Friday, 14.00 – 14.45
Session: Community

Connection & Co-Creation in the Metaverse

Trust is the foundation of our relationships and communities. Virtual realities – whether 2D in zoom spaces or collaborative tools or 3D in virtual worlds like Altspace VR or games create spaces and first steps on our way to the metaverse. Here, the relationships and experiences can be participatory and increasingly immersive according to new rules. Undoubtedly, this is a challenging learning field, but also a wonderful opportunity to further develop the community concepts that already exist. After all, we live in an era of post-individualization, in which it is becoming increasingly important to build platforms for shared value creation. This applies both within the company and outside the organization.


Anne Seubert
Founder Brands & Places

Anne Seubert is founder of the strategy consultancy Brands & Places, mentor, moderator and since 2020 Program Director at the non-profit Common Purpose Deutschland GmbH. As an experienced leader, passionate incubator and accomplished process facilitator, Anne Seubert shapes change and builds communities. For 15 years, she has been supporting companies, organizations and networks to redefine their role in people’s lives in a new and relevant way, both digitally and analogously, and develops strategies, formats and platforms for this purpose – preferably immersive, participative and transformative.

Dipl. Kult. Wiss. (European University Viadrina, E-Business Scout (BMWI) and certified systemic management trainer.


Monika Jiang
Head of Curation and Community, The Business Romantic Society

Monika Jiang is the head of content and community at the House of Beautiful Business, a global platform and community to make business more beautiful. A highly intuitive, fantastical soul, temporarily unfinished and forever wanting to play, she reaches to the margins, asks essential questions, and gently steps into the reality of others to make more feelings known, more faces seen, more voices heard. Because another world is not only possible—it exists.

Manouchehr Shamsrizi
RetroBrain Founder

Manouchehr Shamsrizi is “among the most publicly prominent voices of Germany’s younger generation” (Washington Post) and is “involved wherever the improvement of political conditions still has a lot of room for development” (re:publica). He conducts research at Humboldt University, whose he co-founded, and also as a fellow of the German Council on Foreign Relations. Furthermore, he teaches on the social impact of future technologies at Leuphana University Lüneburg and about the “metaphysics of metal” at the Wacken Metal Academy.

Colleen Curtis
Head of Community, Miro

Colleen is a Principal Community Specialist with 15 years experience in strategy, playbook development, user experience, content, comms, social, global expansion and scaling. She currently serves as the Head of Community at Miro, the world’s #1 visual collaboration platform. An early employee at Yelp, Colleen began her career building a strong Community for the consumer tech company, working across the world for nearly 10 years to bring the joy of local discovery to millions. She then joined early-stage startup The Mom Project, where she scaled the Community to 500k and helped to secure several rounds of funding and significant brand awareness for the talent marketplace with a mission. A skilled Marketer with an MS from Northwestern University, Colleen is a thought leader and practitioner in the Community space, consulting for startups and established companies looking to build Community authentically to drive fundamentally required business outcomes. She runs on coffee and collaboration. Rescue dog champion, mom of 2, small business and entrepreneur cheerleader, startup vet, community advocate.

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