JellyWeek2012;AMBASSADORS interviews #05

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Julianne Becker, Germany

1) Could you introduce yourself?

Hello there,

I am Julianne Becker, orginally from the US, but migrated to Berlin a year and a half ago after 5 years in Vietnam. I am a filmmaker – experimental and documentary – communicator, project developer and manager, often involved in quite creative works.

I first entered the coworking realm in May 2011, when I met Joel Dullroy and Carsten Foertsch founders of Deskmag/Deskwanted. Since then I have had a quick introduction into this exciting new development in the way people organize their professional lives. A new movement which seems to have spontaneously self-ignited at the same time all around the world. It has been severely interesting to see how these people have discovered each other, and are instantly fascinated with each other’s concepts and models, and a pleasure to see how open the community is to share all of their knowledge.

2) Please tell us about your coworking space?

I work for Deskwanted and Deskmag, both of which work to provide tools and information that people need in order to run their space. Additionally we conduct research into this new field through interviews and surveys, which have been cited heavily by external press.

3) Do you have some special plans (events) during worldwide jelly week?

YES! We work within the YouIsNow Lab, a sort of incubator of Immobielien Scout 24 – the largest online real-estate agency in the German language. We are working to also create some flexible desks in the space – as coworking is where our hearts are. Jelly week provides the perfect opportunity to test-run the idea with our fellow start-ups in the Lab, and a chance to have the Lab’s first event – a Start-up Usability Fix – in the evening.

Along with this, I am planning to visit coworking spaces in central Germany as a representative of Jellyweek and Deskwanted/Deskmag. during the tour I will collect ideas for a presentation Deskmag has been asked to give to the German Ministry of Economics on the Coworking trend.

4) What is your unique points to improve community relations? / How do you improve community relations?

I work online and try to connect with as many space operators as possible. i am working to eventually make global networking and sharing between the spaces easy and helpful.

5) please tell us your references you got the above skills to manage community.

I have been a storyteller and a communicator for over 10 years now. Networking is a natural for me, and transferring this to the web was an easy transition. I keep up with new communications technology.

I also coordinated Social Media Week Berlin 2010, and here I learned A LOT.
Everyday you learn something new.

6) Generally, do you organize weekly and monthly events at your space? (ex, Friday-jelly, Sunday-reading club)

This will be the first event in our new space (we moved in October).
Outside of this, I plan many events – large and small – mostly cultural, but also tech related – as in the Social Media Week – we had over 6,000 registrations – and themes ranging from culture, society, politics, business, and technology.

7) Let us know the most exciting project for you launched from coworking space.

Social Media Week Berlin 2010 for sure!

8)What is the most interesting as a space owner/ communication manager?

It seems to me that if a space has the capacity to do so, it works well to have a person who gets to now all of the coworkers on the space, and that can work as a bridge between them – easily identifying the needs and skill sets available in their space.

Along with this direct approach, spaces that hold many events create even larger communities around them – see our next article in Deskmag which dissects the statistics of this.

9) Your visions and hope for coworking in the future.

That it continues to grow, and that people are able to utilize this amazing network of independent workers in ways that we can’t even dream of yet.

10) Let me add a few words to conclude.

Thanks for the opportunity – let me know if you have more questions!

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