News | General 02.12.2016

“A Brimming Spirit. Werner von Siemens in Letters” – A Modern Entrepreneurial History

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    Werner von Siemens’ 200th birthday: “A Brimming Spirit” invites you to accompany the brilliant inventor on his entrepreneurial journey and be inspired by his life.
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    The team went through 6,000 letters of Werner von Siemens to create a collection of personal writings and excursions into the events of the 19th century.
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    The book gives us a taste of Werner’s restless nature, self-doubt, and setbacks, but also his greatest successes and happiest moments.
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    It is an inspiration for people just starting out: founders, entrepreneurs and anyone who lives by the example he set.
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    Explosion of knowledge and disruptive power of new technologies in a world growing closer together – Werner von Siemens already had an answer to these trends in the 19th century.
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    Always with an eye on how technology could benefit people, the start-up in a Berlin backyard became a globally successful ‘stay-up.’
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    The secret of his success? Werner always surrounded himself with people who encouraged him to follow his path. He could not have done it without them.
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    The family as a source of strength: Mathilde Siemens encouraged him to persevere time and again and never clipped Werner’s wings.
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    Do you share the entrepreneurial spirit? “A Brimming Spirit: Werner von Siemens in Letters.” On sale now or available to download free of charge from our website.
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We live in brimming times: the explosion of knowledge and disruptive power of new technologies, a world growing closer together at ever-quickening pace, paradigm change. But all this would have already been familiar to Werner von Siemens in the 19th century. He took a close look at these developments and understood the opportunity and necessity for doing things differently and the great potential this would offer to individuals and society.

Technology that benefits people

Applying science and technology for the practical benefit of others – Siemens Stiftung feels strongly connected to this heritage. As a nonprofit corporate foundation, we promote sustainable social development. We want to support all “brimming spirits” whose creative new ideas and energy are shaping our changing world for the better. Our aim is to give people the confidence to work towards social progress and cohesion with entrepreneurial ideas and passion.

Book to mark the 200th birthday of Werner von Siemens

December 13th, 2016 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Werner von Siemens. Siemens Stiftung is commemorating the anniversary with a special book based on a large collection of his letters. “A Brimming Spirit. Werner von Siemens in Letters” invites readers on an entrepreneurial and intimate journey through the 19th century.

“What is so special about the content of this book is that Werner is the real author. He wrote most of the text himself; all we had to do was put it all together in context,” says Nathalie von Siemens. “Werner is an incredibly inspiring person, who can still encourage us to be entrepreneurial today. The book is for anyone who wants to know more about Werner’s life and enjoy the contagious curiosity and energy that he demonstrates in his letters.”

“A Brimming Spirit. Werner von Siemens in letters” – A Modern Entrepreneurial History is available to download free of charge from the Siemens Stiftung website. The print version published by Murmann Verlag is available from bookshops.