Lindsay Cole (she/her), Ph.D. is an applied researcher, educator, and civil servant that works toward transformative innovation on complex social and ecological justice challenges in the public sector. Her current applied and action research focuses how cities can bring practices of social innovation, systemic and strategic design, visionary fiction, and others into their work on climate, equity, and decolonization challenges.
Lindsay is currently an Adjunct Professor in both the Department of Educational Studies and the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at UBC, where she is a member of the SSHRC funded Transforming Cities from Within research team, and is a member of the teaching team for the Design for Transformation graduate course. Lindsay is also a member of the teaching team for the Certificate in Social Innovation at SFU.
Lindsay is also currently leading the Solutions Lab at the City of Vancouver – a place where breakthrough, transformative solutions to some of the city’s most complex social and ecological challenges are being sought. She’s worked on a variety of exciting projects with the city over her 11 year tenure, including leading the planning and public engagement process for the award-winning Greenest City Action Plan. Prior to joining the City of Vancouver, Lindsay was an active social entrepreneur. She co-founded and co-directed Sustainability Solutions Group, a workers cooperative consulting company doing climate change and sustainability work. She was also part of the early green building and development sector in Canada, and is proud to have been a member of the team that achieved the first LEED certification for a building in Canada. Lindsay is a white settler living in xwesam (Roberts Creek) in the beautiful unceded self-governing swiya of the shíshálh Nation (Sunshine Coast, BC).