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2021 Spring Series: Innovation in Collaboration

This series of conversations will attempt to answer the question, “How do we develop a innovative, equitable and just “solutions” together?

Addressing complex environmental problems in an equitable and just way requires a transdisciplinary approach that often includes community-based participatory research. Developing innovative products or solutions that are usable and used require a design-thinking mindset that centers the needs of the “customer” or community.

Putting these values into practice, this two-part series will explore how to partner with community members and organizations in a way that honors their expertise and allows them to share in the decision-making, then shift to a conversation about tools and strategies to transform a co-produced idea into a co-produced product or solution. 

Resources from this series:


Environmental justice community leader Jamie Stroble will share strategies for academia, governments & larger institutions to move away from an extractive model of community engagement to develop true capacity-building and co-benefits for communities and institutions alike. Topics will include outcome vs. process, outreach vs. engagement vs. partnership, and intention vs. impact. (90 minute interactive lecture and Q&A)


Starting from the story behind some impactful local innovations (e.g. PATH’s birth kit), presenter Magali Eaton from UW CoMotion will take the audience through the design thinking mindset and open a window to building inclusive innovations. The lecture will also introduce some tools to help the audience get started on the path to building impactful and long lasting projects/collaborations. (45 minute lecture followed by Q&A)

About the presenters

Jamie Stroble

Jamie Stroble is an environmental justice community leader and founder of Noio Pathways Capacity Building.




Magali Eaton

Magali Dieny Eaton is CoMotion’s assistant director for innovation training. Before joining the university in 2014, she practiced law in two major international firms in France and in Seattle. Magali currently designs and deploys innovation training programs for faculty, startups and students at UW CoMotion and teaches intellectual property law at the University of Washington School of Law.


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