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When the speed goes up and the creative flow is rolling.. then the mess and concept ideas are all over the room! Kadaver have a lot of interesting project in the making and a very interesting trip to Shanghai – very soon! – Here is a photo showing how a table look like during these times!

Creative office space chaotic

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We were so lucky to have Uffe Elbæk visiting the office today. An informal coffee invitation can take many directions and nobody knows where it will end before it is tried out. The “sharing spirit” that lives in Kadaver stems from our educational background and personal world views. By having the coffee with Uffe it was evident where the Kaospilot sharing spirit really stems from! Ideas, concepts and potential partners was shared during the coffee and again Network is a key word.

We are now very much looking forward reading the book that Uffe Elbæk just wrote, Ledelse på Kanten. There should be some relevant stories for us. Check out the book here: Ledelse på Kanten

Ledelse på kanten af uffe elbæk

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Yes! It is now possible to subscribe to our blog! I like the simple way wordpress blogs are made. By a simple click you at the “email subscription bottom” you will recieve an email every time a new blog post is made. For the true follower of this blog, you will notice that it´s not that often… but still once in a while! we are still developing our blogging skills and stile! – please feel free to help us along the way, if you have any hint you think we should check out!

The spring time is here! And we can return to host meetings in the sunshine!

Scrum morning meeting

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Dear all the beautiful people who attended our reception Friday. Thank you for your contribution to an unforgettable experience we had a blast and it was truly fantastic to see all the happy faces.

The office was packed with engaged and smiling people both people we know but also people we had not met before which made the day even better. Meeting new people is one of our habits.

We check out by inviting you all for a cup of coffee whenever you feel like it.

Hugs and kisses

KADAVER


Here Jacob is serving 3 of the nearly 300 sausages that was consumed during the day!
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Here you can see our nearly 2 meters long Champagne cooler, filled with snow and ice.

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Dear Blog Reader

You are hereby invited to the opening of our dear office at Solitudevej 1 in Copenhagen. We have been here for about half a year now and it is about time we celebrate the birth of our dear office fellowship.
Drop by from 1 o’clock pm the 26th of February and join the celebration. We will start out with a formal set-up with wine and snacks and let the day last for as long as we like.

Kadaver is on the roll with different projects now and we are pleased to announce that we have a sustainable platform for the future to kick in. We are 4 KaosPilots striving for fulfilling our dreams and time has shown that this approach is paying of.
Together with Kadaver at Solitudevej we have Thomas Nymann studying Entrepreneurial Design at the business school KEA in Copenhagen. He is our partner in crime and our beloved friend and sparring partner. Thomas and Jacob (Kadaver) has a company together called bybird making social interaction.

All this we would like to celebrate together with you and all the others we like to hang out with. Jump in your best outfit and come and talk, hug and smile with us!

We really hope to see you at Solitudevej 1, 2200 Cph. N the 26th of February 2010.

From the gang of five:

Anders, Søren, Thomas, Jacob and Johannes.

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Kadaver had the pleasure last week to participate in a workshop facilitated by the Freemium master Peter Froberg. Peter used a business plan development model, developed by Alexander Osterwalder to teach from. The work had two main focus areas, firstly to investigate what business model Kadaver is working out from and how it can improve. The second focus was to help Peter develop his approach to teach based on the model.
When the day ended we had been through a lot of brainstorming, developing, idea generating, business talks, discussions, frustrations and clarity!

The template that Peter was teaching from took care of areas as; what the company is offering, how we connect with our partners and costumer segments, our distribution channels, the income and cash flow, our resources, various activities and expenses. The template has a visual touch that makes it obvious use many of the brainstorming tools that Kadaver are familiar with from the Kaospilot education.

In the evaluation of the day, we could conclude that Peters skills in teaching about business models are of high quality! He is very good to give examples of how different companies are already using various business models and by doing that inspire to create further development of our own business.

In the establishment of Kadaver we have been pretty inspired from the tools that Start Up Company are teaching from. David Madié are using what he calls the Start Up Wheel, and with that in mind, the Alexander Osterwalder model was a very good inspiration.

It will be a model to return to here at the office, in order to see what areas we need to focus on in the future.

Here are photos of Peter teaching at Solitudevej 1.  – thank you!

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When listening to the complains and wishes for our future and the development of society I often experience a tendency to want something “new” or “different”. The approach is most likely based on -what we got, is NOT good enough- and then followed up by a passive “reaction”. I am not sure rather you can actually call it a “reaction”, when nothing happens and the expectation is; that either politicians or “someone ells” should DO SOMETHING. not just anything – but something! the right thing, not the wrong thing – as “they” always do… hhhmmm ?

If you have gone traveling for sometime, the experience of this tendency is extremely interesting. Be course returning from a situation where the conditions are worse than the “normal” situation, the “normal” suddenly seems to be good. And not as first thought off, bad. Now why are these late nights reflections interesting? my curiosity lays with considering what steps should we/I/you and Kadaver take in order to make this reflection happen for every body – with out including the travel – ?? If you have any tips or ideas I would be more than happy to hear your reflections. And of course we can take the conversation with coffee. You are welcome at the office.

