The snapshot above was taken last friday. I had lunch with two wonderful ex-colleagues and we discussed the following: Since the word “friend” specifies a kind of relationship on facebook, people are searching for new word for “real” friends. A similar question goes through my head regarding colleagues. Considering the word “colleague” in its original meaning: “A colleague is an associate in a profession or in a civil or ecclesiastical office”, I should have had thousands of colleagues during my time at IBM. But were we really connected by more than the IBM logo on our business cards? Did we work ON the same topic or just FOR the same company?

Now, 6 weeks after I started to work as a freelancer, I still do have colleagues, and what’s even better: I have many more colleagues than before. Because no company borders, no belonging walls and no membership towers stay between my willingness to explore and to contribute and all of the people around me who have similar thinking patterns, life goals and spirit.