What a wonderful year to Coconat – 2023

Dear Coconat Community,

Greetings from wintery Hoher Fläming! We trust your 2023 was as delightful as ours, filled with health, joy, and contentment. As we reflect on the year, here’s a ‚little‘ update on our ventures and exciting developments.

This year, we took a slightly gentler pace, still, our projects were far from dormant:

COCONAT Construction:
-Our focus shifted to smaller-scale projects, with notable progress on COCOLAB. and The Vault.
-A highlight was the Easter Subotnik, where an incredible team rejuvenated the building and doors. Nostalgic and reminiscent of Coconat’s early days!

University Collaborations: Initiating collaborations with Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin and University of Applied Sciences and Arts, students explored incorporating solar panels on our historical buildings and reimagining the old stone barn into a modern seminar hotel, respectively.

-Mycelium Research:
COCOLAB. delved into fungal mycelium as a material, working with the local Institut für Lebensmittel- und Umweltforschung e.V. Exciting projects ahead, including sound-absorbing panels made from fungal material.

Awards and Recognitions:
-In July we were awarded by the ‚Land and People‘ competition organized by the Wüstenrot Stiftung, in Apolda
-Coconat received the Digital Places in the Land of Ideas award nomination for the Kunstwanderweg XR augmented reality project.
-We also achieved *star* classification by the German Tourism Association.

-Engaging in numerous events, we were speakers or co-organizers at prestigious conferences republica GmbH, the Brandenburg Camp TMB Tourismus-Marketing Brandenburg GmbH , the Berlin-Brandenburg Coworking Festival 2022, the Coliving Conference in Amsterdam, the Potsdam Business Network and Business Festival, the Cross Border Coworking Conference in Montenegro, the Smart Country Convention, Coworking Europe in Porto and the Berlin Travel Festival

Local Impact:
-Coconat will continue to host events and to be a hub for local collaborations, hosting events like
-the Fläminger Kreativsause, which is now supported as a kulturellen Ankerpunkte for Potsdam-Mittelmark.
-We welcomed a new mayor in Bad Belzig and actively support @Smart Village e.V.’s innovative projects.

As we plan for the future, real estate development takes center stage, including a housing project for the common good, a seminar hotel, stilt houses, and more. Coaching with Social Impact GmbH supports our decision-making.

And lastly, our ever-growing family! We started with bees, then had chickens, and now, we’re excited to share that we have two horses (on loan, at least temporarily). Where will it all end?

The journey continues, and we’re grateful for your ongoing support.

Your continued presence in our community means the world to us. Thank you for being part of our story, and we look forward to the exciting journey ahead!

Thank all. – from Iris Wolfer Julianne Becker and Janosch Dietrich