About dMASS Inc.
dMASS Inc. was founded on a simple idea: good business and good environmental management are one and the same.
While our team members come from different perspectives, work experiences, and geographies, we all appreciate the importance of improving resource performance. We all see the interconnections between innovation, resource management, business, and human well being. We all recognize that the business case for strategic resource management is strengthening each day. And while we believe that resource constraints pose a significant threat to businesses and to communities globally, we also believe that there is enormous potential for businesses to leverage innovation to deliver more benefits to more people with fewer resources - to do better with less on a large scale. We know that it’s possible to improve the quality of life for people across the globe, run profitable businesses, and manage resources for the long term.
When we came together a few short years ago, we began to ask each other how we could help others understand why improving resource performance is the key to improving human well being, environmental conditions, and business competitiveness, and how we could help businesses leverage emerging technologies and research to do better with less. Today, we each maintain a positive perspective and a personal drive to help businesses and other organizations with the strategic use of resources for a secure future.
Meet the Team
Kathryn has written about resources and their relationship to innovation, metrics, waste minimization, logistics, and supply chain management, and has presented dMASS research and innovations to audiences in Europe and the United States. Prior to co-founding dMASS, Kathryn developed an online network for scientists and business leaders working in energy harvesting. Her past experience also includes healthcare management consulting, and marketing analysis for a global logistics company. She currently serves as an executive board member for o.s.Earth Inc., a company that delivers global simulation events based on Buckminster Fuller’s “The World Game.”
Kathryn is also an advisory board member for Emmett Global, a company in the Internet privacy space. She holds an MBA from SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy, and a BA from McGill University in Montreal. Connect with Kathryn on Twitter.
Co-Founder/Keynote Speaker & Author
Howard has dedicated his work life to the pursuit of business opportunities that arise from creative environmental management practices. For more than 20 years as CEO of Resource Planning & Management Systems (RPM), Inc., in New Haven, Connecticut, he worked with major companies such as Duracell, Avery Dennison, Mobil, GE, John Deere, Whirlpool, Warner Lambert, and Pfizer to establish or enhance their environmental practices and performance. Before the “greening” of corporations became as popular as it is today, Howard worked with clients on techniques and strategies for turning environmental costs into opportunities and integrating resource management issues profitably into corporate decision-making. Before there were social ventures and talk of sustainability, he was already forming new businesses to unify good environment and business practices. His proven techniques are still state-of-the-art at universities and corporations around the globe today, and he continues to push the leading edge with new ideas. For two decades, Howard was a popular lecturer at Yale University and at Wesleyan University, where his courses on environmental planning and economic development inspired countless students to become leaders in this field. Howard was also student and colleague of R. Buckminster Fuller and is an authority on the social and economic implications of Fuller’s work. Today, Howard is a popular and inspiring speaker who delivers a much-needed perspective on thriving in a world with growing resource constraints. Find out more about Howard’s experience and speaking here. Connect with Howard on Twitter and Facebook.
Operations & Research
Kristin is a sustainable business practitioner with expertise in social science research and communications. As a colleague of Howard Brown’ at RPM Systems, she participated in some of the nation’s first “corporate greening” projects. She has advised companies on energy efficiency and resource performance and managed communications on environmental cleanup projects. Her experience also includes research related to public participation in natural resource management and the economic impacts of natural resource use. She contributes regularly to dMASS.net, identifying cutting-edge examples and helping others understand how to think about the relationship between resources and wealth. Kristin holds a master’s degree in Forest Social Sciences from Oregon State University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University. Connect with Kristin on Twitter.
Technology & Systems Expert
Lionel is a multidisciplinary scholar, engineer, and musician who has published on digital security, computer-based visualizations, and the role of music and intonation in rational discourse. An expert in information systems security, he is also an award-winning educator, composer, musicologist, and consultant on web technologies. He has been a colleague of Howard Brown for more than two decades, conducting joint research projects and fostering web-based communities such as the Tensegrity Wiki. Their most recent collaboration has involved researching the scientific and engineering aspects of dMASS, approaches to resource performance and dematerialization, and metrics for measuring progress toward naked value. Lionel earned a doctorate from Wesleyan University and an undergraduate degree from Cornell University.
Innovation Analyst & Strategist
Meredith is an environmental engineer, designer, and social innovator with expertise in sustainable design, environmental remediation, and system dynamics. Her experience includes designing and managing projects to remediate contaminated sites domestically and abroad, including in Australia and Brazil. She is a LEED Green Associate, a Teach for America alumna, and a graduate of Harvard, where she studied Environmental Sciences and Engineering. Most recently she studied Design for Social Innovation in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and interned in the Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling at the New York City Department of Sanitation.
Researcher & Writer
Sally is a writer, researcher, and community organizer. She has co-authored articles for publication in Social Policy (2010) and Journal of Community Practice (2011). She was the lead organizer of ctEQUALITY and a Public Affairs Fellow at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. Sally earned a Masters of Social Work in Community Organizing from University of Connecticut and a B.A. from Barnard College.
Lighting & environmental designer
A director of Atelier Ten and head of that firm’s New Haven office, Mark is an accomplished lighting and environmental designer. Emphasizing integrated and resourceful design to enhance the visual experience of buildings, he has lectured widely and consulted on many significant green building projects both in the United States and abroad. His recent projects include several award-winning, LEED-certified university student centers, academic research buildings, and sports facilities. An editorial advisor to Architectural Lighting magazine, he is a professional member of the International Association of Lighting Designers, a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, Lighting Certified (LC) by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions, and a LEED Accredited Professional. Mark holds a B.A. in Humanities from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.F.A. in Architectural Lighting Design from Parsons The New School for Design where he is a visiting lecturer.
Daniela is a freelance graphic designer with over 15 years of experience in the creative industry. For dMASS she has not only designed the website but also communication materials and the book cover for Naked Value. Daniela is working globally and across a variety of areas including fashion, interiors, travel and technology, accumulating great industry know-how and providing her with a broad network of business contacts. She has also worked in visual merchandising and stage design. A great passion for interiors has ultimately led her to building a sideline business in furniture up-cycling and interior styling. Daniela holds a Master Degree in Interior Architecture & Production Design from the University of Applied Science for Design & Media in Hanover, Germany.