A creative community of world changers.
Kumu is a nonprofit innovation lab and accelerator helping visionaries change the world.
We incubate and accelerate new ideas and narratives that transform the cultural paradigms of our time.
We seek a quantum leap for a thriving, ardent, just, and life- nurturing world. Fiscal Sponsor: Social Good Fund.
Kumu ThriveTM. Founder.
Kumu ThriveTM is a for-profit spin-off of Kumu.
We are experts in helping mission-driven organizations fulfill their world-changing potential.
Whether you are seeking to grow, pivot, or reboot a mission-driven organization, or simply want to take its impact and success to the next level, we can help you. We teach our methods at UC Berkeley and some of the top business schools in the world.
Our customers include international successful business and nonprofits in sectors as varied as technology, human rights, telecom, life sciences, education, and the environment.
Albatross. Producer. Cofounder
Albatross started as a transmedia art project called Midway Journey. Our goal was to witness the catastrophic effects of our disposable culture on the albatross colonies of the remote Pacific island of Midway, and to explore the cultural significance of this phenomenon, while creating epic visual representations of our plastic pollution problem. Midway Journey, under the leadership of visual artist Chris Jordan, released of a number of videos, and photos that have had a profound impact on culture, culminating in the release of the documentary film Albatross. With 20+ million views of the trailer, 30+ million views for related media, and 50,000+ small donations received online, Albatross continues to touch and inspire people worldwide.
Plastic Kills / El Plástico Mata. Founder
Plastic Kills is a hydra of multilingual websites and social media shining light on the real impacts of the misuse of plastic on the environments and human health. With a striking logo and straightforward language, PlasticKills, promotes a safer and wiser use of plastics. Plastic Kills was prototyped first in Spanish Language (El Plástico Mata), and it attracted 3 million media hits in its first month of existence. Stay tuned for more languages to roll out.
Plastic Pollution Coalition. Cofounder
Plastic Pollution Coalition is a coalition of organizations, businesses and individuals sharing the goal of a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts. Member organizations (over 150 from all over the world) include Greenpeace USA, Surfrider Foundation, Conservation International, Breast Cancer Fund, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Algalita Marine Research Foundation, Environment California, and many more. Full list here. Notable supporters include: Rosanna Arquette, Ed Begley, Jr., Jackson Browne, Laura Dern, Danny Glover, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Bonnie Raitt, Tim Robbins, Kelly Slater, ans many others. Full list here. Advisors include: Sylvia Earle (oceanographer, National Geographic, NOAA); Fabien Cousteau, oceanographer; Captain Charles Moore (pioneer in the study of plastic pollution and Founder, Algalita Marine Research Foundation). Wallace J Nichols (author BlueMind, member of the California Academy of Sciences); Claudia Welss, founder, Next Now Collaboratory,… Full lists here and here. Fiscal Sponsor: Earth Island Institute
BlooSee (now a part of SmartSea) is a a technology company harnessing the best ocean information and making it accessible and useful. BlooSee’s vision is a world where everyone with a passion for the ocean can access trusted, up-to-date information anytime, anywhere. The ocean is the planet’s living support system. BlooSee ia a platform to foster a sustainable enjoyment of the oceans. I was a Vice President of Community and Strategy, then Strategy Advisor, and now I am a Partner. In 2015 BlooSee was acquired by SmartSea.