We help organizations solve complex problems

Glean enables people to improve their world by helping them to identify and build on their inherent strengths. Using human-centered design methodology, we’ve worked across continents, countries, languages and sectors to deliver social change that is appropriate for its context. We don’t believe in pre-designed magic solutions, we believe in the power of people to make lasting change.

David Burton

Founder & Director of Strategy

Dave is from the UK, and he’s a specialist in human-centred design, research and strategy.

Dave leads teams that use participatory methods to create user-owned processes for positive change. He’s worked in contexts from disaster-relief in Pakistan and community development in Bangladesh to region-wide communications strategy and capacity-building in the Mekong.

Jesse Orndorff

Founder & Director of Innovation

Jesse is from the USA, and founded Glean in 2011. He operates at the intersection of innovation, design, and AI/machine learning, helping place participants at the heart of everything we deliver.

Jesse has worked with more than 100 NGOs in Cambodia to help them mainstream technology, innovation and human-centred design approaches, as well as leading projects for clients including FHI360, the World Bank, and USAID.

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