ABOUT

Alissa Fleet

Experience Designer
Systemic Constellations Facilitator

I’m an explorer, an adventurer, always curious about what brings about transformation for individuals, society, the world. I help people innovate and bring their visionary ideas to life. I do this using the tried and tested tools of design thinking, user research, and product design. When all else fails, I help people get out of their heads and into their bodies to sense in to underlying dynamics: what wants to happen, what shores need to be left already, and how to leverage movements that are already in motion.

My journey

I have spent 20 years in design, including at premier design firms such as Method, Ziba Design, and McKinsey & Co, helping clients innovate in a changing world. As a design researcher my focus has been on human behavior: analyzing lifestyle and habit, and testing what needs to be adjusted in a product or service in order to fit into people’s lives more naturally and intuitively.

What I discovered along the way is that the methods developed in the technology space — design thinking, co-creative problem solving, working iteratively — have proven to work so well that they are now been adopted by all industries looking to innovate. However after many successful product launches, it’s clear that “great design” also brought unintended consequences. We have cuter, interactive gadgets, that are not only sticky, but addictive. We have untold levels of social alienation, mental health issues, frayed social fabric. Did it make our world a better place? Did it make people happier, healthier, more fulfilled?

Insights

My personal response to this paradox was to go on a deeper inquiry of inner and outer change. It led my on a journey to discover what inner transformative work was needed for people who wanted to do transformative social change work. I traveled far and wide, studying mindfulness, buddhist psychology, indigenous knowledge systems, and living and studying with renowned spiritual leaders.

I am convinced that there is a brilliant creative intelligence within each person and have made it my mission to help people connect with that: to help them find the source of what makes them come alive and to find what is their part to play in redesigning our world. I believe that when we get in touch with this inner source, it has a multiplying effect that ripples out to reawakening the world we live in.  

Influences

Ask me about these trainings, experiences, and relationships that have influenced my work.

Family and Systemic Constellations

Francesca Mason Boring – Facilitator Training in Family, Human and Natural Systems Constellations and Constellation as Ceremony, 2018-2019

Jan Jacob Stam – Training in business, organizational, and societal issue constellations, 2020 – present

Stephan Hausner – Art of Facilitation, 2021 – present

Dan Cohen and Emily Blefeld – Seeing with your Heart training, 2016-2017

Founder and training organizer, Everyday Mystery School, 2017 – present

Systems Thinking

Consciousness and Transformative Studies, JFK University, 2016-2019

Design Thinking

User-centered design, research, and strategy, late 1990s – present

Signatory of the Design Justice Network, 2021 – present

Psychology

Buddhist Psychology – member and organizer in the Thich Nhat Hanh Community of Mindful Living of Northern California, 2002-2011

Coherence Therapy – with by Bruce Ecker, researcher on transformative change through memory reconsolidation, 2005-2011

Traditional Knowledge Systems

Betsy Bergstrom – Trainings in Norse mythology and modernizing ancient practices, 2016 – present

Hank Wesselman – Vision seeker trainings, 2017

Activism

New England Peace Pagoda – peace walk for climate justice and to raise awareness of black and indigenous history of New England, 2003 – present

Embracing the World – volunteer and karma yogi for humanitarian organization in India, 2011-2013

Momentum movement building training, 2014-2015

Friend of the Brooklyn Center for Sacred Activism

Friend of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship