As a social innovation strategist and Founder of the Creative Impact and Experience Lab, Lina Srivastava has played a pivotal role in the engagement campaigns for some of the world’s most celebrated and award-winning documentaries. In today’s episode, Lina breaks down what transformational change and community centered design really mean, explores activism in today’s Millennial culture, takes us behind the scenes at CIEL’s most transformative projects, and so much more.
- How to catalyze transformational change in your own community
- Why Lina describes leadership as a process
- Is the Millennial phenomenon restricted to first world youth?
- Real activism vs. hashtag activism
- Rejection of the past and the perpetual challenge of Millennials
- The importance of community centered design thinking and navigating certain cultures
- Lina’s thoughts on poverty porn and who gets to tell the story
Lina Srivastava is a social innovation strategist with over 15 years of experience working at the intersection of social action, community-centered design, and interactive storytelling. The founder of CIEL, Lina is the co-creator of the My City project, and the lead on the Transformational Change Leadership storytelling project, and has been involved in engagement campaigns for several documentaries, including Oscar-winning Born into Brothels, Emmy-nominated The Devil Came on Horseback, Oscar-winning Inocente, Sundance-award winning Who Is Dayani Cristal?, and climate change film How To Let Go of the World and Let Go of All Those Things Climate Can’t Change.
The former Executive Director of Kids with Cameras, and the Association of Video and Filmmakers, Lina has taught design and social entrepreneurship at Parsons, The New School of Design, and is on faculty in the Masters of Fine Arts Program in Design and Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts, where she teaches media, engagement, activism, and innovation. Lina has been an advisor to Global Grassroots, Donor Direct Action, Studio Rev, Lakou Mizik, Tech4Good and Circle of 6 App, Electric South, and Colibri Center for Human Rights, and has provided strategic project design to a group of social impact organizations, including UNICEF, UNESCO, the World Bank, AARP, the U.S. State Department, and the Rockefeller Foundation.