here are phenomena we at the editorial office keep tracking before we decide to report about these. 'Fuckup Nights' is one of them. They provide a platform for people to talk about their failures and not, as is customary, about their accomplishments. Others listen to their tales, suffer their embarrassment, laugh, and learn from the mistakes and misjudgments. 'Fuckup Nights' have become almost a standard feature; their speakers are invited at conferences, the Cebit hosts public 'Fuckup Nights', and corporations organize 'Private Fuckup Nights'. "There is a need from society for a place where failure can be shared in a free and open way. Everyone fails," said Yannick Kwik, CEO 'Fuckup Nights Global'. "It's universal."
But what are the origins of this urge to publicly discuss things we usually keep under covers? At 'Fuckup Nights', we learn that others are fallible too. We encounter people who dared to walk new paths, who fell and got back up and grew along their learnings. That's an encouragement to all of us helping us progress in a work world characterized by enormous dynamics and complexity as well as a high degree of uncertainty. Digital transition prerequisites the willingness to change and adapt at an unprecedented pace. We are required to consistently face challenges so new that there aren't any guidelines or experiences upon which to act. This all calls for a new concept of dealing with mistakes.
A good error culture is not focused on mistakes, it allows these, as the fear of making a mistake discourages us. "Error culture is associated with three major issues currently keeping the corporate world on its toes: New Work, transformation in digitalization, and innovations," said Prof. Ralf Kemmer, co-initiator of 'Fuckup Nights Berlin'. "It's an iteration loop. Try something, allow errors, make mistakes, and learn from these."
It's important to be a role model for how to deal with errors, but of course it isn't easy to admit a mistake, in particular not in a leading position. In the article 'Sie sind eingeladen, einen Fehler zu teilen...', five strong individuals of the meetings industry talk about their mistakes and learnings. That's something everybody will want to read! Those admitting to having made a mistake put themselves in a vulnerable und exposed position. That actually creates a sense of trustfulness, and that's what is needed among event experts who are consistently creating new formats and thoroughly redoing established ones. And yes, that can also all go entirely sour, as was the case at the first 'Partner- Slam' at the EVVC Management Meeting 2017. A relaunch is planned for 2018: "'Partner-Slam 2.0 Fucked up' ? We own up to our mistakes!"