Collectivizing & Diversifying Action


My work is dedicated to collectivizing and diversifying action at unlikely and overlooked intersections.


Nicole Anand

I am a political economist and practitioner of design strategy and mixed-methods research.

I have extensive experience in international development, working at the intersection of research, governance, design and technology.

Currently, I live between Los Angeles and New York. These days I am working on an emergent collective called The Residency that I co-founded for learning between civil servants, activists and social designers. I am also teaching in the Transdisciplinary Design MFA program at Parsons School of Design, The New School in New York City. Formerly, I directed the strategy of the international civil society organization focused on data and technology, The Engine Room, and the global social design firm, Reboot. As a citizen and digital engagement specialist at The World Bank and an open government program manager at Global Integrity, I developed my governance practice. My international development work began in India at OneWorld Foundation as the head of their research department focused on public innovation.

My work spans the United States, Europe, South and Southeast Asia, Latin America and West Africa. I am a graduate of the University of Berkeley, California and the London School of Economics.

I am a methodology nerd. I love and teach design research. I am a facilitator and I enjoy the difficult task of creating spaces for ‘a healthy debate’.

I am currently obsessing over these questions:

  • Immigration: how do we share ‘immigrant’ and ‘children of immigrant’ lived experiences?

  • Facilitative Leadership: how do leaders listen and learn to make inclusive and resonant decisions?

  • Argumentation: how do we develop and deliver a viewpoint? what types of reasoning do we use?




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