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 an Ashoka Fellow and is regularly invited to lead workshops and give talks on his work and vision, more on which in his recent TEDx talk.

Talks & conferences

Jeune Chambre Economique, Lyon 2019
Social Impact Days, Russia, Moscow and Yaroslavl 2018
Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre – University of South Australia, Bringing the Human Back to the City, Adelaide 2018
Thrive 2020, From Surviving to Thriving, Guernsey 2017
Grenoble Alpes UniversityPromising conference, Grenoble 2016
, 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 2016-2019
HES Genève, Social entreprises, Geneva 2016-2017
La Sorbonne, MA in Art in Public Spaces, Paris 2015
EESP, Nouveaux types d’événements participatifs & immersifs, Lausanne 2014, 2017-18
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