Philipp Albers

Philipp Albers, co-founder of Zentrale Intelligenz Agentur, is a freelance journalist and writer. In 2011 he co-authored with Holm Friebe Was Sie schon immer über 6 wissen wollten, a popular non-fiction book about number psychology. He was Program Director at the American Academy in Berlin for a number of years and holds an M.A. in American studies, cultural studies, and philosophy.

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Anja Baumhoff

Anja Baumhoff is a freelance writer and professor for art and design history at the Hochschule Hannover. She is a specialist for the cultural history of modernism in general and the Bauhaus in particular. Her publications include: Das Bauhaus als Gedächtnisort. In: Hagen Schulze, Etienne François (eds.), Deutsche Erinnerungsorte. Studien zur historischen Philosophie von Pierre Nora. Munich 2001.

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Talk Bauhaus and the Life Reform Movement

Jan Boelen

Jan Boelen graduated as a product designer at the Media and Design Academy, now the MAD Faculty, in Genk, Belgium. He currently holds the position of artistic director of Z33, house for contemporary art in Hasselt and is Head of the Masters Department Social Design and the Master Design Curating and Writing at the Design Academy Eindhoven. He is chairman of the Commission of Architecture and Design of the Flemish Community. Commissioned by the Permanent Deputation of the Province of Limburg, Jan Boelen reformed the Provincial Centre for the Visual Arts into Z33, a house for contemporary art.

Since 2002, Z33 has been fashioning projects and exhibitions that encourage the visitor to look at everyday matters in a novel manner. It is a unique laboratory and a meeting place for experiment and innovation where one can discover cutting-edge exhibitions with contemporary art and design.

In 2014 Jan Boelen curated BIO50, the 24th Biennial of Design in Ljubljana (SI).

Talk Domestic Space in the Age of Technological Acceleration

Judit Boros

As a product and service designer with an international background in research, art & tech and biotech Judit Boros has been part of the “Kitchen Budapest” (Kibu) media lab crew in different periods. In 2014, she has helped to get Kibu’s Talent Program off the ground, and has worked as a mentor for groups of young people to bring their ideas to life.

Currently based in Budapest, she works with corporate organisations in a participative service design process to develop desirable services and experiences for their stakeholders. Boros is an active member of the “Budapest Global Shapers Hub”, a network of young professionals working on projects and initiatives that address key issues which are relevant to their local societies.

Workshop Social Design Cookbook

Connectors Malmö

Julieta Talavera and Joshua Ng are based in the intersection where political activism meets art. They run Connectors Malmö, a grassroots organization based in Sweden trying to redefine social innovation to being about people and finding solutions rather than buzzwords and academic jargon. Currently, Connectors is working on a project to design a model to allow local residents to have an active role in co-creating their urban neighbourhoods.  They are also building a residency for „people who just want to do good“ called The Live-in Lab, which will launch summer 2015.

Workshop The Bottom-up Field Guide


Corinna Sy, Sebastian Däschle and Jessy Medernach are the co-founders of CUCULA.

CUCULA – Refugees Company for Crafts and Design – is a project initiative, which helps refugees build their own future. It is an association, a workshop and an educational program, all in one, established for and together with refugees in Berlin. By manufacturing design furniture based on Enzo Mari’s ‘Autoprogettazione’ plans, the aim is to enable refugees to finance their living and education. Complementary, the educational pilot project provides education to people, for whom the doors to society are otherwise closed. CUCULA wants to establish a ‘welcoming culture’, which helps refugees to break with the notion of ‘victimhood’, and at the same time unfold their self-efficacy and to open up a perspective for a self-determined life.

CUCULA, a small Design Workshop and a refugees company, actively engages in the social, political and cultural debate, challenging established structures and formulating alternatives through trialling the implementation of a concrete and novel business model. Contrasting the theoretical debate, the initiators strive for a pragmatic, immediate and action-oriented approach, achieving ‚together with‘ the refugees and not simply doing something ‚for them‘.

