The IDEA Teaching Team

Arthur Sherwood - Instructor

Art Sherwood

Art Sherwood is the David Cole Professor of Entrepreneurship in the College of Business and Economics at Western Washington University. Dr. Sherwood is the director of Western's IDEA Institute (InterDisciplinary Entrepreneurship in Action), an Affiliated Faculty of the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop on Political Theory and Political Theory and Policy Analysis and co-founder of the Cooperative Business Research Institute.

Having completed his graduate work at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business with a research focus on cooperative alliances, he now seeks to better understand co-operative entrepreneurship, governance and leadership. His current research also focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems and programs that increase access for non-traditional participants.  In addition to his academic work, his is an experienced entrepreneur and a member-owner of CDS Consulting Co-op through which he advises and teaches co-operative leaders throughout the United States.

Contact Art Sherwood Arthur.Sherwood@wwu.edu 

 

Danica Kilander - Instructor

Danica Kilander

With a focus on fun, inspiration and impact, Danica loves to work hard, travel far and dance wildly. As Associate Director of Western’s IDEA Institute, her goal is to provide opportunities to identify dreams and live with even more impact and purpose. A Western alum from Fairhaven College with an interdisciplinary degree in social entrepreneurship, founder of Western’s Social Entrepreneur Society, Camp Laugh-A-Lot and LivLife Today, Danica is excited to share, learn and grow with other trepadors throughout the community. As former Change Leader for Western, she strives to ignite opportunities for collaboration to create even more positive change in the world.

Contact Danica Danica.Kilander@wwu.edu   (360) 650-3230

 

 

 

Chris Brookfield - Instructor

Chris Broookfield - IDEA

At the IDEA Institute, Chris' main focus is sharing a process of social entrepreneurship and innovation he developed with many collaborators at Elevar Equity.  That process begins with grassroots immersion, careful observation and the development of wider empathy as a core process to identify problems worth solving.

He is also chair and co-founder of Watershed Mills, a basin scale four mill in Skagit Country, founder and CEO of Salish|Growth, a development company focused on basin scale resilience.  He is the founder, initial manager, early investor or board member of a variety of organizations including Elevar Equity, Unitus Equity Fund, Limeade, CommerceSignals, SKS Microfinance and Ujjivan.

Contact Chris Chris.Brookfield@wwu.edu

 

 

 

Meg Weber - Instructor

Meg Weber - IDEA

Meg Weber joined the IDEA Institute Team in 2016.  Meg is passionate about economic development, students, and entrepreneurship.  As Executive Director of Technology Alliance Group, Meg works to enrich and serve the development of innovation and technology opportunities in our community.  Meg comes to us with a background in cinema and a master's degree in cinema from the University of Iowa and a business background with a masters in business administration from the University of Rochester. Meg has a background in applied business research, human resources, telecommunications and business consulting.  She loves working with our students on their entrepreneurial and innovative ideas.