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  1. EWINDOW AT THE MAKER FAIRE SACHSEN 2019

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    We are very pleased to announce that we will be attending to the Sachsen Maker Faire

    which will take place on 23 MARCH 2019 and ​24 MARCH 2019

    ​at the STADTHALLE CHEMNITZ.

    It is a festival for inspiration, creativity and innovation.  More info about the Make Faire.

    Since few months we adopted the TOXBLINKENWALL software developed by Zoff, Austria.
    Come around, look for our booth and test by yourself the new eWindow software.
  2. Start from community: the Sonneberg Creative crew in Chemnitz

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    To build a shared workspace you can start from an empty space and build the community
    or the other way around.

    In the case of the town of Chemnitz we decided to start a collaboration with a group of creative guys who are looking for a space to share for working (and living) purposes.

    We first met them in November 2016 at the FABLAB Chemnitz.

    The “Sonneberg Creative” is an informal group of people with different needs and different purposes. With one common goal: to find a space where to create.

    The first meeting was meant to know each other, to present our metodology and what we can offer to help the group to reach his goal. The report made by one of them is pretty clear.

    “Was ist Multifactory zusammengefasst? Das sind Leute, die seit einigen Jahren in ganz Europa Erfahrungen mit der Erchließung von Leerstand haben. Sie stehen beratend zur Verfügng und handeln mit dem Hausbesitzer einen Wächterhaus-Vertrag für 5 bis 10 Jahre aus. Das Multifactory-Modell richtet sich an Hausbesitzer, die nicht wissen, was sie mit ihrem Grundstück machen sollen. Der Wächter verdient durch eine monatliche Miete der Betreiber. Dabei sind die Betreiber jeweils für ihren Bereich zuständig (Kneipe, Wohnen, Fablab, Atelier etc.). Mein Eindruck war, dass hier noch interessant wäre, wie hier die bisherigen Zusammenhänge zwischen der Fablab und der Multifactory sind. Sebastian hat ja auch schon durchklingen lassen, dass das Projekt bereits bekannt ist. Allgemein war klar, dass je mehr Leute sich an so einer Multifactory beteiligen, desto besser (ob es sich für ein kleines Hausprojekt eignet, ist die Frage). Weitere Infos gibt es hier: http://www.multifactory.eu “

    Es kam auch von der Multifactory der Hinweis, dass wir uns über unsere Wünsche und dem tatsächlichen Bedarf klar werden müssen. Auch muss man sich bei der einen und anderen Sache auf eine Hauptausrichtung spezialisieren (z.B. Kneipe mit Restaurant u.ä. wäre schon zu viel auf einmal).”

    One month after, we met again for a tour around the neighborhood with the help of Robert, who is working for the municipality in an urban regeneration project, to see which are the empty buildings available.

    “Beim Walk’n’Gespräch kam raus:
    1. René hat coole Objekte rausgesucht.
    2. Sich mit den Nachbarn dort unterhalten, könnte sich lohnen.
    3. Gebäude und Fläche rechts neben den Sonnenbergterassen sind wohl sehr teuer, aber auch geil.
    4. Bei Gemeinschaftsprojekt am besten nicht mitten in ner Wohnsiedlung (Lessingplatz fällt damit z.B. flach). Je weniger Komplikationen, desto besser)
    5. Ein Ansatz zum Weitermachen: ” Erst eine 30 Mann/Frau-Community aufbauen, z.B. als Verein oder unter einem Namen und alle zwei Wochen z.B. treffen. Facebook-Seite kann jetzt schon gestartet werden (Namensidee: Kreativ Alles Zentrum). Im zweiten Schritt multifactory wegen Start und Support fragen und dann kann es losgehen. Fürsprecher und Konzepte sollten bis dahin möglichst weit sein. Dann Robert um Hilfe bei der Vermittlung fragen.”

    Last week we had our third meeting, this time at the Honorary Hotel in Leipzig.

