Andrew Crosby

Founder and Executive Director

Building on more than two decades of experience in the sustainable development field, Andrew began interacting with hundreds of regenerative development practitioners and creatives in 2019 in his role with the stewardship team of the Global Regenerative CoLab (GRC), a collective undertaking to catalyze innovation through co-working.

Hosting a weekly meeting called the Regenerative Insights Circle, connecting actors from Europe, Asia, Africa, the Pacific, and the Americas, he was struck by the continued massive gaps in information flow and knowledge transmission between innovators within and across disciplines; and the resulting inability to connect to funders and investment markets. These were familiar and inspiring challenges from his previous work.

Dedicated to such holistic development approaches over his career, Andrew was energized by the community and believed he could apply his experience in launching entrepreneurial social ventures, drawing on his background in systemic change through the development of products and services to empower practitioners that transform the way people think about development, the choices they make, the markets they create.

Such “pattern spotting” combined with audience-relevant, contextualized analysis and nonpartisan convening were central to the successful ventures he launched and scaled previously. These included the first national daily news service on US electoral politics in 1988, the Hotline; a practice-based journal for management innovation in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, the Nonprofit Quarterly; and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development.

His experience in connecting communities across disciplinary silos leads him to believe that unexplored opportunities for scale are possible and that the potential community of innovators is much larger, and more underserved, than currently perceived. This community includes not only those working for regenerative development as well as those working to bring synergistic models into mainstream businesses, government entities, and traditional and indigenous practitioners, among others.


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