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We believe that all teams have unique powers. Often when a team fails, it is not for a lack of skill or creativity, but because they didn’t fully activate the potential of each member. By harnessing their collective capital, teams unlock the unique powers that are created when a group of people collaborate efficiently and with confidence.


Founding partners

We met at Stanford University during our time as members of the Stanford Improvisors (SImps, for short). After exploring a variety of fields, we all realized that improvisation and design thinking were the most valuable tools we had as collaborators, communicators, and leaders. We founded Collective Capital in 2014 to bring these mindsets to as many teams as possible.

  Austin Meyer  Documentarian-Ultrarunner    Austin is a documentary filmmaker and photographer as well as a National Geographic Explorer. His publishing credits include National Geographic, The New York Times, and The Atlantic among others. Austin is a former IDEO storytelling fellow, and he exists at the intersection of storytelling, improv, and design.  More >>

Austin Meyer
Documentarian-Ultrarunner

Austin is a documentary filmmaker and photographer as well as a National Geographic Explorer. His publishing credits include National Geographic, The New York Times, and The Atlantic among others. Austin is a former IDEO storytelling fellow, and he exists at the intersection of storytelling, improv, and design.
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  Erik Olesund    For-Good Designer    Erik is passionate about helping organizations solve the right problems in the right ways at the right time. Through years of teaching at Stanford's d.school, he's used design to connect organizations with their customers, define better challenges, and generate innovative ideas.   More >>

Erik Olesund
For-Good Designer

Erik is passionate about helping organizations solve the right problems in the right ways at the right time. Through years of teaching at Stanford's d.school, he's used design to connect organizations with their customers, define better challenges, and generate innovative ideas.
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  Karrah Phillips  Cross-Sector Strategist    As a catalyst and systems thinker energized by the intersection of technology, human capital, and social impact, Karrah believes that solving big problems requires a capacity for empathy, a deep ability to collaborate, and compelling storytelling.  More >>

Karrah Phillips
Cross-Sector Strategist

As a catalyst and systems thinker energized by the intersection of technology, human capital, and social impact, Karrah believes that solving big problems requires a capacity for empathy, a deep ability to collaborate, and compelling storytelling.
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  Jon Proctor  Resident Scientist    Jon's passion for spontaneity, creativity, and co-creation sprouts from a drive to make the world a better place. When Jon is not leading workshops, he’s pursuing a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley.  More >>

Jon Proctor
Resident Scientist

Jon's passion for spontaneity, creativity, and co-creation sprouts from a drive to make the world a better place. When Jon is not leading workshops, he’s pursuing a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley.
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  Mona Thompson  Performer-Teacher    Mona has performed improv in Norway, Finland, The Netherlands, and 21 cities around the U.S. with her two-woman group, Mona and Shara Do Improv. She is currently pursuing her M.Ed. in Arts in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  More >>

Mona Thompson
Performer-Teacher

Mona has performed improv in Norway, Finland, The Netherlands, and 21 cities around the U.S. with her two-woman group, Mona and Shara Do Improv. She is currently pursuing her M.Ed. in Arts in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
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  David Havens  Social Impact Specialist    Through a varied career in design consulting, venture philanthropy, and financial technology, David has solidified his belief that improvisation is the fundamental art of human interaction and creativity.  More >>

David Havens
Social Impact Specialist

Through a varied career in design consulting, venture philanthropy, and financial technology, David has solidified his belief that improvisation is the fundamental art of human interaction and creativity.
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Coaches

Our coaches bring expertise in the mindsets of improvisation and design thinking. They are strategists, performers, leaders, and teachers intent on improving the way that teams collaborate, communicate, and innovate.

  Jessia Hoffman

Jessia Hoffman

  Rebecca Poretsky

Rebecca Poretsky

  Natalya Thakur

Natalya Thakur

  Shara Tonn

Shara Tonn