I think and work at the intersection of foresight, global innovation, social change and resilience.
I’m the Executive Director and Chief Creative Officer of PopTech.
We bring together a community of innovators from many different fields to share ideas and to work on new approaches to some of the world’s toughest problems. We identify and train some of the most amazing people you’ll ever meet, doing things you cannot believe humanity is up to. We bring them together to share breakthrough ideas and to work together on truly world-changing projects, doing stuff nobody has ever tried before, in areas like financial innovation and inclusion, data science and resilience, public health, climate adaptation, urban resilience and violence cessation. And once a year we bring them together at much-beloved gatherings on the coast of Maine. Together, we’re crafting a new, collaborative approach to discovery and social change. It’s a project I’m deeply passionate about.
I spend much of my time exploring resilience – how to help people and systems persist, recover and thrive amid disruption. For several years, my colleague Ann Marie Healy and I traveled from the coral reefs of Palau to the back streets of Palestine exploring these issues – the results are encapsulated in Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back, published by Simon and Schuster in the U.S., and in many other languages and territories around the world.
In addition to the above, I’ve been honored to serve as a Fellow of the National Geographic Society, an organization I have loved since I was a child. I’ve also advised a wide array of leading companies, governmental organization, NGOs, and cultural and civil society groups.
I live in Brooklyn, NY with my family, who, every day, teach me a little more about love.
In my office is this poster, by the talented Joey Roth. I aspire to the third category.