“In every job that must be done there is an element of fun, you find the fun and *snap* the job’s a game.”
I strongly believe that fun and creativity lead to more efficient learning results and will help you to discover new meaning in what you do. Let’s tease out and nurture these key elements.
© Nicole Schurr
I was born in Berlin and lived and learned in various enriching environments including South Africa and South Korea. Today I live in a small town in Northern Germany, surrounded by flat land, which has become the home base that I return to when traveling and working across the globe.
I studied in Berlin and Seoul and earned a MA in musicology and media from Humboldt University, Berlin. I am a certified Design Thinker and a graduate of the D-School (Hasso Plattner Institut, 2010), a trained Yoga Teacher (Spirit Yoga, 2014), Systemic Consultant of Organizations (artop, 2016), and I coach using the (RZT)® Resilience Circle Training (Amann Consulting, 2017).
Before becoming a Design Thinking professional, I worked for Christoph Schlingensief, at the Salzburg Festival as well as for Herbert Grönemeyer's charity campaign. I also ran and failed with my own company RITA (Resonance In The Arts) and was head manager of Piano City Berlin, an innovative piano festival that took place in 100 individual living rooms across Berlin. As a coach and track manager at HPI School of Design Thinking, I was part of a team that implemented D-Schools in Malaysia, China, and South Africa. I also co-created the Professional Track, an intensive three-month training for managers and change makers who use the training to create a blueprint for their own Design Thinking implementation strategy. Last but not least, I have worked as a lecturer at design akademie berlin, Züricher Hochschule der Künste and at Dessau Department of Design (Hochschule Anhalt).
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This guide provides answers on how to become a Design Thinker in 10 steps. It presents hands-on tools to train your creative muscles: Design Thinking professionals take you through entire projects and show you how to tackle them with the help of specifically designed methods – step by step.
I am a vital part of Creative Canteen, a Pop-Up Academy for Start-Ups. Based on our year-long experience with creative leadership and coaching expertise, we have developed tools and trainings that help Start-Ups to overcome their main growth obstacles: we work with them to enhance their team dynamics, portfolio and identity development.
I hardly ever work alone, but love to surround myself with an inspiring and diverse group of people whom I met on my professional path. Together, we bring years of experience and all the credentials to promote organizational change to the table.