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The co-matter podcast is a series of conversations about the future of bringing people together. Hosted by Severin Matusek from co-matter, a global network exploring what makes communities thrive.
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How Thumbtack Empowers Local Small Business Owners w/ Marie Paoli
Marie Paoli leads the in-person community at Thumbtack, one of the largest marketplaces to connect with local service professionals in the USA. With local small businesses having an increasingly hard time to run a sustainable business today, Thumbtack aims to empower them by growing communities in their local areas. How does that work exactly? That’s what we wanted to find out from Marie. In this pop-in call we talk about: How Thumbtack works together with small business owners to convene, nurture, and grow communities in their local areas How its ambassador program gives the best and most engaged users a platform to design and build their own community structures Marie’s personal outlook for how communities will develop in the future Listen to the co-matter podcast anywhere by subscribing to iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher or your favorite podcasting app (search for "co-matter"). If you're interested in finding out more about Thumbtack check out their app and website. Interested in more insights about bringing people together? Join our mailing list for a monthly update on the future of community.
15:44
March 25, 2020
The Life Sprint w/ Rakesh Kasturi
Rakesh Kasturi is one of two co-founders of Life Sprint, a 4-week online collaborative course that helps people get unstuck in their careers. It’s fascinating how it works: you sign up, enter a virtual call with a group of strangers and start collaborating on some of your biggest challenges in life. But does it really work? That’s what we wanted to find out from Rakesh. In this pop-in call we talk about: How Rakesh and Matt Stewart came up with the idea for Life Sprint based on Google’s Design Sprint philosophy How they connect people online through Zoom, Mural, virtual post-it notes and a buddy system Why online classes make us more accountable, productive and enable us to achieve our goals Plus: Rakesh’s advice for anyone wanting to start their own online course (Hint: just do it!) Listen to the co-matter podcast anywhere by subscribing to iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher or your favorite podcasting app (search for "co-matter"). If you're interested in the work Rakesh and Matt are doing join the next Life Sprint from wherever you are. Interested in more insights? Join our mailing list for a monthly update on the future of community.
11:47
March 18, 2020
Build Community, Space Will Come w/ ATÖLYE's Engin Ayaz & Atilim Şahin
Engin Ayaz and Atilim Şahin are the co-founder and creative hub director of ATÖLYE, a strategic design studio and innovation platform located in an old beer brewery in Istanbul, Turkey. At ATÖLYE, 40 strategists and designers collaborate, co-learn and co-create with a community of 150 individuals and organizations to solve wicked problems. How does that work exactly? That’s what we asked Engin and Atilim. In this pop-in call they talk about: The founding story of ATÖLYE, its roots in Stanford's d.school and NYU Tisch’s ITP program and future vision How ATÖLYE curates and coordinates a community of 150 individuals and organizations to collaborate with its strategic design studio Engin’s and Atılım’s vision of bringing the learnings of ATÖLYE to inspire and build new community spaces around the world Listen to the co-matter podcast anywhere by subscribing to iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher or your favorite podcasting app (search for "co-matter"). If you're interested in the work Engin, Atilim and their team are doing check out ATÖLYE and learn more about their thinking on Medium. More of that, please? Join our mailing list for a monthly update on the future of community.
15:11
March 10, 2020
Peter Sunde: What makes people become activists?
Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi believes that content on the Internet should be free - a cause he famously went to jail for as a co-founder of the controversial file sharing service The Pirate Bay. Now, Peter has released a documentary called THE ACTIVIST; a 5 part series for Finnish television where Peter meets with Edward Snowden, Greenpeace captain Paul Watson and other activists to find out what makes them fight for their causes. Reasons enough for us to take a train to Malmo, Sweden, to catch up with Peter.  In our conversation we talk about: How Peter thinks about activism, internet freedom and changing the world today What Peter learned from activists around the world: how moral integrity drives people to become activists, engage in civil disobedience and break laws to fight for a more just world Why we can’t fix the system within the system, power is more centralized and activism as a tool is more accessible today than ever before; and what that means for our future Listen to the co-matter podcast anywhere by subscribing to iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher or your favorite podcasting app (search for "co-matter"). Follow Peter at @brokep and watch THE ACTIVIST wherever you can access it. More of this, please? Join our mailing list for our monthly digest about the future of community.
