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Designer, MA, Ph.d.
Founder: New Ways & Values
Senior associate professor (docent) in Creativity at Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX), Denmark (2018- )
Faculty member & Associate Professor at Parsons New School of Design, Paris/New York / Ms in Strategic Design & Management for Global Executives (2016-17)
Life centered design, design driven entrepreneurship, service design, creativity, learning, value clarification, future scenarios, futures thinking, strategic design, visual sensemaking.
Protreptics: Certified as a protreptician (philosophical coaching) at Ztrong, Denmark (March – June 2022) and at Ole Fogh Kirkeby (2022-2023)
Ph.d. in strategic design from Kolding School of Design/Aarhus School of Architecture (2008-2011). Supervisor: Business Professor Anders Drejer
MA in Rhetoric (MARC) from Aarhus University (2004-2007)
Designer (5-year study), graduated from Kolding School of Design, Visual Communication and Utrecht School of Design, Holland (1990-1995).
Teaching and research experiences:
Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX), Senior Associate Professor (Docent) 2018 –
Parsons New School of Design, Paris / Faculty member, Associate Professor in Ms in “Strategic Design & Management for Global Executives”
External lecturer at Aalborg University Copenhagen, Department of Learning and Philosophy
Kolding School of Design/University of Southern Denmark: teaching & supervisor at Ms in “Design Management”
Aarhus School of Architecture/Aarhus University, DK teaching in service design and strategic design, IT product development, visual sensemaking + Research at Platform Reform
Kolding School of Design, DK: research: pre-doc + Ph.D.
Parsons New School of Design, New York & Paris guest teacher, strategic design, value clarification workshops.
University College Lillebælt, DK: research in design didactics, entrepreneurship didactics, learning theory in relation to leadership & learning. Teaching Knowledge & Innovation Leadership”
MA in Design på The Royal Design Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation, DK: Guest Lecturer & supervisor on Ms thesis
Member of the External Examiner Corps within business economics, Danish Minister of Education, DK Appointed as an external examiner at universities and institutions offering education within Entrepreneurship, Business & Innovation.
Affiliated in entrepreneurial initiatives in DK (in particular in Spinderihallerne, Vejle) as consultant and lecturer
Development of new university didactics. Kolding School of Design, DK. Member of the pilot group (2010-2012?) led by professor Finn Thorbjørn.
Experiences from business:
Design management consultant, e.g. for Danfoss. Assisting in implementing DesignLine in various divisions.
Consultant at Iværk, Spinderihallerne (DK) teaching and supporting more than 300 creative entrepreneurs.
Consultant in Design2Innovate, an EU-supported project. The aim was to spread knowledge and awareness on design as a competence in innovation and business development.
Lecturer & supervisor in Design Management – a Ms at SDU – The University of Southern Denmark (working with realworld business cases e.g. Easy Food, Dinesen, Light Years m.fl) and supervisor in Master thesis processes on design in business development, strategic design.
Ph.D. including a case study: Middelfart Sparekasse (DK). Research focus on how design can be used strategically in business development. The outcome was: ‘strategic design for individuals and organizations. The thesis included the development of a radically different financial service that potentially facilitate changes in people´s money behavior. This service innovation moreover represents the values of the company and its strong focus on self-leadership. We invented a new notion “The Self-leading Customer” as people take leadership in relation to their money behavior.
Leadership Academy Lillebælt – teaching, research, and developing new types of leadership education.
Art Director, IC-Companys, International Art Director for the brand: InWear – responsible for ideation and development of materials for international campaigns.
Design studio: customers; Sony Music, Transistor Music, Danish Radio, Red Cross, Limfjordsteatret (theater), Middelfart Sparekasse (bank) m.fl.
Advisory board member, Hop Spots A/S,
Positions and jobs:
July 2016 – Parsons New School of Design, Paris / Faculty member, Associate Professor in Strategic Design & Management
A faculty member on Ms in Strategic Design & Management for Global Executives. Lecturer of ‘Individual Project’, teaching strategic design processes and value management for leaders and students new to design.
Aug. 2014 –July 2016 University College Lillebælt, Assistant professor & Associate Professor
Developing new types of leadership courses at Leadership Academy. Researching designerly competencies and didactics on how to implement these in new types of leadership and learning. Teaching ‘knowledge & innovation leadership.
Aug. 2011 – Jan 2016 Kolding School of Design/University of Southern Denmark (SDU) / teacher & supervisor
Teacher & supervisor in Design Management (designledelse) working with various types of business cases in collaboration with the business industry. Teaching service design, strategic design, business modeling e.g. and supervisor also for Master thesis projects. The education is offered by Kolding School of Design in collaboration with University of Southern Denmark (SDU).
Feb. 02. 2015 Parsons New School of Design, New York. Guest lecturer
Oct. 26.-28. 2015 Parsons New School of Design, Paris. Guest Lecturer
Sep. 2012 – June 2014 Aarhus School of Architecture/Aarhus University.
Primarily teaching experiment driven lessons on service design, strategic design, visual /sketching activities. Research topics: generative tools, design as a language for self-dialogue and value clarification, rhetoric, doing thinking, design as doing, self-leadership, strategic design, service design.
Jan. 2014 – Member of the External Examiner Corps within business economics,
Danish Minister of Education. Appointed as an external examiner at universities and institutions offering education within Entrepreneurship, Business & Innovation.
Aug. 2011– Iværk, Spinderihallerne Vejle/Kolding School of Design / teacher & supervisor
Entrepreneurship courses. Affiliated consultant and instructor at the entrepreneurial initiative, Iværk, Spinderihallerne in Vejle. Educating, all in all, more than 300 creative entrepreneurs that have incorporated a designerly approach to business development and entrepreneurship (a design management approach eg. in their idea development, user perspectives, service designs, business models and more). Some of the entrepreneurs were presented for personal value clarification (now part of life design) and act as empirical data in my research.
Jan. 2013 – 2014 The Royal Design Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation.
Supervisor, MA thesis supervisor. Affiliated with MA in design education, as a speaker and thesis supervisor.
Sep. 2011 – 2012 Design2Innovate / design consultant
Researching buyers and providers, that means companies who are using design as a competence in relation to business development and design companies who are offering business industries design competencies in relation to business development and strategy. Idea, research, and co-editor of the publication: “SÅDAN! – bruger du design i forretningsudvikling” (2012) on how to use design in business development. Design2innovate was a four-year project funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The objective of Design2innovate is to help small and medium-sized companies develop and increase their business using design as a competence.
Sep. 2011 – 2012 Danfoss / design management consultant
(a global Danish engineering company including 24.000 employees worldwide). Design management consultant, assisting in implementing a Design Line strategy in several divisions of the organization.
Jan. 2008-2011 Kolding School of Design/Aarhus School of Architecture/Middelfart Sparekasse / Ph.d.
(medium sized Danish bank) Ph.D. project 2008-2011. Awarded Nov. 2011.
2007 -2007 Kolding School of Design/Danish Centre for Design Research (DCDR) / Research assistant
Research Assistant. Pre-doc project.
2001 – 2006 Idyllic.dk – design studio / Designer
Owner, designer (Sony Music, Denmarks Radio, Coop, Middelfart Sparekasse, jobs within cultural institutions)
1996 – 2001 InWear, IC Companys, Denmark / international Art Director
International Art Director
1995 – 1996 Lindberg Optic / Designer
1985 – 1991 Marie Brolin-Tani Dance Theatre, Stephen Fant Dance Theatre, Eske Holm Dans m.fl. / Danser