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 truth.

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 save our future—before we run out of time.

Alain pioneered knowledge engineering (AI) through his undergraduate studies, early work life, and graduate studies at Yale. He then took on systems integration at Price Waterhouse to design, build, and deliver complex IT solutions for clients. After discovering improv, Alain created the unified field of Applied Improvisation. With Creative Advantage, an innovation firm, Alain added mastery of facilitation, creativity, and innovation to become one of the world’s leading innovation specialists. 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. Along the way, Alain discovered the power of unconditional love, bottling its healing power in a self-guided meditation web app,

In 2018, with science-based sustainability solutions urgently-required, Alain started Clean Research, a non-profit designed initially to approach one sustainability solution from a transdisciplinary perspective from the start. Leading 9 experts with > 25 scientists contributing across organizational boundaries and complementary knowledge, Alain published 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 editorial team of One Earth, Alain learned that most of our grand challenges aren’t addressed correctly. For one, they are transdisciplinary, requiring participation from many different types of experts from the start of the problem-solving process. Since today’s systems for advancing science, technology, and innovation do not support a speed-focused, boundless and fully-transdisciplinary approach, Alain has blueprinted a new system for accelerating innovation. A six-month facilitated innovation process is poised to deliver breakthrough insights into multiple transdisciplinary challenge spaces such as carbon sequestration and grid-energy storage.

With everything at stake, we win together.


  • Knowledge, insight development and breakthrough innovation
  • Leadership
  • Navigating the unknown
  • Facilitation, collaboration, and co-creation
  • Systems integration, software engineering, and scale-up
  • Whole systems thinking