42:31
March 3, 2020
The Everything Manifesto w/ Andres Colmenares
Andres Colmenares is the co-founder of IAM, the think tank, consultancy and conference that explore the futures of the internet(s). Together with Lucy Black-Swan, Andres published The Everything Manifesto in late 2019: a call for citizens and organizations to act collectively to address the climate crisis. We caught up with Andres to find out what it’s all about. Follow Andres on Twitter, read The Everything Manifesto and join us at IAM Weekend on March 19-21 2020 in Barcelona. More of this please? Subscribe to our mailing list for a monthly update about the future of bringing people together.
14:56
February 25, 2020
Pop-In Call: The Hotel as a Community w/ The Hoxton’s Philippa Wagner
Philippa Wagner is the director of 23lab, Ennismore’s future innovation lab that researches the hotel experience of the future. Together with her team, she helps shape the future experience of The Hoxton, a series of open-house hotels based in London, Amsterdam, Paris, NYC, Portland and Chicago. In this pop-in call Philippa talks about: The  role of community in understanding future trends, cultural nuances,  customer behavior and shaping the hotel experience of tomorrow The Hoxton as a community for communities that connects travelers and local communities How the Hox Friends community and influencer platform Musings drive ROI, influence the hotel experience and help launch new  products such as "Working From", the Hoxton's new coworking space Listen to the co-matter podcast anywhere by subscribing to iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher or your favorite podcasting app (search for "co-matter"). Follow The Hoxton on Instagram and Twitter. More of that please? Join our mailing list for a monthly update on the future of community.
10:40
February 19, 2020
Julien de Smedt: The Architecture of Misuse
Julien de Smedt is an architect and the founder of JDS Architects, the award-winning architecture firm behind buildings such as Oslo’s Holmenkollen Ski Jump or Copenhagen’s Kalvebod Waves. We  met at JDS' headquarters in Copenhagen to talk* about how architecture influences the way we live and interact with each other as a community. We talk about: How JDS architects designs buildings and places with the intention to be misused and re-appropriated in unexpected ways Julien's youth as a skateboarder in Paris and how street culture shaped his approach to architecture and design The role of architecture to encourage social interactions and community engagement Here’s episode #31 of the co-matter podcast with Julien de Smedt. Listen to the co-matter podcast anywhere by subscribing to iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher or your favorite podcasting app (search for "co-matter"). Follow Julien at @juliendesmedt and JDS Architects at @jdsarchitects on Instagram. More of this yes please? Join our mailing list for a monthly update from the co-matter network covering new insights about the future of bringing people together. * Please note the following corrections from the audio introduction: -JDS didn't build projects in 45 countries. but designed projects in 45 countries. -JDS' offices are in Brussels and CPH.
35:15
February 4, 2020
Lea Korsgaard & Jakob Moll: Zetland, The Future Of Community Based Media
Lea Korsgaard and Jakob Moll are two of the four journalists who founded Zetland: a Danish digital newspaper and media company that’s built on a community based membership model. Founded in 2012, the publication has over 10,000 paying subscribers in their community who read and listen to Zetland’s daily stories. If you’re not from Denmark you might not have heard of Zetland before. But Zetland is part of an international wave of new media companies along with The Netherland's De Correspondent and Germany’s Krautreporter that pioneer digital first, quality-driven journalism that’s based on community based member subscriptions rather than advertising. So how did Zetland get from 0 to a community of 10,000 paying subscribers? And what can we learn from journalism re-inventing itself through a community based membership model? I met with Lea and Jakob at Zetland’s headquarters in Copenhagen to find out. We talk about: How Zetland grew from 0 to 10,000 paying subscribers The role of journalism in today’s society Why it matters to collaborate with your community The benefits of a community based membership model Here is the episode #30 of the co-matter podcast with Lea Korsgaard and Jakob Moll. Listen to the co-matter podcast anywhere by subscribing to iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher or your favorite podcasting app (search for "co-matter"). Follow Lea at @LeaKorsgaard and Jakob at @JakobMoll on Twitter. Hungry for more? Join our mailing list for a monthly update from the co-matter network covering new insights about the future of bringing people together.
