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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Creative Tensions: Proximity & Power

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Session Description

How do we hold power, wield power, and give it away? What does it mean to work within existing power structures in the social sector? Creative Tensions is not a panel—it’s a conversation that moves. Participants reveal where they stand on an issue by where they stand in the room. Developed by IDEO and Sundance Institute, Creative Tensions is a fresh approach to group dialogue that encourages openness and inspires empathy.

When | Where

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Wednesday, April 11 Seminar Room A



Session leaders

  • Shalu Umapathy Facilitator
    Managing Director,
    Shalu is a Managing Director of’s Economic Prosperity practice, which focuses on building economic resilience for low income people by enabling them to better earn, save and invest their resources. In this role, Shalu supports teams by scoping collaborations, diving deep with teams as they design solutions for our partners, and engaging partners as we seek to achieve impact at scale. Prior to, Shalu’s experience spanned the international development and business strategy sectors. She has worked at Bain & Company where she supported Fortune 500 businesses, and Digitas, where she used analytics to improve her clients’ marketing programs. She also worked across 6+ countries in Africa at Abt Associates, a USAID contractor, where she worked on global health projects. Shalu is a Clinton Fellow in India, holds an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a bachelor’s in Business Administration from Boston University. In her free time, Shalu enjoys wrangling hugs and kisses from her two sons and holding impromptu music sessions at home.
  • Fred Dust Facilitator
    Partner and Global Managing Director, IDEO LLC
    Fred Dust works with leaders and change agents to unlock the creative potential of business, government, educational, and philanthropic organizations. A partner at IDEO, the acclaimed international design firm, Fred is a leading voice and practitioner of human-centered design and networked innovation. Fred helps organizations in media, finance, retail, and health confront significant disruption stemming from shifts in consumer behavior, social trends, economic pressures, and new technology. He is driven to catalyze networks to create change, and is particularly invested in developing new structures that can leverage the increased overlap between public, private, and philanthropic sectors. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for, the New School, and NPR as well as on the Board of Trustees for the Sundance Institute. Prior to IDEO, Dust was a project architect at Fernau & Hartman and spent eight years working with independent artists and major art organizations.