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Designing for Collaboration

The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), Go21 and the Berlin Peace Innovation Lab are excited to invite you to a workshop about how design can support collaborative spirit.


19.00: Welcome + 'Energizer'

19.15: Input presentation (Ulf Brandes, Go21): Designing for Collaboration and case studies (Anne Riechert, ex. OpenIDEO)

19.45: Q&A

20.00: World Café workshop 15min x 2 + sharing key insights

Topics: Real world cases (non-profit), Real world cases (for profit), team configuration, Enablers of collaboration, speaker´s table, open tables

21.00: Networking at Max & Moritz 


Collaboration is essential in our interconnected world, and everything inter-esting has become "cross", “multi” and "inter" today: international, inter-disciplinary, cross-functional, multi-generational, multi-sectoral. You name it!

Yet, often it seems harder to collaborate than not. We are largely unaware of a shared purpose and feel disconnected. We're unsure if we can trust, in whom to trust and in what to trust. We fear making ourselves vulnerable.

Interestingly, we have already of scientific knowledge today about how cognition and emotions interact, and how attitudes, design and context influence human behaviour. In addition, we have plenty of design experience suggesting how we can influence our behaviours for the better (-as well as for worse).

So the question is: How can we design to encourage collaborative behaviour?

Whether you are a collaboration expert, an active citizen, or simply curious – You are kindly invited to learn and share with us how design can help us collaborate!


The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce): an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges. Through its ideas, research and 27,000-strong Fellowship it seeks to understand and enhance human capability so we can close the gap between today’s reality and people’s hopes for a better world. The RSA is popular in Germany for projects such as RSA Animates. is a network of likeminded professionals from corporations, start-up firms, charities, and consultancies: A growing think and do tank of entrepreneurs, managers, policy makers, researchers, facilitators and creatives united by a passion for human work environments that help organizations prosper. The meetup is created in partnership with Go21´s co-founder Ulf Brandes, an experienced innovation navigator and behavior change design researcher.

Berlin Peace Innovation Lab, as part of the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab global network, focuses on how technology is facilitating emerging and measurable social changes toward global peace. The Berlin Peace Innovation Lab provides design frameworks, principles and methodologies for interventions that will increase positive engagement at scale.

Limited Space

60 people can fit in the room. "First come first serve".

*If you have signed up, and cannot attend, please make sure to delete your participation, to leave room for others to attend. Thank you!

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  • Anja

    Inspiring and mind-refreshing

    2 · September 2, 2013

    • Anne Kjær R.

      Thank you Anja. I am so happy to hear that you liked the event and hope to see you at the next one!

      September 12, 2013

  • Svenja L.

    inspiring, positive energy, thanks organizers, i´ll be back!

    1 · September 6, 2013

    • Anne Kjær R.

      Thank you Svenja for your lovely feedback. We look very much forward to have you back!

      September 12, 2013

  • Ulf B.

    You can find my presentation here on slideshare:

    3 · September 1, 2013

    • Johannes P.

      Thank you Ulf for your input and sharing your presentation - it was a pleasure!

      September 1, 2013

    • Ulf B.

      thank _you_ Johannes for having me, and for hosting all of us so nicely!

      September 1, 2013

  • Ulf B.

    Thank you all for joining us on Thursday! Looking at the photos I've just uploaded on our Facebook page, I'm still thrilled by the atmosphere that you've created from beginning till late after midnight... Wow.

    2 · September 1, 2013

  • Willi

    Thank you for the opportunity to be part – I have done a first post about the "planet school network" with my insights triggered by the event :-)

    1 · August 31, 2013

  • Hubert

    inspiring, me likes.

    2 · August 30, 2013

    • Anne Kjær R.

      Thank you. The Peace Lab likes you too!! Thank you for joining us again - and I look forward to seeing you next

      1 · August 30, 2013

  • Florian J.

    super intensive, inspiring, professional fun!

    2 · August 30, 2013

    • Anne Kjær R.

      Thank you Florian! I am happy you had a good evening, and hope you left with a few new ideas

      August 30, 2013

  • Romain

    Really inspiring, food for thought ! It's just a bit frustrating to debate such great questions in so little time but it was a great experience !

    2 · August 29, 2013

    • Anne Kjær R.

      Thank you for your kind comment and good feedback. It sure was an intense evening. Like drinking from a firehose! But we hope you left feeling inspired.

      August 30, 2013

  • Julia K.

    Open Data Enthusiast, working for the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany

    1 · August 28, 2013

  • Tobias S.

    with deep regret I have to give up my spot for some unglamorous reasons but hope someone else will savour the opportunity of being there all the more.

    August 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would handouts and other literature be made available online after the meeting for those who couldn't make it?

    August 27, 2013

    • Ulf B.

      sure, we can share slides & hopefully some photos!

      1 · August 27, 2013

  • Florian

    ...after some inner conflict because of hamburg-travel and date issues, I signed out. In tears, have a good collaboration time. Florian

    August 26, 2013

  • Johann Q

    Signed out, because I maybe could not make it.

    August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I'm a interaction designer from London, and would like join in.

    August 22, 2013

    • Anne Kjær R.

      Hi Nick. We´d love to have you join us

      August 26, 2013

  • Belhal K.

    August 21, 2013

    • Anne Kjær R.

      Hi Belhal, I cannot see your comment for some reason. Can you type it again (... or let me know if it was a mistake), please? I just want to make sure that nothing is lost. Best Anne

      August 26, 2013

  • Aini H.

    I would like to hear what people think are enablers for collaboration and what oppositely "killers". Like space, mindsets, habits, tools&methods, leadership, facilitation etc.

    August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to hear what experiences people have with creating innovations that are actually implemented into the real world.

    2 · August 21, 2013

  • Anne Kjær R.

    Hi, if you have a "Collaborative design" related topic which you would like to discuss in the World Cafe round, please post it on this comment section, before Monday August 26th.

    1 · August 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward (as always)!

    2 · July 30, 2013

    • Anne Kjær R.

      Great. I am happy that you are joining us again!

      August 8, 2013

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