What we do
We explore the benefits of collective intelligence and global consciousness via multidisciplinary research, intensive collaboration, cutting edge science and extensive practical experience. We empower our clients with the tools necessary to navigate the unpredictable by focusing on 4 fields:
Educating leaders with all it takes to conquer the unknown through the 1492 New School of Business.
Driving innovation of organization and business models to advance beyond horizon with the 1492 Collective Intelligence Management Consultancy.
Guiding shareholders and startups towards exponential growth by way of the 1492 Venture Partners.
Reinventing how we are working together via 1492 Swarm Technology.
1492 stands for brave decisions to question the status quo, for changing the game and discovering new worlds.
On August 3rd 1492, Christopher Columbus embarked on his journey heading West. As he discovered the new world, he also changed the paradigm of the old world forever. For many people of his time, a new continent beyond the Atlantic Ocean was not only far beyond their geographic horizon, but far more beyond their mental horizon. read more
150 years prior to the discoveries of Galileo Galilei, safety was found in conformity. Innovative, bold initiatives like the ones undertaken by Columbus were difficult to grasp, yet it is unconventional enterprise such as this, that bears the potential for true revolution. Had Columbus not questioned the belief that the Earth was flat, he would not have embarked on his journey, proving the contrary and bringing forth countless new opportunities.
A similar paradigm shift is currently in full swing. The global economy is experiencing fundamental change. The Internet of Things is enabling devices to communicate amongst themselves. The impact of corporate business on the environment has launched a race for renewable energy and the advent of clean and autonomous transportation. Traditional business models are buckling under the pressure to remain competitive, while innovative startups make the stock market headlines.
The digital revolution has resulted in sweeping changes across technology, socio-economics, demographics and culture, forcing us to question virtually everything. The challenges we face are abrupt, non-linear and result in exponential consequences difficult to predict. Welcome to the world of VUCA: volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.
This dynamic and a connected world requires leadership and infrastructure that are congruent with this new paradigm. Traditional models based on old school assumptions are failing on a global scale, incapable of adjusting efficiently to change. Success is now, more than ever, the result of our collective intelligence, not just the contributions of an individual. Collective intelligence can be evoked technologically and culturally, ideally both at once.
Columbus’s primary outstanding achievement came from within: the reframe of his own internal perspective, in stark contrast with the dogma of his era. Courage and self-reflection are essential to overcome doubt, obstacles and setbacks, while aligning others behind unconventional, risky ideas.
In a world where more of the same is no longer enough, you and your business require truly different solutions. Allow 1492 to guide and support you on your journey towards your new world - beyond its horizon. close
Board of Management
1492 was founded in 1994 by Katja Bellinghausen and Michael Hengl as a think-tank for mental change and new ways of working. When the two met, Katja had reached the zenith of her career as an actress in both classical theater and German television, while Michael a former Austrian ski racer, just had a successful exit by selling his business. In 2004, Maximilian Kammerer became involved, providing invaluable insight into game changing dynamics as a former Apple executive. In 2008, David Rohrmann joined the 1492 board of management as graduate of philosophy and economics. He became managing partner by virtue of his passion and efforts to rehumanize the corporate world. More than ever we are dedicated to the journey beyond horizon.
The Collective Intelligence
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