Member Missions is a video series developed in cooperation with Factory Berlin members that embody our brand values of innovation, creativity, diversity and development. Through the series, which can be seen on our website, social media channels, and the screens in our buildings, they’ve shared with us their visions for the future, how they are each committed to creating change, and what it takes to turn the next page.
Member since January 2018
After working at his “dream 9-5 job”, Jonathan spent a year stuck in an identity crisis, until his life was changed by 5 things: Therapy, Journaling, Community, The Law of Attraction and Self-Love. Committing to those things lead him to the realization that his life’s mission is to help people realise their potential. Now, he is doing just that, as a coach and founder of the Scribe App.
“I think empathy and compassion is something that everybody in society needs to have much much more of. Much much more of. We’ve got a lot of work to do, and that’s why I know that this is my life’s work – because it’s going to take one life in order to just move this needle even half a percent in the right direction. I want to see a society that takes themselves seriously and [says], “I will be happy today. I will go and do something.” I am dedicating my life to helping people better understand themselves so they can open their minds up and change themselves for the better.”
Member since August 2016
Jazmin is a transformational coach, consultant, TEDx speaker, entrepreneur, and performance artist. With her lively, inviting & entrepreneurial spirit she supports individuals and companies, encouraging them to examine the depths within themselves, become aware of their limitations and structures, and unleash their inner potential.
“My mission is to transcend all that limits humanity. I think it’s important that all human beings can connect to their true selves, to their higher selves, and be able to embrace the gifts that they have. If people were able to move beyond their fears and their insecurities, then people would have the ability to live out their potential. And it’s not about being completely fearless, but it’s about moving beyond that.”
Member since May 2018
Dirk was born in a country that doesn’t exist anymore. That taught him early on that we can change anything for the better – even the things we take for granted. When he is not busy helping speakers create engaging pitches with stories or developing new innovations and entrepreneurship programs for companies, he travels the world, finding inspiration in foreign cultures or enjoys a day by the sea to recover from it all. As a world citizen at heart, he is known for his never ending smile and kindness to his peers.
“As an innovation adviser and pitch coach for startups and corporations, I believe in a future where entrepreneurship programs are available at scale to everyone and the best ideas spread through engaging stories. We all carry our best work already inside of us, and the internet can help us turn our ideas into reality no matter where we live, and no matter what we are doing. Online entrepreneurship programs that focus on connecting innovators and shipping real work will become an important platform to solve more problems and allow us to make the change we seek in our communities.”
Member since May 2018
As a co-founder of the nutrition startup The Temple, Alain combines his penchant for business with a lifelong passion for nutrition, technology, and sports. In 2016, he founded the NGO Tuk Tuk Cartel – a charity that partners with local organizations to empower innovative projects in developing countries. Having visited over 105 countries to-date and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, Alain shows no signs of slowing down.
“We are living in a very exciting era. People become more aware of what they eat, how they move, and how they live. And even though we are interconnected, there is still a gap between our lifestyle goals and the reality. It is my vision to leave a mark in this world via a healthy nutrition and lifestyle solution.”
Member since December 2017
Xavier has been coordinating the MakeSense Berlin community since 2017. He is dedicated to fostering the local social entrepreneurship scene by connecting social entrepreneurs with talents, companies, and each other. He is also the lead organizer of the SenseCamp conference, and a mentor for impact-driven projects and startups. A global citizen himself, Xavier has lived in France, the UK, Argentina and Spain before settling down in Berlin.
“My vision is that of a world where entrepreneurship will be driven by altruism rather than by self-interests. Where communities of innovators will be working towards solutions that can eliminate poverty and preserve the planet, and make this world a better place for everyone.”
Member August 2017
Narta is a multidisciplinary designer, core member of our Designers Circle, and founder of the creative collective MAFFIN Design. Splitting her time between branding projects, digital design, and physical design (architecture), she has created a truly unique career for herself, not shying away from the opportunities offered by the road less traveled.
“There are endless opportunities out there that we can only seize if we work together, by sharing valuable skills and supporting each other. Competition is outdated, and collective efforts are the future. I strongly believe that anyone has the power to design their own future and environment – to do something about the things they want to change. Life is a game with no pauses. Every day, we must get up and play.”
Member since February 2018
Parag manifests our values of creativity and innovation by combining his passion for the arts and technology. As a “tinkerer” at Next Big Thing and an improv actor at Scratch Theater, Parag is a multidisciplinary, committed to creating what has yet to exist – his projects are very likely to be the next big thing.
“My dream is to leave some trails of impact – social or technological – wherever I live or travel. I hope to continue sharing the knowledge that I have (whether it’s about building a social network of IoT devices or how to play a fantastic 8-armed sea creature in an improvised theater show) and to learn and improve from the same people in return. In the end, if I can look at the world and say, ” hmm… Things seem to be looking good – not just for this generation, but for the next,” I know my minuscule efforts somewhere must have had an impact.”
Member since December 2017
With the online magazine #kämpfergeist, Simon collects and shares inspiring stories to foster a positive mindset in adolescents. He developed the idea while working for two years as a Teach First Fellow in a low-income community school in Cologne. Simon also founded the social startup VENSENYA, producing diverse entertainment-education storytelling formats.
“I want to unleash the potential of disadvantaged adolescents by changing their mindset from ‘I can’t do it’ to ‘I can face the challenge’, through touching stories and inspiring role models.”