I’m obsessed with smarter teamwork and human collaboration.
I’m the author of The Joy of Teamwork: 30 simple ways to work smarter together (coming 2020). I’m also an organization designer, consultant and facilitator. My focus is on helping progressive organizations adopt healthy collaboration and leadership practices, simplifying agile teamwork techniques, and making work happier and more effective — mostly in the non-profit, social enterprise and civil society sectors.
7 years of research at the Mozilla Foundation
I’m also a former CBC journalist, Rockwood Leadership Institute alumni, and Webby Award-winning storyteller. From 2010 to 2017, I helped grow the Mozilla Foundation from a staff of about 4 to 80. As a Senior Director at the Foundation, I spent seven years researching open innovation and agile teamwork at the intersection of education, journalism, advocacy and tech. Based on that learning — plus new research in collaborative intelligence, group psychology, and organizational deveopment — I’ve spent the past two years developing a Team Health assessment tool, guidebook and training curriculum.
Writing, teaching & consulting
I also teach and facilitate workshops to help organizations implement these practices, working as a consultant, leadership coach, and trainer. I’ve been fortunate to work with organizations like NYU, the McConnell Foundation, Creative Commons, the City of Toronto, Wikimedia Foundation, Code For Canada and others to implement agile collaboration and organizational learning practices, with an emphasis on team rituals that are easy to learn, repeat, and deliver benefits quickly.
I’m a frequent speaker at conferences and have presented at McGill University, the U.S. Library of Congress and London School of Economics.
I live in Toronto with my partner, Katie McKenna (Co-Executive Director of the Leap) and our 5-year-old artist son, Leo. I love cooking, music and DJing at Kensington Market’s “Soul Sunday” block party. I’m an obsessive reader and share the best of what I’m reading on Twitter, LinkedIn and my newsletter.