About Ralf

Bio

Ralf Lippold is a global connector and boundary-spanner in diverse areas, mainly facilitating organizations to use best digital information technologies to make their processes even better. He is based in Dresden heart of the German SiliconSaxony. His work covers seamless solutions to tricky and complex business problems. Being on the core team building up BMW Plant Leipzig has been amongst the several drivers for understanding large scale group dynamics and collective learning.

Ralf is recognized for building up collaborative workspaces such as LockSchuppen, http://slideshare.com/RalfLippold/lockschuppen-the-story, and CoOrpheum, http://CoOrpheum.de combining the physical and virtual world jointly together.

Languages

English, German

Areas of Expertise

System Dynamics, Facilitating Creative Problem Solving, Community and Social development, Supply Chain and Logistics, Organizational Design, Lean and Project Management, Testing and Quality, Mentoring and coaching, technology - High Tech

An idea worth spreading

Bringing the InternetOfThinking, http://bit.ly/IoThinking, into life conceptualizing a startup accelerator in the city of Dresden, http://bit.ly/StartupAccelerator

I'm passionate about

Shaping serendipity by bringing art, science, and technology together in innovative ways.

Talk to me about

Lean Thinking, TheoryU, Process Consultation, Singularity, Social Behavior, Social Networks, Architecture, Ballet, Canada

People don't know I'm good at

Connecting knowledge-workers around the globe in diverse fields (e.g. information technology, lean management, psychology, city planning, ...)

