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Ralf Lippold, Technology Strategist & Lean Thinker 1/3
Curriculum Vitae
Personal Information
First name / Surname
Ralf Lippold c/o Burghardt
Pfotenhauerstraße 71 • D-01307 Dresden • Germany
+49 (162) 642 90 90
: FrisbeeRalf •
Current Positions
Currently involved as: Technology Strategist, Global Innovation Network & OnlineCommunity Manager, Social Network Evangelist for ‘Abundance  – THE FUTURE IS BETTER THAN YOU THINK” by Peter Diamandis.
 Additional present activities
Founder and organizational designer of LockSchuppen,a “Think and Do Tank”, Dresden, Germany (concept basedon “The future of management educationPeter Senge, author of  “The Fifth Discipline”, andSingularity University founded by Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil).Founding partner,CoWorking Dresden e.V. CoOrpheum (a
 space). PrincipalBlogger for Semperoper Dresden,and technology blogger at my personal blogs Leanthinkers,andBizDesignDD.
References(upon request)
Prof. Dr. John D. Sterman
, MIT Sloan School of Management, System Dynamics.
Peter Claussen
, former plant manager BMW Plant Leipzig [2001-2008].
Prof. Dr. Edgar Schein
, MIT Sloan School of Management (em.), Management.
Betsey Merkel
, Co-Founder of The Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open).
Work experience
Dates 04/2011 PresentOccupation or positionheldBusiness Developmanager (unpaid)
 Main activities andresponsibilities
Founder and
Community Manager 
,OpenCoffeeClubDresden,monthly conversations convening Dresden entrepreneurs. Forums accelerating locally based and globallyconnected social networks, and knowledge exchange across boundaries; continuing toincorporate personal
skills in the realms of participatory
action research
. Inspirational models:110stories, Connected the Film.  Founder and chief evangelist,Dresden Innovation Nights (beta stage), andHTxA(Hightech (x) Agency) – both are focusing on the value creating combination of arts, science, andtechnology.
12/2008 03/2011
Occupation or positionheld
Business & Technology Consultant
Main activities andresponsibilities
individuals and organizations in order to improve their inherent problem solvingskills in order to capture future business opportunities. Providing innovative business ideasevolving by putting lean thinking into practice: “
Create more value with the presentamount of resources – without increasing work pressure for the individual
” (personalmotto).
Main achieved projects
Building the foundation for an entrepreneurial “Think and Do Tank”,LockSchuppen,in Dresden. It will be based on the principles of Team Academy, Jyväskylä, Finland (“Thefuture of management educationPeter Senge, author of “The Fifth Discipline”). Additionallypart of the founding team of CoWorking Dresden e.V. CoOrpheum as aCoWorking space.
06/1998 03/2008
Occupation or positionheld
Project Manager, Logistics Specialist, Lean Consultant, Facilitator, and Coach
Main activities andInitiating and facilitating process improvement projects.
Project management
of multi-
Ralf Lippold, Technology Strategist & Lean Thinker 2/3
stakeholder logistics projects including software usability testing and training.
Main achieved projects
: Implementing European-wide container tracking-tracing program,CESAR (50.000 search/ communication hrs per year saved since 2001);
BMW Plant Leipzig
:maven in the role of facilitating the implementation of new programs or softwarefunctionality (in various contexts); implementing new organizational/ technological ways todecrease throughput times and increase process stability; setting foundations for futuresystem dynamics simulations; facilitating of implementation of programs on the shop floor indiverse cultures as visualization and
process improvement
Flood Crisis Help
: created interactive help hub and integrated digital PDAs in the organizationalwork flows of the City of Dresden.
Name and address of employer 
BMW AG Plant Leipzig
(2003-2008, Regensburg & Leipzig),
QAD Dresden
[Flood Help](2002-2003),
Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe AG
(2001-2002, Dresden),
Kombiverkehr Deutsche Gesellschaft für kombinierten Güterverkehr mbH & Co. KG
Education & training
10/01/1995 – 09/11/1997
Title of qualificationawarded
Master of Business Administration (FH)
Principal subjects /occupational skills covered
Innovation Management
Strategic Management
and Organization-
Information Management Systems
 - Production Logistics Management
Place of education
University of Applied Sciences Dresden (FH) / HTW Dresden
Level in national or internationalClassification
Master Good
Social skills andcompetences
knowledge and practical use of organizational design methods.
Future research
(especially in the learning and information logistics field in organizations)and taking an
anthropological approach
to create the acceptance of the new. Applying boundary spanner role between different organizational groups and cultures.Sensible in identifying special strengths of individual team members and put them intopractical use. Putting analytical skills into synthesizingGood understanding and practical use of 
negotiation skills
(Attended “Harvard NegotiationMethod” workshop at BMW AG in 2005). Practicing constantly in complex situations (e.g.flood crisis, co-creating new business processes at BMW Leipzig, facilitating, setting up of various CoWorking spaces) over three decades.
Organisational skillsand competences
experience (responsible for some 15 project members and additionalvolunteers during the flood help in Dresden 2002). Experience in various informalleadership positions working on the shop floor with diverse groups and departments.
skills, especially in facilitating groups on problem solving and creating newprocesses. I initiatedOpenCoffeeClubDresden as a local meeting point of entrepreneurs, visionaries, and game changers (based on experience atOpenCoffee Club Cambridge,  Mass., USA)
Technical skills andcompetences
Excellent command of 
lean thinking
philosophy, culture, and tools – due to over 30 yearsof personal practice (born to an engineering family).Organized and attended several workshops and conferences on
systems dynamics,
change management
, and
future technology use
such as:
UPCOMING: Keynote Speaker at the Symposium
, 28./29.November 2012, Bad Dürkheim, Germany, 2012
Member of press body covering
as technology blogger,running a prototype of social network appearance on
,Dresden, 2012
Co-organizer of 
 (everything on mobile computing; doing asession on Abundance), Dresden, Germany, 2012
Technology blogger for 
at TU Bergakamadie Freiberg (world’s oldest mining university),Freiberg/Sachsen, Germany, 2012

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