If you could have dinner with 1 person who you regard as a leader, who would it be and why?

Maria Popova, compiler and author of Brain Pickings, to mine her curious mind on what it takes to lead a good and impactful life.

What motivates you to create social impact?

I believe that social equity is not a zero sum game, and I’m passionate about expanding resources and opportunities for people at home and abroad.

Host Site Overview

A key pillar of our mission is to spread human-centered design. Though we believe that our design process is crucial to arriving at innovative solutions, we don’t think that we’re the only ones who should be using it. We want everyone on board. By sharing, teaching, and empowering social-sector workers to practice human-centered design, we’re elevating design as a poverty-fighting tool.

Host Site Project

IDEO.org needs to continue to build stronger organizational systems. IDEO.org started last year to build priority systems, like Salesforce, and an approach to goal-setting. With great momentum around these systems, IDEO.org is seeking a Fellow to drive these systems into the organization, while also focusing on developing other systems that make IDEO.org a more effective, higher impact organization. Priority systems include, but are not limited to: monthly internal reporting system to help teams understand the health of their function or program; resourcing systems that enable us to better allocate and track our human resources across our various programs; reporting systems that ensure we deliver high quality reports for our partners; budgeting tools; and contractor and vendor management tools. The Fellow will also support key initiatives at the intersection of Finance and Operations, such as: – The development of a strategy for the relationship between the Finance and Operations functions in San Francisco and New York, ensuring that an approach and corresponding systems are developed to pass critical information across locations – An assessment of IDEO.org’s technology needs and tools that can inform an overall technology strategy across IDEO.org’s locations – Exploring the possibilities of new approaches to expense management, such as shifting to a per diem systems – Identifying overarching opportunities to streamline IDEO.org’s business operations throughout the organization By helping IDEO.org build capacity during such a critical year in the organization’s development, the Fellow will help IDEO.org amplify its ability to spread human-centered design throughout the social sector and have a demonstrable impact on poverty.