My TED story

A severe illness at age of 5 draw me back one year at school and made me an "outsider" due to my tinyness. Over the years I have built up the capability to emerse amongst different groups of interest (at the same time). A few years back I learned that this role is called "boundary spanner. Bringing simple to solutions to present problems it appeared useful to know a large and diverse network of people. During the flood in Dresden in 2002 this enabled me to become project manager of the help organization within the City of Dresden. The internet had slowly emerged into the business life. In 2003 I was invited to join the team of building up the new plant of BMW in Leipzig. Virtual collaboration using the the most appropriate tools brought the team together in order to put up the best, most productive and fastest built up plant in the network. Learned from that experience, the focus on systems thinking and lean let me start @LockSchuppen, a new kind of multi-disciplinary think tank.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Ralf Lippold
Posted almost 2 years ago
John Lloyd: An inventory of the invisible
That has been THE STARTER into an amazing week. Don't miss John's last words of this speech: it is the relevant! I have to thank Facebook and @TEDxBeirut (which shared this wonderful video just a few minutes on their Facebook profile), http://twitter.com/RalfLippold/status/255223253369495553 THANK YOU - never stop asking to get your understanding of something right!!!
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Ralf Lippold
Posted over 2 years ago
Creating a startup accelerator on the notion of open collaboration across disciplines to shrink the "idea to market time" to more than half.
Hi R H, thanks for your comment, which I just read coming in. At present the single "subculture" will be tech-scence working on bringing technology, and research findings into market. Rather than working in "their" subcultures in a multi-setting like http://singularityu.org/gsp opens the opportunity to acceleraten, and shrink time to viable markable product.See http://abundancethebook.com on this where Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler describe, and inquire at the same time on make the abundance of innovation potential to become free. Sharing is gaining - as is the DNA of Silicon Valley, or around MIT, Harvard where even newcomers (I happened to get invited back in 2009 to attend several of their open entrepreneur meetings). Being visible to a diverse field of people, also with slightly, or bigger difference in background opens new future opportunities. In general you are right, as a "stable basis" of trust has to be essential to make the rest happen.
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Ralf Lippold
Posted over 2 years ago
Creating a startup accelerator on the notion of open collaboration across disciplines to shrink the "idea to market time" to more than half.
Where the idea originally has come from: http://www.slideshare.net/RalfLippold/2010-1001-lockschuppenenglish (mainly driven by working for almost 10 years in environments where processes, strategy, and markets had to be explored, working at BMW Leipzig for over five years has been the final touch on letting this dream grow in my mind).
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Ralf Lippold
Posted over 2 years ago
Creating a startup accelerator on the notion of open collaboration across disciplines to shrink the "idea to market time" to more than half.
Hi Angela, excellent question you bring up: what way to bring different education, experiences, and interests to enrich the whole? In the age of the enlightenment it was the coffeehouse, at the turn of the century from 19th to 20th again it was the coffeehouse, now enriched with the ability to get information from a variety of newspapers (there happened to be one on Prager Stra├če in Dresden with 100(!) international newspapers, and magazines). Today it is the internet that enables the sharing of ideas, knowledge, and information. Yet we as humans are born to be around other people in a physical space, may it be a park, a coffeehouse, some place. If this is enabled by what you have said in the first place then the best example is the Semperoper Ballett, the ballet company here in Dresden (to those who don't know) where in a "small spot" a variety of dozens of cultures come together to cocreate amazing artistic work. Shouldn't that be also possible for researchers, entrepreneurs, startups, and business folks? That's what drives me, as I have seen that in practice in several places around the world, visited these and got sparked.
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Ralf Lippold
Posted over 2 years ago
Creating a startup accelerator on the notion of open collaboration across disciplines to shrink the "idea to market time" to more than half.
Thanks for mentioning the "power shift" within the organization. Yes, that is a concern. Edgar Schein, formerly professor at MIT Sloan, has written about that in his book "DEC is Dead, Long Live DEC" very intensively. Actually during one of the our "protopyes", the http://flickr.com/CoOrpheum, exactly that happened, the sub-cultures took all off in different corners of the future opportunities space. The energy (of the people) so to say diffused over a larger space, and were not as powerful in the end. It probably needs more connection to an official partner within a network of partnerships (like is the case at Singularity University). This enables increased floating of knonwledge across the different stakeholders, and bounds the community together by a larger "social force" (all being more or less "one family", yet at different, well-positioned corners of this new entity).
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Ralf Lippold
Posted over 2 years ago
Creating a startup accelerator on the notion of open collaboration across disciplines to shrink the "idea to market time" to more than half.
Hi R H, thanks a lot for your thoughts. Locally "centralized" community resource collaboration, using the at hand (and emerging) information technologies to get connected elsewhere as well. It's meant to be like a "normal" eco-system where several sub-cultures, eco-systems co-exist and by that set up synergies. From "walled garden" to "open park". Of course there will be issues that are more open than others, yet the mere ability to bump into the "right" persons, and enabling the conversation is more than is achieved today in business, research, science, or other social fields. You are right the challenge is, "In which way to set up the structures, the incentive systems, in order to enable the wished for behavior?" It already starts with asking for advice on making this trip with that tremendous amount of tuition a reality. First single sentence answers from friends, or business folks, "An interesting idea, yet I can't give you that amount of money!". Asking them about their business, and in which way I could help quickly opens possibilities such as, "Oh, I see. We can do interviews while you are there, and I post it on my blog. Great idea to restart this." Peter Diamandis has given a great interview at Stanford University, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNxlLl4wpp8 ("When you ask for money you often get advice, and when you ask for advice you get money!")
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Ralf Lippold
Posted over 2 years ago
Creating a startup accelerator on the notion of open collaboration across disciplines to shrink the "idea to market time" to more than half.
Hi Jon, Thanks a lot for your comment. LockSchuppen is different from Sparked.com, it is meant as a physical space, being a sort of incubator/ accelerator for startups from either the university-backed background, or independent entrepreneurs. Pretty much like what I have seen at Cambridge Innovation Center, http://www.cictr.com/ - being the hub between the research (in the Southern parts of Dresden), the production (in the Northern parts, with two large chip factories), and in the middle of the city the art communities (http://twitter.com/SemperoperDD, http://twitter.com/SemperBallettDD, etc.).
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Ralf Lippold
Posted over 2 years ago
Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future
A great talk by Peter, after giving a speech at DLD in Munich a few weeks ago, this is really amazing. Technology is certainly the enabler to progress, and capture the abundance of human creativity. The real challenge towards it is the change of human mental models that hinder often our own and larger groups' action towards what is possible. Doing action research in this field myself for the last 20 years, especially in the context of bringing lean thinking to the broader understanding I sense the time is ripe to make the utopian ideas become reality. Never before I connected easier with people around the globe, in almost no effort, finding like-minded folks at the very distance, whether in Africa, Australia or on the West coast of America. Though my smartphone is a Treo 650 from 2005 (while I was working as lean specialist at BMW) and a bit outdated, this little device is right in this "ocean of abundance".
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Ralf Lippold
Posted almost 3 years ago
Do you use crowd wisdom to think? Be part of creating the first ever crowd sourced TED talk
Hi Lior - what a great experiment you are undergoing. Very much appreciate it, and happy to share my own crowdsourced story. Especially since 2004 when invited by my sister to http://xing.com (a German based business network community, founded by Lars Hinrichs) the crowd around the globe is the source of the projects I am undertaking. Learning about Team Academy ("The Management School without teachers") up in Finland the following emerged http://leanthinkers.blogspot.com/2008/11/team-action-learning-jouney-into-future.html There are many smaller crowdsourced stories around the projects, which I am happy to share in more detail (only for now I have to move, as night is arising here in Dresden, where a historical legacy of innovation is still merging into the new times) Cheers, Ralf
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Ralf Lippold
Posted over 3 years ago
What dreams do you have for the world?
I am dreaming of creating entrepreneurial eco-systems around the world to grasp the collective wisdom of people which then can work collaboratively on making the world a better place. So much knowledge hidden in overload of information and fast changing events we can't often get hold on. ..... http://twitter.com/WikiWall is just one step towards this vision