Makers for
the solidarity economy





Joanne Cheung

Berkeley, CA, USA  

Joanne Cheung is a Chinese American immigrant, lifelong environmental advocate, and social change strategist committed to building the power of grassroots leadership. She leads ecosystem development, organizational strategy, and community co-design with mission-driven organizations and philanthropies working across food, health, climate, and environmental justice. She formerly served as a Director at the global design and innovation firm IDEO, where she managed the systems change and new ventures portfolios. She is an Affiliate of the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, a Lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, a Fellow at the Clean Energy Leadership Institute, an Advisor to Building H, and a member of Law & Society Association, Sustainable Economies Law Center, California Community Land Trust Network, and Inclusive Capital Collective. She holds a Permaculture Design Certificate from Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, M.Arch from Harvard Graduate School of Design, MFA from Bard Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, and a BA from Dartmouth College, where she was a Davis United World College Scholar. 

Blueprint Summit, San Francisco, 2018

Brijlal Chaudhari

Gaillac, France
Brijlal Chaudhari is a member of Tharu nation from the foothills of the Himalayas where the Rhinos and the Elephants used to roam freely. Raised in a multi-generational Tharu family, he carries his ancestors’ oral teachings of relationships, leadership, compassion, storytelling, diplomacy, reciprocity, customary law, governance, Indigenous economics, and resource management. He also holds a bachelor's degree in economics and African Studies and a master’s degree in public administration. He is an Indigenous Peoples’ rights activist with over 15 years of experience leading social change programs and organizations. His expertise lies in bringing diverse groups of people together for an honest and meaningful dialogue for impactful results. He strongly believes that Indigenous Peoples’ way of life, their worldviews and knowledge systems must coexist with the others as equal partners. Hence, he founded Global Home for Indigenous Peoples to create a better world for Indigenous Peoples.

Biennial UN Global Indigenous Youth Forum, 2023

Clients, Partners, and Funders

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders 
International Center for Community Land Trusts
Conservation International
Global Alliance for the Future of Food
Transformational Investing in Food Systems 
Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
Harvard Office of Sustainbility 
Collective Change Lab
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation*
Project Drawdown*
The Holding Co.*
City of San José Mayor’s Office of Technology & Innovation*
Knight Foundation*
Rockefeller Foundation*
Harvard Kennedy School*

*While Joanne served as a Director at IDEO.