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Sustainability Innovators

Amplify your impact by using the best principles & practices in innovation.

Sustainability Innovators

Thank you for the vital work that you do. Not only are the stakes extremely high, but you’re working in the face of unprecedented uncertainty and rapid change.

On top of that, you likely also face challenges that are common to all dynamic organizations. These challenges may include maximizing impact, planning amid uncertainty, supporting rapid experimentation & learning, adaptating to changing goals & constraints, and more.

Since these challenges are common to many organizations, you have an opportunity to borrow best principles & practices from outside of sustainability. You may have heard of product development frameworks like Agile, Scrum, Design Thinking, Lean Startup, etc. While these are often associated with the tech giants of Silicon Valley, their key principles apply to any type of product, service, or process, and any industry, government, or NGO. And some organizations see 2X-10X gains in value delivery & impact.

I'd welcome a conversation to better understand your challenges. Then we can explore how Agile innovation can amplify your impact. (pro bono) I offer collaboration on the big challenges of our times. Please reach out, and let's discuss ways forward.

Here to help,
Michael Kelley Harris
Software Engineer | Innovation Coach & Trainer

Huricane Arthur

Good News

How a Zoom forum is changing the way ICU doctors treat desperately ill Covid-19 patients" Aug 6, 2020 [innovation tags: experimentation, communication, collaboration, experiential learning, sharing info & resources, wide ecosystem, trusted circle, facillitation]

Potential Future Good News

"Methane reduced 20% & composting increased 30%: one town's collaborative experiment"

"Cement with 30% less CO2 via iterative experiments"

"Plant-rich diets grow by 20% via experiements in education"

"Hazardous waste reduced and water quality improved via cross-functional teams"

"Eco entrepreneurs using the best high-tech innovation principles"

"From bureaucracy to engaged eco warriors"

"Agroforestry grows food on lots of levels"

"NGO going fast with iterative innovation"

Your story here

Organizational Challenges Helped by Agile Innovation

maximizing impact, planning amid uncertainty, supporting rapid experimentation & learning, rapid adaptation to changing goals & constraints, nurturing continual improvement, leadership at all levels, alignment, prioritization, structure, collaboration, coordination, transparency, attracting & retaining talent, funding, ROI, and many more.

Huricane Arthur

Sustainability Challenges

We'd like to help address these types of sustainability challenges:

We'd welcome conversations, connections, & suggestions.

Types of Organizations & Projects

We'd like to help these types of organizations, as innovation advisors, coaches, etc.

  • United Nations
  • Project Drawdown
  • Tribal & Indigenous Groups
  • Eco Entrepreneurs
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Sierra Club
  • Nature Conservancy
  • Patagonia
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Governments & NGOs, Intl, National, & local
  • Emergency & Disaster Planning
  • Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere (MAHB)
  • Direct Relief
  • Relief International
  • Red Cross
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • Earth Justice
  • Five Saturdays
  • Agile for Humanity
  • and many more

We'd welcome conversations, connections, & suggestions.


  • NASA - Photovoltaic Research, Software
  • PermEzone - Africa, Permaculture, sustainable food systems and eco-social resilience. Advisory Council since 2013
  • SourceCell - Agile Training for underrepresented groups (pro bono)
  • Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District; Planning Analyst
  • Sun Edison - Solar farms. Data collection & contro. Software.
  • Mesa Harmony Garden - Permaculture Orchard; donor & volunteer
  • etc

Definitions & Summaries


Agile: Product development wherein cross-functional teams and their customers collaborate to develop requirements & solutions. It advocates adaptive planning, evolutionary development, early delivery, continual improvement, and rapid & flexible response to change. See also the Agile Manifesto


Scrum: "A framework within which people can address complex adaptive problems, while productively and creatively delivering products of the highest possible value." -- The Scrum Guide. See also Scrum Summaries & Resources