Developing a Model for Community Engagement and Education

LEAP Alumnus Ellen Jorgenson’s Strategic Action Plan described developing platforms for DIY biolabs to develop resources for community engagement and education. As co-founder and director of Genspace, Ellen has continued to develop a haven for entrepreneurship, innovation and citizen science. Her efforts have been widely chronicled, including in Science, Wired, and The New York Times, and her TED Talks have received millions of views, making Genspace an inspiration for similar spaces worldwide. In 2014 Fast Company named Genspace one of the World’s Top 10 Innovative Companies in Education, and in 2016 Genspace was awarded a grant from the Simons Foundation to expand their programming.