WHY 1492

We believe that life on Earth could be organised in a much better way, if we would use the full potential of our collective intelligence. This is why we enhance the collective intelligence of teams, organizations and institutions. We aim to inspire with the necessary insight and tools to navigate journeys beyond horizon.

We educate leaders, empowering them with the ability to conquer the unknown and change the game via the 1492 New School of Business.

We rethink and reinvent the strategies and business models of organizations to advance beyond horizon with the 1492 Collective Intelligence Management Consultancy

We guide founders, startups and shareholders towards exponential growth by way of the 1492 Venture Partners

We continuously optimize the process of collaboration and knowledge sharing with our 1492 Swarm Technology.

Journey BEYOND THE HORIZON

We stand 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

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"ALWAYS BETTER, NEVER PERFECT!"

MICHAEL HENGL

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.

Click here for our Harvard Business Best Practice example, published in the German Harvard Business Manager.

Clients

3M Borken – ABB Zurich – AGILENT San Francisco – AGRANA FRUIT Vienna – AIRBUS Toulouse – AIT Vienna – GOVERNMENT OF ALBANIA Tirana – ALTIA Helsinki – ALLIANZ Munich – ALMIRALL Munich – AMD San Jose – AMGEN Munich – AOK Postdam – ARAL Bochum – ASHRIDGE BUSINESS SCHOOL Berkhamsted – AUSTRIAN AIRLINES Vienna – AUSTRO CONTROL Vienna – AUSTRIAN JUICE Kroellendorf – AZ MEDIA Collogne – BAUER Schrobenhausen – BAYER Leverkusen – BAYER SCHERING Berlin – BAYRISCHE LANDESBANK Munich  – BBDO Dusseldorf – BFI Klagenfurt – BLACKBERRY Waterloo – BMW Munich – BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM EEC Ingelheim – BOSCH Hildesheim – BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP Dusseldorf – BRAU AG Linz – CANON Vienna – CHINA POST Beijing – CISCO San Francisco – CITY GROUP New York City – COMBITEL Munich  – COMDISCO Munich – COMMUNISYSTEMS Leibzig - CREDIT SWISS Zurich – DAIMLER Stuttgart – DANZAS Hamburg – DEGUSSA Frankfurt – DEUTSCHE BAHN Frankfurt – DEUTSCHE BANK Frankfurt – DEUTSCHE TELEKOM Bonn – DOMO CHEMICALS Leuna – DPD Aschaffenburg – DR OETKER Bielefeld – DRÄGER Lübeck – – EADS Paris –  EBAY San Jose – EC Cohrweiler – EFFEM Verden – ELCA Zurich – ELECTRONICPARTNER Dusseldorf – EMIRATES Dubai – E–PLUS Dusseldorf – EVN Maria Enzersdorf – FAIRCHILD DORNIER Oberpfaffenhofen – FENIX OUTDOOR INTERNATIONAL AG Munich – FEDERAL MINISTRY REPUBLIC OF AUSTRIA Vienna – FH URSTEIN Salzburg – FRAPORT Frankfurt Main – GRASL & PARTNER Vienna – GREINER HOLDING Kremsmunster – HAPPY & NESS Vienna – HELSINGIN SANOMAT Helsinki – HEWLETT & PACKARD Cuppertino – HSBC Dusseldorf – IBM Munic – IDENTITÄTER Vienna – INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS Geneva – INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE RED CROSS Geneva – JK ERGOLINE Bad Honnef – JOHNSON CONTROLS Hannover – JUMPTOMORROW Vienna – KAPSCH Vienna – KÄSSBOHRER Salzburg – KIND&CO Wiehl – KOHLBECKER  Gaggenau – KPMG Berlin – LAMODA Moscow – LUFTHANSA Cologne – LUFTHANSA TECHNIK Hamburg – LANGNESE IGLO Hamburg – MASTERFOODS Verden – MBE Berlin – MERCEDES–BENZ Berlin – MÜNCHNER RÜCK Munich  – NESPRESSO Lausanne – NIKE Beaverton – KNORR-BREMSE Munich – NOKIA Helsinki – OBERBANK Linz – ORS Vienna – OUTFITTERY Berlin – PKZ Zurich – POST AG Vienna – POSTBUS AG Vienna – PREMIUM AEROTEC Augsburg – PRITIDENTA Stuttgart – QUESTER Vienna – RBI Vienna – RAIFFEISEN SOFTWARE GmbH Vienna –  RAIFFEISEN SOLUTIONS Vienna – REEMTSMA Hamburg – REPOWER Pochiavo – RHI Vienna – RSG Vienna – RUDOLF STEINER SCHULE Witten – ROTTENBURGER WERKE Rottenburg – RTL Cologne – RZB Vienna – SAMSUNG Seoul – SAP Walldorf – SAPPI Graz – SECURITAS Bremen – SIEMENS Munich – SINOPEC Beijing – STARBUCKS Seattle – STORCK Hannover – STYRIA Graz – SUN MICROSYSTEMS Los Altos – SWISSLIFE Zurich – TEEKANNE Dusseldorf – TESAT Backnang – THOMAE KG Ingelheim – TILAK Innsbruck – TIROL KLINIKEN Innsbruck –TNS Hamburg – TOYOTA Aichi – TPN NETWORKS Munich – TREVOX Mexico City –  TRIQUINT Munich – TVM Dubai – UNIFY Munich  – UNILEVER Rotterdam – UNIQA Vienna – UNIVERSTITÄT SEEBURG Seekirchen – UNIVERSITÄT WITTEN/HERDECKE – VESTAS Arhus – VICTORIA´S SECRET Columbus –  VIRGIN ATLANTIC London – VOLKSWAGEN Braunschweig – VORWERK Wuppertal – WALT DISNEY COMPANY Burbank – WHIRLPOOL Benton Harbor – YAHOO Sunnyvale – YPO Washington – ZAPPOS Las Vegas – ZDNET Munich – ZFU Zurich – ZIFF–DAVIS Munich

The Collective Intelligence

1492 GmbH

Oberlupitsch 123
8992 Altaussee
Austria

1492 Venture Partners

Universitätsring 12/5D
1010 Vienna
Austria

New School of Business

1492 School of Business GmbH

Campus 123
8992 Altaussee 
Austria

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Torstr. 89
10119 Berlin
Germany