The term „WeQ“ emerged following a survey conducted by the Genisis Institute for Social Innovation in 2014. The leading question was: „What do virtually all new pioneering trends and phenomena in every area of society have in common, from the social innovative and digital scene to the economic sector, from Open Source to Co-Creation, from Car sharing to Social Entrepreneurship?“
About 200 individual phenomena were analysed. The result: all these trends share a significant orientation to the common good in their goals and a major collaborative team orientation in their work attitude. Hereby, the Genisis Institute identified a paradigm shift which it characterised as „WeQ – More than IQ“.
Along with other WeQ Founders such as Gerald Hüther, Helga Breuninger, Ulrich Weinberg, David Diallo and Marianne Obermüller, Peter Spiegel published the results in „WeQ – More than IQ. Abschied von der Ich-Kultur“ in 2015. In the same year, the WeQ Foundation was established.