Here we go, 3:30 p.m. – everyone meets via Google Meet. For many of us, thoughts are still circling over the last phone call or situations from the previous workday. More and more VUIs appear in the video call, and suddenly there is an unexpected guest. We have an actual reindeer in the meeting! It snorts and puffs, and everyone laughs with all their hearts. The "VUI.nachten" is off to a great start with 15 minutes of a reindeer reality show.
Then the reindeer says goodbye, and all VUIs leave the screen for a few minutes, heading to the kitchen and preparing the cocoa according to the instructions. The milk is heated, the raw cocoa mass dissolved in it, the coconut blossom sugar and two distinct types of cinnamon are added for flavor. Afterward, a guided cocoa ceremony starts. We close our eyes, get into a meditative state, and listen to the story of cocoa. There is a conscious presence of all VUIs, enjoying a few moments of silence, creating awareness around the beauty of the cacao plant, focusing on the best moments of the year that just passed, the team spirit feeling, and what we achieved together.
Then, we get the chance to listen to a spoken performance of the VUI – our agency's persona, the essence of the whole team. The inspirational and dreamy words connect us even more.
After listening to this performance, Patrick and Christoph, VUI.agency's co-founders, give a memorable speech summarizing all the major goals we achieved in 2021. They also share the vision for next year and announce the continuation of the fundraising campaign they initiated last year. This year, the donation per team member amounts to 250 euros, and everyone gets the opportunity to support projects in education, healthcare, and nutrition for disadvantaged communities.