Ideas for Sea Change: First Seaworthy Workshop Success!
We kicked off our first workshop - Ideas for Sea Change: Design Thinking and Sustainability - this week featuring Vincent Arena & Kayla Barbour! They are both enthusiastic innovators with passions and experience in advancing sustainability. Vincent and Kayla offered plenty of insights and engaging commentary as we presented an introduction to an important approach to innovation; design thinking.
Seaworthy hosts monthly workshops like these to help our community learn new ways to approach problems from out of the box thinkers, innovators, and doers! The issues facing the oceans need new approaches, fresh ideas, and Sea Change Makers (that's you)! Check out the replay of the event below, and look out for our October calendar of events that will be announced soon! Full details on the event panel can be found below the embedded video.
About our panel:
Vincent Arena is a systems designer and social entrepreneur with a passion for sustainable problem solving. After receiving a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and Design, Innovation, and Society from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Vincent has spent the last two years building organizations and businesses centered around the UN Sustainable Development Goals and regenerative economy. Vincent currently serves as a co-founder of environmentally and culturally sustainable coffee company, Tazzetto, Director of Climate Action at the United Nations Association of Long Island, and founder of early stage startup Catalist.
University of Cincinnati DAAP Masters Program Candidate
Kayla Barbour launched as a University Innovation Fellow in Spring 18' while attending Berea College, located in the beautiful eastern knobs of Kentucky. While studying as a Technology and Applied Design major, Kayla worked in the Berea College Office of Sustainability as the Waste Diversion Program coordinator and was a member of cohort 14 in the Entrepreneurship for the Public Good (EPG) program under Dr. Peter Hackbert. Recognizing an opportunity to reduce food waste by digitizing the recording and management process in the college dining hall- Kayla recruited an interdisciplinary team of students, staff, and faculty dedicated to influencing student waste behaviors through learning and visual nudging. Using the Innovator's Toolkit to teach Design Thinking to students and staff, Kayla led a series of UIF and EPG sponsored workshops to engage campus with the new WOMbat system (Waste Operations Management, behavior altering technology) while gathering insights about consumer preferences in the dining hall. The results of this project enabled students to have more decision-making power over meal offerings, in addition to reducing the time and hassle of properly recording food waste. Kayla is currently studying for a Masters in Community Planning at the University of Cincinnati DAAP program. When not talking trash or sustainability, Kayla enjoys hiking with her dog Leto and living a holistic lifestyle. Her professional interests include urban design, adaptive reuse building projects, green infrastructure, and green-forward policy making.
Founder & CEO - Seaworthy Collective
Daniel Kleinman is Seaworthy Collective's Founder and CEO. Daniel received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida, focusing on ocean technology while following a passion for exploring and understanding the oceans. As an undergraduate, Daniel interned with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and became a University Innovation Fellow. After graduating in 2015, Daniel spent two years as a Pilot & Test Engineer for Bluefin Robotics' Bluefin-21 unmanned underwater vehicles in Boston. Daniel spent the following three years in San Diego as a Contractor for the Navy contributing to mechanical engineering R & D for maritime systems. Daniel recently started his Masters studies in Exploration Science at The University of Miami RSMAS. Daniel created Seaworthy Collective in early 2020, channeling his passion, network, and wealth of industry knowledge to help empower a community of current and aspiring ocean innovators and entrepreneurs.