42:54
January 28, 2020
Darius Kazemi: How to Create Your Own Social Network
Darius, who is also known as Tiny Subversions on the www, is an internet artist and a researcher on the future of social networks. Based out of Portland, Oregon, he has recently undertaken a fellowship at the Mozilla Foundation in Berlin which resulted in “Run your own social” - a manual that teaches anybody how to create and run a social network for their close circle of friends. We sat down with Darius at The Conference in Malmö, Sweden, to talk about: Darius’ journey from being a video game developer to blogging to researching the history & culture of the social web Why we should move away from big social networks — and how that leads to more power to individual people and communities How you can start your own private social network to share information, discuss topics and host movie nights with 50 of your friends Here is episode #29 of the co-matter podcast with Darius Kazemi. --- Follow Darius at @tinysubversions on Twitter. Check out the full manual and manifesto to Run Your Own Social at runyourown.social. A big thank you to The Conference for hosting this conversation. --- Join our mailing list for a monthly update from the co-matter network covering new insights about the future of bringing people together.
35:28
January 22, 2020
Pop-In Call: How UNICEF Builds Communities w/ Paola Storchi & Carrie Basham Marshall
Paola and Carrie share how UNICEF's online community transforms culture and fosters collaboration among its global network of 16,000 employees.
12:22
January 12, 2020
Payal Arora: Let the Next Billion Users Play Games and Watch Porn
Digital anthropologist Dr. Payal Arora bursts Western clichés and reveals how people in China, India and the Middle East will shape the future Internet.
36:45
January 6, 2020
Pop-In Call: The Future of the Future Forecaster w/ Helen Job
A conversation with Helen Job about the changing role of a future forecaster, the newly founded TCO Lab and upcoming Future of Community Report.
08:39
December 19, 2019
Yancey Strickler: Could This Be Our Future?
A conversation with Kickstarter co-founder & former CEO Yancey Strickler about his new book and his vision for a more generous world.
39:59
December 15, 2019
Pop-In Call: Adobe’s Creative Residency and Community Programs w/ Franziska Parschau
Franziska from Adobe Germany talks about their Creative Residency, a program that empowers creatives to spend a year focusing on a personal creative project, while sharing their experience and process with the creative community.
09:28
December 13, 2019
Amanda Michel: Why Not Ask Readers to Contribute?
The Guardian's Amanda Michel shares how asking readers to contribute led to one of the most significant turnarounds in recent British media history.
29:45
December 5, 2019
Scott Heiferman: The Story of Meetup
Scott is the founder of Meetup, the platform for people to host and join real-life meetups in their area. Describing Meetup is almost like describing the social web: it's been around since 2002, connects millions of people and is often named in the same category as Facebook, Twitter and other global social networks. Scott has been running Meetup for more than 16 years (he moved into a chairman role shortly after it got acquired by WeWork) and remains one of the most prominent advocates for community in the digital space. It was therefore a special moment when we finally met at a WeWork in New York City in October 2019, sat on the floor and had a chat about the past, present and future of connecting people online. We talked about: - The story of Meetup: how it started in the early days of the social web in 2002 and grew into a global platform used by millions - What happens when people meet in real life. Why the stories that Meetup enables are more important to Scott than milestones achieved - Sustainability: How Scott navigated Meetup over 16 years and sees sustainability as part of the fabric you engrain in your company - The next 10 years of bringing people together. Why we need to deepen our connections, increase our sense of belonging and lean onto each other more Here is episode #25 of the co-matter podcast with Scott Heiferman. Follow Scott at @heif on Twitter. Host or join a Meetup via www.meetup.com Hungry for more insights? Join our mailing list via co-matter.com/mailinglist for a monthly update from the co-matter network covering new episodes, insights, summits & more.
