Meet Moritz Gekeler

Moritz Gekeler is a facilitator and personal coach for creative leadership, radical collaboration and co-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.

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Selected publications

A practical guide to design thinking. A collection of methods to rethink social change
The Gender Unit of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), India Office took up the challenge of applying Design Thinking with partner organizations in the social rather than the usual business-oriented framework. A Practical Guide to Design Thinking gives you an insight into the process, the strengths, and specific challenges of the approach. It features experiences from the FES partner organizations and offers a practical guide to some of the methods that have been used throughout the process. Download it for free from the the website of FES India
How do companies tell the stories of their sustainability?

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. 

Buy the book (in German) on the website of transcript publishers

How does design education need to change because of collaborative approaches?
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.  Please find the paper on the website of Taylor & Francis for download
Introductory online course – Developing software using design thinking
During my time at the SAP Design and Co-Innovation Center I helped create this online course on design thinking in the software industry. Its gives you a basic introduction to design thinking. After establishing dolaborate I continued supervising the initial course facilitators helping them to give constructive feedback and learn more about remote design thinking facilitation. 

You can participate in the course in a self-paced manner on the website of

A foldable template for design thinking introduction
During my time in the SAP Design and Co-Innovation Center Alessandro Sposato and I developed a foldable template, which helps facilitators to explain design thinking to their clients. Its is based on methods such as “the wallet exercise” or “the gift giving experience” but gives facilitators the possibility to choose their own challenge. Besides that, it enables the audience to work on one piece of paper, which can be taken home after the session.  Download it for free from the