Talk Cucula

Ludwig Engel

Ludwig Engel works as a futurist and urbanist on questions dealing with long-term strategy, the future city and urban utopias. He studied economics, communication sciences, and cultural history in Berlin, Frankfurt/Oder and Shanghai. From 2005-2011 he worked at the Daimler AG think tank for future studies and strategic long-term planning. After various teaching assignments in the fields of strategic foresight, futurology, urban planning and urban futures, he currently teaches at University of Fine Arts Berlin (Strategic Foresight and Futurology) and Technical University Berlin (Architecture Design Innovation Program). In 2011 he joined Matthias Böttger and Stefan Carsten as managing partner at raumtaktik—office from a better future. //

Talk Superstudio and the Attempted Murder of Utopia

Holm Friebe

Holm Friebe, co-founder of Zentrale Intelligenz Agentur, is a teaching professor for design theory at ZHdK Zurich and Kunsthochschule Kassel. He has co-authored and written several non-fiction books, among them Wir nennen es Arbeit (with Sascha Lobo), Marke Eigenbau (with Thomas Ramge) and Die Stein-Strategie.

Carolin Friese

Carolin Friese works as a project manager for the Zentrale Intelligenz Agentur and the Digital Bauhaus Summit. She holds an M.A. in European Studies and lives in Berlin, where she also works as a freelance writer and coach.

Ulrike Guérot

Ulrike Guérot is Founder and Director of the European Democracy Lab at the European School of Governance, eusg, in Berlin, and a lecturer on European integration at the European Viadrina University. Ulrike Guérot has 20 year experience in the European think tank community and has taught both in Europe and the US. Previously she served as Head of the Berlin office of the European Council on Foreign Relations, Head of the European Union Unit at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), and as senior transatlantic fellow with the German Marshall Fund (GMF). She is also a regular writer and commentator on European and transatlantic affairs as well as European Democracy and global Europe both in German and European media. For her engagement in European affairs, she has received the French award L’Ordre pour le Mérite in 2003. In 2013 she published together with the Austrian writer, Robert Menasse, a Manifest for a European Republic, sketching out the idea of a European community based on the principle of political equality. The Manifest has been taken into the catalogue of the Kunsthaus Zürich’s exposition on Europe in summer 2015.

Talk Designing a European Republic

Jule Hass

Jule Hass founded Panatom, an agency that develops and implements strategies and concepts in the cultural environment since 1999. Since 2008 she curates the Panatom Gallery which serves as a project space for art and design. Jule Hass received her degree in architecture at the University of Stuttgart and Hannover. Currently she lives in Berlin.

Laura Herman

Laura Herman is an independent curator and writer. She holds an M.A. in Comparative Modern Literature from Ghent University and is currently a 2016 M.A. Candidate at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in New York, specializing in interdisciplinary practices at the crossroads of art, design and technology.

She has worked as an assistant curator (art in public space) at Z33, House for contemporary art in Hasselt. In 2013 she coordinated Het Paviljoen, a joint initiative by KASK, S.M.A.K. and HISK, where she curated, among other exhibitions, Architecture, Anyone? with a joint work by Clare Noonan and Erika Hock. She co-founded the art platform These Things Take Time in Ghent and co-curated Wild Horses & Trojan Dreams at Marres, House for Contemporary Culture in Maastricht. She publishes articles in, among other magazines, <H>art, TL Magazine, rekto:verso, this is tomorrow and Metropolis M.

Talk Domestic Space in the Age of Technological Acceleration

Jürgen Huber

Jürgen Huber studied communication design at the Folkwang-School in Essen. He graduated from university with distinction in 1997 before he moved to Berlin where he started to work at MetaDesign. He became type director at MetaDesign which he left in 2004 for a professorship at the HTW-Berlin, a school for applied sciences, where he teaches typography, 2-D design and type design.

Jürgen Huber published the type families FF Angst, FF Ginger, FF Plus, Hothouse, Suedtirol, MLP, Lemon Serif, Lemon Sans, Crocodile and Scheck. For the latter he received the award „Excellence in Type Design“ from the Type Directors Club New York in 2005. He designed several logos for mostly national brands in Germany, including the logo for the German government and the Berlinale film festival.

In 2009 Jürgen Huber and Malte Herok founded Type Department. In 2010 he designed, in cooperation with Martin Wenzel and MetaDesign, the typeface family for the German government. And in 2011 together with Martin Wenzel he designed an extensive typeface family for passports commissioned by the German ministry of the interior.


