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Improvisation and Collaboration: The Art of Responsible Innovation

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Save the date for an intensive workshop conference about innovative processes.

"Improvisation and Collaboration: The Art of Responsible Innovation" will take place at the Munich University of Applied Sciences on 6/7 October 2017. Please register until September 28, 2017 at:

The workshop conference will research the implicit and tacit knowing of innovative processes using different angles and perspectives. Starting point will be the notion that innovative processes are cultural processes by nature - based on hidden values, from which one will have to redefine problems. That is why there will be used various artistic procedures and reasoning in order to identify and understand underlying patterns for innovate processes. Artistic procedures will help to understand the hidden (cultural) elements of innovation and enhance our reflexivity.

Within two days there will be shared

  • the understanding of how innovation takes place in a responsive way (opening fishbowl event)
  • joint experiences in various artistic procedures (a series of experience-based workshops and labs)
  • personal conclusions for responsive innovativeness (final fishbowl event)

Main Facilitators:

• Peter Michael von der Nahmer
Composer and Sound Researcher, New York 

• Ken Otter
Collaborative Leadership Trainer, San Francisco  und 


• Manfred Moldaschl
Performative Reflexivity, Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen 

• Hajo Neis
Architect and Pattern Specialist, University of Oregon 

• Ursula Bertram
ID Factory Dortmund for Artistic Transfer and Research  

• Martin Ciesielski
Applied Improvisation   

• Thieu Bresselinck
Amsterdam Learning Lab  

Schedule of the Workshop Conference (Draft)

Friday, October 6

09.30                         Arrival – Ankomst – Ankommen – Coffee and Tea

10.00                         Welcome – Willkommen

10.30                         Starting Fishbowl:
Responsible Innovation –
How we Collaborate, Compose and Improvise
(Bertram – Besselink – Ciesielski – Moldaschl – Neis – Otter – Stark – von der Nahmer)

12.00                          Lunch

13.00 – 14.30              Workshop I  (Peter Michael von der Nahmer)

14.45 – 16.15              Workshop II  (Ken Otter)

16.30 – 17.45              Workshop III (Manfred Moldaschl)

18.00 – 19.30              Workshop IV (Hajo Neis)

20.00                           Dinner


Saturday, October 7

09.00                           Morning Wrap-Up

09.30 – 11.00              Workshop V (Ursula Bertram)

11.15 – 12.45              Workshop VI (Martin Ciesielski)

12.45                           Lunch

14.00 – 15.30              Workshop VII (Thieu Besselink)

16.00                           Final Fishbowl:
                                    The Art of Responsible Innovation (all participants)

17.30                           Farewell                    


The Workshop Conference is open for all interested. Active Participation is required.


What: Improvisation and Collaboration: The Art of Responsible Innovation

When: 6/7 October 2017

Where: Munich University of Applied Sciences, Oskar-von-Miller-Hall, Lothstr. 34, 80335 Munich

Please register until September 28, 2017 at:


For information about the event and application please contact:

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Stark

Universität Duisburg-Essen

Steinbeis Transferzentrum Innovation and Sustainable Leadership

Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship