The noble octopus. 
Smart and sensitive with arms in every direction. 

The eight-armed cephalopod mollusc has three hearts, nine brains, and hundreds of sensory suckers.
A fifty-pound octopus can fit through a two-inch hole. We model ourselves after the noble octopus because of their flexibility, curiosity, and intelligence.

 
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María José Giménez | Co-Founder

María José Giménez is a Venezuelan-Canadian poet, translator, editor,
and community advocate who weaves
a passion for language—and languages— into literary translation, creative work,
and collaborative art projects.

LinkedIn | Website

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Sylvia Vriesendorp | Associate

Sylvia Vriesendorp is a trilingual (Dutch/English/French) international development professional and organizational psychologist with 40+ years of experience working in low to medium income countries. She helps individuals, teams and organizations fulfill their mission, move towards their vision and fulfill their potential. She does this as an executive or team coach, facilitator, process designer, trainer and lecturer on organizational behavior and dynamics in academic, private, nonprofit and public sectors.

LinkedIn

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Seth Lepore | Co-Founder

Seth Lepore is a performing artist, educator, and connector. He utilizes the intersection of art and community building for mutual understanding and the development of strong, resilient ecosystems.

LinkedIn | Website

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Sita Magnuson | Co-Founder

Sita Magnuson is an astute listener
with a highly developed capacity
for translating complex conversations, dialogues, and presentations into visual form in the service of individual and collective understanding and action.

LinkedIn | Website


 

Our Network & Organizational Crushes

With deep and far-reaching networks that span the globe, we're quickly able to bring leading-edge innovation and experimentation to our work. Whether you need to connect with product designers, researchers and academics, coaches or facilitators with specific expertise, communication and web talent, or other industry or topic-specific talent, we can bring the best of our network to the table, or at minimum broker an introduction. 

 
 
  The Value Web   An international network of process designers and facilitators. With 54 members across 14 countries focused on using design and facilitation to help organizations and communities address the most pressing challenges of our time.    thevalueweb.org

The Value Web

An international network of process designers and facilitators. With 54 members across 14 countries focused on using design and facilitation to help organizations and communities address the most pressing challenges of our time. 

thevalueweb.org


  AS220   A non-profit community arts organization located in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. An unjuried, uncensored forum for the arts: a space to access tools, technology and knowledge; a space to come together, collaborate, innovate, experiment and take risks. AS220 envisions a just world where all people can realize their full creative potential.   AS220.org

AS220

A non-profit community arts organization located in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. An unjuried, uncensored forum for the arts: a space to access tools, technology and knowledge; a space to come together, collaborate, innovate, experiment and take risks. AS220 envisions a just world where all people can realize their full creative potential.

AS220.org


  Collaboration.ai   Intelligent Creation of High Performing Teams. Specializing in the art of engineering serendipity.   collaboration.ai

Collaboration.ai

Intelligent Creation of High Performing Teams. Specializing in the art of engineering serendipity.

collaboration.ai


  SocialMap    An AI-based social behavior intelligence platform with a focus on education, research and work productivity space to track and improve group and participant engagement real-time in classrooms, meetings, research, and other business interactions.    socialmap.ai

SocialMap

An AI-based social behavior intelligence platform with a focus on education, research and work productivity space to track and improve group and participant engagement real-time in classrooms, meetings, research, and other business interactions. 

socialmap.ai


  Enspiral   More people working on stuff that matters. Powerful things take place when like minded people connect.  enspiral.com

Enspiral

More people working on stuff that matters. Powerful things take place when like minded people connect.

enspiral.com


  Future Scouts   A series of creative laboratories to prepare youngsters, teens and adults with tools, frameworks and models helpful to navigate an increasingly complex world.   futurescouts.co

Future Scouts

A series of creative laboratories to prepare youngsters, teens and adults with tools, frameworks and models helpful to navigate an increasingly complex world.

futurescouts.co


  Double Edge Theatre   The theatre's mission is to create a 'living culture' by developing the highest quality of original theatre performance, based on the long-term imaginative work of its ensemble of artists and their rich interaction with the communities in which the work takes place—and by cultivating a permanent center of performance, training, research, and cultural exchange at The Farm in Ashfield, Massachusetts.   doubleedgetheatre.org

Double Edge Theatre

The theatre's mission is to create a 'living culture' by developing the highest quality of original theatre performance, based on the long-term imaginative work of its ensemble of artists and their rich interaction with the communities in which the work takes place—and by cultivating a permanent center of performance, training, research, and cultural exchange at The Farm in Ashfield, Massachusetts.

