I am an Artist/Researcher/Teacher/Designer with a passion for innovation and user-centered design.  As a boundary crosser, I facilitate the transfer of novel ideas between disciplines and lead teams to develop creative solutions to complex, systems problems.

Sarabeth_Berk_bio_photoMy research spans the topic of multiple professional identities, and I believe people most often work at the intersections of their abilities.  As someone who is comfortable in both the creative and analytical spaces of self, I find I can easily foster the translation of ideas among art, design, education, innovation, and entrepreneurship. My ability to identify and blend key knowledge across varied disciplines allows me to check assumptions and make connections that often go unseen.  As a result, I am talented at helping groups blend, bend, and negotiate conventions to construct new solutions to age old problems.

For the past 10 years, I have been teaching, leading programs and projects, and studying best practices (in education, arts integration, and design thinking) across the country as well as internationally.  My professional aim is to inspire others to become change agents and champions of pervasive social problems, and my personal aim is to shift educational and institutional paradigms around knowledge, access, privilege, and power.

In my current role, I am the innovation program manager whose job is to creates experiences, events, and learning opportunities to move away from traditional approaches and build capacity towards more innovative and creative methodologies.  My personal passions and curiosities include being in nature, practicing yoga, running with my dog, skiing on blue bird days, anything with art, design, or creativity, and spending time with my amazing friends.

I’m always contemplating, “What’s truly innovative?” and “What do learners really need to know and be able to do to be successful in contemporary society?” Feel free to contact me anytime: sarabeth@inspiredbyblank.com


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