A Collaborative Ecosystem for Global Prosperity
 
 

A Collaborative Ecosystem for

Local Prosperity

 
 
We are at a critical time for humanity, and it is urgent we build the sincere relationships that help us all better share knowledge and solutions, with the intent of mutual benefit, to steer towards a positive future for us all.
— Daniel Goldman, Prosperity Exchange, Daniel@PRX.IS
 

The Problem

There is a funding gap of $2.5 trillion to solve the SDGs, and a lack of local empowerment.  Most teams are too isolated, repeating the same work rather than collaborating building upon each other's work, because collaboration can be expensive in the short term.

 
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Our Solution

We take a collaborative approach, empowering others to solve for themselves while systemically and thoughtfully reducing barriers to local prosperity.

 

FUNDING & KNOW-HOW

Proven solutions struggle to find the funding, channels, know-how and/or talent to scale.

COMPETITION OVER COLLABORATION

Multiple organizations working to solve the same problem are often isolated and unaware of each other, or seeing each other as competitors than potential collaborators.

WASTED TALENT

Talented individuals around the world who want to work on high-impact projects lack the opportunities to do so effectively.

 
 
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Our Mission

To support local champions and remove the impediments they face in leading their communities to prosperity.

 
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Our Approach

We start with a physical space and deep relationships building between aligned communities. We promote a form of collaborative entrepreneurship, finding existing solutions with a high potential impact and coordinating a network of talent, partners and funding to help them scale more quickly and effectively.

At our core, we build relationships of community and trust with a shared mission to solve the biggest challenges we face today.

 
 

Our Team

Daniel Goldman   Daniel is a pioneer on the untapped power of technology to engage and transform since the 70s when he started building games and apps on a calculator at age 7. He founded the popular online community, Inner Circle, in the 80s, before the public Internet. He was senior developer on SimCity and CEO/co-founder of Total Entertainment Network, an early online community bought by Electronic Arts, and has done innovation work with the EPA and WHO.  He has been on numerous non- and for-profit boards, including the public board of Netcom, the first internet company to go public, and the Al Gore endorsed Climate Cartoons. He began angel investing in 1997 with Ellie Mae, which went public in 2011. He has been advising and supporting entrepreneurs who are making big, systemic changes using technology, with a focus on an inclusive, prosperous, abundant world.  He speaks and counsels on entrepreneurship, collaboration, start up, and ecosystem development around the world. He and his work have been included in publications from the SF Chronicle to Time magazine. He has a BA in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and studied Cognitive Neuroscience at Columbia.

Daniel Goldman

Daniel is a pioneer on the untapped power of technology to engage and transform since the 70s when he started building games and apps on a calculator at age 7. He founded the popular online community, Inner Circle, in the 80s, before the public Internet. He was senior developer on SimCity and CEO/co-founder of Total Entertainment Network, an early online community bought by Electronic Arts, and has done innovation work with the EPA and WHO.

He has been on numerous non- and for-profit boards, including the public board of Netcom, the first internet company to go public, and the Al Gore endorsed Climate Cartoons. He began angel investing in 1997 with Ellie Mae, which went public in 2011. He has been advising and supporting entrepreneurs who are making big, systemic changes using technology, with a focus on an inclusive, prosperous, abundant world.

He speaks and counsels on entrepreneurship, collaboration, start up, and ecosystem development around the world. He and his work have been included in publications from the SF Chronicle to Time magazine. He has a BA in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and studied Cognitive Neuroscience at Columbia.

Mack Ramachandran   Mack until recently was with the UN World Food Program (WFP), as Chief of Supply Chain Planning and Retail Supply Chains. Prior to that, he was Deputy Director of Procurement. He has been with the WFP in various countries over the last 22 years (minus the 2 years when he set up/ran his social enterprise in New York).  He has worked in senior management positions in Sudan, Zimbabwe, and DPR Korea. He has also worked in Cambodia, Thailand, and Panama being posted there, also for UN World Food Program. He has done short term rapid emergency response missions in over 30 developing countries; on rapid assessment, food and cash response, and evaluations.  He worked for Kelvinator company in India, selling electronic cash registers for five years (1987-1991) while finishing his Bachelors and Masters from University of Madras (Chennai). He also holds a Ph.D in Economics from Clark University in the USA, while also working at Idrisi project on Geographic Information Systems (including satellite data analysis). He is married and lives with his wife in Tokyo, Japan

Mack Ramachandran

Mack until recently was with the UN World Food Program (WFP), as Chief of Supply Chain Planning and Retail Supply Chains. Prior to that, he was Deputy Director of Procurement. He has been with the WFP in various countries over the last 22 years (minus the 2 years when he set up/ran his social enterprise in New York).