43:49
November 25, 2019
Pop-In Call #2: What is Engaged Journalism? w/ Kathryn Geels
Pop-in calls are short, hands-on conversations where members of the co-matter community call in to share insights about a specific project they currently work on. Today we're joined by the fantastic Kathryn Geels, director of the Engaged Journalism Accelerator based out of London, UK. We talk about: - The Engaged Journalism Accelerator and its mission to inspire, connect and support news organisations across Europe to empower communities and their conversations - The shift in journalism to become more audience-focussed. Not just in terms of subscriptions / advertising revenue, but more in how readers can participate in all aspects of a news organization - Germany's membership-based news platform Krautreporter.de and how they share their insights in their playbook for engaged journalism to help other news organizations break out of their silos - Spain's Maldita.es that established an ambassador program called "Malditos" and an open CRM that allows its community to contribute to the organization - How traditional news organizations can adapt to becoming more community-driven through opening up processes, decision making and letting people participate more Follow Kathryn at @girlondon and @ejcnet. A special shout-out goes to Kathryn's team Ben Whitelaw and Madalina Ciobanu who Kathryn chose to greet in her final remarks on the conversation. Hi Ben and Madalina!
17:27
November 17, 2019
Charles Broskoski: The Story Behind Are.na
Charles is a co-founder of Are.na, a visual organization tool designed to help you think and create. Some call it the Pinterest for nerds, others an alternative social network that helps you collect and connect ideas with a community of like-minded visual researchers. Are.na has over 100,000 members today and more than 8,000 paying members that financially sustain the platform. In August 2019, we had the chance to sit down with Charles at The Conference in Malmö to chat about topics such as: - How Are.na grew from a group of artist friends in New York City to a global community of over 100,000 members today - Subscription vs advertising: the importance of a business model that aligns the creators of a platform with their members - The Internet as a public square: why we need to create more mindful spaces online to challenge the status quo - Charles' advice to community builders: it's vital to consider yourself a participant of your own community, receive feedback and take your member's opinions seriously Here is episode #24 of the co-matter podcast with Charles Broskoski. ---- Follow Charles at @broskoski on Twitter and sign up to Are.na via www.are.na. Hungry for more insights? Join our mailing list via co-matter.com/mailinglist for a monthly update from the co-matter network covering new episodes, insights, summits & more.
34:18
November 11, 2019
Pop-In Call #1: Why Does WeTransfer Care About Your Mental Health? w/ Annie Malarkey
We are introducing a new format to the co-matter podcast: the pop-in call.

 Pop-in calls are shorter, more hands-on sessions than our long-form conversations. For each pop-in call we invite a member of the co-matter community to call in and share insights, learnings and best practices about a specific project they’re currently working on. The goal is to share that knowledge with you.  So we can all be smarter, more inspired and more mindful about bringing people together in the future. Our very first guest joins us all the way from Los Angeles. It’s Annie Malarkey from WeTransfer! We talk about: - Annie's journey to running communications, events and partnerships at WeTransfer after working at Ustwo, Wix.com and NY Media Center.
  - WeTransfer's 10 year history as a creative company and its belief to use technology to support creatives, not make them addicted
  - The story behind "Please Leave", WeTransfer's campaign that encourages creatives to abandon their screens and experience the real world: https://leave.bywetransfer.com
  - Why WeTransfer decided to help pay off $30M of people's medical debt in Los Angeles and how it led to a partnership with meditation app Headspace
  - Annie's approach to partnerships based on shared values and as a way to grow and experiment for a company, rather than purely measuring ROI.
  Here is episode #1 of the co-matter pop-in calls with Annie Malarkey. PS: A special shout-out goes to Sabrina Dridje in NYC who Annie chose to greet in her final remarks on the conversation. Hi Sabrina!
12:30
November 6, 2019
Jennifer Brandel & Mara Zepeda: How Zebras Unite Make Startup Culture More Inclusive
Jennifer and Mara are one half, or two of four co-founders, of Zebras Unite. Spread across 6 continents, 40 chapters and an online community of 4000 founders, Zebras Unite is a global movement that aims to make startup and venture capital culture more ethical and inclusive. At our third Community Leadership Summit, which took place in early September 2019 in Copenhagen, we had the chance to sit down with Jennifer and Mara to find out how it all came about. We talk about: - The story of Zebras Unite: how a movement was born out of an essay on "sex and startups" and the need to change something - How the movement grew from four co-founders to a global community of 40 chapters and 4000 founders - The power of metaphors to change culture, self-organized dance parties and distributing power from the few to the many - A short manual on how anyone can start a movement to solve a problem they truly care about Here is episode #23 of the co-matter podcast with Jennifer Brandel and Mara Zepeda.
