Silke Hermann & Niels Pflaeging: Red42 founders/lead artists

"With Red42, we decided to cover two themes, or spheres: organizational development (OD) and Learning & Development (L&D). What these two spheres have in common today is that there is way too much hype going on in them, and way too little actual innovation. Red42 is dedicated to changing that."

Red42 is dogmatic - in that we have a firm point of view.  We believe in didactics - or robust method of learning. We focus on transforming entire organizations, internationally. Not alone, but in conjunction with peers." That is what Silke and Niels say about their new, joint enterprise, Red42. With Red42, the two are making a huge step toward renewing, indeed reinventing OD on the fringe with L&D.


Silke and Niels are the authors of several books: Together, they wrote the business book bestseller Complexitools (forthcoming in English in 2020), they recently published OpenSpace Beta (2018) and the work/life organizer The Uncomplicated Year (2016). In addition to that, they each authored business books, individually. 


Together, Silke and Niels are the creators of the open source social technologies OpenSpace BetaCell Structure Design and LearningCircles by Red42 (both published in 2019). And of concepts such as Org Physics and Change-as-Flipping - to name just some of their most notable innovations so far. Since 2009, they have collaborated in advancing the BetaCodex social technology and community.


Both have run businesses for more than 15 years. As entrepreneurs, advisors, speakers and authors, Silke and Niels earned reputations for being highly progressive business thinkers and innovators. They have made names for themselves in the German-speaking countries, especially. What distinguishes the two Red42 founders from most others in their fields, apart from their ingenuity: None of them shies away from public discourse; both are well-known for always being one step ahead of the zeitgeist - well-aware of the traps of hype and thoughtless pleasing.  


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