He has worked in senior management positions in Sudan, Zimbabwe, and DPR Korea. He has also worked in Cambodia, Thailand, and Panama being posted there, also for UN World Food Program. He has done short term rapid emergency response missions in over 30 developing countries; on rapid assessment, food and cash response, and evaluations.

He worked for Kelvinator company in India, selling electronic cash registers for five years (1987-1991) while finishing his Bachelors and Masters from University of Madras (Chennai). He also holds a Ph.D in Economics from Clark University in the USA, while also working at Idrisi project on Geographic Information Systems (including satellite data analysis). He is married and lives with his wife in Tokyo, Japan

James da Costa    James is an award winning social entrepreneur, passionate about the building bridges between people through technology to achieve social impact.  James' first social business Mandala Group has built accessible mobile applications in disconnected areas of China, India and Kenya; enabling illiterate parents to read to their illiterate children for the first time and providing coconut farmers to get market access to double their income. James is a Forbes 30 Under 30, Facebook's Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 and a Head Delegate at the Youth G7.  James is an active member of multiple youth action communities such as WEF Global Shapers and One Young World. He is recognized as a thought leader in youth entrepreneurship and internet connectivity - he has spoken at UN Global Goals Week, UK Houses of Parliament, Osaka City Hall, TEDx, World Innovation Summit on Education and Start-up Grind on these topics.

James da Costa

James is an award winning social entrepreneur, passionate about the building bridges between people through technology to achieve social impact.

James' first social business Mandala Group has built accessible mobile applications in disconnected areas of China, India and Kenya; enabling illiterate parents to read to their illiterate children for the first time and providing coconut farmers to get market access to double their income. James is a Forbes 30 Under 30, Facebook's Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 and a Head Delegate at the Youth G7.

James is an active member of multiple youth action communities such as WEF Global Shapers and One Young World. He is recognized as a thought leader in youth entrepreneurship and internet connectivity - he has spoken at UN Global Goals Week, UK Houses of Parliament, Osaka City Hall, TEDx, World Innovation Summit on Education and Start-up Grind on these topics.

Mallika Vaznaik   Mallika has a BSc. (honors) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Warwick and an MSc. in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the London School of Economics and Political Science.  She has served as the Co-Director of Social Enterprise for the student society Enactus Warwick, managing a portfolio of social enterprises, organising several workshops and hackathons with regards to social enterprise and representing the projects and winning awards in two consecutive national competitions. She has also worked as a research assistant in the innovation co-creation lab of the London School of Economics and Political Science.  Other than her home-country India, she has worked, volunteered and lived in places around the globe including the United Kingdom, Singapore, South Africa, Bangladesh and Vietnam. She completed her final project for her MSc., on designing a business model for a childcare facility, with the Social Innovation Lab of the BRAC in Dhaka, Bangladesh, one of the top international development organizations in the world, for which she was awarded the “Best Student Consulting Dissertation” award in her cohort.

Mallika Vaznaik

Mallika has a BSc. (honors) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Warwick and an MSc. in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

She has served as the Co-Director of Social Enterprise for the student society Enactus Warwick, managing a portfolio of social enterprises, organising several workshops and hackathons with regards to social enterprise and representing the projects and winning awards in two consecutive national competitions. She has also worked as a research assistant in the innovation co-creation lab of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Other than her home-country India, she has worked, volunteered and lived in places around the globe including the United Kingdom, Singapore, South Africa, Bangladesh and Vietnam. She completed her final project for her MSc., on designing a business model for a childcare facility, with the Social Innovation Lab of the BRAC in Dhaka, Bangladesh, one of the top international development organizations in the world, for which she was awarded the “Best Student Consulting Dissertation” award in her cohort.