33:57
October 31, 2019
Hampus Jakobsson: There is No Us vs Them in the Climate Crisis
Hampus Jakobsson is an entrepreneur and investor based out of Malmö, Sweden. Throughout his career, Hampus invested in more than 80 startups and is now one of the most sought-after investors in the Nordics. Earlier this year, he decided to only invest in technologies that contribute to solving the climate crisis. In August 2019 we had the chance to sit down with Hampus at The Conference in Malmö to chat about topics such as: Why is there no us vs them in the climate crisis? What is the role of nuclear energy in this crisis? Why are we acting like super anxious teenagers amidst this global debate? Here is episode #22 of the co-matter podcast with Hampus Jakobsson.
36:18
October 23, 2019
Petra Costa: The Edge of Democracy
Petra is a Brazilian filmmaker whose documentary The Edge of Democracy got released on Netflix today. The Edge of Democracy is a very personal film about the political situation in Brazil, told through the eyes of Petra who witnessed first-hand the rise and fall of her country’s leaders. Her movie reflects a crisis in democracy that’s not only happening in Brazil, but all over the world. As we lose trust in our institutions, we are starting to doubt democracy as the best way to govern ourselves. Some of the core beliefs that held our countries together are being questioned right now. If we defined the concept of the nation state as a community united by those core beliefs and values we share, then are our national communities now breaking apart? Why are we getting further apart from each other? What moves us to extreme, divisive opinions and positions?
18:36
June 19, 2019
Yousef Hammoudah: How we Built Adidas Runners
Yousef is the Global Director of Culture & Community for adidas Running. What he started as a Berlin runners club 6 years ago is now a global community known as adidas Runners, spanning 65 cities and 5 continents. We wanted to learn about Yousef’s journey with adidas Runners, and to understand how we can build authentic brand communities in times when people don’t trust brands anymore. We talked about how a brand regains trust by building lasting relationships, how a local community scales globally, and how it measures its success. Here is episode #20 of the Community Podcast with Yousef Hammoudah.
38:26
June 4, 2019
Santiago Siri: Can the Internet Save Democracy?
Santiago is the founder of Democracy Earth, an open source platform for governance and community participation. A former video game developer turned activist-slash-founding member of Argentina's political party Partido de la Red, Santi takes us on a walk through NYC's central park to talk about the future of democracy. We explore the intersection between democracy and the internet to understand how technology can help make governance better - in the democratic systems of our future, as well as in any other community we’re building. And because we like to keep our episodes unpredictable, this one features the lovely–yet sometimes distracting–chirping of birds on a spring day in New York City’s Central Park. Ladies and gents, here is episode 19 of the Community Podcast with Santiago Siri.
46:44
May 7, 2019
Solana Larsen: How to Keep the Internet Healthy
Solana Larsen is a journalist, editor and activist currently leading the Internet Health Report: Mozilla’s open source initiative to document and explain the state of the Internet in various areas of global interest. We talked to Solana on the occasion of the Internet Health Report’s third release. Her view on the health of the Internet swings from guarded optimism to hopeful pessimism in a fascinating way. Adding to that, her journalistic background and her contribution to initiatives like Global Voices and openDemocracy give Solana a unique perspective on topics like digital rights, digital literacy and Internet governance.
40:57
April 23, 2019
Jyri Engeström: Investing into the Web's Social Infrastructure
Jyri Engeström is a Finland-born, California-raised entrepreneur who has built online social networks since the dawn of the web 2.0 era. With Yes VC, the early-stage venture fund he started together with his partner Caterina Fake, Jyri now invests in the next generation of the web’s social infrastructure. In our call with Jyri, we talk about him growing up in the Silicon Valley of the 90s, the roots of the social web, communities as essential building blocks of society, the role of venture capital in helping social movements grow, future trends and how the internet, at its best, helps people help other people.
41:01
April 9, 2019
The Life and Times of Harper Reed
Harper Reed is an American technologist, known for being the CTO behind Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, for his involvement in pioneering online crowdsourcing company Threadless, his hairstyle, and many other weird and wonderful projects he gets involved in. Severin met Harper at MIT’s media lab in Berlin, in August last year. Being a fan of Harper’s work for many years, he took the opportunity to ask him about what Harper calls his life waves: periods in his career when he quit everything and said yes to any new opportunity that came his way. Like this interview. Or building one of the first crowdsourcing communities on the internet. Using social technology to get a president elected. Or predicting the future for a living. All this, and more, including sirens and pan flute recitals, in episode #16 of The Community Podcast.
