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Dan Acher

Founder & Creative Director, Happy City Lab

Dan is an artivist and social entrepreneur, founder of the creative studio Happy City Lab. He designs socially innovative city-wide installations which disrupt routines and bring the extra-ordinary into people's lives.

Central to his work is the use of art to create change; from  immersive streetlight orchestras to pop-up dancefloors, lost pianos, participative cinema or neighbourhood exchange boxes, his installations challenge mind-sets and transform the way we live together. Dan designs for music, lights and other multi-disciplinary arts festivals as well as for city councils and private companies.

Dan has travelled widely exploring various cultures and has a New Zealand university background in social anthropology and management. He is a prize-winner in the 2013 Ashoka Impact program and is an Ashoka Swiss Changemaker. He is regularly invited to lead workshops and give talks on his work and vision, more on which in his recent TEDx talk.

See Dan Acher's website here.

Talks & conferences

Grenoble Alpes UniversityPromising conference, Grenoble 2016
TEDx
, Interface/Interact, Lausanne 2015
BMW Foundation, Social Impact Days, Georgia & Armenia 2015
Crea Jam Days, Berlin 2015
Lift Conference, Geneva 2015
G21 Swisstainability Forum, IMD Lausanne 2015
Global Entrepreneur Week, Geneva 2015
Creative Mornings, Geneva 2013

Lectures & teaching 

HEG Genève, DAS in Communication, Geneva 2016
La Sorbonne
, MA in Art in Public Spaces, Paris 2015
EESP, Nouveaux types d’événements participatifs & immersifs, Lausanne 2014 & 2015
HEAD Geneva
Centre de formation professionnelle arts appliqués 2015-16
Communication visuelle 2015
Design et développement durable 2014
HEG Fribourg, Marketing Communication, 2014

HESGE, Economie sociale et solidaire, Geneva 2015

 

Happy City Lab - 50 rue Rothschild - 1202 Geneva - Switzerland