I work at the Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC), a consulting practice that builds the capacity of organisations, communities and networks to engage in more effective, equitable and inclusive social change. I provide collaborative network building support to initiatives focused on racial/socio-economic equity and sustainability in education, public health and food systems around New England and the United States.
I am also a board member of the New England Grassroots Environment Fund. Prior to joining IISC, I managed the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship for aspiring urban charter school founders interested in addressing educational equity.
I grew up in Flint, a small town in Michigan, USA. As the son of two teachers, I had the benefit of living overseas at an early age, including Libreville, Gabon. After finishing university I returned to Africa to do community and youth development work in Zimbabwe through Silveira House, where I was introduced to and deeply influenced by participatory action research and Training for Transformation methods.
I currently reside, garden, and play in western Massachusetts with my wife and three daughters.
I can be reached at cogden@
interactioninstitute.org and found on Twitter at @curtisogden.