doubleedgetheatre.org


  OuiShare    A  global community empowering citizens, public institutions and companies to build a society based on openness, collaboration and sharing.   ouishare.net

OuiShare

A global community empowering citizens, public institutions and companies to build a society based on openness, collaboration and sharing.

ouishare.net

  dpict   A boutique graphic facilitation firm focused on framing conversations, structuring collaboration, identifying patterns, surfacing coherence, experimenting at the edges–in service of social understanding.    dpict.info

dpict

A boutique graphic facilitation firm focused on framing conversations, structuring collaboration, identifying patterns, surfacing coherence, experimenting at the edges–in service of social understanding. 

dpict.info


  Tomorrow Makers   A non-profit teaching leaders, communities and organizations how to design, facilitate and engage in collaboration in order to address the complex and critical challenges to their success and sustainability.   tomorrowmakers.org

Tomorrow Makers

A non-profit teaching leaders, communities and organizations how to design, facilitate and engage in collaboration in order to address the complex and critical challenges to their success and sustainability.

tomorrowmakers.org


  Project Zero @ the Harvard Graduate School of Education    Founded in 1967, PZ began with a focus on understanding learning in and through the arts. Over the years, they have continued their inquiry into the arts and arts education, while drawing together diverse disciplinary perspectives to examine fundamental questions of human expression and development.    pz.harvard.edu

Project Zero @ the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Founded in 1967, PZ began with a focus on understanding learning in and through the arts. Over the years, they have continued their inquiry into the arts and arts education, while drawing together diverse disciplinary perspectives to examine fundamental questions of human expression and development. 

pz.harvard.edu


  Chalk Art New England   Custom hand-crafted signage, design & illustration straight outta New England. Based in CT.    chalkartnewengland.com

Chalk Art New England

Custom hand-crafted signage, design & illustration straight outta New England. Based in CT. 

chalkartnewengland.com


  MetaMaps   a free and open source web platform enabling individuals and communities to build and visualize their shared knowledge and unlock their collective intelligence. This web platform is built for change makers, innovators, educators, and students.   metamaps.cc

MetaMaps

a free and open source web platform enabling individuals and communities to build and visualize their shared knowledge and unlock their collective intelligence. This web platform is built for change makers, innovators, educators, and students.

metamaps.cc


  Sayra Pinto (Mass Circles)   Enacting circles-driven change through consultations and trainings.    sayrapinto.com

Sayra Pinto (Mass Circles)

Enacting circles-driven change through consultations and trainings. 

sayrapinto.com


  Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)   Our mission is to create local economies that work for all.   bealocalist.org

Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)

Our mission is to create local economies that work for all.

bealocalist.org


  UnSchool   We are a global experimental knowledge lab for creative rebels and change agents   who want to activate their agency and help redesign the world so it works better for all of us.   unschools.co

UnSchool

We are a global experimental knowledge lab for creative rebels and change agents who want to activate their agency and help redesign the world so it works better for all of us.

unschools.co

  CoFab Design   A physical design consultancy that solves problems for problem solvers. They research, design, engineer, and scale products and projects. Based in Holyoke, MA.   cofabdesign.com

CoFab Design

A physical design consultancy that solves problems for problem solvers. They research, design, engineer, and scale products and projects. Based in Holyoke, MA.

cofabdesign.com


  International Bateson Institute   A non-profit focused on the intersection of ecology, social change, health, economic issues, art, and education.    Inspired by Batesonian concepts, a group of international scholars, artists, and professionals are developing the IBI's "transcontextual" research on how to study interactions in living systems.   internationalbatesoninstitute.org

International Bateson Institute

A non-profit focused on the intersection of ecology, social change, health, economic issues, art, and education.  

Inspired by Batesonian concepts,
a group of international scholars, artists, and professionals are developing the IBI's "transcontextual" research on how to study interactions in living systems.

internationalbatesoninstitute.org


  Good Work Institute   A non-profit with a mission to educate and connect a network of local community members and actively support their collaborative efforts to regenerate their places. Operating in the Hudson Valley, NY.   goodworkinstitute.org

Good Work Institute

A non-profit with a mission to educate and connect a network of local community members and actively support their collaborative efforts to regenerate their places. Operating in the Hudson Valley, NY.

goodworkinstitute.org


  Yes We Camp   Explore opportunities to build and inhabit shared spaces by offering both functional and inclusive temporary equipment. For each project, the association uses the targeted skills of professionals in its network and works with local stakeholders.    yeswecamp.org

Yes We Camp

Explore opportunities to build and inhabit shared spaces by offering both functional and inclusive temporary equipment. For each project, the association uses the targeted skills of professionals in its network and works with local stakeholders. 