    What went out is that there are real possibilities to contact some owners or to find partners to buy a building. One member of the Sonnenberg Creative proposed also an interesting idea to talk to the municipality: a project of urban regeneration for an abandoned public land.

    What next?

    We would like to meet again the Sonnenberg Creative during the Maker Faire Sachsen.  This can be a deadline to make a proposal for our support on making the business plan to be presented to the selected private and public owners.

  3. Collaborative economy: a new economic paradigm

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    Companies are facing new issues: Shortened lifetime of products/ideas, increased need for flexibility and the need to offer a wider range of products/solutions to their customers.

    More skills and more equipments

    To face these issues, they would need an extremely wide range of skills and equipments.

    This is impossible, as most of these skills and equipments are very expensive to get and belong to very specific fields.

    A way to face these needs could be to share and exchange tools and skills

    BUT it si not easy

    It’s difficult to exchange expensive and critical tools to others (what happens if they are broken? How can you quote a price for these?)

    Collaborative Economiy (or Sharing Economy) can help companies to face these issues

    Sharing Economy is an economical field based on “availability” instead of the “possession” of skills and tools and Sharing Economy can give the theoric framework within it’s possible to find ways to solve these specific issues.

    Our solution

    A – help companies to put in the B2B market their tools

    B – help companies to put in the B2B market their skills

    C – help companies to find in the B2B market tools they need

    D – help companies to find in the B2B market skills they need

    E – help startups to have a workspace AND the access to tools and skills

    As we need to let people to interact and create a mutual trust and at the same time they need a way to share tools and equipments.

    We are going to create a NETWORK of Companies which want to SHARE tools, equipments and skills and a NETWORK of Companies which want to USE tools, equipments and skills. A company can belong both to these two networks, as one can both share and use resources.

  4. Cradle to cradle design framework vs how to adress SME’s

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    Yesterday, while thinking about what to do at next 2 events we are thinking to attend, Maker Faire Chemnits and Intec Leipzig Faire in order to involve traditional SME’s Maik and me we made a short digression related to Circular Economy.
    The main question is always the same: how to make Collaborative Economy the rule, which path we could follow to explain to traditional companies that they need to change and this change is also something good for their business not only for the Planet?
    We were thinking about involving some SME’s in our Event Planning, as partners, for example for giving their wastes for free to some makers that could work with it one mont during the maker faire Innovation Tent in april in Chemnits.
    We know that the reuse of wastes is just the first step but the goal is having a society that is not producing wastes at all. To do that is needed to rethink the all production process.
    At that point Maik suggested to have a look at the “Cradle to Cradle” concept. The goal of C2C is the transformation of human industry through ecologically intelligent design.
    According to wikipedia the C2C is “a biomimetic approach to the design of products and systems. It models human industry on nature’s processes viewing materials as nutrients circulating in healthy, safe metabolisms. It suggests that industry must protect and enrich ecosystems and nature’s biological metabolism while also maintaining a safe, productive technical metabolism for the high-quality use and circulation of organic and technical nutrients. Put simply, it is a holistic economic, industrial and social framework that seeks to create systems that are not only efficient but also essentially waste free. The model in its broadest sense is not limited to industrial design and manufacturing; it can be applied to many aspects of human civilization such as urban environments, buildings, economics and social systems.” Yes it looks like a System Thinking Freak.
    But, let’s go on, who is behind this concept?
    The inventors of the “cradle to cradle” concept are two persons that published some books on the topic of Circular Economy (“The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability – Designing for Abundance”)  and founded a company that gives a certification to . Have a look to their website.
    I don’t like the certification system, it just reminds me the BIOlogical food certifications, in the long run we know where every certification system based brings the discussion: paiyng for having a logo on your product.
    But I think checking their website and work is interesting because they found a way, maybe too traditional, to adress traditional companies and institutions.
  5. WHAT IS TEILWERK ?

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    First step to do when you are planning to found a company with others is to align on one common direction, fix clearly in mind which is the final goal of the company.

