Moritz Gekeler is a strategic facilitator and personal coach for creative leadership, collaboration and innovation.
Since 2006 he has gained professional experience in various institutions such as the foresight department of Daimler AG, the HPI School of Design Thinking and the SAP Design and Co-Innovation Center. In 2015 he founded dolaborate GmbH as a platform for collaboration experience design.
Moritz works internationally with organizations of all sizes in the process of participatory strategy making especially with regard to design and innovation. He facilitates teams on co-creative projects and coaches leaders individually, who deal with the challenge of guiding creative teams. Besides working in the business and social sector, Moritz regularly teaches at universities in Germany, Switzerland or India.
He is a member of the expert team of the German design research network design:transfer and an associated member of tt30 – the young organization of the Club of Rome, Germany.
This paper describes the changing role of designers in times of design thinking and service design increasing in popularity. These new participatory approaches expand the work of designers and thus, should be reflected in the way we teach design. If designers nowadays are demanded as facilitators and moderators of innovation processes, what role should educators take, to prepare students appropriately? Building on qualitative interviews with representatives of academia, industry and business, the paper highlights the new requirements and puts these in juxtaposition to the existing teaching model in Germany. While the industry is already adapting, the German educational system seems not yet prepared to teach the appropriate skills. The focus still lies much more on cultivating the individual craftsmanship of designers. The authors, therefore, propose a new model of design education with which they hope to inspire educational approaches for the development of collaborative capabilities and know-how.
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From 2007-2011 I worked on my PhD thesis “Konsumgut Nachhaltigkeit” at the Karlsruhe University of arts & design under supervision of Wolfgang Ullrich. The question I tried to answer was, how do companies communicate the sustainability of their products through product design as well as other communicative activities such as advertisements, packaging etc.
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