yeswecamp.org


  BLK SHP   Founded in 2012. BLK SHP is focused on empowering the artist within us all, recognizing no one unlocks their creativity alone. They convene BLK SHP to forge genuine relationships and community, establish collaborations to work on projects and initiatives that can benefit society, all while having a hell of a lot of fun.    blkshp.org

BLK SHP

Founded in 2012. BLK SHP is focused on empowering the artist within us all, recognizing no one unlocks their creativity alone. They convene BLK SHP to forge genuine relationships and community, establish collaborations to work on projects and initiatives that can benefit society, all while having a hell of a lot of fun. 

blkshp.org


  Co-design It!   Based in Paris, this collective works to develop collaborative innovation, grow an ecosystem of codesigners and engage in responsible projects.    codesign-it.com

Co-design It!

Based in Paris, this collective works to develop collaborative innovation, grow an ecosystem of codesigners and engage in responsible projects. 

codesign-it.com


  Springboard for the Arts   Springboard for the Arts’ mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information, and services they need to make a living and a life.   springboardforthearts.org

Springboard for the Arts

Springboard for the Arts’ mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information, and services they need to make a living and a life.

springboardforthearts.org


  Fractured Atlas   Fractured Atlas empowers artists, arts organizations, and other cultural sector stakeholders by eliminating practical barriers to artistic expression, so as to foster a more agile and resilient cultural ecosystem.   fracturedatlas.org

Fractured Atlas

Fractured Atlas empowers artists, arts organizations, and other cultural sector stakeholders by eliminating practical barriers to artistic expression, so as to foster a more agile and resilient cultural ecosystem.

fracturedatlas.org


  Schumacher Center for New Economics   To envision a just and sustainable global economy; apply the concepts locally; then share the results for broad replication.   centerforneweconomics.org

Schumacher Center for New Economics

To envision a just and sustainable global economy; apply the concepts locally; then share the results for broad replication.

centerforneweconomics.org

  Chase Public   A collaborative space for art and assembly at the corner of Chase & Hamilton in Northside, Cincinnati.   chasepublic.com

Chase Public

A collaborative space for art and assembly at the corner of Chase & Hamilton in Northside, Cincinnati.

chasepublic.com


  Toolbox for Education & Social Action (TESA Collective)   A cooperative that works with organizations and groups to build educational tools, resources, games, and programs that are participatory and based in social justice principles. Based in Holyoke, MA.   toolboxfored.org

Toolbox for Education & Social Action (TESA Collective)

A cooperative that works with organizations and groups to build educational tools, resources, games, and programs that are participatory and based in social justice principles. Based in Holyoke, MA.

toolboxfored.org


  PAR-Projects   PAR-Projects' mission is to help empower community in the arts. They provide workshops and classes and host exhibits and large scale collaborations throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.   parprojects.com

PAR-Projects

PAR-Projects' mission is to help empower community in the arts. They provide workshops and classes and host exhibits and large scale collaborations throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

parprojects.com


  Ethics & the Common Good Project @ Hampshire College   A transformative, multi-dimensional initiative that brings critical engagement, ethical leadership, and community building to the forefront of a Hampshire College education.   hampshire.edu

Ethics & the Common Good Project @ Hampshire College

A transformative, multi-dimensional initiative that brings critical engagement, ethical leadership, and community building to the forefront of a Hampshire College education.

hampshire.edu


  Prime Produce   A nonprofit cooperative and guild for social good, practicing the craft of intentionally serving others through their work. Based in NYC.   primeproduce.coop   

Prime Produce

A nonprofit cooperative and guild for social good, practicing the craft of intentionally serving others through their work. Based in NYC.

primeproduce.coop
 


  IdeaCo.   A full-service design studio specializing in brand + ideation, based in Easthampton, MA.   www.ideaco.com

IdeaCo.

A full-service design studio specializing in brand + ideation, based in Easthampton, MA.

www.ideaco.com


  Assets for Artists (A4A)   A project of  MASS MoCA , A4A helps artists in all disciplines strengthen their financial and business capacity to sustain a lifetime of creative excellence.

Assets for Artists (A4A)

A project of MASS MoCA, A4A helps artists in all disciplines strengthen their financial and business capacity to sustain a lifetime of creative excellence.


  Real Economy Lab   A collaborative investigation to map and spread practical, sustainable economic systems and methods.    realeconomylab.org

Real Economy Lab

A collaborative investigation to map and spread practical, sustainable economic systems and methods. 

realeconomylab.org