrounding in the same place. This area is showing clearly the benign and fruitful culmination of birth per capita index and bohemian index. The natural proximity of talent and productive forces within a tolerant and open “Kiez” (German word for a specific area) makes it worth to be here.

Sent by Harun from Berlin

CoOrpheum – collective knowledge bundled in an amazing ballroom

Monday, June 21st, 2010

…. things can happen out of nothing, and just over night. See for yourself http://CoOrpheum.de (there is also a Facebook group of same name).

Sent by Ralf from Dresden

Greenest city on the water you’ll find!

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Ever since I moved here, I find that Hamburg is one of the greenest cities in the world. Everywhere you look there is trees all over the place. Combined with the fact that the city has the second largest port in Europe, it compromises one fact for its high quality of life. Hamburg is a very open city and you can just be whoever you want to be, maybe because of its harbour. 120000 companies have at least an office in the city if not more, there is also a big aircraft industry in the city with Airbus in the lead. Another big branch would be the media industry. With 8 big German advertising agencies, it is the number one place in Germany for this industry. There is also growing IT and pharmaceutical industry. Another incredible project which resembles its optimism on growth in all directions is the founding of the first European University that specialized on the built enviroment and metroppolitan development, the HafenCity University. You can feel the energy and ambition in the people. I love living here and I can only suggest for people to come visit and check out Hamburg – The City on the water!

Sent by Ralf from Hamburg

Buildings that would like to talk…

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

… and make the change happen. For quite a while I was thinking about setting up something similar as Team Academy (a management school up in Finland without teachers, students and classes). Over time people always asked me, “How do make money and a living from that?” A striking question! For me creating value is in the first place – earning money normally follows suit. So how to create value? Bringing people together, so diverse as possibly doable in order to create really new things, value and a sense for people to live for. Can it be done virtually in the Web-space? For some of us probably. For most of us no. It needs a common space where to meet, exchange thoughts, prototype new ideas and bring the change into the world.

So, what to do? Monday, 30th of March has been the starting point for: http://mindbroker.de/wiki/LockSchuppen.  An old railway building, standing empty for a couple of years now, a great heritage, inspiring outside, central place (right in city center and in the most vivid suburb of Dresden: Dresden-Neustadt, where new ideas spring up at every corner). Just one seed for more to come. Happy to connect with other initiatives around the globe to establish a thriving network and foundation for inter-collaborative future co-creation:-)) Best regards and looking forward to hearing from you.

Sent by Ralf from Dresden