Meet Narta, Architect & Multidisciplinary Designer, core member of the
Factory Designers Circle, founder of the creative collective MAFFIN Design and a passionate collaborator. :)
Just like she is combining daily mindfulness practice with fanning about 90s sitcoms and Sunday afternoons in Berghain in her downtime, Narta also generously borrows from different worlds professionally. Splitting her creative time between branding projects, yet also fostering her interest in both digital and physical design, she has created a truly unique career for herself, not shying away from the opportunities offered by the road less travelled. Narta believes that anyone is responsible for designing their own future and environment, so doing something about the things that need to be changed is what gets her out of the bed in the morning.
Narta says: "Life is a game with no pauses. Everyday we must get up and play!"
Narta was nominated for Spotlight for outstanding contribution to the Factory Designers Circle, being one of the main support pillars for this community of practice.
Meet Jörn, a jack of many creative and entrepreneurial trades. Professionally you could describe him as a (social) entrepreneur, (corporate) innovation and organisational development specialist, however that certainly waters down the variety of skills he navigates between freely. As a true polymath, Jörn is keen on exploring the meta-level of all things, gaining an understanding of the "programming language" that the reality is based on. He is interested in discovering the connection between mindsets and experiences and in helping others to improve their decision making processes through references and analogies, while not shying away from getting his hands dirty and just doing things that need to be done.
In Jörn's words, Factory is "a place to feel 'home' when working on things". And as a true home-keeper, purely out of own initiative, Jörn has built an open source database of members' products and services at Factory, to fill in the gap while our digital product is being redeveloped. If you feel like discovering products and services offered by fellow Factory members, make sure to check out "The Ultimate Factory List" here - https://goo.gl/6SM2fW.
Jörn has been spotlighted because at Factory we truly value volunteering contributions that make our community more transparent and available to everyone. While we are working away on hard-coded solutions, every act of support from our dear community matters!
Meet Britta, Head of Communications at CODE University. Britta is an inspiration when it comes to enthusiasm towards life, contagiously positive mindset and fresh perspective on the meaning of work in our lives, as well as getting the most out of a day - she routinely wakes up at 4.30am!
She sees work as an important part of her life and instead of aspiring for a "work-life" balance, strives for work not feeling like work anymore. Britta draws a lot of motivation and inspiration from being surrounded by like-minded people, and especially at CODE, where she got to know so many talented, passionate and hard-working students.
Britta believes that "nothing is better than a good laugh at least once a day", which is also why she appreciates the Factory atmosphere, where people are not taking themselves too seriously and are always up for a joke. So if you need a lesson in lightheartedness, make sure to get to know this woman!
Britta was nominated for Spotlight for being a true female role model and living the spirit of community.
Meet Mike, coach & consultant at InTension, whose area of expertise is supporting organisations to be effective and healthy places to work, supporting leaders and team members to create psychological safety and to communicate mindfully. He is mostly working within the nonprofit world, especially human rights organisations and activists, in Europe and the Arab world.
Although he wishes to be able to read people’s minds - like Professor X from the X-men, for now (until he reaches that level "pro") he gets his energy from connecting with the amazing potential in each person he interacts with, and imagining a world which allows and supports this entire potential being expressed. This is why Factory is a fit for Mike, as in his own words "it brings together crazy, hopeful people who are all creators and movers, and who keep me moving."
After living in Switzerland, UK and USA, he enjoys exploring Berlin, spending time with his family, rock climbing, and upgrading democracy! In his free time, if he is not building furniture (his superpower!) you might find him drinking coffee in Kaffeemama in Moabit.
Mike is spotlighted as he lives our value of participation and community building by consulting both members and Factory Team on matters community and culture.
Meet Amelia, Co-founder and Chief Communications Officer of Workout for Happiness! This humble and positive Canadian will always find time to chat about nonprofits, languages, culture, yoga, meditation, traveling, and of course - Canada.
What gets her out of her bed? “Goals, self-development, growth, progress, hope of something better to come... which is what Workout for Happiness is all about.” If she didn’t put most of her time and energy in figuring out what makes people happy, she would move more her hips and shoulders to salsa music, or conquering the Canadian mountains!
When we asked her about the biggest lesson she learned in the community, she exclaimed: “Give without expecting anything in return and it will come back. We know this as people but it’s another thing to actually experience and understand it - and it was the Factory that particularly rooted this understanding in me.” Amelia is a woman of her word - you can regularly find her organising meditation session for fellow Factorians every Wednesday in our Mitte campus! #givefirst
Amelia was nominated as a super connector that contributes to the positive vibe at Factory and is always happy to help.
Meet Adam, Co-founder and CEO of Workout for Happiness! His interest in psychology, philosophy, and meditation led him to start his entrepreneurial journey where, together with Amelia, his partner in crime, he is making the world a happier place!
About his job he says: “I like to create things and there is literally no better job/calling than to be an entrepreneur and being forced to think differently every day since the challenges are changing day by day.” He hopes to see their project help people around the world to reach their goals and live a fulfilled life.
