How often do you go a different way to work or school?
How often do you eat at a different restaurant or try a drink other than your ‘usual’? How often do you think outside the box? Too often we get caught in futile patterns and developed habits, limiting our creativity and free thinking. Here at Impact Hub we believe that understanding our patterns brings us closer to a society driven by collaboration, openness, trust & fairness.
Breaking Patterns is a festival that celebrates and encourages thinking differently. More than 170 participants took part in presentations, workshops and exhibitions which forced them to use a part of their brain that is usually tucked away and resting in a corner.
We pulled together the best presenters and exhibitors from a range of topics, including virtual reality, blockchain technology, leadership, economic growth, diversity and the way we work. We used a variety of locations throughout the 7th district in Vienna to stimulate conversation, challenge frameworks and foster positive development.
Throughout the course of the event, participants could chose attend sessions that stimulated them. First up was the choice between financial technology (blockchain technology) and an intriguingly titled session ‘Burning out? – From fucking yourself up to effectively achieving your goals’. Shermin Voshmgir, founder of BlockchainHub talked about what Blockchain was and how a decentralized web is the way forward, challenging the old system of technology where the server is King and instead implement a system where information is verified by a peer-to-peer network.
Over in Grinberg Practice, Veronika Fiegl a senior trainer of the Grinberg Method, taught us how to listen to your body to change your life patterns.
Later in the afternoon reality was brought home to participants in the (My Virtual) Reality session, when they viewed a video report by Austrian daily newspaper Wiener Zeitung. The report showed life in the Lebanese refugee camp Moussa Taleb not far from the Syrian border and introduced us to teenagers Aysha and Abdallah. After this report, participants were able to meet and speak with Adib that lives in a shared flat for refugees in “Magdas Hotel”.
We discussed diversity with experts across the fields of education, LGBTIQ, age, migration, homelessness. We talked about why it is important to break down the silos and have real conversations to break down prejudices and disintegration that lead to polarization and conflict.
Presenters Elena, Markus and Tobias talked about working within new management structures and practices and how this can enhance our work. This is a break from the traditional employment and structure and encourages employees to work better together.
During the entertaining and humorous presentation by Tomáš Sedláček, he discussed empty promises and unfulfilled desires leading to multiple depressive elements of growth-capitalism. You can view the live stream of this chat on Facebook.
Amongst all these sessions participants were able to wander through our space and view the Breaking Patterns exhibition, put on by 4 talented artists, as well as an installation by Sebastian Rahs and Rainer Wachter of Woodsaw.
Veronika is a senior trainer of the Grinberg Method and teaches listening to your body to change your life patterns. Attention to your body gives you the possibility to notice your plugged-in routines regarding your behaviour, feelings and thinking. This conciousness makes it possible to move out of your classic ways and discover life in new ways.
The author of The Economics of Good and Evil, where he shatters the paradigm that economics is not about mathematical interpretations of consumer and market behaviour, but in fact a more fundamental and visceral question of ethics.
dept. Editor in Chief with the Austrian daily newspaper “Wiener Zeitung”. He has filed stories from New York in the aftermath of 9-11 and crossed the border to Afghanistan on 10-11 where he reported the fall of the Taliban from Kabul. Seifert reported the war in Iraq from Baghdad in March/April 1999. He ist he co-author of „Schwarzbuch Öl“ („The Black Book on Oil“), which was a bestseller and was translated into Arabic, Italian, Dutch and Spanish. Another focus has been the war in Syria, he has covered the refugee-crisis.
Elena has very diverse experiences in several fields of sharing-culture and other sustainability projects. She is member of the www.foodsharing.de team that made this grassroot movement possible. She started her own projects like www.thejamble.com encouraging collaboration around great ideas and an balloon art collective www.baloomination.de. In her creative and conceptual work she needs open and flexible structures – that she found at Premium.
An applied and artistic photographer. His work seeks to interact with people on a stronger more visceral level, in order to engage with some of our more frightening emotions. For example, in his ‘Next Generation’ series he seeks to engage people in a conversation about their digital personas and where we find it valuable to spend our time. You can see his work here.
asks us to really engage in the fabric of everyday life and what existence is. What is our relationship to things and each other? Check out her work here.
