Natalie of an online platform developed to highlight research on empathy and its critical role in creativity, social innovation, systems thinking, + civil society. She speaks about the value of understanding the strengths and challenges of design thinking for social innovation and new areas to consider in order to overcome the limitations of this methodology to business people, entrepreneurs, and students around the world. She consults for non-profits and social entrepreneurs in rethinking visions, strategy, development, design, research + implementation, while participating in ongoing research on altruism.
A strategist and designer by training, Natalie worked in New York, India and Brazil as part of the strategic team that developed the global organization, DREAM:IN, a design-driven open innovation system and global network of creative leaders, visionaries, innovators, entrepreneurs + activists. In 2013 the organization was awarded “Game Changer” by Metropolis Magazine and was a finalist in Fast Company’s Innovation By Design Awards. She takes special interest in the ethics of social innovation, as well as the ways in which the convergence of emotional intelligence and design thinking can be used to promote the sustainable well-being of people, the environment, and the economy when addressing complex systemic issues.
Having traveled to over 26 countries and lived in Canada, France, Chile, and the United States, Natalie's international experience has brought her to concentrate on working in cities with unique cultural, social, and economic constraints. For three years, she has spent the majority of her time in New Orleans immersed in anthropological research, intimately familiarizing herself with socio-cultural complexities that perpetuate social issues. Now at Harvard, she is challenging her research as a designer.