If you are into the topics mentioned above, or into sport or analysing complex structures - hit him up on Slack! If he forgets your name, don’t worry, it’s not you, he promises, “I am always mixing up names and that brings up a lot of funny situations, it’s in the family - I can’t do anything about it.”
Adam was nominated as a super connector that lives a #givefirst mindset here at Factory and is always willing to help.
Elsabeth van Overbeeke
Meet Elsabeth, a facilitator at ForChiefs and &ABLE, who enjoys supporting teams and organisations in developing their culture, strategy and collaboration. But, that’s not all! Elsabeth is also passionate about travelling, discovering new places in Berlin and bringing different people together. Multi-skilled Dutchie indeed.
The topic of purpose is very close to Elsabeth’s heart, as purpose allows individuals, teams and organisations to get clarity on their contribution. Which works as a very powerful motivator! She gets a lot of joy out of bringing energy, insight and connection to the teams she is working with through a variety of creative exercises in her toolbox.
The community at Factory is a pool of inspiration for Elsabeth, where she admits to constantly find interesting people to learn from and work with. And as she was nominated for Spotlight for being a master connector, Elsabeth makes sure to bring different people together herself as well.
If you are sharing some interests like Elsa, you are curious about the magic and secrets behind successful team collaboration, or you simply wanna chat about travelling or the Netherlands - you know where to find her!
Meet community member Christian, a Strategy Consultant and Coach with expertise in business and IT. He helps many startups and freelancers to create a clear company roadmap, and is a great conversation partner, regardless of the topic.
Christian describes Factory as 'a playground for adults' where 'everybody is playing with their business ideas' and he finds it easy to meet likeminded people and make friends here. He's always been a motivated guy with a drive to wake up in the mornings and get to work doing what he loves - for Christian, wasting the day lying in bed is boring!
When he's not at Factory or dotting between his clients' workspaces you may find him two-stepping to electronic beats, or focussing on his music production (check it out here > https://soundcloud.com/chrisanua) although he wishes he had more time to enjoy this hobby.
Christian is a great sparring partner when exploring new ideas, and that combined with his expert technical knowledge is the reason for his spotlight nomination. If you're looking for someone with to discuss technical strategy or personal development with, or even your shared passion for music, hit Christian up on Slack!
Mary's participation in the creative community at Factory and her contribution to the spirit of our big family is why she is nominated as our next Spotlight.
People contribute to life at Factory in different ways and Mary is one of our undercover superheroes, spending time one-on-one with her fellow Factorians, finding ways to collaborate on projects. It's people like Mary that are the glue in our community, connecting people and groups and supporting community initiatives.
The talented and hardworking individuals at Factory inspire her and she loves that people here aren't just motivated by money, but 'by solving problems and genuinely trying to make the world a better place.' Mary is a talented illustrator (you can see her work online https://flymaryfly.com) and speaks on the importance in finding an emotional connection to her work, reminding herself how she can bring a certain feeling to a viewer.
She loves travelling and spends her free time cycling around Berlin. Her favourite spot in Berlin is Caffe Marlene at Eberswalde Strasse, where they have what she believes is the best breakfast in Berlin!
Say hello to this week's #FactorySpotlight - Mr. Raoul Schreck from Buzzmatic!
Raoul is a digital marketing expert and has been a great addition to the Factory community, organising SEO events to share his knowledge and expertise. He's also been a connector between the community and students from a class he teaches at Darmstadt University - 7 startups have benefitted from the involvement of these students and the SEO & digital marketing projects they are working on. On top of that, he is currently offering office hours for the Factory Community - free and without strings attached (https://form.buzzmatic.net/zs/O3B8jD)!
His passion for his work is indeed inspiring - Raoul says that even if he won the lottery tomorrow he would continue to spend his days 'trying to find solutions to digital marketing challenges'. While we all know that Raoul is a digital marketing superhero, one of his lesser known skills is typing excel formulas with his toes - a true master of the spreadsheet!
He's a fan of 90's hip-hop and has been known to enjoy weekends digging around for old records. His favourite spot to boogie in Berlin is Gretchen, and he's also partial to a fine gin, hence his connoisseur's spirit collection.
For Raoul Factory is 'a go-to place to meet a community of people craving to learn more' so why not link up on Slack!
In all of her work Cherie is dedicated to telling stories which are beautiful beyond the surface. With Sustainable Fashion Matterz she features the ‘Who is Who, and what you need to know in sustainable fashion’. As a photographer she works on a freelance basis as well as selling her prints. She’s an active part of our community, as a member of the Designers Circle and she’s also working to implement and support sustainability initiatives here at Factory Berlin.
Cherie believes that ‘no matter where you are from, your age, sex or skin color, every person makes a difference’ and being able to contribute towards this mentality is what truly motivates her. For her the Factory community is about ‘knowledge sharing, learning from others and always having a competent person to meet for coffee and discuss what you are working on when you need feedback.’
Get in touch with Cherie to hear more about her current projects, head over to www.cheriebirkner.com or sustainablefashionmatterz.com to learn more about how to better love your clothes, or if you’re up for working together on sustainability initiatives here at Factory - you know where to find her!