Curious futures
I use design as a tool for intentional change.
How we work and how we drive change matters. Here are some of my principles.
Real impact emerges from designing with people, not just for them.
In a way, everybody is a designer today. In more and more areas of our professional and personal life we need to change things intentionally. And a designerly mindset is a good starting point.

Given the increase of complexity, almost all meaningful work needs the combined effort of a team. Whether we want to bring a new product to market, introduce new ways of working into our organization, or strengthen the social connections within our community – collaboration between expert designers and other participants is key.
Collaboration, and co-creation specifically, is demanding. The quality of communication, the level of psychological safety, and the availability of resources and time, to name just a few, all have a big impact on the organization's ability to co-create. Many of these factors are fluid by nature and hard to change. They are grounded in habits, structures and mindsets. But by recognizing them and making deliberate adjustments we can improve our success rates significantly.

For this, I use a holistic approach that combines systems thinking, appreciative inquiry, and action-oriented design methods.
Innovation begins with the willingness to move forward in the face of uncertainty.
Innovation is hard. Not because of a lack of ideas (often, we have plenty). Not because of missing resources (money, talent, time). Even not because of people (resistance can be a motivation to push harder).

It's hard because of all the uncertainty involved. In an unpredictable world, we still try to control as much as possible. If it's not in our nature, it surely became a habit in business. Our innovation efforts are successful, when we act despite of uncertainty. Even better: when we embrace it.
Our psychological makeup lets us avoid uncertainty whenever possible. That's why working on a firm's innovation capabilities has to start and end with people. If we strengthen the intrinsic curiosity, if we build safe-to-fail environments, and boost creative confidence we can build a sustainable platform for innovation.

Design and coaching methods can help us to learn new things fast and empower every team member to become more innovative.
Resourcefulness helps companies to stay relevant.
And humility grounds us in reality. If we manage to see through our biases, illusions and misconceptions, we have an incredible advantage. To see our situation clearly and to be able to act accordingly, we need new ways of working. New ways that let us combine our talents, boost our strengths and balance our weaknesses.

These changes need time. They need to be introduced with care and appreciation for the existing.
Today, the link between design maturity and business success becomes more and more obvious. A designerly mindset is beneficial to come up with non-standard solutions to complex business problems. A systems perspective helps us to reduce unwanted consequences of our interventions. And expertise in human centered design ensures that we are creating products and services our customers really want.

Previous projects allowed me to combine these aspects in the roles of innovation consultant, design strategist and coach. I picked up my design and facilitation skills from user experience design and service design. My co-creation methods are based on ideas from Agile, Lean and Design Thinking. And my consulting and coaching styles are influenced by Appreciative Inquiry, systemic coaching and a growth mindset.
I'd be very curious to co-create the future with you.
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