My work is focused on empowering people to address systemic social, cultural and economic challenges by building their capacity to empathize, collaborate and innovate across boundaries. I currently work with the Presencing Institute where I design and deliver online and offline innovation labs that are applicable across systems, sectors and cultures.
Since joining the Presencing Institute in 2012 I have helped bring the organization’s work with Theory U to scale. Most notably, I co-created and facilitated the MITx course u.lab: Leading From the Emerging Future, which has reached over 130,000 people from 185 countries and is seen as a model for how to blend online and offline elements to create transformative learning environments. More recently, I led an initiative focused on societal transformation, a collaboration with HuffPost that launched in January 2019 and empowers 300 cross-disciplinary teams (roughly 4,000 people) from 35 countries to simultaneously tackle social challenges (transforming education, addressing climate change) using collective systems mapping and design processes.
My role in earlier Presencing Institute projects was to make visible, through writing research, the often-invisible dynamics of social change. I served as the learning historian for the Presencing Institute's Global Wellbeing Lab from 2013-2016, documenting the process and early outcomes of an effort to move beyond GDP in different parts of the world. I also contributed writing and editing for Theory U, 2nd Edition (2016) and Leading From the Emerging Future (2013).
In 2012, as a graduate student at Columbia University, I worked in public health in Ghana through the Millennium Villages Project, where I wrote a series of ethnographies that then-Chair of the One Million Community Health Worker Campaign Prabhjot Singh called “stunning vignettes, both lively and easy and easy to read as well as deeply insightful into the attitudes and operations of these programs as they actually are on the way to what we hope they become.”
I have also worked as a full-time youth mentor with Summer Search in Philadelphia, spent a year living and working with grassroots NGOs in India through a fellowship from American Jewish World Service, and taught English for a period of time in Costa Rica with WorldTeach.
On the individual level, I am trained and certified by Integral Coaching Canada (ICC) to offer customized leadership coaching programs. ICC’s rigorous training is deeply rooted in an understanding of human development, and enables me to help clients become aware of how they approach situations, see new possibilities, and develop the specific capacities they need to get unstuck and sustain change that deeply matters to them. For more information, or to contact me directly with questions, please visit this page.