A Report by Wevolve About

Internship
for 2015
in Warsaw

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We’re looking for creative minds.

Thisispaper is a small team with a big potential to grow, and the growth begins now. We're searching for someone to inspire and astound us. We value timeless over trendy, few over many and plain over fancy. To see who we are and what the studio culture means to us, read about us.

EDITORIAL INTERN

Thisispaper Magazine is all about best aesthetic adorned with truthful words. If you're fond of meeting the most talented artists, designers and photographers and help the world appreciate their work this might be your place.



Our dream intern is an observant, sensitive person with a great attention to detail and impeccable taste. Your aesthetic interests should overlap with ours, but don't be afraid to surprise us with something from outside of our comfort zone. To make sure we're a match, please send over 3-5 sample posts that you think could be published on Thisispaper. For each post include photos and a description written by you (not a press release).

We'd also like to have a look at your CV, read your blog or any design-related text you've written before.

Also, cooking skills are not a must but will be welcome, for sure!



Please submit your CV along with work samples via email to welcome@thisispaper.com with the subject line 'Editorial Intern'.

This is a 3 or 6-month paid internship that will take place at Thisispaper Studio in Warsaw, Poland.

Please note that due to the large number of applications we are unable to answer all emails.

IN SPACE FOR BETTERMENT OF LIFE ON EARTH

Planet Labs, a company based in San Francisco, makes small and cheap satellites – or the largest constellation of earth imaging doves as they call them – and puts them into outer space to create a daily updated high-resolution view of the earth. The average image in Google Earth, by comparison, is 36 months old. Started in 2010 by a group of NASA engineers, the company aims to democratize our access to information about how the planet works and changes, and how we live upon it.

Principle 02

Have a Prodigious Purpose

Building a New Wave Company starts from a prodigious purpose – the powerful reason for the company to exist. The purpose expresses the philosophy behind the business and provides the magic glue that aligns all the parts – from the brand to the product, culture, partners and beyond – for the common goal. Purpose also provides the unique message that inspires people inside and outside of the company, attracts the right investors and talent, and brings in the best customers.

Your own purpose lies at the intersection of the biggest problems in your world and your special superpowers to solve them. But simply stating that you ‘solve the climate crisis’ or ‘reduce obesity’ does not suffice. Instead, your purpose should define a progressive, systemic and empathetic take on the challenge and articulate a set of feasible breakthrough solutions to tackle it effectively.

Companies like Patagonia innovate constantly around their purpose, making sure it resonates with the world, and that the actions it enables are beneficial for individuals, communities and the environment alike. For example, they create enduring products from reusable and sustainable materials, only invest in ecological manufacturing technologies and incubate new businesses that expand their impact beyond their current category, to “inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis".

The skillfully crafted purpose is a both strategic and practical tool to design a full-blooded New Wave Company. It helps you to think, make, test and deploy exponentially better ways for value creation and means to scale them up with the most daring platforms and networks.

USING BUSINESS TO INSPIRE AND IMPLEMENT SOLUTIONS TO ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS

Patagonia is a trailblazing outdoor clothing and equipment company, started in California in 1973. Patagonia's recent success stems from their effort to optimize the whole business – including the supply chain, investments, products, marketing and beyond – to serve their big purpose: "Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis." As a result, Patagonia has doubled its operations and tripled its profits to over $600 million in the past five years.

Principle 03

Create Abundant Value

The New Wave Company doesn’t just solve their customers' problems. Instead, it sees problems as complex issues and strives for value creation on many scales and for many participants at once. At the heart of its approach is an idea of abundant value that takes a holistic view to value creation.

A closer look to value reveals how value has multiple meanings and many characteristics. On a personal level, we tend to separate the functional and emotional dimensions, while on a shared level we often talk about the social and cultural dimensions of value. Then there's money, which we use to put a number on the experienced value, often during a process of exchange.

In practice, value is always an intangible experience we have of the things, ideas and actions around us. From a human perspective, nothing is valuable before we define that value. But all our experiences – even largely our personal interests – obtain their value only in relation to the current social situation and the surrounding cultural fabric.

We are an entirely social species, and as tribal it may sound, we ultimately value most the things that are seen important in our communities and society. For example, a recent Swedish study found that organic coffee actually tastes better than conventional one, when people evaluated the taste of coffee from two cups with different labels but exactly the same content. That’s largely the case, because our cultural values imbue wholly our personal experiences.

In the context of business, this means no company, brand, platform or product posses any inherent value – but they all can become invaluable when their actions and meanings are resonating well with the world. Abundant value emerges when companies champion important cultural movements and enable collective action for a big purpose – and manage to connect these shared aspects of value with the good old functional and emotional personal benefits.

EYEWEAR WITH A PURPOSE HELPS TO SEE THE CHANGE

Warby Parker, founded in 2010, offers designer eyewear at a revolutionary price, while leading the way for socially conscious business. Their recipe for value creation combines a portfolio of good-looking and affordable eyewear, a supreme digital-first shopping experience, and a big purpose: for every pair glasses sold they provide a pair for free for those in need. So far, they've sold over a million pair of glasses and secured over $116 millions in funding with a $500 million valuation.

Principle 04

Build a Growing Platform

We are venturing into a platform era where network effects dominate, algorithms do things on our behalf, objects are connected and data is everywhere. The New Wave Company uses these and other clever building blocks to create superior value systems where products, services and brands are only the visible tip of the iceberg of the transformational whole. This systemic approach allows them to create value on various scales and capture it potently with multi-sided platforms and diverse revenue streams.

For example, the collaborative platforms à la Airbnb, Uber and Etsy manifest well the power of networked value creation. They create whole new experiences and better means for facilitating the social actions and exchange between people – and not just design another set of products or services that they would sell to consumers.

The resulting network effects mean that when more people use their platforms the more valuable these become for everyone involved. This also leads to exponentially increasing potential for impact on the real world – which largely explains their multi-billion-dollar valuations, disruptive effects on traditional competitors, and the increasing public outcry when these companies fail to get their mojo right or act uberly against their communities.

The New Wave Company takes its impact seriously. It builds benevolent open platforms, personalized service systems and intelligent environments that allow it to tackle the big problems we collectively hold dear. These value systems are never optimized just for efficiency and profit, but always also for bigger values such as joy, comfort, well-being, access and equality.

OPEN SYSTEMS OF CONNECTED THINGS – OR HOW TO OPTIMIZE VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING FOR ANYTHING IMAGINABLE

Spark builds an open source platform and operating system to power the emerging ecology of connected things. The company's Spark Core development kit helps engineers, designers, and makers to develop connected hardware products, while the Spark Cloud provides an infinitely scalable platform to operate the things. The Spark Core raised $567K on Kickstarter in 2013, and now has thousands of developers creating connected products on the platform.