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Beatrice U.


Los Angeles, CA
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Member since:

April 30, 2014


Tell us a little bit about your role in your company/organization.

My approach is holistic. It embraces complexity and is grounded in ecological principles. My aim is to create multi-stakeholder relationships to deliver mutually-beneficial solutions to socio-ecological systems.

What projects are you currently working on that are aimed at improving cities?

I am currently engaging in conversations with leaders of local governments and urban communities to explore how to regenerate the places within which we inhabit.

What urban innovations have you seen or worked on in the last year that you think are game changers?

From a local government/technology perspective, I find open-source data initiatives quite interesting. Approaches such as Smarter Local Government (SLG) and Cognitive Digital Democracy (CDD) currently developed by my colleague Mark Dixon ( could be game changers. From an urban planning/design perspective, the concept of ecodistrict is interesting. I wish there would be more integrated approaches to developing urban solutions that focus on addressing social, ecological and economic issues.


I am a freelance practitioner delivering transformative change and regenerative design and development services. I was trained as an architect; worked 10 years in IT; founded Soma Integral Consulting with a mission to address adaptive challenges.

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