Articles by Kaz Brecher

About Kaz Brecher

As the daughter of two rocket scientists, Kaz founded Curious Catalyst to marry investigation with action, bringing disruptive agile approaches to urban challenges and a new take on the business of social impact through her experience with lateral thinking, rapid prototyping, and human-centered design. After years working with emerging technology platforms and solving larger cross-disciplinary problems in the digital agency space, she earned her stripes in the start-up world, leading strategy and operations for early social media innovators and then an open-source cloud computing powerhouse focused on the developing world. She graduated from the innovation program at THNK School of Creative Leadership in Amsterdam before helping launch their new campus in Vancouver, where she heads the faculty and runs the Challenge program. She is a Stanford graduate and a Certified Scrum Master.

The Coin to the Kingdom: Re-THNKing Capitalism as a Key to the Housing Crisis

According to provocateur and THNK alumni Michell Zappa, “an industry-toppling, government-shifting, sector-disrupting revolution is underway. Think Napster, but bigger.” You’ve probably felt the undercurrents. Yet as economic waves rock the boat of capitalism, many...

The (Untold) Argument for Urban Agile Approaches

It’s almost impossible to attend a conference on Smart Cities or Urban Innovation without finding a group of people shilling the radical transformation that’s possible with Agile or Lean methodologies, as popularized by the Lean Start-Up refrain of Eric Reis. But...
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