My second visit to Berlin is haunting me. I think I’m glimpsing our collective future here. The evidence wasn’t in the obvious things—the daring architecture and rebuilt Potsdamer Platz, site of the old wall—but in the corners and crevasses, the young people, and the Michelberger Hotel!
Rachel Smith (Grove Director of Digital Facilitation), Gisela Wendling (our new Grove Director of Global Learning and a native of the area near Cologne), and I were in Berlin for The Grove’s Advanced Visual Facilitation Workshop, scheduled to coincide with the EuroViz conference the following week. (We're repeating in August in SF FYI). Thanks to Guido Neuland, one of the co-sponsors of EuroViz, we landed at the Michelberger Hotel, an extraordinarily imaginative place built by and for young people into the music and art scene. Here’s a composite picture of the bar and one of the many art installations.
We landed the night of the big game between Germany and Argentina, and got to watch it packed into this same bar area. Image a hi def screen at the far end and every inch filled with excited young Berliners. We didn’t get much sleep that night. The city was in fugue.