Russ Gaskin

Managing Member at CoCreative

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Russ helps people who don’t know each other, and often don’t even like each other, solve complex problems together. His unique strength is fostering the conditions that support deep collaboration across organisational, sectoral and political boundaries.

Russ also builds the capacities of others to lead effective collaboration by teaching on complex systems change, design-driven innovation, and leveraging conflict and diversity as sources of strategic innovation. He combines practical experience in real-world collaborations with theory informed by more than two dozen disciplines.

Prior to launching CoCreative, Russ served as the chief business officer of Green America, a national leader in leveraging economic strategies to advance social equity and environmental sustainability; served as managing director of US SIF, the trade association for financial firms and institutional investors doing impact investing; and founded the Green Business Network, the first network of triple-bottom line businesses in the U.S.

At the School of System Change

Russ brings in approaches for seeding and leading systems change networks grounded in diversity, equity, and deep collaboration.

"I love the rich learning that happens when we come together, draw from our diverse backgrounds, knowledge, and experiences, and advance powerful change strategies together. But I'm most excited by how we become more whole people through the experience of deep trust and collaboration."
Russ Gaskin