33:49
March 25, 2019
Claire L. Evans: The Women Who Built the Internet
Claire L. Evans is a LA-based writer, musician and the author of Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet. She’s also one of the most eloquent, articulate and witty people we’ve met to reflect on the state of the Internet today. In our talk, we covered how Claire met the women who built the internet, how they translated traditional communication formats to the digital world, and what we can learn from early virtual communities about power dynamics, politics and gender bias today.
34:33
March 14, 2019
Khalid Albaih: How We Lost the Internet
Khalid Albaih is a political cartoonist and social media activist. Using the Internet as a way of publishing uncensored drawings since 2006, Khalid has been one of the leading visual artists of the Arab Spring and has witnessed first hand how social media evolved - from a tool to fight the establishment to eventually becoming the establishment itself. In our conversation, we talk about how social media changed since Khalid got started, how politics got involved and the chances for the Internet to remain a space to raise our voices. Where to find Khalid: https://www.facebook.com/pg/KhalidAlbaih http://twitter.com/khalidalbaih https://www.instagram.com/khalidalbaih
34:27
December 17, 2018
Sarah Clark: The Secret Behind Rapha's Success
Sarah Clark is the Chief Marketing Officer of Rapha, the British cycling brand known and loved for celebrating cycling as a sport and culture. Rapha is a prime example of how a brand can build an authentic community around a clear purpose: it runs its own cycling club with thousands of members, operates 22 clubhouses around the world, organizes weekly rides that anyone can join, produces movies, has a beautiful print magazine and a ton of other projects that help people discover their passion for cycling. I met Sarah at Rapha's London headquarters to find out how it all came about: how Rapha got started, how her vision of the brand evolved and Sarah's advice for people who want to start their own mission-driven brand. Links: http://www.rapha.cc http://www.rapha.cc/rcc
30:11
November 13, 2018
Claire Wasserman: How Ladies Get Paid Helps Women Rise Up
Claire is the founder of Ladies Get Paid, an organization and global community that helps women rise up at work. Since its launch in 2016, Ladies Get Paid has grown to 30,000 members in more than 60 countries. We talk about how it all got started: how Ladies Get Paid grew from a meetup in a tiny New York apartment to a global movement, how Claire attached a business model to it, her advice for community founders and her vision for growing Ladies Get Paid in the future. Links: http://www.ladiesgetpaid.com http://www.claireslovesyou.com
45:27
August 30, 2018
Charles Adler: What I Learned from Building Kickstarter
Charles Adler is a designer, entrepreneur and technologist most well known for being the co-founder and former Head of Design of Kickstarter; the crowdfunding platform that forever changed how creativity gets funded. Charles then founded Lost Arts, a 25,000 sqf workspace in Chicago, and travels the world to speak about social entrepreneurship, technology and creativity. We talk about his experience in building Kickstarter, how he designs community at Lost Arts, the difference in building a global online platform vs a physical workspace, corporate responsibility and social change through technology. Links: http://www.twitter.com/cadler http://www.lostarts.co
45:36
July 12, 2018
Nelly Ben Hayoun: How to Design Experiences
Nelly Ben Hayoun is a designer of experiences. Sometimes called the "Willy Wonka of Design and Science" or “Part designer, part performance artist, part space traveller”, Nelly and her team are known for transcending boundaries. They create orchestras together with NASA space scientists, put dark energy in your kitchen sink or create places such as The University of the Underground, Nelly’s latest venture that teaches critical thinking, unconventional research and social dreaming to post-graduate students. At her studio in London, Nelly told me more about how it all came about and what it means to design an experience.
37:37
May 22, 2018
Rafe Offer: How Sofar Sounds Turned into a Global Movement
Rafe Offer is the co-founder & CEO of Sofar Sounds, a global movement that brings people together over live music in an intimate setting. Based out of London, Sofar was launched in 2009 and now stages concerts in 398 cities worldwide. In our conversation we talk about the humble beginnings of Sofar, the challenges of growing it as a non-technical team, leadership, monetization, their recent funding by Sir Richard Branson and Rafe's vision for Sofar's future.
