Co-founder of The Emergence Collective
Brooking Gatewood helps leaders and groups clarify and enact the change they want in themselves, in their workplaces, and in our shared world. As a process designer, facilitator, collaboration coach and strategist, her work is rooted in the belief that we must co-liberate individual agency and collective capacity to truly change systems and culture.
Brooking has designed, managed, and facilitated countless group meetings, retreats, conferences, and workshops for leaders, teams, organizations, alliances, networks and movements. She has designed and stewarded complex processes for conflict transformation, culture change, strategy development, public input and collective action. Partners have come from all kinds of backgrounds including academia, philanthropy, government, industry, small business and social enterprise, nonprofit and community organizing. Project topics have included patient-powered healthcare, destigmatizing illness, affordable housing, natural resource management, safeguarding democracy, science-policy interaction, human and animal rights, pollution and environmental justice, collaborative philanthropy and corporate responsibility. Some of her design work has been featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (Creating Breakout Innovation, 2017).
Before co-founding The Emergence Collective, Brooking was privileged to work and learn with mentors and colleagues at Groupaya, Ag Innovations, Adaptive Edge and Global Footprint Network. She has a BA in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College and a research-focused MA in Organizations and Management Theory from UC-Irvine. She has additional training in systems theory, circling, coaching and counseling, racial equity, group dynamics, facilitation, mediation, and mindfulness. She hosts The Indisposable Podcast, has a TedX talk on the power of poetry as a form of listening, and has co-authored a number of reports, articles, and book chapters as part of her client work and academic training. When not working or poeticizing, she enjoys hiking, dancing, and hosting community gatherings in her east Los Angeles home.