Week 129

Lots of work, moving to Mitte and some updates on recent talks in this Week Note.

Spring Awakening

We have a theory: it was the sun. January and February made for a quiet start to this year. It felt like most of our clients used the darkest winter on record to keep it chill and hibernated for just a little longer. Then came March and the sun for just a couple of days and business inquiries exploded. We always joke how in our industry with a company of our size, we can worry about how to pay our salaries in one moment, then receive two phone calls and all of a sudden we worry about how we should manage all this work. This is what it feels like right now, only that we don’t worry but are really excited. Tons of new projects with existing clients and new clients with projects that bring just the right amount of challenge.

We recently came to the realization, looking back on the last couple years, that we work best with a certain momentum going. Usually, you’d think that when business slows down, it would be a good time to focus on planning and all the stuff that one usually doesn’t have time for. But somehow, we don’t behave like that. When business slows down, it feels like our brains and our output slow down, too. We need the momentum of a lot of things going on at the same time to get even more stuff done. So hurray for the sun that brought us the spring awakening for our business.

Moving to Mitte

After 2.5 years in Kreuzberg, we were ready for a change of scenery. It also was time to find our own little place, and we did. From April we will be working from the heart of Mitte at Rosenthaler Straße. It’s a beautiful place on the second floor of a backyard building with large windows to the south. Although the craziness of Kotti can wear you out, we’re going to miss Kreuzberg for sure. All the restaurants and bars around Oranienstraße make for the best lunch area we know of. We’re also sad to leave our friends at Companion Coffee behind. It’s kind of ironic that now, when we can get the best coffee in Berlin right around the corner from our office, we’re moving away. But we’re also looking forward to running into all our friends in Mitte more often. As fans of change, a new place is always a good opportunity to stir things up, even if it is just where you go for lunch and coffee. Nevertheless, we’re tremendously grateful to our friends at Gidsy for letting us stay with them for 2.5 years. All the best, guys.

Recent talks

After we mostly focussed on client work last year, we’re doing more public speaking this year again. I’ve been to Switzerland and Brussels in the last two weeks and already the calendar is filling up for the rest of spring and summer. In Switzerland, I filled in for Caroline Drucker, and gave the keynote on the second day of the X.DAYS 2013, the biggest ICT industry conference in Switzerland. You can watch the talk (in German) online. In Brussels, I was part of a seminar about public communication and emerging media. I presented some insights from German politics and social media, involving the German Privacy Schizophrenia and the Pirate Party. Next up is a panel on the future of publishing in London and a workshop about digital work at Next.

Author: Johannes

Johannes is a strategist and consultant for digital communications. His work is informed by his experience of working with brands like Deutsche Telekom, MTV, Postbank, Maggi and Nike and by his insatiable appetite for finding the bigger patterns behind current developments in technology and science. Holding a diploma in Media System Design, Johannes is a regular speaker at web and marketing conferences like Republica and the Social Media Summit.

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