I am an engineer and designer born in Sweden to African parents, raised in Europe and Asia, now living and working in Brussels. I have a background in engineering and user experience design, and put it to use where it matters most – building bridges between large organisations at the center and innovators at the edge. A polyglot and global citizen, I have experience working with with different kinds of corporate, public sector and civil society organisations. My speciality is architecting collaboration between diverse individuals and organisations, and inspiring them to move forward in new ways.
I’m also a proud co-founder and CEO of Edgeryders LBG, a social enterprise that develops novel techniques and tools to induce and harness collective intelligence dynamics towards tackling complex challenges.
Some projects in which I am currently involved (don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if one of them interests you as they are all open and collaboration-friendly):
A global platform exploring Open Source for a Circular Economy, online and offline. I am supporting the rest of the team with skills in distributed organisation and operations. The first edition of our global event is taking place in June.
The city of Matera, Italy, ran for European city of culture 2019. Edgeryders Lbg helped the city build a civic innovation network: local experiences of citizen-led innovation (creative uses of OpenStreetMap, re-use of derelict buildings etc) were connected with their peers all over Europe. This led to an increased traction of innovators in Matera and a richer international network of collaborations for the whole city. The city went on to win the title.
Open Ethnographer is a software to add ethnographic coding right into live online content. We are developing it to add semantic markup to online content, empowering both our ethnographic research methodologies, website visitor’s navigation and discovery, and semantic search engines.
In contrast to existing QDA software, Open Ethnographer semantic markup (“coding”) is not inserted into an offline copy of the online conversation, but right into the live content. This preserves the context, enabling extended analysis later. In addition, the semantic markup can be created collaboratively, the saved coding effort allowing more detailed research later. Lastly, the semantic markup can be public thus enhancing the original author’s content with semantic web integration.
Some examples of past work ( if you need my full resume, email firstname.lastname@example.org ):
UNESCO – in a partnership with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation – organised KnowLab, a knowledge lab to evaluate and improve the use of foresight in addressing societal challenges. I was asked to help in designing, delivering and communicating KnowLab and its results.
The Council of Europe was asked by the European Commission to propose reforms on European youth policy. As Creative Director I had a core role in designing a groundbreaking project and platform which mobilised over one thousand Europeans to address the issue- and they reframed it completely (“we don’t think those are the right questions to ask”).
The United Nations Development Programme carried out a large, global survey on their post-2015 development goals. It was quite clear what people wanted, but not how to get there, and who was already working towards that goal and could be enlisted by UNDP as an ally. Using online conversations, ethnographic methods and network analysis, Edgeryders was able to (with participants full consent) identify and engage change-makers shaping the future, who had been flying below the radar in some sample countries: Armenia, Belarus, Egypt and Georgia.
All our Futures and Africa – Split Visions of the Present and the Future Development (2014) 56(4), 547–548. doi:10.1057/dev.2014.58, Palgrave MacMillan.
The Baltic Edge: Reflections on youth, work and innovation in the Baltic sea region (2013) ISBN 978-91-980-0531-8, Global Utmaning
The Edgeryders Guide to the Future: A handbook for policymakers and managers of policy-oriented online communities (2013), ISBN 978-92-871-7659-2, Council of Europe Publishing.
Designing for Transcendence – the Interface as a Vehicle for Traveling between Selves (2010) Master’s Thesis in Human Computer Interaction (30 ECTS credits) at the School of Media Technology Royal Institute of Technology, TRITA-CSC-E 2010:034, ISRN-KTH/CSC/E–10/034–SE, ISSN-1653-5715.
I have presented in various contexts for a broad range of audiences from small workshop type events, to larger international conferences. This TEDx talk was my first public keynote; my presentation skills have continued to improve over the years that I have been doing this.