Berlin Calling: DACH Gathering
20 June 2016 - Impact Hub

Berlin Calling: DACH Gathering

First off, what is DACH? DACH countries refer to Germany (D), Austria (A) and Switzerland (CH).
The DACH Gathering is an opportunity for German speaking Impact Hubs to come together, learn from each other, exchange opportunities, and importantly – relax together.
It started off because a couple of Impact Hub founders wanted to go on holiday together, but talk about work at the same time (die hard entrepreneurs!). The tradition has carried on today, and this year the legendary DACH Gathering welcomed 35+ Makers from Impact Hub Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Zurich and Amsterdam (wildcard).
Hosted by the Helga Breuninger Foundation in the beautiful town of Paretz, it was amazing to be hosted in a space that lived the same values as Impact Hub (sustainable, actively hosted, socially impactful), but in a rural setting. Breuninger’s mission was to create places where people do not have to defend their positions, but rather places that invite participants to arrive on an equal footing and without fear to learn from each other. And very important: Breuninger believes that those driving positive system change need a protected space in which they can reflect on their critical processes together. Understanding that change makers often burnout, the Paretz Foundation provides a space for relaxation and reflection.
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Over a long weekend, we covered topics including:

  • How can Impact Hubs address inequality through placemaking?
  • How can we truly live our Impact Hub values, from management to supply chains?
  • How can Impact Hubs contribute to the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals?
  • How can we improve our CRM systems for collaborative working?
  • How can we develop innovative salary and review mechanisms?

Through a combination of open space, one-on-one time, and fireside chats – it was a lot of ground that we covered, but at the same time it felt like a place we could have fun together.
A critical learning from the DACH Gathering was that Helga Breuninger was right: magic can come out of the relaxation spaces, as much as the work spaces. Photo evidence below…
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Tobias Hipp (Paretz Foundation) taking a lake selfie with some Makers


#HubLove from Impact Hub Vienna to Nele


Cap it all off with boat time!

Helga Breuninger Foundation

The Helga Breuninger Stiftung GmbH focuses on innovation in education to solve deep global challenges. You can read more about projects they’ve supported here and guidelines on funding here.