Johanna K. Jaeger

Johanna Jaeger works as a Solution Sales Manager for Microsoft Deutschland’s Public Sector Team. She graduated in Governance and Public Policy but it was her passion for philosophy that led her to major in Public Information Systems and Administrative Computer Science after her first job in cultural diplomacy. While the diplomatic sphere left her fascinated by larger questions on the future of humanity and the individual’s role in shaping the latter, she co-founded BerliNovum. BerliNovum is a discussion panel bringing together interested citizens with policy-makers and policy-shapers from politics, society, the economic and research world.

It wasn’t until researching the fields of emerging technologies and eGovernment, that she found her niche to connect a philosophical perspective on advancing society with tangible tools. “Observing the transforming power of technology in my daily (business) life makes me feel nostalgic about the future”. Johanna is passionate about venturing into the gap between the future and today’s reality – discussing questions on everybody’s responsibility to consciously balance stakeholder interests when exposing society to disruptive technologies.

Talk The Responsible Romantic’s World of Ideas Then and Now

Daniel Kerber

Daniel Kerber is the founder and director of the social business morethanshelters. Since more than 15 years Daniel works and researches at the interface between architecture, design and art, dealing with informal architecture and social design in slums and refugee camps. In this context he founded morethanshelters and started the design and development of a new modular shelter system for humanitarian needs. In November 2013, Daniel initiated morethanshelters’ second enterprise: the implementation of an innovation project in Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan.


Talk Experiences With a Threefold Humanitarian Innovation Approach

Bastien Kerspern

Bastien Kerspern is a service and interaction designer specialized in public innovation.

He co-founded Design Friction, a design practice working on near-futures scenarios and experimental interactive experiences. Bastien believes in participatory innovation with a gentle dose of cultural jamming and methods borrowed from ethnography.

Aside Design Friction, Bastien is also an associate game designer at Casus Ludi and a course leader in urban service design at L’École de Design Nantes Atlantique in France.

Louis Klein

Dr. Louis Klein is a leading expert in the field of systemic change management and complex project management on a global, cross-cultural stage. He is the founder of Systemic Excellence Group and since 2001 Consortial Partner & President.

Louis Klein studied management sciences, cybernetics, sociology, anthropology, psychology, philosophy, politics and economics at universities in Germany and the UK. He holds a PhD in systems theory-based sociology.

He is chairman of the Focus Group on Social and Cultural Complexity with the International Center for Complex Project Management (ICCPM). He was Vice President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) and is currently director at the World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics (WOSC). He is member of the German Society for Political Consultants (degepol). He served as Head of Project Studies at HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA School of Governance, and at the faculty of the Berlin School of Creative Leadership.

Talk Competitive Social Design

Tim Leberecht

Tim Leberecht is the author of The Business Romantic (HarperCollins, 2015) and the founder of The Business Romantic Society. He is the chief marketing officer of NBBJ, a global design and architecture firm. Previously, he was the chief marketing officer of product design and strategy firm Frog Design. His writing has appeared in publications such as Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, Psychology Today, and Wired. He has spoken at venues including TEDGlobal, The Economist Big Rethink, DLD, the Silicon Valley CEO Summit, Commonwealth Club, Remix, and the World Economic Forum. Leberecht is the co-founder of the 15 Toasts dinner series and an advisor to The Human Agency, a collective of social change-makers. He was born and raised in Germany and lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.

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Talk The Un-Quantified Self: A New Romantic Era in Business and Tech

Friedrich Liechtenstein

He is a flaneur, a self-proclaimed “ornamental hermit” and a media phenomenon par excellence. In his multifaceted career, the artist, actor, puppeteer and performer Friedrich Liechtenstein took on many roles. As artist for a German supermarket brand he gained national and international fame. “Supergeil” became an instantaneously recognizable catchphrase, his song and video garnered more than 20 million views on the internet and made headlines from the German press to international newspapers such as The New York Times and The Guardian. Liechtenstein has released three CDs, most recently the concept album Bad Gastein.

Photo by Ralph Anderl

Lisa Ma

Lisa Ma socializes activism. Combining ethnographic research and speculative design, Lisa creates platforms of engagement from surprising insights and processes that deeply resonate with the global technological community.
The emergence of clicktivism – to protest at the click of a mouse – is trivializing activism. Lisa argues that although activism doesn’t necessarily benefit from technology, we need to evolve how activism contributes to technological societies. To illustrate this, she designs dilemmas and creates social events that are perceived as activism but function as services.