This is how the office looks like after a full day of preparing and developing!
"le office"

/Søren

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Going green is a popular trend in these days. Specially in Copenhagen now the COP15 is running close. Kadaver has for the past been known for having a good and healthy traditionally lunch. Danish “rugbrød” with various of meet layers and of course a lot of topping!
To day we tried to join the wave of the “green”. A fresh salad for lunch was our introduction to the more “green minded living”. I even snapped a photo of it before eating it. It was a delightful dish and I must say that I enjoyed it. – even though I am not proud to say so.. it have been a brand for specially Johannes and I to eat Rugbrød and Leverpostej for lunch during our time at the Kaospilot. Changing a brand is always a hard one! We managed today, and now the interesting aspect is to see if we can keep it.
I always get so fascinated when shopping food, there are so many possibilities to choose between. And so much I don´t choose! And that makes me wonder what you are having for lunch these days?

Enjoy your day! and enjoy your lunch!

/Søren

Kadaver goes green web 1

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Until the end of May we, the four members of Kadaver, were proud students at the Danish based education, The Kaospilots. It is to a large extend because of the school’s influence on us and the things we were taught there, we are finding ourselves in a situation as partners in our own company – Kadaver
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Through the three years of education we have been asked numerous times what The Kaospilots are taught, what they can do and what we would end up with when the educational program was concluded. Some months after our graduation it might be time to come up with an answer and maybe even some reflections about what we, through me Jacob, believe was essential for our stay.

To start somewhere I can tell you what the school communicates to the world. It is also what caught our attention in the beginning, so maybe it is a good place to start. The school works to educate young people (20-30 year olds -‘ish) in the fields of business-, process-, and project-design. What comes out in the end is; project leaders, entrepreneurs and consultants. But what made the school appealing to us was the element of combining these traits with social innovation, sustainability and cultural diversity. I guess if it had not been for these elements the school’s curriculum could resemble any other business school’s. I believe that it is in the combination in a traditional business-like aspects like marketing, management and branding with the before mentioned social responsible aspects that the school becomes truly relevant for both us and hopefully the world.

What I believe is most relevant for us as a company is the way that the school has given us the feeling that we can really make a difference. So without hesitation we can declare that we are on a mission to save the world – no more, no less…

Mind the gap

One of the things I remember from the last couple of semesters at school are the talks we had on what will happen on the other side – I think we called it the gap. What I know now is that the school has helped making the transition from student to a professional life easier than I thought it would be. Because what we have done in the last three years and the project that we have been engaged in has been as close to being what we are facing right now.

In growing up I remember the focus that was on my generation – born in the eighties. We were pretty much the smallest generations in many many years. That, I was told, meant that I could pretty much choose my career and eventually my job – no questions asked. I think this whole notion followed me to the Kaospilots. But then the economic crises struck and the jobs that I wanted and the projects that I wanted to work on decreased. In that situation I am also grateful to the school. I think I could have panicked, but I believe that the school has made it possible for me to adapt to a new situation even one as vast as the current global economic climate. When we started Kadaver we knew and was told numerous times that we could not have picked a worse time to start a company and especially not one that focused on soft values when everybody else was focusing on bottom-lines. We did anyway, because we saw and still see potential – maybe now in different areas than we did two years ago. That way of handling changes is undoubtedly one of the core capabilities of the Kaospilots.

And when it comes to capabilities I remember I was once told that I had an “interesting” profile. That was to a large extend because of my educational background. This happened when looking for an internship position I naturally asked what she meant by this. I did not get a reply, but I think that I have some thoughts on what the core capabilities of a Kaospilot is. First and foremost this is my thoughts and that is one of the beautiful things about the way the school teaches – it is up to the individual student to focus on what they find relevant, essential and engaging either during their stay at school or after graduation. That makes for a diverse group of graduates both in terms of professional capabilities and – due to the application workshop – personality.

