People

Keita Demming

Keita is the lead facilitator of the B Studio Project. Plagued by the question, why do we wait until adulthood to teach techniques on generating innovation? Keita has worked with his friends and colleagues to develop curriculum on innovation and citizenship. He is an educational and organizational consultant and obtained his PhD at the University of Toronto. Keita develops educational and strategic approaches to facilitating innovation and organizational change. He is considered to be an innovation consultant, process designer, facilitator, and thinker. His interests include strategy, resilience, power, systems thinking, design thinking and complexity

Anita Abraham

Anita and Keita shared an office while working at Social Innovation Generation. In a conversation, they realized that they both wished to develop a youth program around innovation and citizenship. With the support of Social Innovation Generation @ Waterloo Anita joined us for our first installation of B Studio. Anita has spent her career determined to address our most pressing social challenges and believes in the transformative power of young people to create positive change. She has worked on university campuses over the last decade, including at Social Innovation Generation (SiG@Waterloo), a national collaborative addressing Canada’s social and ecological challenges by creating a culture of continuous social innovation. When she was a student at the University of Guelph, Anita led the Meal Exchange chapter to break national records and engage hundreds of students. She holds a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation.

Chevonne Agana

When Keita first thought of the B Studio project, Chevonne was the first person he approached. Since then, Chevonne has been a major part of the team and has regularly contributed to the ongoing development of the curriculum. Chevonne is an Associate Consultant with Beyond Consulting and specializes in the psychometric assessments portfolio. Chevonne is also a full-time lecturer in Psychology at the College of Science Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT). Where she is involved in Course and Curriculum development specially geared towards the BSc. in Psychology. Her skills as an educator and consultant have been, and continue to be a great assets to the project.

Jeremy Dickson

Jeremy joined us for our 2014 iteration of the B Studio Project. He is an educator for the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) who teaches English, history, geography, social science, special education, and HPE. His professional roles have included curriculum leader, literacy instructor, teacher trainer, and school consultant on incorporating complex problem solving (Systems Thinking, Integrative Thinking, and Design Thinking) and social innovation into various curriculums and organizations. He has taught in Canada, Australia, Costa Rica, and Trinidad, and at the elementary school, high school, university, and professional levels.

Noorin Fazal

Originally from Vancouver, Noorin came across Keita during their undergraduate studies in Cognitive Systems at the University of British Columbia. Now in Toronto, Noorin and Keita frequently meet to discuss youth empowerment for social innovation. As a teacher, artist and curriculum designer, Noorin is driven by community engagement, shared narrative, and personal inquiry through arts and media. She particularly focuses on intercultural connections among individuals and communities. In her work, Noorin focuses on storytelling, critical questioning, empathy and creative expression in order to engage youth with the concept of common humanity. She believes that through this pedagogy, we can design solutions that respond to lived experience, and take sustainable action that improves the quality of our own lives and that of others. Noorin has taught, facilitated and mentored in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Tajikistan, the Czech Republic and Tanzania. This summer, she is excited to explore Big Ideas with youth in Trinidad and Tobago as part of the BStudio Design Team.