WHAT MY STORY BRINGS TO THE TABLE
PHILOSOPHY ROOTED IN ACTION
In this portfolio I am sharing a few highlights of projects I have been developing for the past several years. Although I have been based in Asia since 2012, I've worked across cultures and continents for many more- from Southern Africa, to Central and South America to Europe, the Middle East and North America. My passion and focus sits at the intersection of applied design thinking, sustainable development and social innovation and entrepreneurship - all sparked by a serious intention to contribute to the conscious awakening of society so that our earth and future generations may thrive.
SHORT AND LONG HORIZONS OF CHANGE
I believe that the aggregate of positive social impact efforts made by local leaders across the world will result in the systems change society needs to calibrate for the imbalances- environmentally, economically and socially. For the past several years I have been experimenting and testing various hypotheses through market based solutions and global academic networks. NESTA's 'Stages of Innovation' (image) is a great quick visual that puts my work into context and serves as an underpinning approach to innovation.
INNOVATION IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Examples include my current work with the UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Innovation Centre, as Head of Exploration, or previously founding the Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership (DSIL) Course- a pilot turned into a scaled global endeavor. And prior to this, Green Loop Nashville, a campaign to restructure an old ironworks factory into a hub for closed loop systems and green sustainability entrepreneurs in 2011. Other important stops along the way include working with Ashoka's Full Economic Citizenship initiative in the Washington, D.C. area and teaching at the university level in Japan. Today, I see my executive committee and board experiences as being equally influential- they have been moments where the value of governance, policy and generative thinking have been powerful shape shifters to dynamic organizations. See my article, Why the Next Generation of Designers Will Save the World, published in the Design Management Review's social innovation issue for more on the intersection of practical strategies and international development.
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What I've Done
What I Do
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