Occasional Talk: Diana Ayton-Shenker

Diana Ayton-Shenker

Catalyzing a Regenerative Future for All

Wednesday, May 22
12-1 p.m.
Coor 4403

This talk explores regeneration as a reframe of critical questions: How do we design a regenerative future that supports viable and vibrant human life within planetary boundaries? How can we catalyze regeneration in our lives, society, & planet? What are the pivotal levers we need to activate for collaborative innovation, design and impact? What might it mean to become the Greatest ReGeneration? How might this make us more human & more humane? These questions arise at the intersection of inherited legacies and imagined futures, informed and shaped by the context of transformative trends shifting fundamental relationships with time, space, and power. Highlighting insights drawn from 30 years of research and practice in global social innovation, I’ll share key strategic models, methodologies, and underlying values driving my vision for the emergence of a regenerative future for all.


About Diana Ayton-Shenker

Diana Ayton-Shenker, award-winning social entrepreneur, connects and convenes key partnerships, resources and capital for global social impact. Named one of “25 Leading Women Changing the World” (Good Business New York), Diana is Global Catalyst Senior Fellow at The New School, and founding CEO of Global Momenta, philanthropic strategy and social innovation firm. She was the Inaugural Nazarian Social Innovator in Residence (Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania), Senior Fellow in Venture Philanthropy (Bard College), and was featured among 31 Inspiring Women in Nonprofit Management (UNC).

As Fast Forward Fund founder, Diana was honored by President Bill Clinton, and selected as Social Venture Network (SVN) Social Innovation Award Finalist. She held senior positions with Mercy Corps, Human Rights Watch, and P.E.N., and taught at The New School, Bard College, the American University of Paris, and Hunter College of the CUNY, where she directed the first undergraduate program of Human Rights in the U.S. She has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Penn, and many international gatherings.

Her recent book, A New Global Agenda: Priorities, Practices, & Pathways of the International Community (2018, Rowman & Littlefield), follows acclaimed previous publications, A Global Agenda: Current Issues before the U.N. (2002 – 03; and 2001 – 02 editions), Tumbalalaika: a Collection of Poems, and The Challenge of Universal Human Rights and Cultural Diversity, which has been translated into all six official U.N. languages and cited in over 100 books, articles, papers and policies worldwide.


School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Coor 4403