Being born in a business oriented family, from a father who worked all his life and brought himself from nothing to landlord, and multifaceted businessman, made some of those genes stay in my blood.
My father was born in 1900 (and that does not reveal my age but his). He was a country boy back in southern Colombia, sailing the Magdalena river, buying and selling things from town to town. Along the years, he developed several businesses, built several buildings and owned some properties. Definitively a very skilled tradesman and respected person in the region. Loving, fertile and with a lot of children too.
Those times were perfect for fierce entrepreneurs to grow empires and own land, real estate and companies, from which a few survive these days. The first half of the XX Century forged economies around the world and made people like my father believe, working hard builds the future.
After working as a child in my father’s stores and my sister´s agricultural adventures, one of my first business experiences was managing Real Estate in Bogota. Being about 19, I was in charge of a whole building with 9 apartments and 2 shops full of tenants and of course situations. Managing to develop contracts, services and charge rent on time, were some of many hard tasks to learn. My mind was shaped to be organized, fast and careful. To gain respect from bossy adults and to manage money from an early age. Today I fully appreciate that kind of experience.
Later on in my university years this was my next project, starting in 1999. A non profit organization that explored new ways of connecting art with audiences and companies.
Based on my thesis work research ¨New Considerations for Contemporary Arts Promotion¨.and my London days Studying arts administration and management, this organization developed several events based on a structure of two programs: Associated Projects and Commercial Partners that encouraged participation between those who create and move social, cultural and artistic ideas and those willing to connect with audiences. This how we created books, exhibitions, film festivals, research, TV specials, and trade fairs that were our daily job. One of our main projects was the Bogota Photography Biennial (25 exhibitions, 3 seminars, photo contests, portfolio screenings and an international guest). Artehoy is now older than 20 years and keeps working in Colombia while in 2004 I moved to Spain. check out artehoy at www.artehoy.org
Algo Bueno always happens
Then everything changed, new country, new life, new landscape and of course new ideas and new businesses.
Spain was perfect for completing my Masters degree at University of Barcelona, Cultural Management at the Business and Economy faculty for one year. In the meantime I developed a research project about cultural industries and did an internship at a local company and worked for Sony Pictures. But savings and money went away and my first local biz came up from the idea of a Visuals Studio, offering services to the local publishing industry Capsa Mágica (Magic Box) was the first initiative that completed, magazines, websites books and encyclopedias for different local clients.
Graduation came and a short job as Marketing Expert at the Deaf People Federation of Catalunya (FESOCA) during which I enrolled in EQUAL an European Program to make entrepreneurs out of immigrants by Barcelona Activa the local economic development agency. Six months after that, I was opening my first real company in Spain: Algo Bueno Management a cultural management initiative offering research, project development and content Production trough Algo Bueno Studio which currently operate a couple of brands and projects in Barcelona.
Photocircuits : My Passion for Photography grows
This venture was born as a project for a client, who asked us to create, artistic experiences related to Photography to be given as gifts in experience boxes back in 2006. So we created among other options, photography tours across the city in the company of professional photographers, to learn, explore and enjoy a wonderful city as Barcelona. Photocircuits runned its own products until 2008 and you can see more about it it at the Photocircuits Blog.
La Innovation Kitchen and DTG: I discovered that so many years of research, popular culture projects and consumer understanding connected me to the wonderful concept of Innovation. Big realization and life changing adventures started in 2010 when my interest turned into understanding how the world is configured, how trends and power shape it and how companies create products and services that transform our life and culture.
A big wave of innovators started being visible around the world, and I met some wonderful people who were as thirsty for transformation as I was. Some of them in Barcelona and others around the world. This was the designthinkers group. A group of crazy people in different countries pushing innovation through human centered design. Loved the idea and immediately got involved.
in 2014 we conceptualized and created La Innovation Kitchen in Barcelona We are a blended learning space aimed at professionals and organisations. We cook creation and innovation by sharing our key ingredients available at anytime, anywhere so you never stop learning and growing. Today we offer a complete menu of methods, tools and specialized ideas to grow personally and professionally with concrete results in your way of thinking and solving problems.
All services directed to companies and organizations are channel in our Innovation Consulting community online, where big and small companies can find space, ideas, support and experts to transform their vision, culture and themselves to rethink their management and processes and evolve in times of VUCA.
And here we are.