In figuring out what I believe the Kaospilots can do I have both looked on, well, myself but also the three other Kaospilots that have chosen to spend their everyday with me. We recently carried out an assignment that I feel underlined what we and other Kaospilots do best. The result of the assignment is posted somewhere below this post. I know that we chose to deal with the assignment alternatively, creatively and innovative… Blah, Blah, Blah… Those terms are about as in-concrete as they get! What we did was focus on people. We got under their skin and appealed to them right there and then. We communicated in a simple way that did not take a five year degree in communication to understand. And that I believe is a great trait. That comes from a combination of being taught both elements of anthropology and sociology, but most relevantly that their lies infinite potential in all people. That last ability is largely due to be slapped around with the sentence “natural, creative, resourceful and whole” – referring to people in general. So Thanks Paul... You might just be right.
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Another thing I noticed and deeply appreciated during the project happened on the day of the event. The event was depended on a lot of things that was completely out of our hands. For instance rain would have been a pretty destructive force to deal with – there was pretty much nothing we could do but wait for the weather forecast and then decide on a plan B. Luckily the sun was out on the day, so nothing had to change. Something on the other hand did change that day. We where informed that the town square would be ours on the day and that no one else would be there. Then 30 minutes before we where to execute the assignment 3 massive lorries rolled up… For a second we thought everything would collapse as they where to put up three tent and crane. That would ruin the picture. What I noticed was Søren, who is sitting across the room from me right now. He walked up to the different lorry-drivers and asked them if they could move their stuff to different locations and please be done in 30 minutes… A pretty bold move but it worked – they moved their stuff and left us with a window of 45 minutes to execute two event, which meant 30 minutes less than we had anticipated… And this is where one of the capabilities of the Kaospilots kicks in. Not only did we take the new circumstances into consideration I also believe that they and our handling helped make the event and the documentation even better. That situation was about change ready-ness and no one does it better.

I think this is a post that I will keep building on, as more stuff regarding the school will undoubtedly put up along the way.

Jacob Klintrup

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What is 350?
350 is the number that leading scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide—measured in “Parts Per Million” in our atmosphere. 350 PPM—it’s the number humanity needs to get back to as soon as possible to avoid runaway climate change.” see more –> here

Hear Bill Mckibben Author of Deep Economy and co-founders of 350.org explain the need for taking this campaign serious. click –> here

The preparation for the 350 events have been running for some time now. More than 4000 events will take place on the action day October 24. The 350.org states that the “mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis—to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet
And how are they doing it? – through the web site www.350.org you are able to sign up for participating. You can register your own participation and that has lead to 170 different host countries. Further more they have made it possible for you to print out the logo – 350 – in the right font and stencil, which leads to projects of awareness like these:

first one is the back of my own bike, where the numbers 350 constantly are visible for the public. I have had some curious questions towards the number and other forms for thumbs up during my rides around Copenhagen city.

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This second photo is the window of our beloved office at Solitudevej 1 Copenhagen, where 2 plates of 350 is hanging in the window.
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The last one is found on the internet, a “green” way of creating graffiti. I am sure Claus Bondam thinks this is “the alright form for street art” as he express in Politiken October 13.
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The small things happening around the city brings awareness towards 350. I am looking forward to see the end result on October 24th.

Here is a A video giving some great insight on the campaign.

/Søren

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In our efforts to create meaning and alternative ways of exposure of the good cause we, along with many others, have stumbled upon the concept of Flash Mobs. To those of you who don’t know of the concept here is a quick introduction. A Flash Mob is an event were a large crowd assembles in the public space. They then perform a brief and sudden action that is out of the ordinary. They then leave the premises as if nothing has happened. That is the short version of what the concept is. What we believe should be added to this definition is documentation. Although a Flash Mob event can reach a large audience at crowded locations it has an even bigger potential in viral life online in the form of a video. It is therefore essential that the event is covered by a crew of cameramen and possibly also by audio recordings. That will create a far longer life of the Flash Mob and that is very interesting.

What we find incredibly interesting is combining a Flash Mob with a purpose that is more than the creative disturbance. And as our company focuses on the good cause – that is what we aim to promote and create attention around by utilizing the potential that lies within Flash Mobs.

And in a few weeks we will have the first example of a Flash Mob with a purpose created by us… When ready the documentation will naturally be present at this page.

Jacob

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All my dreams have come true. I thought I was lost. I thought I was bound to be a little boy constantly trying to become a big bearded man. I wanna be every woman’s desire for manhood and masculinity. And now I have found my golden opportunity for fulfilling my inner dream, my need to be something more. I have found the mug of joy!

These mugs are most certainly going to be Kadaver’s office coffee containers always bringing smiles and mustaches on our lips. I can’t wait to serve coffee for a client a cold and windy autumn day.

I say thanks to the designer Peter Ibruegger and thanks to you for being a reader of this blog!

Joe

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This blog has been in the air for quite some time and nothing has happened – for that, sorry… We, Kadaver hereby promise that from this point on this blog will be filled with inspiration and thoughts from us the four members of Kadaver – Søren, Anders, Johannes and Jacob.

We will take turn in writing on this page to give you an insight in what happens in the heads of the four partners of Kadaver.  Through our work we are often inspired by the works of others. That inspiration we wish to share with you, the visitor of this page. So that will be the foundation of of this page, inspiration. Both in terms of what moves us on an individual level but first and foremost what moves Kadaver. This will be a way of keeping track of us for those of you that are not able to stop by the office on Solitudevej on Nørrebro.

As our company has a focus on sustainability, social innovation and in general the good cause – that will also be some of the subject that we will write about on this blog. And naturally everything else that we stumble upon.

Enjoy the read and please drop by if you are in the area.

Kadaver

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