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Liu Yan
CEO/Co-founder of Xindanwei Coworking Space (Shanghai)

Liu Yan is an advocate of cross-culture and cross discipline exchange, a social entrepreneur and a community organizer. Working primarily as the CEO and cofounder of Xindanwei, a co-working community and one of the leading creative centers in Shanghai which promotes and facilitates creativity, sharing and collaboration, she speaks regularly at international conferences such as Skoll World Forum and TEDx on social entrepreneurship, innovation and social media. She served as the jury member of Prix Ars Electronica 2011-2012, one of the most premium international award for digital art and community project. And she is the mentor of ESCEL China, a fully-subsidized incubation program for entrepreneurs looking to build or expand a social business in greater China.

Liu Yan’s educational background is predominantly in Arts Management and Marketing with a breadth in cultural and creative entrepreneurial study and practices. As an independent consultant and lecturer in the Netherlands from 2003-2007 prior to her return to China, she served as advisory board member on cultural entrepreneurship for the city municipal of Utrecht, and worked as the advisor of the China program of Dutch Electronic Arts Festival(DEAF), an international and interdisciplinary biennial that focuses on art, technology and society, and has curated and organized the Creative Cross China & Europe conference for Picnic, Amsterdam’s leading annual international event, highlighting creativity and innovation.

刘妍,“新单位”的联合创始人,首席执行官。荷兰乌特勒支艺术学院艺术管理硕士,英国市场营销学会特许营销师。曾创立荷兰大同创意产业平台,活跃于中国与欧洲之间的文化交流与创意产业链接领域,先后担任过荷兰乌特勒支市政府文化厅文化教育项目资深顾问,荷兰V2的DEAF电子艺术双年展和欧洲最大创意产业盛会“野餐会”特邀顾问与策展人,中国中央美术学院和荷兰乌特勒支艺术学院等大学的客座教授和研究员。自2008年四月起移居回国后在上海联合组建三术沙龙,以不同背景和专业创意人员和学生为对象的开展跨界交流活动。2009年初在上海联合创建共享式工作空间与平台-“新单位”,支持和促进更深远意义上的知识共享,开放式创新与跨界合作。

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“Sometimes you have to travel far to find home” (My Thnk Experience – 1)

When I stood with a group of 30 “creative leaders” in circle to practice Qi Gong in the westerpark of Amsterdam with my boots half soaked in the morning dew, I was both entertained… Read More
“Sometimes you have to travel far to find home” (My Thnk Experience – 1)

When I stood with a group of 30 “creative leaders” in circle to practice Qi Gong in the westerpark of Amsterdam with my boots half soaked in the morning dew, I was both entertained and amazed: Am I just traveling half around the globe to learn Chinese Qi Gong (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qigong) which seems comprising no more than standing and waving like a tree, holding an invisible balloon or water melon, and walking backward like all the old couples in my neighborhood parks?

This is the daily “body and mind” early morning exercises of THNK(www.thnk.org) – the Amsterdam school of Creative Leaderships, a program I was invited to attend as the founding participant and help to re-shape: “We build our airplane as we fly it” as the faculty staff repeated several times modestly during the entire week. And I love every bit of it!

Let’s start with the most scary part of it: “Everyone walk around in the room naked or half naked holding a mirror reflecting one another.” Of course I don’t mean the real nudity as you see in the nude beach ( that would be good, actually), this is the self reflection and peer reflection process everyone must go through to establish the real mind connection, trust and honesty. We started with the wadlopen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mudflat_hiking) in the wetsuit feel like hi jacket, a hiking tour of 4.5 hours in the mud of north sea. I mentally and physically rejected this exercise as I have asthma and I have done it 10 years ago, so I decided to skip it within 200 meters and went with water-taxi and reached the destination Ameland in 15 minutes.

Followed by the story-telling session where you must tell three life-changing personal stories to your peers, life story line drawing(with X line as time and Y line as your self-definition), 30/30 exposing yourself to the world(30 seconds staring at everyone in the eyes plus 30 seconds making speech about the spontaneous feeling on the spot), we started to build a 3D picture about everyone in the room and enormous curiosity among one another. I found myself extremely fascinated by the story telling session, it is such an interesting and effective way of opening up yourself to be emotionally tied. I don’t even remember what I have told my peers, the only thing stroke me was that when people told stories to me, I had no difficulties at all to come up with more similar experience stories to build upon others to be engaged and integrate everyone’s stories as part of my own ones. I decided to do this on regular basis with people in my work and my life.