29:21
April 26, 2018
Linda Liukas: How I Became a Children's Book Author Over Night
Linda Liukas is a children’s book author and the creator of Hello Ruby, a book that teaches children about the whimsical world of computers, technology and coding. Hello Ruby was the first children’s book that raised $380,000 on Kickstarter and is published in over 24 languages today. In our conversation, we talk about how Linda's early adventures on the Internet have shaped her creativity, how she built Rails Girls into a global movement that teaches women how to code, the process of funding a book through Kickstarter and her thoughts on dealing with criticism, maximizing freedom and living a fulfilled life.
55:28
January 24, 2018
Justin Gignac: Building the World’s Most Obsessively Curated Community of Creatives
Justin Gignac is the founder of Working Not Working, a marketplace that connects companies with the universe’s most creative creatives. Founded in 2012 by Justin and his friend Adam Tompkins in New York City, the platform now includes over 10.000 members that work together with over 2000 of the world's best companies such as Apple, The New York Times, Airbnb and Wieden+Kennedy. In our interview, Justin shares what it takes to build a community like Working Not Working; and how he wants to grow it while staying true to its mission.
47:55
December 17, 2017
Annamaria Olsson: Building Bridges Between Refugees and other Migrants
Annamaria Olsson is the founder of Give Something Back to Berlin; an award-winning project that connects refugees and migrants from all backgrounds through knowledge sharing. What started with a Facebook post in 2012 has helped thousands of newly arrived Berliners integrate in society, make friends and learn the language. In our interview, Annamaria shares the story on how it all got started and the learnings she made from building this unique community over the past 5 years.
43:16
November 20, 2017
Simon Caspersen: How IKEA’s Research Lab SPACE10 Open-sources Innovation
Simon is one of the founding members and Director of Communications at SPACE10 - a future living lab on a mission to design a better and more sustainable way of living. With projects ranging from vertical farming to the future of meatballs, the team at the Copenhagen-based research lab works with a global network of collaborators to not only research what the future brings, but also prototype it. The results are then open-sourced and available to anyone. In our conversation we talk about how SPACE10 got started, how their community-based approach convinced IKEA to support them, and why Simon doesn’t believe in 300 page innovation reports - but rather in creative artworks like a photo series on the future of meatballs that went around the world.
42:11
October 25, 2017
Martin Jordan and Kara Kane: How the UK Designs Public Services According to Human Needs
Martin and Kara are part of the team of Government Digital Services; the digital unit of the UK Government that's widely recognized to set standards for the way citizens interact with government online. In this conversation Severin sat down with Martin and Kara at The Whitechapel Building in London to talk about what it means to build better services for citizens, how GDS works like a startup within the government and how they share knowledge and build community with civil servants across the country.
43:56
October 19, 2017
Jerry Michalski on the Power of Trust in Today's Economy
Considered one of the shapers of the dot-com era, Jerry Michalski observes, analyzes and consults on technology trends since the early 1990s. Severin and Jerry talk about the role of trust and relationships in today's economy, the dynamics behind platforms such as Kickstarter, Airbnb, Wikipedia and Uber, the evil genius of Donald Trump and many other things.
1:01:33
October 12, 2017
Damian Bradfield: How did WeTransfer Become a Platform for Creatives?
The guest on this show is Damian Bradfield, president and CMO of WeTransfer. With 40 million active users and 1 billion files transferred every month, WeTransfer is not only an incredibly successful file-sharing service but also a much-loved platform that supports and inspires creatives around the world. Damian joined WeTransfer in 2010 along co-founders Nalden and Bas Beerens. I met him shortly after his talk at this year's Tech Open Air and caught him for a conversation on company values, trust and partnerships with the likes of FKA Twigs, Moby and Gilles Peterson.
29:47
August 6, 2017
Niko Woischnik: How did Tech Open Air Become Europe's Biggest Interdisciplinary Tech Conference?
In our first episode we talk to Niko Woischnik, the founder of Tech Open Air. Tech Open Air is Europe's biggest interdisciplinary tech conference that brings more than 20.000 people to Berlin this year. In this conversation, Niko and Severin talk about how it all started with a crowdfunding campaign, why community and collaboration lie at the core of Tech Open Air and where the team is taking it in the future.
47:49
July 11, 2017