Joanna Cea & Jess Rimington are Visiting Scholars at the Stanford Global Projects Center (GPC). In collaboration with the GPC they have facilitated a 2-year interdisciplinary research initiative investigating best practices in co-creative innovation, particularly as it relates to building a new methodology for addressing “wicked problems” such as global climate change, extreme inequality and poverty. The emerging method, called a recollective way, is based upon collaborative research and analysis with a group of 20 organizations and community groups at the leading edge of co-creative solutions development, over 70 stakeholder interviews, and independently verified qualitative data analysis.
Joanna Cea is the Director of the Buen Vivir Fund at Thousand Currents (formerly IDEX), where she works with innovative grassroots organizations and progressive investors to collectively re-imagine how impact investment is practiced. From 2006-2014, Joanna served as executive director of the International Accountability Project (IAP). Prior to joining IAP, Joanna worked as a Fulbright Scholar in Ecuador with the Centro de Derechos Económicos y Sociales and as a John Gardner Fellow with the Center for International Environmental Law in Washington D.C.
Jess Rimington is Managing Director of /The Rules, a global collective addressing the root causes of inequality and poverty. From 2004 to 2012, Jess served as founder and executive director of the social enterprise One World Youth Project, a non-profit linking schools around the world to provide students the global life skills needed for success in the interconnected 21st century. After OWYP, Jess has worked as a strategist for a number of social change oriented clients, including the founding team of Delivery Associates led by Sir Michael Barber, 350.org, and Sandbox. www.jessrimington.org
Jess & Joanna are currently in the process of compiling the research into a forthcoming book: A ReCollective Way: A Way to Work the Future, alongside editorial consultant Maritza Schafer.
Maritza Schafer is a bilingual (Spanish) and multi-cultural communications consultant who provides writing guidance, content expertise, and storytelling advice for books to become game-changers. Maritza’s content expertise is grounded in decades of experience in the non-profit sector as well as consulting with tech startups, large corporations, and government agencies, and other organizations looking to improve their impact. In addition, she has served in-house with Greenpeace International as Global Campaign Leader, where she focused on communications and engagement strategies and facilitated a global organizational restructure.
The evaluation framework in the "Tools" section of this site was developed in collaboration with Shelly Helgeson, Hafsa Mustafa, Dr. Melissa Nelson, and Dylan Rose Schneider.