- Action Collabs
- Big Ideas In Beta
President and Founder
Lisa Petrides is president and founder of the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), an independent non-profit educational research institute. Her research seeks to inform and improve the ways in which those in formal and informal education foster the creation and sharing of information, apply it to well-defined problems, and create knowledge-driven environments focused on improved learning and organizational success.
Jonah Houston is a senior project leader at IDEO in Palo Alto. He works on a wide variety of projects ranging from medical devices, office furniture, consumer electronics, food and beverage, and large-scale systems design.
Director of Training & Design
Bringing ISKME’s research and technology into the field, Samantha creates curriculum, designs workshops, trains facilitators, and personally facilitates field-building projects. Her background includes facilitating group therapy, teaching college courses, training unemployed adults on the importance of networking, and managing after school art programs.
Teacher and Performer
Chris Miller is an improviser, musician, and facilitator. In 2000 he co-founded LifePlays to bring the skills embedded in improv to forward thinking companies such as Google, Genentech, Microsoft, Whole Foods Markets. He’s delivered improv-based workshops on leadership, innovation, team development, and public speaking. Since 2009 Chris has worked with ISKME to help design Action Collabs for Big Ideas Fest. He also teaches in the Executive MBA program at the University of San Francisco.