The 30/30 part was a tricky one. Imagine yourself stand in a center of 30 something half strangers staring at you, and making notes about your appearance and quick impression, some people reacted in a very radical way, some almost ended into sweat and tears. I was told by others my appearance was indeed the unforgettable as I left the center stage and walked to everyone and confronted them with a smiling gaze and closed fist: powerful, daring, different but threatening, unintentionally, this was the first image I have created for myself among others and I have spent at least 60 hours of that week trying to play the opposite to see how it went.. (To be continued)
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liuyan 作为小的草根创业者,我时刻提醒自己在和大公司合作时,要不卑不亢,公平透明,除了这些,我们要了解他们做事的方法和我们太不同:除了效率低,没有高管拍板就不做决定之外,不要对他们的工作弹性有太多期待,对创新和尝试他们太缩手缩脚,经常拿近期的商业利益来做借口。所以要加上一点:耐心!… Read More作为小的草根创业者,我时刻提醒自己在和大公司合作时,要不卑不亢,公平透明,除了这些,我们要了解他们做事的方法和我们太不同:除了效率低,没有高管拍板就不做决定之外,不要对他们的工作弹性有太多期待,对创新和尝试他们太缩手缩脚,经常拿近期的商业利益来做借口。所以要加上一点:耐心!
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Cozi 哈哈,说得好!
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fricsay 大公司的决策者也有难处 万一引入的新合作伙伴出了问题 责任认定上就颇不利 建议从自己技术把握度最高的方面切入合作 捧着一颗为对方做保姆的心 即时保持联系互动 随时准备在最短时间内解决运营中发生的小问题 慢慢培育互信… Read More大公司的决策者也有难处 万一引入的新合作伙伴出了问题 责任认定上就颇不利 建议从自己技术把握度最高的方面切入合作 捧着一颗为对方做保姆的心 即时保持联系互动 随时准备在最短时间内解决运营中发生的小问题 慢慢培育互信
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liuyan 是的,信任是基础。感谢建议!
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主办:新单位、新车间
主讲人:DFRobot 叶琛博士
时间:2012年1月14日下午2:30-4:30
地点:新单位,永嘉路50号(近陕西南路)
费用:每位30元(免费供应咖啡和茶)

新单位与新车间已经组织了几次“新山寨”活动来探讨开源式硬件和开放创新。大约一年以前我们与SeeedStudio和IDEO合作组织过两次。这次我们希望与DFRobot共同延续这个系列。我们要请了DFRobot的创始人叶琛博士来分享他的经验以及如何创立了DFRobot,还有… Read More
” 新山寨第三期:开源硬件驱动的新机器人产业 “

主办:新单位、新车间
主讲人:DFRobot 叶琛博士
时间:2012年1月14日下午2:30-4:30
地点:新单位,永嘉路50号(近陕西南路)
费用:每位30元(免费供应咖啡和茶)

新单位与新车间已经组织了几次“新山寨”活动来探讨开源式硬件和开放创新。大约一年以前我们与SeeedStudio和IDEO合作组织过两次。这次我们希望与DFRobot共同延续这个系列。我们要请了DFRobot的创始人叶琛博士来分享他的经验以及如何创立了DFRobot,还有他如何进入Arduino HCR领域及开源式硬件是怎样帮助了他的业务发展。

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liuyan 今晚7:30海伦宾馆:新单位成员International Top Talent 将组织一场观影和辩论活动,参与人有荷兰驻沪总领事,DSM主管HR副总裁, Philips 中国CTO, 荷兰商会及交大和复旦的教授,探讨如何实现中荷两国创新人才合作的双赢。辩论由我主持。欢迎参加。internationaltoptalent.com。… Read More今晚7:30海伦宾馆:新单位成员International Top Talent 将组织一场观影和辩论活动,参与人有荷兰驻沪总领事,DSM主管HR副总裁, Philips 中国CTO, 荷兰商会及交大和复旦的教授,探讨如何实现中荷两国创新人才合作的双赢。辩论由我主持。欢迎参加。internationaltoptalent.com。
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neaj I hope I get a chance to visit Xindanwei sometime. It looks like an excellent initiative. May it ever grow :-)
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xindanwei lol
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