This work is a labor of love—not only mine.  People like you have offered the observations, principles, ideas, and experiments that have evolved this work. They've shared their experiences with me and the world.

I'm always glad to help you in any way.  Please reach out to me (  Till we speak, a bit more about me and some of those amazing contributors...

 Photo: Dirk Ahlgrim

Photo: Dirk Ahlgrim

Ela Ben-Ur

Ela Ben-Ur has worked and co-experimented deeply with educators and organizations interested in design thinking since 2012. She's passionate about enabling people of all ages to articulate and amplify their natural ways of designing and innovating.  Ela worked 13 prior years at renowned innovation firm IDEO. Her design practice and leadership at IDEO spanned diverse industries, geographies and sectors. She went on to coach teams, facilitate for clients and co-found IDEO’s Leadership Studio for developing project leaders. Ela has taught courses from product design to life design at pioneering Olin College since 2007. She has offered workshops through MIT (her alma mater), Sloan, Babson, Dartmouth and Harvard. Her 4- and 6-year old daughters are her inspiration.  

More at her professional site,


Please meet the wonderful folks below. Check out some of their Compass stories here. Reach out to them! 
Find far more people and stories than I can keep up with are on twitter.

So many more to thank...

Many more Compass experimenters on Twitter, and others who don't tweet: Artemis Akchoti, Coeylen Barry, Meli Glenn, Aram Armstrong, Tess Edmonds, Linda Gerard, Sara Hendren, Jenny Jin, Denise Kern, Caitrin Lynch, Michael Ninh, Kaija Peters...

Other thought and program partners: Maya Bernstein, Ben Linder, Gabrielle Santa-Donato, Otto Scharmer

Help with words and graphics: HUGE shout-out to Kara Krumpe and Daniel Koff for their work and help, respectively, on the latest set of compass graphics and tools!  Further thanks to Jennifer Audette, Amy Leventhal, Kelly Sherman.

Help with video: Gregory Mang

Help with this website Kathleen McKissack

The incredible support and community of 4.0 Schools

The inspiration of Tom and David Kelley and their message of Creative Confidence

The light and memory of longtime friends and IDEOers Rhonda LeRocque and David Duncanson

My family