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Innovation as a Tool for Recovery

Innovation as a Tool for Recovery

July 29 at 10am PDT

On July 29, 2020 at 10 am PDT, Meeting of the Minds will host a free, live webinar featuring Clarinda Barnett-Harrison of Ford Mobility, Kathryn Mullins of Spin, and John Abernethy of Ford Motor Company.


The pandemic changed our world. It changed our movement.  It even changed how Ford does business.  Ford has responded to this change in three impactful ways from designing and manufacturing PPE to developing community outreach initiatives that center on inclusive public service to standing up micromobility options that support our everyday front-line workers. Join us on July 29th to listen to three case studies using innovation as a tool for recovery.

  1. The D-Ford team is a group that helps drive human progress through empathy, creativity and design. By challenging assumptions, questioning the status quo, and provoking the imagination, D-Ford quickly transitioned to the design of PPE equipment in response to COVID-19.
  2. Building on Ford’s community-centered design approach, the City Innovation team has been working with local governments to foster mobility innovations that are equitable, safe and accessible. Working with city leaders, using Ford’s proven model for community-lead innovation, we are offering inclusive and accessible processes for delivering public services amidst COVID 19 recovery.
  3. Since March 2020, Spin has supported medical providers during the COVID-19 crisis by providing free 30-minute scooter rides through the Everyday Heroes program. To date, Spin has facilitated 16,000+ rides through Everyday Heroes, providing healthcare professionals with a safe and affordable mode of transportation.

Mobility trends are rapidly evolving. We look forward to seeing you at this webinar on July 29th from 10am-11am PDT as we discuss the innovative work Ford is doing in cities across the United States.


Clarinda Barnett-Harrison's Slides

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John Abernethy's Slides

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Kathryn Mullins' Slides

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Clarinda Barnett-Harrison

Clarinda Barnett-Harrison

Co-Founder and Community Experience Design Lead, City Innovations, Ford Mobility

Clarinda Barnett-Harrison is the Co-Founder and Community Experience Design Lead for Ford Mobility’s City One challenge; a global community- sourced mobility solutions competition. Clarinda formerly served as the senior director of Economic Prosperity and executive director of the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund at the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, where she developed the strategic path forward for economic mobility initiatives throughout the region.

With over 17 years of economic development experience, Clarinda brings a wealth of knowledge having held leadership positions at the University of Michigan, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and other local and regional economic development organizations.

John Abernethy

John Abernethy

Product Design Director, D-Ford, Ford Motor Company

John Abernethy is a Design Director for D-Ford in Palo Alto. He leads Product and Business Designers to envision compelling solutions around autonomous driving, digital connectivity and mobility at large. John strives for positive impact in the world. Nourished by his life-curiosity and enthusiasm, he applies Design Thinking to tackle gnarly problems across industries. Previously, John worked in Ford’s product development teams delivering vehicles in European markets. He holds a master’s engineering degree from the University of Strathclyde.

Happiest outdoors – you might find him at the top of a mountain with a bike or a snowboard.

Kathryn Mullins

Kathryn Mullins

Head of Community Partnerships, Spin

Kathryn Mullins is the Head of Community Partnerships at Spin. She has 10+ years of expertise in entrepreneurship, business development, and strategy. Before joining the team at Spin, Kathryn helped Moovel North America (Daimler Mobility Services) commercialize mobile payment technologies for transit agencies. Prior to moovel, Kathryn served as the VP of Strategy for RSM Technologies, bringing to market a disruptive AI platform for intelligent transportation systems. Kathryn has a passion for helping leading-edge mobility companies deploy innovative solutions that help people move.


July 29, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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