    First we think we needed to align ourself on our needs and goals.

    Maik: teilWERK – shared factory & creating communities
    enable people to create / enable people2create

    We enable people (as well as companies) to create. Therefore we provide (manage) access. Access to tools, knownledge and space – people. How/What we do? We support people (as well as.. C) to create shared working environments where they can work together easy and will be abled to gain more (profit/faster results, better impact) compared to work alone. how we do so? We (will) provide support (Consultancy), Tools, (Methods/IT Tools/Plattform) we help to manage and offer other services (on demand).

    Lorenza: teilWERK – collaborative tools and strategies to innovate again

    teilWERK is e company that develops tools and instruments based on collaborative economy for solving challenges the SME have to face nowadays.
    Through our tools, consultancies and workshops we can help companies to innovate adopting new strategies based on collaboration using social media stratefies, open source environments, smart manufacturing machines and softwares that makes a positive change inside companies. We are a bridge between the maker movement and traditional companies. Everything we propose is made by us and tested in different European companies in collaboration with some new shared working environments as Multifactories, makers spaces, fablabs.

    Jonathan: teilWERK

    Giulio  teilWERK: Make Business Together: find and share ideas, skills, tools, resources
    logo: MBT with teilWERK

    tW is a company which helps people to make business together. tW works on 4 levels
    1 – put together needs a nd resources
    2 – helping new businesses to make their own business model
    3 – give them on-line resources to collaborate (contracts, collecto, ecc)
    4 – eneble people to make things (with classes, courses, ecc)

  6. Where you can meet us

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    While developing technological solutions we believe that it is important to find collaborations, feedbacks and test in the fiel our ideas. In the next months we will take part to many different conferences, meetings, maker faires. 

    December 27-30 2016, Hamburg

    33C3 Caos Communication Congress

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    February 16-18 2017, Heidelberg

    Makercon Conference

    From Maker to Market

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    March 7-10 2017, Leipzig

    Intec

    Machine tools,manufacturing and automat

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    April  22-23 2017, Cheminz

    Maker Faire Sachsen

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  7. 24 hours in a shared workspace

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    A shared workspace based on collaborative economy

    is in an ecosystem that grows very fast.

    Is home of a variety of independent companies that own a part of the space and share with others the common areas.

    Have a look to what happens in just 24 hours.

  8. New economy, new issues to face

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    Sharing Economy can help companies to face their issues.

    Sharing Economy is an economical field based on “availability” instead of the “possession” of skills and tools and Sharing Economy can give the theoric framework within it’s possible to find ways to solve these specific issues.

    OUR SOLUTION

    To create a Company which :

    A – helps companies to put in the B2B market their tools

    B – helps companies to put in the B2B market their skills

    C – helps companies to find in the B2B market tools they need

    D – helps companies to find in the B2B market skills they need

    E – helps startups to have a workspace AND the access to tools and skills

  9. What does Sharing Economy mean?

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    Uber? airbnb? sure not. Sharing Economy is gradually rising and become popular. It became an umbrella under to put many different new trend.

    Some articles links, in German, that give the bad size about Sharing Economy:

    shareconomy-die-ausbeutung-die-wir-sharing-nennen-kolumne

    sharing-economy-die-zer-teilte-gesellschaft

    The “good” ones are those that empower communities in giving access to tools instead of possessing them. Couchsurfing can be recognize as one of the first platforms shaping Sharing Economy with this meaning.

    In the last year both academic and independent institutions are looking for someone making some order in this mess.

    What characterizes the organization and the management of ‘postgrowth organizations’ (PGOs)? Is it possible to turn traditional organizations into PGOs? What are the limits and prospects of PGOs in the transformation of capitalism? If you are working on one of these (or various other) questions, you should read this call for papers for a special issue of “Management Revue”.

    i-share-economy The editors Are Professors from Chemnitz 😮 Prof. Hartz!