Sören Stamer grew up on a family farm in northern Germany with three siblings, a big family and a wonderful dog named Tim. Sören loved to work on the farm, but even more than that, he loved to learn. So he decided to study business administration and computer science at the University of Hamburg. And to pay his bills as a student he decided to found a small company.
His second company followed three years later close to the end of his studies in April 1996. Blessed of enthusiasm and without much of a clue how to run a company, he co-founded CoreMedia (www.coremedia.com), an Internet software company, with two of his computer science professors and a fellow computer scientist.
Sören was somehow destined to be the CEO of the company due to his "background" in business administration. His lack of experience was somehow mitigated by his curiosity and ability to learn fast. And this proved to be a good combination in a highly dynamic market. With Sören at the helm for the past 13 years, CoreMedia became a global provider of Digital Media Software powering demanding portals like www.vancouver2010.com.
In a quest to create a better and more human place to work which fosters creativity and helps people to learn faster collectively, Sören decided to let go and fully embrace the web 2.0 paradigm with CoreMedia. So the company got rid of static hierarchies and made intensive use of self-organization. Based on his experience, Sören became an Enterprise 2.0 evangelist and shared his experience through the book "Enterprise 2.0 - The Art of Letting Go" (www.art-of-letting-go.com) that he co-edited with one of his colleagues at CoreMedia.
Sören believes in the transforming value of successful communication. As a member of the German IT Summit of Chancellor Angela Merkel he co-founded the initiative DNAdigital (www.dnadigital.de) to start a fruitful dialog between CEOs of large enterprises and Digital Natives.
He is married and lives in San Francisco.
The transforming power of massive networking, self-organization, economic models that work with abundance instead of scarcity
A wonderful way to start a conference, an open space workshop or a meeting with many people:
1. Ask everyone to find another person in the room that they don't know yet.
2. Invited them to interview each other for 5 to 10 minutes about a personal question (e.g. what was your most beautiful mistake? Who would you like to be if you weren't the one you are?)
3. Invite everyone to write the essence of the interview on a piece of paper and pin it on a wall.
After 15-20 minutes the room is full of ideas, energy and joy.
The transforming power of micro-blogging and Open Spaces plus the art of letting go in an Enterprise 2.0. Business models in a world of abundance.
...driving tractors, knocking things over and making kids laugh.
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