Lisa Ma holds a MA in Design Interactions at Royal College of Art in London and BA from Central Saint Martins. She worked as a designer/strategist with Pentagram and Deutsche Telekom’s Creation Centre before making collaboration projects with Ted Global in Edinburgh, Kanvas TV in Belgium and Broadway with Arts Council.

Talk Design in the Clicktivism-fatigued Society

Niklas Maak

Niklas Maak is the arts editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (together with Julia Voss), and a John T. Dunlop Lecturer of Housing and Urbanisation at the Graduate School of Design in Harvard.

Since 2002, he has pursued parallel careers as a writer, educator, newspaper editor, architect and visiting professor.  Maak studied art history, philosophy and architecture in Hamburg and Paris. He completed a PhD on the work of Le Corbusier and Paul Valery in 1998. Since then, he has undertaken continuous research on the history of mass housing, and models to re-engage with communal dwelling and collective housing. In 2013, he co-designed and programmed, together with A77 and Pedro Gadanho of New York’s MoMA, an experimental, temporary, minimal collective dwelling structure, the Colony at MoMA PS1, in Queens. For his essays, Maak has been awarded the George F. Kennan Prize (2009), the Henri Nannen Prize  (2012) and the BDA Prize for architectural critique (2015). His most recent publication is Wohnkomplex, an investigation of the effects of fundamental technological, demographic and societal changes on housing.

Talk The Bauhaus as a Commune

Heather Moore

Heather A. Moore is Founder & CEO of The Shape of Things, a design research, foresight & innovation strategy consulting network based in Berlin.

Previously, as head of Strategy and Future Vision for Vodafone R&D, she led a number of research projects including KashKlash, online crowdsourced foresight on digital/social currency; Tricorder Dreams, on next generation diagnostics in health and agriculture; and Digital Things, an international research collaboration exploring the meaningful actions and relationships between people and their digital possessions.

She has consulted globally for clients including Microsoft, T-Mobile, AOL, Razorfish, and Adobe, as well as start-ups in game design, remote collaboration, e-book publishing and online financial planning. A graduate of Design and Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University, and founding fellow of THNK, Amsterdam School for Creative Leadership, with a focus on Resilience and Systems, she is a mentor at Startup Bootcamp Berlin and Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design.


Bernhard von Mutius

Bernhard von Mutius studied history, philosophy, sociology and political science. He is a non-fiction thinker of the future, entrepreneur, author and co-author of several books, among them Die Schönheit der Einfachheit, Die andere Intelligenz. Wie wir morgen denken werden (ed.), Die Verwandlung der Welt. Ein Dialog mit der Zukunft. He is dedicated to questions of complexity and creativity, the beauty and gestalt of simplicity. Over the last 25 years he has worked as a strategic advisor for business and politics and as a facilitator of transformation  – on strategic boundary issues between the disciplines – “in between”.

He is founder of the “Bergweg-Forum Denken der Zukunft e. V.”,  owner of “MUTIUS. Beratung im Wandel”, co-founder of DENKBANK and of “Unternehmen Partner der Jugend (UPJ)”,  founding member of the “New Club of Paris”, advisor of the “Club of Rome Schools” and member of the network “Denkwerk Zukunft – Stiftung kulturelle Erneuerung”. He is regarded as a “synchronous translator from industrial to knowledge society” (Wolf Lotter, brand eins).

Filipe Natalio

Dr. Filipe Natalio is a chemist interested in multiscales translational approaches: from a molecule to buildings. He studied chemistry at University of Lisbon and University of Amsterdam. He obtained his Ph.D. at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz on tissue engineering and silica biomineralization. He applied nanotechnology and enzymology to create the first bio-inspired and sustainable boat paint against biofouling and, in parallel, created the first biomineral under laboratorial conditions. Since 2013 he is Assistant Professor for Biomimetic & Bioinorganic Chemistry at Martin Luther University Halle. His current interdisciplinary research interests cross a multitude of scales, ranging from molecular chemistry and nanotechnology to architecture. He is particularly interested in investigating some underlying molecular mechanisms of Nature that can modify our traditional fabrication methods.


