It’s impossible to ignore gravity.
Until you start trying. Welcome to our kitchen.

Kitchen ventures

In 2011, ignore gravity was founded as an experimental kitchen in Berlin. It’s a third place where we create the platforms, tools, events and communities that we feel are lacking in our world. The common underlying theme: bringing people into entrepreneurial collaboration and out of their gravities. Currently, we’re working on these projects & ventures…

  • Where’s the place that tackles the challenges of an entrepreneurial society?
  • Where’s the platform to discover creative spaces across the world?
  • Where’s the edgy magazine that triggers a discourse about the Next Society?

Contemporary Consulting

Our kitchen doors have always been wide open for people who want and need to ignore gravity in other contexts. We’ve worked with large corporations, family run businesses, start-ups, NGOs, agencies and universities. With them we’ve designed & facilitated strategy workshops, (un)conferences, art exhibitions, merger processes, learning journeys and innovation camps.

Still every project had two things in common: A challenging question to begin with. And the guts to jointly break patterns, rules and ways of thinking.

  • arvato
    How to start a community of international HR professionals across countries & functions?
  • axel springer
    How does our ReLead Canvas help HR to understand the future challenges of next leadership?
  • google
    How can we create a ConSensus to boost Germany’s innovation climate?
  • Coca Cola
    How to design an event dramaturgy about and beyond happiness?
  • hamburg-kreativ
    How can young (<30) and older (60+) creatives inspire each other?
  • bertelsmann
    Can HR professionals experience the future of work in one afternoon?
  • agd
    Can designers and teachers collaborate to not kill kids’ creativity in school?
  • telekom
    Can a dedicated innovation space change the corporate culture?
  • heraeus
    How to transform a traditional family business into an agile company?
  • munich-re
    How can you feed a market leader with entrepreneurial spirit?
  • alcatel
    Does 1 + 1 really equal 3 in a merger process?
  • daimler
    How to prepare leaders to cope with uncertainty?
  • graz
    How does the future of cities look like?
  • a1
    Do different company cultures sum up to a new entity?
  • giz
    How to ignore the gravity when it comes to strategy development?

An everyday attitude

Whatever project we’re working on – we always do it with an IGNORE GRAVITY attitude. We don’t believe in a single recipe which magically turns everyone into a collaborative superhero. So despite our decades of experiences, we are continuously breaking our own patterns how we tackle challenges.

Yet, there are certain ingredients that we frequently use & combine in our kitchen as they help us to defy gravity – on our own and together with our partners, friends and clients.

  • anthropology


    Participant observation is one of our favourite methodologies, when it comes to some real “field work” with our clients. Being part of the game while observing what’s going on is something we really enjoy.

  • social-networks

    Social Networks

    A considerable part of our work is to build (better) connections between people. That’s why we spend lots of energy to explore, use and create social networks – online and offline.

  • improvisation


    We believe that careful planning makes every project better. But as we work with complex social systems and human beings, a great flow often calls for great improvisational skills. Something we love.

  • art-music

    Art & Music

    We get a lot of inspiration through art & music – something that we always try to embed in our formats & work.

  • x-generations


    We generally strive for great diversity. We believe in the power of learning & working within more than two generations.

  • open-source

    Open Source

    As we often benefit from external collaboration, input & ideas, we try to share as much of our work as possible in an open source manner.

  • open-innovation

    Open Innovation

    There are always more smart people outside your organization than within. That’s why we don’t only consult on open innovation, but also frequently apply it ourselves.

  • prototyping


    We try to prototype, test and iterate everything, even processes and formats. We operate as a lean consulting studio, adapting the methodology of the lean startup.

  • systems-theory

    Systems Theory

    As a kind of conceptual umbrella, modern systems theory serves us as a reliable guide when it comes to all those questions concerning the complexity of society, organizations and their ongoing transitions.

Team & Community

The IGNORE GRAVITY kitchen was founded by us – three pretty different human beings in terms of age, background and skills. But we all love to work on the intersections of society, economy, technology and arts & culture. And we all get goosebumps when we witness groups entering a great mode of collaboration and flow.

Yet, what’s more important than us: We work with a community of amazing other people and organizations on our different projects. They are all worth a (digital) visit – so have a look!

  • Co-Founder bernhard-krusche

    Dr. Bernhard Krusche

    Anthropologist, author and explorer of the Next Society. At IG, he’s the expert on post-heroic leadership & corporate innovation.

  • Co-Founder jan-bathel

    Jan Bathel

    Curious curator and artist, coach and business developer for border-crossing activities. At IG he strives to design innovative formats and third places.

  • Co-Founder steffen-portrait-web--5

    Steffen Kellner

    After a decade in different management positions around the globe at Red Bull, he joined IG with a focus on marketing strategy and innovation.

  • Community Lena Clausen_sw

    Lena Schiller Clausen

    Lena works on beta cultures and the implementation of third places. She’s a great speaker & writer, too.

  • Community Foto Christina Bösenberg

    Christina Bösenberg

    Business psychologist, transformation catalyst, charity campaigner. At IG, we design leadership dev. programs together.

  • Community philipp-rafelsberger

    Philipp Rafelsberger

    Business major, juggler, tuned to great bass lines. He’s working with us @ IG on group dynamics & intercultural mix-ups.

  • Community bathenjelden


    We enjoy collaborating with Jörg Jelden on projects that involve a great amount of publishing, research & trend consulting.

  • Community jovoto


    With jovoto, we focus on how to effectively leverage external networks to solicit, refine, and select ideas for innovation via crowd storms.

  • Community uni-herdecke

    Uni Witten/Herdecke

    The private university is one of our most important network hubs regarding modern philosophies and economical & health trends.

  • Community zeppelin

    Zeppelin University

    The work of Prof. Dirk Baecker and his institute often serve us as a theoretical backbone of our work.

  • Community more-than-shelters


    We support social entrepreneurship in general and the nonprofit association morethanshelters in particular with coaching + sparring.


Feeling like you want to ignore gravity with us? We’re looking for curious & dedicated people that work together with us on our projects. Give us a call, shoot us an email or visit us in our kitchen in Berlin’s wild Kreuzberg district at the betahaus.

ignore gravity GmbH
Prinzessinnenstrasse 20
D-10969 Berlin, betahaus, Aufgang B

Reach out to us directly:
Jan Bathel: +49 173 659 89 96
Steffen Kellner:  +49 152 06 46 82 15
Dr. Bernhard Krusche: +49 172 737 04 49

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How to get to our office

With BVG (public transportation), take the U8 and exit at Moritzplatz. Our office is located in the betahaus, staircase B on the 4th floor.

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ignore gravity GmbH | Prinzessinnenstrasse 20 | 10969 Berlin

Represented by: Jan Bathel, Dr. Bernhard Krusche, Steffen Kellner

Commercial Register: district court Berlin-Charlottenburg, register number: HRB 140 824 B | VAT ID: DE283257180

Bank account: GLS BANK | Account number: 1 135 745 100 | routing number: 430 609 67