Markus is operational director at TELE – thinker, chatterbox, implementer. A toolmaker by education, organisational developer and web solution architect, construction planner and SAP-Coordinator, consultant, founder, change manager – he works as a operational director and main Co-Shaper on the development of the “Organization of the future” at TELE.
Pauline Louise Noemi Jocher’s work revolves around details and extraordinary surfaces. Organic inspired structures build the fundament. The goal is not to depict the subjects as they are, rather as PLNJ imagines them in perfection. Check out her work here.
Teach for Austria Fellow
Michael Fellner works as a teacher for the NPO Teach For Austria at a secondary school in a low-income community. Michael studied Business Administration and has a business background and no degree in teaching. With his project class he and the team teachers he works with aim to foster the integration of 15 year olds – a challenge in which patterns eventually need to be broken.
Teach for Austria Fellow
With a bachelor in International Development and a background in filmmaking, Lennart Reymann started 2014 as a Teach For Austria Fellow in the Polytechnische Schule Im Zentrum (prevocational school). In 2015 he initiated a project class, focused on language acquisition in a practically relevant framework established by a student company
The founder of BlockchainHub and runs BlockchainHub Berlin. She is on the advisory board of the Estonian e-residency program, a curator of theDAO and regularly speaks at conferences and consults on Blockchains & Smart Contracts. Shermin did her PhD in IT-Management at the Vienna University of Economics, where she used to work as an assistant professor and currently lectures blockchain related topics. Furthermore she studied film and drama in Madrid. Her past work experience ranges from internet start-ups, IT consulting & filmmaking. Among others her films have screened in Cannes and at dOCUMENTA.
Barbara Moura is a full time dreamer and illustrator based in Vienna. The main subjects of her illustrations are usually feminism, sexuality, world problems or emotional struggles, often personalised by self-portraits. View her portfolio online here.
Member of Queer Business Women
Katharina is part of the Queer Business Women. Their goal is to make lesbian, bisexual and queer women more visible in the workplace and to highlight the fact that the sexual orientation is not a private issue, but part of everyone’s identity. As a Master’s student of Gender Studies, Katharina especially wants to de-essentialize the representation of lesbians; queer women, just like straight people all have different lifestyles and exist in all places of society. Find out more about the Queer Business Women and their projects here.
founder of ShiftYard. ShiftYard‘s vision is enabling people to co-create the future of organizations through entrepreneurial action. To achieve this Tobias supports innovation teams in designing new products and services, equipped with “innovation & productivity hacks” and inspired by start-ups and Silicon Valley Giants. His clients range from big corporations to start-up incubators.
writer, university lecturer and contemporary dancer in Vienna.
He is a co-founder of the „Economy for the Common Good“ and the project „Bank for the Common Good“. Several bestsellers: „Let’s save the Euro!“, „Change everything. Creating an Economy for the Common Good“ and „Money. The new rules of the game“, which was awarded the getAbstract International Book Award 2014. Christian is a regular collaborator of the Huffington Post.
Founder of SHADES TOURS
SHADES TOURS organizes tours and activities with homeless people in Vienna, which empowers them with employment to escape homelessness. On the other hand, participants such as children, students, adults, companies and tourists gain insightful knowledge, which makes them strive for a change within society. SHADES TOURS stands for socio-political civil education and employment for homeless people. +++ The SHADES TOURS are “Inspirational. Informative. Touching. Eye opening.” And for some even a life-changing experience ++++
A social entrepreneur with a focus on disaster management and migration. He worked with International NGOs on first response programs in the MENA region and supported local NGO’s to develop their work scale to meet international fund operation requirements as a co-founder of the regional technical team METST. Ahmad created a tool called Household Hunger Scale that supports the discovery of the most vulnerable families in areas that are affected of man-made or natural disasters to define the urgent needs and respond fast and properly. Since he moved from Damascus, Syria to Vienna, Austria he among others works with the social project Younited Cultures on #ReBrandingMigrants to show the positive side on migration.
Younited Cultures aims to re-brand migration by showing its positive side through migrant role-models. We promote im/migrants by telling their success stories and transforming them into high quality scarves that anyone can wear and tell about. Wear a story too!
While we strive to bring as many stories out into society, we have created the „Celebrate Migration“ scarf as a symbol of migration, a symbol that is meant to speak for all our untold stories of success. This symbol makes visible the beauty and the positive effects of cultural diversity. Join our movement!