Cheryl Gladu is a jack of all trades and master of some. Many moons ago, she received a degree in International Business from Carleton University and an MBA from Simon Fraser University. After working for several years in the trenches of the environmental movement, she co-created and managed an upstart green real estate development company. She was the development side of a team who realised the first Net zero triplex in Canada (possibly further afield than that). A few years ago she returned to school in order to pursue an interdisciplinary PhD in the innovative interdisciplinary INDI program at Concordia University, where she studies at both the John Molson School of Business and the Department of Design and Computation Arts. She has lectured at McGill, Concordia and Thompson Rivers Universities on topics related to entrepreneurship, society, design, and business. Against better judgement she is also slowly chipping away at a part-time degree in painting and drawing. For fun she manages several hives of venomous insects with the Santropol Roulant Bee Collective and writes, hosts and edits the Worlds We Want podcast and produces episodes of the SpokenWeb podcast.
Cheryl’s main field of interest is design to facilitate collective behaviour change. This includes the design of democratic organisations and effective collaborative processes. She has studied design for sustainable behaviour change, via something called “ecofeedback,” as well as art for social change. She is also one of the researchers on the boundary-breaking Collaboratoire project.
Her thesis, a project called “The Good Fight,” focuses on dialogue as a desingerly practice for collaboration and a central feature of successfully completed of cohousing communities in Canada.