Director, Buen Vivir Fund, Thousand Currents; Visiting Scholar, Stanford University Global Projects Center
Joanna Levitt Cea is a visiting scholar at the Stanford Global Projects Center (GPC). In collaboration with the GPC and Visiting Scholar Jess Rimington, Cea is investigating best practices in co-creative innovation to build a new methodology for addressing “wicked problems” such as global climate change, extreme inequality, and poverty. The method, called the recollective way, is based upon collaborative research and analysis with a group of 20 organizations and companies at the leading edge of co-creative solutions development. Cea and Rimington are publishing several articles and a book (www.recollectiveway.com). In addition to this research, she is the director of the Buen Vivir Fund at Thousand Currents (formerly IDEX), where she works with innovative grassroots organizations and progressive investors to collectively re-imagine how impact investment is practiced. From 2006 to 2014, Cea served as executive director of the International Accountability Project (IAP). Prior to joining IAP, she worked as a Fulbright Scholar in Ecuador with the Centro de Derechos Económicos y Sociales and as a John Gardner Fellow with the Center for International Environmental Law in Washington D.C..