ADVISORS


Todd Porter   Todd   is a Tokyo based ecosystem builder. He spends the majority of time with forward edge people & projects locally and globally, from Bali (prototyping ecosystem builders guild) to Bhutan (Blue Economy Summit), Barcelona (Fab Lab summit), Bangkok (a new FabCafe city), Berlin (city to city innovators exchange), Black Rock City (Burning Man), the Bay Area (Singularity University Executive Program), et al. Todd has focused on developing and scaling collaborative entrepreneurial models, platforms and movements, from early days supporting global social entrepreneurs at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public and young leaders at Public Allies, to prototyping one of the first two TEDxes and becoming one of the Founding TEDx Ambassadors to help develop the global movement. Todd started his career as a strategy consultant at Bain & Co. and after a period as a fellow at one of the first online social networks, graduated from Stanford Business School and served as the Venture Catalyst at Imagine Media. He is co-founder of Waterwheel (design & incubation group), FabCafe Global (network of physical gateways to the maker movement), TEDxTokyo, IMPACT Foundation Japan (ecosystem catalyst), PAN Asia (peer community linking creators from cities across Asia), and is co-founder and co-developing the Prosperity Exchange (a platform for scaling collaborative entrepreneurship, city by city).

Todd Porter

Todd is a Tokyo based ecosystem builder. He spends the majority of time with forward edge people & projects locally and globally, from Bali (prototyping ecosystem builders guild) to Bhutan (Blue Economy Summit), Barcelona (Fab Lab summit), Bangkok (a new FabCafe city), Berlin (city to city innovators exchange), Black Rock City (Burning Man), the Bay Area (Singularity University Executive Program), et al. Todd has focused on developing and scaling collaborative entrepreneurial models, platforms and movements, from early days supporting global social entrepreneurs at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public and young leaders at Public Allies, to prototyping one of the first two TEDxes and becoming one of the Founding TEDx Ambassadors to help develop the global movement. Todd started his career as a strategy consultant at Bain & Co. and after a period as a fellow at one of the first online social networks, graduated from Stanford Business School and served as the Venture Catalyst at Imagine Media. He is co-founder of Waterwheel (design & incubation group), FabCafe Global (network of physical gateways to the maker movement), TEDxTokyo, IMPACT Foundation Japan (ecosystem catalyst), PAN Asia (peer community linking creators from cities across Asia), and is co-founder and co-developing the Prosperity Exchange (a platform for scaling collaborative entrepreneurship, city by city).

Gina Cooper   Gina is the founder of Cooper Strategies where she advises startups disrupting regulated and civic spaces. She is also Strategic Advisor to Startup Policy Lab, a policy think tank focused on where the regulatory environment meets disruptive technologies. Gina is a co-organizer of CivicMakers, an in person and online community based platform for discovering, sharing and collaborating on the development of civic technologies and apps. Gina was the founding CEO of Netroots Nation, the nation's largest professional network of digital political strategist and activists, and is currently serving on its Board of Directors. While with Netroots Nation, she negotiated and produced the very first ever grassroots organized presidential debate. Gina served on President Barack Obama’s advisory committee for technology, media and telecommunications and her "Ask The Speaker" forum was the model for the Obama administration's very first Open Government Initiative. Gina is an international speaker on the topic of digital democracy and a former pundit, having been a guest on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, NPR’s Morning Edition and Talk of the Nation, as well as CNN where she was an analyst for their presidential debate coverage team. Her history as a legendary community builder and spokesperson was chronicled by former New York Times and current Yahoo lead political correspondent, Matt Bai, in his book The Argument, and by blogger Markos Moulitsas in Taking on the System. Gina has also been featured in a plethora of national and international publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, China Times, The Times of London, The Guardian, Le Monde and others.

