I’m the co-founder of The Determined, a creative studio that helps people come up with and launch crazy, cool, and truly innovative solutions that tackle climate change.

Previous Work

Other offerings

Consulting Services


My Creative Process

My creative process incorporates a lot of things… things like bike rides, bike rides during rush hour in SOMA, bike rides on back roads near Half Moon Bay, sports documentaries (even though I’m not into sports), city running, trail running, hiking, backpacking, camping, travel, conversations with strangers, conversations with friends, conversations with students, rapid prototyping, side projects, teaching, consulting, facilitation, getting lost, punk shows, mosh pits, burritos, thinking wrong, thinking wrong about the creative process… and a little bit of this.

A short list of clients

Innovation Consulting
+ Future Partners
+ Credit Karma
+ Genentech
+ HP
+ MIT Sloan
+ Pfizer
+ Siemens
+ Timeline
+ [freespace]
+ HERO Housing
+ Ubelong
+ Zoo Labs
Social Innovation
+ Presidio Institute
+ Project M
Local Governments
+ City of San Jose
+ San Joaquin Valley County
+ Brown
+ Lesley University / AIB
+ Middlebury College
+ Mycelium
+ NoTosh
+ UM, Flint
Fellowship Programs
+ Dalai Lama Fellows
+ Not For Sale

I’m interested in taking on bigger, more hairy issues… issues like access to clean drinking water, the California drought, nature conservation, drones for good, the future of food production, alternative energy solutions.

There’s plenty of work to do.

Some of my talented colleagues… well, friends

Matthew Abrams
Co-Founder, Mycelium

John Bielenberg
Founder, Project M
Co-Founder, Future

Shana Dressler
Program Director, 30 Weeks
Creator, Social Good Guides

Ben Gaydos
Co-Founder, goodgood

Alex Molloy
UX/UI Designer

Josh Silverman
Designer & Entrepreneur

Eugene Shirley
Co-Founder, Pando Populus

A few kind words from others

“I’ve worked with Marc in several different capacities, from co-leading workshops to run-of-the-mill design projects. Marc’s always energetic and ambitious with a “get shit done” attitude. He can really motivate a group of creative individuals looking for inspiration and get you to question everything you thought was right. FSU.”

Brian W. Jones, Project M Advisor, Founder of Welcome

“Marc is so generous—with his time, his energy, his creativity, and his smarts. The students and faculty at California College of the Arts have benefited tremendously from his fresh perspective, and I am thankful that he has joined the CCA community.”

Rachel Berger, Chair & Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, California College of the Arts

“Marc became a mentor to my students during our project together. He even took the time to check in with us over Skype several times well after his part of the project was completed. I would have him return every year if I could.”

Heather Boone, Associate Professor at Visual Arts Center at Tidewater Community College

“I worked with Marc on a project to design and run an innovation workshop. Marc was a pleasure to work with, collaborative, creative, professional and always looking for ways to generate the best outcome. He understands the innovation process at a deep level, and how best to unlock the creativity of groups. I look forward to the next opportunity I have to work with him.”

David Hodgson, Founder of Hummingbird Labs