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Michael Soto

Alumni

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Michael was part of the Innovation Skills team from September 2012 to January 2013, where he helped develop a learning platform for practitioners interested in innovation. He then undertook field research in Colombia to surface innovation tools and processes which Nesta subsequently expanded upon to develop the DIY Toolkit. Michael and Jon Kingsbury came up with Randomised Coffee Trials - an iterative process for introducing colleagues to have coffee, get to know each other and what they are working on, while building strong organisational networks.

Prior to joining Nesta, Michael worked in microfinance, workforce development, poverty alleviation and politics in Bangladesh, Chile, Colombia and the USA. Michael has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and an MA from the University of Sussex.

You can find Michael on Twitter and learn more about how he has continued to develop the idea behind Randomised Coffee Trials at Spark Collaboration.