Sebastian Olma

Sebastian Olma is Professor for Autonomy in Art & Design at St. Joost Art Academy and Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda, The Netherlands. He was trained as a philosopher and organizational economist in Germany, New York and London. At the University of Amsterdam he co-founded the Creative Industries Research Centre and was research fellow at the Institute of Network Culture. As director of Amsterdam’s Serendipity Lab he is involved with governments and organisations around questions of creative industries, social innovation and the relation between creativity and economy in general. At the moment, he is finishing a book on ‘radical politics of innovation’.

Mads Pankow

Mads Pankow, publisher of the journal of social change DIE EPILOG, lives in Weimar, where he graduated with a degree in media culture and organizational science.

Frank Rieger

Frank Rieger is spokesperson for the Chaos Computer Club, Germany, one of the largest hacker and digital citizen rights organization worldwide. He has been active in the field of digital security for more then 15 years and has worked and published extensively on many aspects of the influence technology and the net have on society, citizen rights and politics. He has co-authored expert opinions for the German constitutional court on subjects like voting computers and data retention. Professionally he works as CTO for a company that manufactures secure communications products.

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Talk We Get the Tools to Build Utopia – What Will We Do With Them?

Martin Schmitz

Martin Schmitz, *1956. Studium bei Lucius Burckhardt an der Universität Kassel. Autor eines Buches Über die Kultur der Imbißbude, 1983. Kurator des Filmprogramms der 8. documenta 1987, der Tagung über Dilettantismus, Görlitz 1995, der Ausstellung Die Tödliche Doris – Kunst, Berlin 1999, des internationalen Kongresses Spaziergangswissenschaft: Sehen, erkennen und planen, Frankfurt 2008 und der ersten Lucius Burckhardt-Convention, Kassel 2014. Seit 1989 Verleger von Büchern zum Thema Architektur, Kunst, Film, Design, Musik und Literatur. Zur Zeit Professor für Theorie und Praxis der Gestaltung an der Kunsthochschule Kassel.

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Talk Promenadologische Betrachtungen über die Wahrnehmung der Umwelt und die Aufgaben unserer Generation.

Melinda Sipos

Melinda Sipos is a Budapest-based designer and cultural mediator. She loves to work at the intersection of art, design and technology. She studied glass design and new media design in Hungary and France and proceeded to hold various positions at “Kitchen Budapest” media lab, including programme director. Her recent projects are: “Based on Pig” (a research on food and urban culture), “MER” (a design and lifestyle brand) and “REPLYtoALL” (creative research and cultural mediating).

Photo by Peter Puklus

Workshop Social Design Cookbook

Sebastian Vehlken

Since April 2013, Dr. Sebastian Vehlken is Junior Director of the Institute for Advanced Study on Media Cultures of Computer Simulation (MECS), Leuphana University Lüneburg. He was a member of the Graduate School »Media of History – History of Media« at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, and Research Associate (PreDoc) in Media Philosophy, University of Vienna. In 2010, he finished his Ph.D. thesis on a media history of Swarm Intelligence. From 2010-2013 he was a Research Associate (PostDoc) at Leuphana University. His current research project explores the media history of computer simulations in the context of civil nuclear energy technology in West Germany, with a focus on the development of fast breeder programs. Its preliminary title is “Plutonium Worlds. Computer Simulation and Nuclear Energy 1960-1980”.

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Talk „The Future of Everything“– Social Simulations 1970|2010

Liss C. Werner

Liss C. Werner is a registered architect based in Berlin and founder of Tactile Architecture – office für Systemarchitektur. Operating internationally since 1996 she currently holds an Adj. Assoc. Professorship at Taylor’s University, Kuala Lumpur and acted as George N. Pauly Fellow, visiting professor at Carnegie Mellon University (2012) Further she runs the computational design studio Codes in the Clouds at DIA, Dessau since 2010.

Werner is the editor of  [En]Coding Architecture and  Architectural Ecologies – Systema, a member of the American Society of Cybernetics and co-chair of several conferences.

Werner’s research subject is the relevance and implications of Cybernetics for computational architecture in C21, exploring code-based tools to provoke an architectural vocabulary that allows a departure from the C19th understanding of predetermined static form and Euclidian space towards a relational architecture of cybernetics, self-organization, agent-based formations and biological understanding.