Dreams for the human condition

Dr. Marilyn Flynn is a leader – if not the leader – in social work education. Flynn is dean of the University of Southern California’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, the largest such institution in the world, and a central figure in many of the field’s most influential organizations, including the Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, the St. Louis Group, and the Network for Social Work Management.

Dr. Flynn said of us, “GreenHouse’s expertise is that of the most unusual sort and lies in their ability to engage people at the highest possible level in analysis of their concerns and their dreams for the improvement in the human condition.”

We have worked closely with Dr. Flynn since our appointment as Innovator in Residence and in development of multiple initiatives, including the nation’s first-ever doctorate in social innovation and the first graduate nursing program oriented to the social determinants of health.

Million pieces

Known publicly for his decades as an actor in film and television – most notably, for roles in Wings, The SopranosPrivate Practice and Madam Secretary – Tim Daly is president of the Creative Coalition, a high-profile advocacy group within the entertainment industry.

Daly said of  working with us, “Imagine being faced with a serious challenge or problem, then having it blown into a million pieces, then reconstructed and returned to you as an asset. That’s what Greenhouse can do.”

Our partnership began with our joint efforts to re-frame arts education.

Intellectual collisions

Dr. Tomicah Tillemann is former senior advisor to U.S. Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry for civil society and emerging democracies. Now tackling those same global challenges from outside government, he is Senior Fellow at New America and co-founder of the Blockchain Trust Accelerator.

Dr. Tillimann said of us, “GreenHouse runs a large hadron supercollider of ideas. They curate one of the world’s most remarkable collections of talent, tee up research questions designed to take you to new dimensions, and generate intellectual collisions with the power to change our understanding of the world.”

We have worked with Dr. Tillemann in his capacity at the U.S. State Department to re-design international organizations and U.S. support of emerging democracies, and at New America on the Bretton Woods II initiative.


Gillian Walnes, MBE, was a founder of the Anne Frank Trust U.K. As the Trust’s first executive director, Walnes developed and launched Anne Frank Children to Children Appeal for Bosnia, the Anne Frank Awards for Moral Courage, and the Anne Frank Declaration signed by world leaders and tens of thousands of young people.

Walnes said of us, “GreenHouse is a hothouse and flowering of ideas – created out of the desire to make the world less difficult to live in for its inhabitants, whoever and wherever. They show us how effecting real change comes from asking the right questions. I love collaborating with them.”

We have worked with Ms. Walnes on multiple efforts advising government and philanthropic leaders in the U.K. and U.S.

Better than magic

higleyTom Higley is founder and CEO of 10.10.10, a platform to launch new entrepreneurial efforts to solve complex social challenges. He was previously the successful founder and CEO of Service Metrics and StillSecure. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Higley worked as an attorney and professional musician.

Higley said of our work, “GreenHouse’s insight and approach isn’t magic. It’s better than magic. They teach entrepreneurs how to think about wicked problems, complex systems that are home to the problems and insights that might afford the necessary leverage for creating a market-based solution. Who else does this? In our experience, nobody. And it is most certainly true that nobody does it better.”

We have worked with Mr. Higley on our effort with the U.S. State Department to re-design support for emerging democracies, and on 10.10.10 Health.

Un-endingly curious

Buck Dodson is president and CEO of the Susan Poorman Blackie Ovarian Cancer Foundation, which was created in 2013 to empower women with knowledge of ovarian cancer and to promote innovative, promising research.

Dodson said of working with us, “The GreenHouse experience is extraordinary in form, process and outcome. Strategic imagination, thoughtful design, and practical execution converge mysteriously through the team’s boardroom meets sacred space approach, and the result is nothing short of transformation. It’s a process that calls organizations and actors to go deep, be willing and courageous, and get un-endingly curious in order to manifest necessary and revolutionary change.”

We have worked with Mr. Dodson on developing the first-ever catalog of the social norms related to ovarian cancer, in an effort to ultimately improve the treatment experience for patients and their families.

Inspiring change

Steve Edwards is executive director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago. He was previously a journalist and program host, with work on the BBC, Bloomberg News, PBS and numerous public radio stations around the U.S. Edwards is best know for his 14 years at WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR station, where he served as the host of the acclaimed shows The Afternoon Shift and Eight Forty-Eight.

Edwards said of us, “If you’re looking for a standard approach to standard problems, then go with a standard firm. But if you’re looking for path-breaking insights and paradigm shifts, you can’t do better than the brilliant team at GreenHouse. I’ve yet to see a group more successful at driving meaningful, inspiring change.”

We have worked with Mr. Edwards on several projects of the Insight Labs, including an effort to resolve a challenge posed by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. In addition, we appeared as occasional guests on his WBEZ program – discussing the idea bubble, youth voting and the NATO Summit.

No other organization


Raman Chadha is founder and partner of The Junto Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, a radically different business school for current CEOs that emphasizes emotional development along with business skills. Previously, he was founding executive director of DePaul University’s Coleman Entrepreneurship Center and a clinical professor of entrepreneurship.

Chadha said of working with us, “We turn to Greenhouse when we need new, original, and creative thinking that challenges the mind and the status quo. There is no other organization I know of that is as innovative and gifted to solve problems.”

We have worked with Mr. Chadha throughout the development of our original framework and methodology for social innovation, including prototyping a preliminary version with participants in The Junto Institute.