Anna Lochard – Co-Author
Anna is a researcher with La 27e Région. Her everyday challenge is connecting researchers and labs from all over the world with the most exciting things that are happening in French administrations—partly thanks to La 27e Région’s action. The aim of building these bridges is to develop research action programs and create open-source and actionable knowledge. She holds Master’s degree in Management Sciences from the Mines ParisTech Engineering School, a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, and a specialization in dumpster diving.
Eduardo Jezierski – Co-author
Eduardo is the CEO of InSTEDD, which includes global oversight of the iLabs. He has built a career bridging systemic gaps in how technology is applied to pressing challenges. This included large-scale enterprise computing and collaboration challenges at Microsoft, and then shifted full-time to “technology with purpose” work when he joined InSTEDD. Making social impact technology real has required transcending organizational, company, and sector silos; building passionate teams of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs; and applying context-appropriate, iterative, agile, and exploratory approaches to help build a better society. While authoring this book, Ed consulted with and tried to channel the voices of Channe Suy and Nicolás di Tada, who lead the InSTEDD iLabs in Southeast Asia and Latin America.
Hendrik Tiesinga – Producer and Chief Editor
Hendrik is a curator, designer, and facilitator of multi-stakeholder innovation labs and networks. He is a co-founder of Natural Innovation, a social innovation agency with offices around the world. He is the editor, curator and producer of the Labcraft book, collaboratively written by eight labs from around the world. Hendrik was also a co-founder of the Finance Innovation Lab in London, convened in 2008 by WWF-UK and the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has designed and facilitated complex multi-stakeholder projects across Europe, North America, and the Arab world, working with organizations and networks ranging from grassroots social entrepreneurs and artists to the European Commission, the Big 4 Audit Firms, Proctor & Gamble, and Siemens. Hendrik is a doctoral researcher at Warwick Business School in the UK, and currently a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on the practices and impacts of innovation labs in addressing complex societal challenges.
Josh Harvey – Co-author
Josh leads the United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Innovations Lab Kosovo, a unit of UNICEF Kosovo Programme and part of a collective of innovation peeps throughout UNICEF and across the globe looking (with humility) at how to reimagine UNICEF for a changed world. He’s particularly interested in how human-centered design and co-creative practices overlap with a rights-based approach. He’s also interested in rethinking the private sector’s relationship with social good, and in how incubation and acceleration models can be repurposed to advance empowerment and participation. Josh holds a Master’s degree in International Development and Education from Columbia University Graduate School of Education (Teachers College), and he is a former Teach for America corps member (Newark ‘06).
Kimon Moerbeek – Co-author
Kimon is co-founder of Education Pioneers. He is an advisor at Kennisland and has been involved in a range of projects, to foster change and social innovation, mostly in the education field. His main focus is how people can initiate positive development in an organizational context to get more out of their own and each other’s potential. Kimon holds a Research Master in Social Sciences (University of Amsterdam)
Lena Hansen – Co-author
Lena is a Principal with Rocky Mountain Institute’s electricity practice, where she’s co-led the Electricity Innovation Lab (eLab) since its inception in 2012. Lena coauthored the electricity chapter of RMI’s 2011 book Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for a New Energy Era. This book led Lena and her colleagues to look for new approaches to accelerating change in the very-slow-to-change, risk-averse U.S. electricity system, which is now facing disruptive challenges and opportunities. Lena holds a Master’s degree in environmental economics and policy from Duke University, and a Bachelor’s degree in physics with astronomy from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Magali Marlin – Co-author
Magali is the project manager in charge of La 27e Région’s development. Exploring the cracks and edges of public policymaking to find ways to make it more human centred, resilient, and efficient is what gets her on the field every day. She decided to step into La 27e Région in March 2012, puzzled by its obscure yet intriguing project of transforming local public policies with the help of design. Today, her job consists of coordinating various program teams at La 27e Région, and helping to set the stage for the next program, to be deployed nationwide. Magali’s background is in social sciences (sociology, politics). She holds Master of Science degree in Urban and Territorial Strategies (Sciences Po Paris).
Mariko Takeuchi – Co-author
Mariko is the founding Director of inCompass Human-Centered Innovation Lab at iDE. She has spent the last 10 years using a human-centered approach to designing solutions for humans that resonate deeply with them. She initially began designing for the world’s wealthiest populations, on behalf of multinationals such as Unilever and in a range of industries including beer, publishing, financial planning, chocolate, confectionary, and weddings. During the last four years, she has been working and living within the developing world to design equally innovative solutions that delight and improve the lives of the world’s poorest populations. She is a passionate advocate for treating the poor as paying customers, and can talk for hours (if given the chance) about why a human-centered approach is critical to designing sustainable solutions for the developing world.
Marlieke Kieboom – Co-author
Marlieke is a researcher and advisor with Kennisland. The question she’s most passionate about and focused on is “how can we make knowledge useful to support people’s innovative practices?” To wrestle with this question, she designs new learning infrastructures (like Lab2: A Lab of Labs) and research methodologies (such as dynamic evaluation), and she writes avidly about the challenges in her work (as in her latest paper, “Lab Matters”). Marlieke obtained a Master of Science degree in Anthropology (Utrecht University, NL) and Master of Arts in Conflict and Governance (Simon Fraser University, CA). Her thematic expertise lies somewhere between education, governance, politics, and cheese making.
Rachel Sinha – Co-author
Rachel is Sustainability Manager of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and co-founder of The Finance Innovation Lab. For her work in the lab, she was named Management Today and BSkyB’s Future Leader of Sustainability, and invited to be a member of the European Commission Expert Group on Social Business. She is one of The Point People who created the website systemschangers.com, designed to shine a light on the work of systems-change practitioners in the UK. She also helped to convene the “Leaders Shaping Market Systems” project with The Criterion Institute in the US. Rachel has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Marketing, and was a scholar at THNK, the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership.
Remko Berkhout – Co-editor
Remko works as a consultant and associate advisor for Hivos on strategy and innovation. He holds a Master of Science degree in Sociological Economics from the University of Rotterdam and spent the last 15 years supporting capacity and strategy development with NGOs in India, Bangladesh and Mozambique. From 2009 to 2013, Remko worked with Hivos to lead knowledge initiatives that facilitated research and dialogue among activists, practitioners, and policymakers regarding the fast-changing nature and manifestation of civic action around the world. In that capacity, Remko has also been exploring alternative forms of knowledge production, including experiments with participatory action research, immersive learning, and alternative publication formats. Recently he’s been exploring the fertile middle ground between social innovation and international development to find and analyze new strategies for systemic change.
Simone Poutnik – Creative Director
Simone is Founding Partner of Natural Innovation. She is a curator and facilitator of innovation ecologies, helping unlikely allies collaborate towards a shared purpose and find synergy in complexity. For the past ten years she extensively worked with networks and communities of practice, on leadership development and multi-stakeholder engagement with business, government, nonprofit organizations and local communities around the world. Originally from Germany Simone holds an MA in Communication Science for International Relations from Universitá per Stranieri of Perugia, Italy. Currently she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.