An Invitation to work together
like never before

Louis Pasteur developed life-saving vaccinations. Albert Einstein developed the theory of relativity. And Thomas Edison invented the electric light bulb. Today, however, solving the world’s stickiest problems requires more than the brilliance of a few – it takes the collaboration of many. Likely and unlikely, we need to work together like never before.

In May 2017, Impact Hub–together with BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, Robert Bosch Stiftung and other partners–convened close to 200 people from a great diversity of sectors, geographies and demographics to pilot such a collaboration. Inviting everyone to leave behind their titles, routines and conventions, and to immerse themselves into an experience unlike many others: In a spirit of openness, eager to learn, ready to roll up their sleeves and not afraid to sing.

One month after the event, we are excited to see that the collaboration didn’t end there – and that many exciting outcomes are in the making. We are pleased to invite you to take a glimpse at what has happened in Berlin and join us in carrying the insights and inspiration from Unlikely Allies forward.

VOL. 1 Berlin May 2017


Close to 200 people. More than 40 nationalities. In their early twenties and late seventies. Between Seattle and Singapore, Moscow and Johannesburg.

Academics, activists, artists, bishops, corporates, diplomats, entrepreneurs, hackers, investors, philanthropists, public administrators and more.

Convened by…