Tomas Erlandsson

Co-Founder
Superpowers: media, communications
Passion: social justice, sustainability

Gunnar Backman
Gunnar Backman

Co-Founder
Superpowers: tenacity, finesse
Passions: lifelong learning, food security

John Nash
John Nash

Co-Founder
Superpowers: service design, sketchnoting
Passions: student agency, ed-tech, P-20 education

Every firm has that “back of the napkin” moment when the germ of the idea for a company is conceived. The concept of what OpenEye could be was launched in 2002 as the three founders sat a small table at an outdoor cafe at Stanford University overlooking works of Auguste Rodin.

Our premise then is the same as it is now: many of today’s challenges need to be solved by joining existing ideas with newly developed ones, preferably by diverse teams who have a process which seeds creativity and innovation. Therefore we leverage human centered design to address challenges in schools and communities. We believe the people closest to a problem are also those closest to the solution. By lifting the voice of the voiceless, we empower groups in a solution finding process to unlock intractable problems.

And because we have a foot in Sweden and the US, we track, and capitalize on, what works in social innovation and change.

If you’d like to know more about joining our team, please say hello.