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ABOUT

ABOUT

 

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After graduating from Rice University in 1993, Jeff began working in peace building and organizational development to learn how creativity can help solve humanity’s toughest social challenges. He co-organized and hosted festivals, multi-stakeholder dialogues, and other projects focused on healing and cultural renewal in Europe, Mexico, and the United States.

In 2007, Jeff co-founded Reos Partners, a global consultancy that helps leaders from business, government, and civil society address complex social challenges. In 2014, Jeff co-founded Magenta Studios, a media and consulting company focused on culture change and creativity (magenta.fm / socialsculpture.com). In these roles, Jeff has led, designed, managed, and otherwise supported leaders and positive change projects in over 20 countries. He’s worked on climate, energy, food, water, justice, race, indigenous rights, democracy, peace, drugs, child protection, and other issues, at all levels of power, from the community to the regional to the national and international.  

Throughout all these years, Jeff continued to make art, but, still committed to the application of creativity to social challenges, did not pursue an art career. In 2018, convinced that it was now time to share his ideas, insights, and images with a broader audience, Jeff began a second career as an artist.

Jeff completed a bachelor’s degree in Art and Art History (BA) at Rice University (Houston) in 1993, the Consciousness Studies program at Rudolf Steiner College (Sacramento), a year-long course exploring the links between contemplative practice, scientific observation, and artistic work, in 1995, and a Master’s degree in Fine Arts (MFA) from Maine College of Arts (Portland, Maine) in 2003.

He lives with fellow Magenta team mate and partner Louisa and their children in Northern California.

 

TEACHING CREATIVITY & ADDRESSING SOCIAL CHALLENGES