Daniel Karpantschof, misfit, creator and convener. Karpantschof has been working at the frontier of communities, commerce, civil society and innovation for non-profits, corporations and government agencies since 2001. He was previously a member of sub-cabinet level committees in the Danish government (including the Council on European Policies and the Board of Education), acted as Danish representative to UNESCO General Conferences and UN World Summits on Information Society. He served on private and public boards, including the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies’, Danish Evaluation Institute’, the creative urban development project Copenhagen – The Thinking City and lectured at the Danish School of Design, NYU, the Chaos Pilots, Copenhagen Business College and was declared part of Denmark’s “New Creative Elite” by leading Scandinavian think-tank, Monday Morning.
Through a convening approach based on partnerships Karpantschof at age 15 co-created a chain of gaming cafes and gaming portal. At 16 he launched a cell phone service provider, at 18 had a screenplay nominated for Palm d’Or, by age 23 he co-created a supplier of clean and renewable energy, at 24 an agency specializing in gender equality in executive management, prior to moving to Washington, DC.
At 26 he co-founded a global community of young philanthropists and social entrepreneurs, before moving from DC to New York, to head The Economist Group Ideas Lab, an internal think-and-do-tank focused on innovation and re-design of The Economist audience, community and global readership, again; through an external partnership structured approach. He left in 2013 to serve as Head of Global Affairs at the international community of entrepreneurs and fellow misfits, Sandbox, where he facilitated transition of ownership and returned to help organizations design, develop, deploy and direct alliances as strategic tools. He recently commenced work on the book on communities.