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I co-scope challenges with project sponsors, engage stakeholders to understand all points of view, highlight insights to reframe perspectives, generate alternative solutions and find moments to test ideas, iterate, build in feedback loops and develop plans of action to execute on ideas. Currently I am an experience designer for Kaiser Permanente. Previously, I was the Associate Director of Design for America where under my leadership the program grew from 40 college students at one university to 1,000 students at 29 universities throughout the US where interdisciplinary teams used creative problem solving for local and social good. My past work and students have been discussed in publications and blogs such as Fast Company, Chicago Tribune, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Core77 and more. I have given talks at conferences such as TEDx, IDSA, IxDA, Better Word by Design, and given workshops at college campuses across the country. I earned my masters in Organizational Change from Northwestern University and a BFA in industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design and have taught design and engineering at both universities.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Support Change

It is now OUR responsibility to create the United States of America that we want to see. Support change.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Overlap 08

This weekend, I had the wonderful honor of attending a conference called the Overlap. This conference brought together 50 leaders in design, business, innovation and sustainability to talk about effective "processes" for creating positive change.

This conference was indubitably like none other. More like a retreat or gathering, the structure was centered around intimate presentations followed by group dialogue. It was everything I could have hoped for and more.

I entered the conference with the hopes of meeting some of my role-models and left with a room-full more to look up to.

Pictured Above From Left to Right, and Top to Bottom:

Deb Johnson
Peter Nicholson
Chhaya Bhanti
Steve Varon
James Burling Chase
Sami Nerenberg (that's me!)
Majora Carter (yes, I was just talking about her too!)

I was SO thrilled to be around so many amazing and inspiring people!!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Overlap Reflections

Favorite Quotes:

"Let me build on what you're saying." -GK

"These problems are not to be solved but to be evolved." -Steve V.

"Caring is core." -Heather

"Mock it up before you fock it up." -Deb J.

"We don't need to give up 9/10ths of our things, we just need to live 10 times more efficiently." -Cameron

"I'm just a farmer, I plants seeds of thought and grow fields of gold." -Steve V.

"Return to a question, not a problem." -Mike

"Stop treating the framework of capitalism as a playground for profit." -Mike

"Rational Activism." - Mike

"Show me a big problem, and I'll show you a big opportunity." -Farhad

"Try not to always rub the same spot." -Manuel

"Not awareness but persuasion." -Cameron

"We have not inherited the earth from our ancestors, but are borrowing it from our children." -Craig

References I learned of:

Edward DeBono- structured creativity

Google Enterprise
- google for business

Humanitarian Dream - Dalai Lama carrying the Olympic torch

The Climate Change Project

Tactical Technology Collective -demystifying technology for non-profits

Howard Odum- American Ecologist

GTD -Getting Things Done- for over-achieving OCDers. :-)

World Resources Institute
- intersection of the environment and human needs

Judy of the Woods

statistics and other information about social, economic and environmental development at local, national and global levels.

FabLab- MIT technical outreach

Taproot Foundation
- Do it pro bono

The Business Genome Project

PSR- Physicians for Social Responsibility

Path101- Career Finding

Books Recommended:

Green to Gold -How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage

The Botany of Desire
- A plant's-eye view of the world

The Speed of Trust- The one thing that changes everything

Linked- The New Science of Networks