Gina Cooper

Gina is the founder of Cooper Strategies where she advises startups disrupting regulated and civic spaces. She is also Strategic Advisor to Startup Policy Lab, a policy think tank focused on where the regulatory environment meets disruptive technologies. Gina is a co-organizer of CivicMakers, an in person and online community based platform for discovering, sharing and collaborating on the development of civic technologies and apps. Gina was the founding CEO of Netroots Nation, the nation's largest professional network of digital political strategist and activists, and is currently serving on its Board of Directors. While with Netroots Nation, she negotiated and produced the very first ever grassroots organized presidential debate. Gina served on President Barack Obama’s advisory committee for technology, media and telecommunications and her "Ask The Speaker" forum was the model for the Obama administration's very first Open Government Initiative. Gina is an international speaker on the topic of digital democracy and a former pundit, having been a guest on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, NPR’s Morning Edition and Talk of the Nation, as well as CNN where she was an analyst for their presidential debate coverage team. Her history as a legendary community builder and spokesperson was chronicled by former New York Times and current Yahoo lead political correspondent, Matt Bai, in his book The Argument, and by blogger Markos Moulitsas in Taking on the System. Gina has also been featured in a plethora of national and international publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, China Times, The Times of London, The Guardian, Le Monde and others.

Tony Lai   Tony is the CEO and co-founder of Legal.io, an Internet platform for lawyers and legal organizations to refer work and cooperate on addressing the planet's greatest problems and the needs of underserved communities. Tony was on the founding team of the Stanford-affiliated startup accelerator, StartX, which has developed into a tight-knit community of entrepreneurs who have collectively raised over $800M in funding and generated over 2,000 jobs since its inception in 2011. Tony continues to coordinate support and collective intelligence for the community's social entrepreneurs. Tony holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Modern History from Oxford University and completed law school in England, before gaining 10,000 hours experience at an international law firm advising on commercial, corporate and regulatory matters for the technology, communications and media industries in Europe, Asia and Africa. At Stanford University, he gained his LL.M. in Law Science and Technology, spent six months working with a team of graduate students at Stanford’s d.school to reinvent the museum experience, was on the teaching team for the joint Harvard/Stanford class, Ideas for a Better Internet, and helped research & design the first Legal Technology and Informatics course to be taught at Stanford Law School. Tony is on the board of Shareable, the leading non-profit news, action and connection hub for the sharing transformation. He is also a Fellow at the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics, where his research focusses on the design of legal service delivery systems, with a focus on systems supporting trusted networks. Tony also enjoys meeting with the many modern nomads from around the world who stay as part of the co-living community he calls home, at The Embassy Network, a future-oriented network of co-living communities designing and experimenting with commons-based social institutions.

Tony Lai

Tony is the CEO and co-founder of Legal.io, an Internet platform for lawyers and legal organizations to refer work and cooperate on addressing the planet's greatest problems and the needs of underserved communities. Tony was on the founding team of the Stanford-affiliated startup accelerator, StartX, which has developed into a tight-knit community of entrepreneurs who have collectively raised over $800M in funding and generated over 2,000 jobs since its inception in 2011. Tony continues to coordinate support and collective intelligence for the community's social entrepreneurs.
Tony holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Modern History from Oxford University and completed law school in England, before gaining 10,000 hours experience at an international law firm advising on commercial, corporate and regulatory matters for the technology, communications and media industries in Europe, Asia and Africa. At Stanford University, he gained his LL.M. in Law Science and Technology, spent six months working with a team of graduate students at Stanford’s d.school to reinvent the museum experience, was on the teaching team for the joint Harvard/Stanford class, Ideas for a Better Internet, and helped research & design the first Legal Technology and Informatics course to be taught at Stanford Law School.
Tony is on the board of Shareable, the leading non-profit news, action and connection hub for the sharing transformation. He is also a Fellow at the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics, where his research focusses on the design of legal service delivery systems, with a focus on systems supporting trusted networks. Tony also enjoys meeting with the many modern nomads from around the world who stay as part of the co-living community he calls home, at The Embassy Network, a future-oriented network of co-living communities designing and experimenting with commons-based social institutions.

 
Evan Steiner   Evan works on projects related to holistic economics, social finance, and business for good. His experience is in taking burgeoning ideas and developing them into successful projects or companies. Previously, he spent three years as the Programming Director at Impact HUB San Francisco and as Senio Associate at The Social Capital Markets (SOCAP). During his time there he created programming, events, and accelerator programs that provided support for seed-stage social entrepreneurs and impact investors. He writes at the  Whole Person Economy , a site looking at the changing landscape of business and economics, exploring how these topics are informed by personal values and connection to a higher purpose. Evan holds a bachelors in music from Indiana University, a Masters in Environmental Management from UMUC, and is attending an MBA program at Oxford.

