Leadership

 
 
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Schuyler Brown,
Strategy Director, Founding Partner

Schuyler is a communications advisor and trends analyst who has worked with leading global brands including Facebook, Microsoft, Sony Pictures, and Levi’s. She started her career as a branding consultant at Landor Associates, then moved into advertising at Euro RSCG (now Havas WW), where she was a managing director of trends and strategic insights. During that time, Schuyler built the agency’s buzz marketing practice, collaborated on the book, Buzz: Harness the Power of Influence and Create Demand (Wiley, 2003), and was a contributor to Connected Marketing: The Viral, Buzz, and Word of Mouth Revolution (Taylor & Frances, 2005). In 2006, she started Skyelab Consulting in order to pursue projects aligned with her vision to be active in the emergence of a new age of conscious commerce. She teaches in the Design for Social Innovation masters program at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in NYC, is a founding member of the NYC chapter of Conscious Capitalism, and writes for The Huffington Post. Schuyler has been called a “brand therapist” and brings a supremely human touch to her collaborations with clients. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in English and Art History. She lives with her husband and daughter in Brooklyn, NY.   

 
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Micah Spear,
Design Director, Founding Partner

Micah is a cross-disciplinary designer with a background in fine arts, digital technology, service design, and luxury design strategy. His facility with the application of design thinking to business problems has brought him clients as diverse as Louis Vuitton, MTV, Memorial Sloane Kettering, Facebook, and Microsoft. Micah began his career as a travel/adventure photographer shooting for tourism boards and resorts; a short time later, he joined the crowdsourced invention company, Quirky, as their first design and research intern. In 2010, Micah started Playtime Collective, as a means of collaborating with other independent young designers on large projects. Playtime’s work has been featured in Forbes Magazine and attracted the notice of editors at Fast Company who engaged Micah to be a contributing writer and design expert in their Creative BrainTrust. In 2013 Micah led the conceptual design and build-out on two interior design/architectural projects for NYC-based creative firms. When he’s not building something future-oriented for a progressive brand or helping other young designers, he experiments with brain­­–computer interfaces (BCI), painting, glass blowing, and other fine arts. Micah studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Parsons, and The New School and works out of SoHo. 

Daniela Plattner
Movement Director, Partner

In places where people ordinarily sit still, remaining static and stuck, Daniela Plattner gets bodies and minds moving. Daniela is a facilitator, strategist, and imagination catalyst, leading organizations and individuals to accelerate innovation and creativity in business. Daniela’s work has served thousands of people at dozens of nonprofits, social enterprises, conferences, and Fortune 100 companies including Facebook, IDEO, Eileen Fisher, Boeing, Social Venture Network, and Nexus Summits at the United Nations and US Congress. She holds an MA in Expressive Arts Consulting & Coaching, and a BA in Psychology. Daniela a certified Integrative Health Coach and teacher of 5Rhythms, a mindful movement method she has been practicing for fifteen years. Her mission is to help clients unlock the innate intelligence of the body, collaborate efficiently, and move potent ideas into action.  

Daniel Pinchbeck
Collaborator and Inspirator

Daniel Pinchbeck is the bestselling author of Breaking Open the Head and 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl. He is the executive director of Center for Planetary Culture (www.planetaryculture.info), a think tank that advances new ideas and approaches to contemporary problems. He co-founded the company Evolver.net, which produces the web magazine Reality Sandwich and Evolver Learning Labs. His work and ideas were featured in the 2010 documentary, 2012: Time for Change, directed by Joao Amorim and produced by Mangusta Films. He has written for many magazines including The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Wired, and Dazed & Confused. He hosted the recent talk show Mind Show, for GaiamTV. He is an adviser for the open-source social network, Minds.com.