Being an expert is great. But if everyone is focusing on detail, the bigger picture can get lost. In an ever more complex, complicated and elusive world divided into areas of expertise, I build bridges between people, ideas, industries and projects.
I help experts to situate highly specific, complex work within a holistic social narrative. I support companies and institutions in making products, services and solutions more accessible and understandable to internal and external stakeholders and the general public.
More like an idea navigator. A content guide. A topic mediator. A knowledge broker. A project facilitator. A network architect. A stakeholder manager. An innovation coach. A communication advocate. And a passionate storyteller.
I studied creative writing for the stage at the Berlin University of the Arts and for many years worked as a freelance playwright and dramatic advisor with my production company based in Berlin.
Today I live in Basel where I co-founded schaefer | hansen, a consulting company focusing on sustainable urban development and digitalisation projects in the context of smart cities.
As the co-managing director of Smart Regio Basel, a non-profit association, I am committed to the sustainable, smarter development of the Basel metropolitan region.
As a freelance consultant and campaigner, I am involved in the fields of mental health and climate communication where I can put my expertise and experience to good use.
I am married and share the care of our 4-year-old daughter with my wife, who works in communications and culture.