Dave Algoso


Open CoLab

Dave Algoso is a social change strategist, facilitator, advisor, and researcher. He started his career writing policy papers on global warming and organizing local campaigns on democracy reforms across the United States. Since then, he’s also advised universities on faculty diversity efforts, co-designed a micro-grant fund serving Kenyan youth groups, facilitated the launch of a global initiative to protect civil society and civic space, and advised foundations on countering corruption and authoritarianism.

Since 2015, Dave has built an independent strategy and facilitation practice, Open CoLab, which works with leading foundations, nonprofits, and multilateral agencies. His clients have included Open Society Foundations, Oxfam, Democracy Fund, Mercy Corps, UNICEF, and Alliance for Peacebuilding.

Along with consulting, Dave connects ideas from across the social change sector through his writing, speaking, and teaching. He’s written for WIRED.com, the Guardian, ForeignPolicy, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and more. He’s been an instructor, lecturer, and trainer at New York University, the Service Experience Conference, TechChange, and others. Dave is also a former Organizer-in-Residence at Civic Hall, and a co-founder of the AdaptDev community.