Todd Hoskins is a bridge-builder between people, ideas, values, and actions. For nearly twenty years, he has been studying and applying principles and pathways for navigating complexity with teams, organizations, and networks. Todd refers to this complexity as “The Mess” – the uncontrollable uncertainty, interconnectedness, interdependence, and emergence of life that require new ways of seeing and being. Currently, he is writing and designing programs for “Navigating the Mess” – impacting and moving with the dynamics that lead to wellbeing.
In 2009, Todd launched Canopy Gap, which evolved into an organization design and coaching practice inspired by his passion for cooperation, collaboration, and navigating complexity. With wisdom guide Marti Spiegelman, Todd co-hosts the podcast and leadership program Leading from Being. In addition, Todd is a certified facilitator in Respectful Confrontation and a member of the People-Centered Internet’s Global Help Desk. He serves on the boards of Wisdom Projects, the Fierce Civility Project, and Project Realize.
With graduate work in psychology, interest in network science and ecology, and training in awareness and somatic learning, Todd thrives when bridging disciplines and dimensions. Having worked in the corporate world, technology startups, and with a wide variety of entrepreneurs, he has helped launch 15 organizations and initiatives in the last twelve years, as well as worked with large organizations including Microsoft, Lenovo, Kaiser Permanente, NASA, and Northwestern University.
He is accustomed to a diverse set of spaces – from boardrooms to laboratories to forests – and he revels living in an old farmhouse among the dunes of Southwest Michigan, enjoying tango dancing with his beloved Pia, and spending hours in nature each day.
A writing and communications veteran, Pia’s focus is on clarifying and sharing the story — from the heart of the matter, in the myriad of ways and places to tell it. What are you doing, why, how and for whom? The essence. The details. The people. The purpose. The value. How it gets told varies whether for web content or a 140-character post, for a white paper audience or for publication. Her most sought-after skill is creating specialized and technical proposals of work—a story of understanding client needs and presenting the satisfying ways these can be met.
Patti is an apprentice with Canopy Gap, living in Colorado Springs with her husband, Frankie. In her spare time, she enjoys rock climbing, drinking tea, and doing yoga. She also finds joy and play in writing, making jewelry and hoop dancing. She considers herself a lifelong student, and feels inspired when she’s learning about human behavior, communication, the nervous system, the body, or different healing modalities. She feels most at home when she’s close to water, grass and trees, and she loves hummingbirds.
Patti believes there will be a time in the future when things like unhealthy communication, violence, misuse of power, and dysfunctional relationships with others (and ourselves) will be rare occurrences. She hopes to do her part in bringing this future into being, and she is always excited to connect with others who are doing the same.