Alain Rostain


Executive Director

The best approach to solving the great challenges we face is by starting with a foundation of shared understanding, based on what we know to be true.

Alain is a visionary and scientific thinker seemingly ahead of his time—exploring the edges, pioneering breakthroughs in multiple domains, even creating new fields of practice. Now he is weaving it all together to help society come together like never before, to help lead us to a better future.

Starting off in Artificial Intelligence through his undergraduate studies, early work life, and graduate studies at Yale, Alain was on the development team that pioneered the first Knowledge Engineering Environment (KEE). 

Alain continued to expand his knowledge at Price Waterhouse, delivering complex information technology solutions for clients. After discovering the deep wealth of knowledge in improvisation, Alain engaged practitioners across the world to found the field of Applied Improvisation.

Founding and leading Creative Advantage, an innovation consultancy firm, Alain added facilitation, creativity, and innovation skills to become a breakthrough innovation specialist. Birthing programs for executive and leadership teams globally in the public and private sectors, Alain served > 30 of the Fortune 500, including Bristol-Myers, Merck, Humana, Kraft, Starbucks, General Mills, General Electric, Saint-Gobain, Bank of America, and Intel.

In 2016, Alain discovered how to articulate the healing power of our internal voice of  unconditional love, bottling it in a self-guided meditation app,

In 2018, with science-based sustainability solutions urgently needed, Alain started Clean Research, a non-profit designed to approach sustainability opportunity areas from a collaborative knowledge-building perspective from the start of the process.

Leading 9 experts with > 30 scientists contributing complementary knowledge across organizational boundaries, Alain senior-authored a peer-reviewed scientific paper (2020), “A More Open Approach Is Needed to Develop Cell-Based Fish Technology.” The work, commissioned by One Earth, a top-tier sustainability science journal from Cell Press, demonstrates the value of truth-telling and collaboration in tackling our grand sustainability challenges.

In the process of working closely with the very knowledgeable editorial team of One Earth, Alain came to learn that our grand challenges aren’t being addressed correctly at all. For one, they require fully transdisciplinary approaches, engaging the participation from many different types of experts with relevant knowledge from the start of the problem-solving process. Since today’s systems for advancing science, technology, and innovation do not support an ideal, speed-focused, virtually boundless, and knowledge-based approach, Alain blueprinted a new system for accelerating innovation.

An 18-month facilitated innovation process is poised to deliver deep knowledge, breakthrough insights, and high value into multiple transdisciplinary challenge spaces such as carbon sequestration and grid-energy storage.

With everything at stake, we win together.


  • Collaborative discovery of knowledge and insights for breakthrough innovation
  • Leadership, facilitation, collaboration, and co-creation
  • Navigating the unknown and improvisation
  • Systems integration, software engineering, and scale-up
  • Whole-systems thinking