hi, my name is daniel, and i like to create things.
i’m a third culture kid at home in innovation, entrepreneurship, startups, social business, and sustainability. i have a background in music, marketing, events, and making shit happen.
i’m fascinated by human behavior, technology, and exploration. passionate about building communities that empower people to take collaborative action on their ideas for a better world.
below you can find some information about the projects that i started or i’m engaged with.
MakeSense is a rapidly growing, global open-source community of passionate individuals who use their skills, knowledge and connections to tackle business, design and technology challenges of social entrepreneurs. We are building community around ‘learning through giving’ for the digital age.
Founded 2011 in Paris, we opened MakeSense Berlin in summer 2011 and developed it with zero income into one of the most active hotspots of this global network, contributing to numerous innovations adapted by other regions – most notably the SenseCamp.
SenseCamp is an unconference for social entrepreneurship and innovation, curated by the global MakeSense network. Launched in 2012 in Berlin, SenseCamps have happened all over the world, from São Paulo to Singapore, and have featured speakers such as Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Liam Black, Charles Eisenstein, or Rodrigo Baggio.
Silent Climate Parade
The Silent Climate Parade is one of Germany’s largest annual climate marches. It is a Silent Disco parade with wireless headphones and DJs on electric cars, creating a quiet space in the city with dancing people raising awareness about the climate problem. We are not aggressive or moralizing: We create a space that is so beautiful that it inspires people to join us and become part of our movement.
We have been iterating this new form of demonstration since 2010, inspiring a group in Mainz to start an SCP there. Funded through crowdfunding & on-location contributions, in 2014 we counted 4000 people joining.
Past projects for the future
A culture of sharing is part of my DNA and with my background in creating and working with innovative projects in various fields, I have the privilege of sharing my insights with audiences around the world.
Workshops & Coaching
Knowledge and expertise is worth little if it is not passed on. In my mission to help communities drive action, I frequently host workshops, coach teams, and advise on projects. These engagements have taken me all over the world, such as India, Italy, Germany, France, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, UK, and the US.
I also co-authored a book on how to start projects effectively, ‘Phase 0 – How to Make Some Action’.
I am always looking for inspired people to work with and expanding my network of freelancers for client projects, or project partners with complimentary skills and resources. Tell me about your ideas if you would like to create something together!
I offer consulting on a variety of elements that make projects successful, e.g. innovation and change management, strategic B2B business development, B2C marketing and communication, community and volunteer management, project management, as well as event and experience design.
My focus is on bringing value to the audience, so each talk is unique. I can speak about relevant topics from my expertise fields and my experience from different projects, e.g. social innovation in the digital age, building inspiring and functioning communities, or the future of work, living and playing.