Chris founded Thing Tank in 2005. Thing Tank specializes in industrial design, design research, prototype fabrication, video production, communications, graphic design, engineering, interaction design and more.
Prior to launching Thing Tank, Chris worked at IDEO as a product designer, project manager, design researcher, prototype fabricator and workshop facilitator for clients like Proctor & Gamble, Steelcase, Eli Lilly, Zyliss, NASA and Daimler Benz.
Chris holds a masters degree from The Stanford Joint Program in Design, and sometimes teaches design at Stanford and the California College of the Arts. Chris brings in crazy enthusiasm, wild ideas and insanely fast prototypes into our partnership projects.
Jan Stürmann is a photographer and multimedia producer based in Berkeley, CA. He grew up on four different continents and studied photography at Pretoria Technikon in South Africa.
His publishing credits include The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Time, Newsweek and Marie Claire. Most of his work focuses now helping NGO, corporate, educational and editorial clients harness the story-telling potential of multimedia.
Jan is an expert story-teller; he works with Point Forward to create compelling video narratives that bring our respondents to life. He is also the magic behind a lot of the photography for this website!
Sara brings over 25 years of teaching experience to our industry. At UC Berkeley, she teaches a course called “Problem Finding, Problem Solving”, which draws from design thinking, critical thinking, and systems thinking literature.
She previously taught at Stanford University’s Department of Industrial Engineering & Engineering Management, as well as the Leaders for Global Operations program at MIT. She previously worked at Hewlett Packard and Booz Allen Hamilton. She has a BS, MS and PhD in Industrial Engineering & Engineering Management from Stanford.
Together with Sara, Point Forward has helped several clients forge a culture of innovation within their own companies. She frequently partners with us on innovation workshops and international exec-ed sessions.
Langdon Morris is one of the world’s leading thinkers, writers, and consultants in innovation. Working around the world with a fascinating variety of clients, from UNICEF to Total Oil, France Telecom, Bayer, Gemalto, and many others, Langdon helps these organizations implement world leading innovation systems.
Langdon has taught at leading universities in the US, France, Portugal, Taiwan and Argentina. His recent books on innovation—The Innovation Master Plan, and Permanent Innovation, are two of the most widely read innovation titles of the last five years.
Langdon has been our long-time consulting partner. Together with Langdon, we deliver valuable immersive workshop experiences and strategic innovation roadmaps to our clients..
Across nearly two decades in healthcare, David has seen the evolution of delivery systems in hospital and ambulatory care settings both domestically and abroad. He is the former Clinical Ethics Officer for a major US health system, helped administer an NIH sponsored study of the implications of the Human Genome Project, studied healthcare practices in Britain’s National Health Service, managed clinical and non-clinical operations for a large tertiary care hospital, and planned and operated physician-lead outpatient facilities.
David has been one of Building Design+Construction magazine’s 40 under 40; an ENR 20 under 40; an American College of Healthcare Executives Young Executive award winner; and he once had an audience with the King of Jordan. All his life, he’s been a fan of origami. A huge fan.
Soo co-founded ethnoworks in 2010. Ethnoworks is a research consultancy with ethnographic leanings that delivers customized solutions to optimize clients’ success.
In her previous lives she has served: as Lead Partner of Practical Ethnographics at Ascension Health’s internal innovation center; as Director of Development at KHEIR Center, a community clinic that served Korean, Spanish and Bangla speaking clients; on the faculty at the University of Southern California and San Jose State University.
Soo has written books, edited anthologies and articles and occasionally serves as an expert witness for criminal and civil cases complicated by culture.