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Sarah Brooks

Sarah Brooks is the founder of Networked Culture and a user experience designer, product strategist, researcher, and producer. She designs for social and environmental betterment and has worked across sectors for clients including AAA, Centro Art School in Mexico City, Charles Schwab & Co., PopTech, and the Skoll Foundation. She’s taught at Stanford University, Cal Arts,…

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Rachel Brown

Rachel Brown is a fellow at the Center For Prevention of Genocide at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum who recently conceptualized and authored Defusing Hate: A Strategic Communication Guide to Counteract Dangerous Speech. Defusing Hate, a resource for practitioners seeking to design communication-based interventions to prevent group-targeted harm, draws upon diverse fields such as…

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Francis Cholle

Francis Cholle is the founder of The Human Company, which refocuses business around people and culture. Francis invented a model, The Intuitive Compass, to help companies with sustainable innovation, change management, and effective decision-making. He is also a bestselling author and lecturer at Wharton and Columbia Business School. In addition to his business pursuits, he’s…

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Christine Gaspar

Christine Gaspar is Executive Director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a New York-based nonprofit whose mission is to use the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement. She partners with designers and community organizations to create visually-based educational tools that help demystify complex issues from zoning law to sewage infrastructure.  CUP’s print,…

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Bill Gordon

Bill Gordon has a Ph.D in Zoology focused on Cellular and Molecular Biology from UC Berkeley and an MBA in Finance from Wharton.  Among many other roles, Bill is an angel investor and serial entrepreneur, and the founder of Lean Launch Ventures in Westport Connecticut. He is the founder and Entrepreneur in Residence of the…

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Natasha Kanagat

Natasha Kanagat is the Deputy Director of the Center for Health Information, Monitoring and Evaluation at John Snow, Inc. She has ten years of experience in comparative case study research, mixed methods research, M&E planning, capacity building and health systems strengthening. She has extensive experience with NVivo, as well as Stata. Natasha’s technical areas of…

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Anne LaFond

Anne K. LaFond is the Director of the JSI Center for Health Information, Monitoring and Evaluation (CHIME). She has engaged with global health research, monitoring and evaluation and program design for 28 years to maximize the use of evidence and learning in addressing health challenges for people in low income settings. She currently leads a…

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Amanda Makulec

Amanda Makulec, is passionate about finding creative ways to use data for social good. She works at the intersection of data, design, and communications as a Visual Analytics Advisor for John Snow Inc., where she collaborates with teams to develop audience-centered communication materials and data exploration tools. Amanda also designs and facilitates workshops on data…

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Paul Polak

Paul Polak is the founder of the Colorado-based non-profit International Development Enterprises (IDE), which develops practical solutions that attack poverty at its roots. For the past 25 years, Paul has worked with farmers around the world—in countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Nepal, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe—to help design and produce low-cost, income-generating products. His innovative solutions,…

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Jake Porway

Jake Porway loves all thing related to pattern recognition and data visualization and is the founder of DataKind, an organization that helps non-profit organizations visualize and more effectively use their data. Jake previously worked at the New York Times Research & Development group – where, among other pursuits, he explored the relationships between social media…

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