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, sustainability, and all things digital. 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.
here you can read about the projects i started or i engage in.
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 and have engaged more than 20,000 people thus far.
Founded 2011 in Paris, I have been co-building MakeSense Berlin since the summer of 2011 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. After we launched it in 2012 in Berlin, SenseCamps have spread 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 Germany’s largest annual climate march. It is a Silent Disco parade – with wireless headphones and DJs on electric cars – that creates a quiet urban space with dancing people raising awareness about climate change. We are not aggressive or moralizing: We create a sight that is so beautiful that it inspires the people around us to join and become part of our movement.
I co-founded the e.V. that has been iterating this entirely new way of demonstrating since 2010, inspiring a group in Mainz to start their own SCP. Funded through crowdfunding, sponsors & on-location contributions, we counted 4000 people in 2014.
A culture of sharing is part of my DNA and with my background in creating and working with innovative projects, 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. I also enjoy ‘training the trainers’ to support others on their journey to empower others. 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. I love expanding my network of freelancers for client projects, or meeting project partners with complimentary skills and resources. Tell me about your ideas if you would like to create something together!
I offer consulting to make projects successful. I can help with e.g. innovation and change management, B2B business development, strategic B2C marketing and communication, community and volunteer management, project management, as well as event and experience design.
I focus on bringing value to the audience, so each talk is unique. My talks focus on relevant topics from my expertise fields and draw upon 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.