Evan Steiner

Evan works on projects related to holistic economics, social finance, and business for good. His experience is in taking burgeoning ideas and developing them into successful projects or companies. Previously, he spent three years as the Programming Director at Impact HUB San Francisco and as Senio Associate at The Social Capital Markets (SOCAP). During his time there he created programming, events, and accelerator programs that provided support for seed-stage social entrepreneurs and impact investors. He writes at the Whole Person Economy, a site looking at the changing landscape of business and economics, exploring how these topics are informed by personal values and connection to a higher purpose. Evan holds a bachelors in music from Indiana University, a Masters in Environmental Management from UMUC, and is attending an MBA program at Oxford.

Mariko McTier   Mariko has leveraged her cross-cultural, cross-discipline background to plan and execute cross-border projects for government, corporates and social ventures.  Most recently, Mariko has worked as a consultant, helping early-stage startups and social enterprises to establish their marketing and communications strategies.  Previously, at the British Embassy Tokyo, Mariko led the Innovation is GREAT Campaign, a cross-government campaign to build bilateral partnerships in innovation. She also spearheaded the British Government’s work in connecting Japanese venture capital to British startups seeking funding.  She is also the Co-Founder and Director of Social Innovation Japan, a platform for social good with a mission to facilitate the flow of resources across borders for positive change.

Mariko McTier

Mariko has leveraged her cross-cultural, cross-discipline background to plan and execute cross-border projects for government, corporates and social ventures.

Most recently, Mariko has worked as a consultant, helping early-stage startups and social enterprises to establish their marketing and communications strategies.

Previously, at the British Embassy Tokyo, Mariko led the Innovation is GREAT Campaign, a cross-government campaign to build bilateral partnerships in innovation. She also spearheaded the British Government’s work in connecting Japanese venture capital to British startups seeking funding.

She is also the Co-Founder and Director of Social Innovation Japan, a platform for social good with a mission to facilitate the flow of resources across borders for positive change.

Janine Shiota   Janine is a social organizer and community builder focused on creating immersive experiential environments that gather people together for true connection. She is a Founding Executive with China Live, Co-Founder of J & M Productions, Founder, Executive Producer and Curator of TEDxPresidio, and currently serves as a Commissioner for the City of San Francisco Arts Commission, on the Community Arts & Education, Cultural Equity Grants, Street Artists Committees and is a member of the Mayor’s Tax Advisory Board. Janine was Managing Partner at award winning Joie de Vivre Hospitality Property. She is a Founding Board Member of ArtCare and brings a long history in Experiential Design, Strategy and Branding, Corporate Identity, Project & Partner Management, Community Engagement, Hospitality, Built Environment and Digital Outreach to Prosperity exchange. She has been recognized by proclamation from the Mayor’s Office of San Francisco and the California State Assembly. Past private clients for creative services include Joie de Vivre Hospitality, Another Planet Entertainment, O’Reilly Media, X-Prize Foundation, Luminous-Asia, MKG NYC, TNDC, Cedar Fair.

Janine Shiota

Janine is a social organizer and community builder focused on creating immersive experiential environments that gather people together for true connection. She is a Founding Executive with China Live, Co-Founder of J & M Productions, Founder, Executive Producer and Curator of TEDxPresidio, and currently serves as a Commissioner for the City of San Francisco Arts Commission, on the Community Arts & Education, Cultural Equity Grants, Street Artists Committees and is a member of the Mayor’s Tax Advisory Board. Janine was Managing Partner at award winning Joie de Vivre Hospitality Property. She is a Founding Board Member of ArtCare and brings a long history in Experiential Design, Strategy and Branding, Corporate Identity, Project & Partner Management, Community Engagement, Hospitality, Built Environment and Digital Outreach to Prosperity exchange. She has been recognized by proclamation from the Mayor’s Office of San Francisco and the California State Assembly. Past private clients for creative services include Joie de Vivre Hospitality, Another Planet Entertainment, O’Reilly Media, X-Prize Foundation, Luminous-Asia, MKG NYC, TNDC, Cedar Fair.

 

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