What We Do
We are a rapid innovation firm and method based in Silicon Valley, practiced around the world. We help leaders, organizations and communities break their big goals into smaller, more actionable pieces, so they can take action and get results. Fast. We do this through our SMALLIFY Labs.
SMALLIFY Lab for
Results-focused professional development and team-building programs based on SMALLIFY tools (human-centered design, rapid innovation, futures thinking, systems thinking, collaborative problem solving, trust-building, conflict and change management, and innovation leadership).
SMALLIFY is built around a set of practical problem solving and rapid innovation tools. Like “Lego” pieces, SMALLIFY tools are modular and can be tapped at any time, for any duration, in situational leadership.
Guiding Star: Give people tools they need to create positive futures for ALL.
Hidden Talent: “I’m an improvisational comedian and chef (I feel lucky when the jokes get more laughs than my culinary creations!)”
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Dave Viotti is the founder and CEO of SMALLIFY, a global innovation capacity-building organization based in Silicon Valley and practiced around the world. Dave has delivered SMALLIFY Labs and workshops to 30,000 leaders in over 1,000 organizations around the world in the corporate, start-up, government, and non-profit sectors. Dave serves on the faculty of the Executive Leadership Program at U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He was on the founding teams for Fuse Corps, the Civic Accelerator at Points of Light, the Collaborative Solutions Lab with the federal government at the Presidio Institute, and the Westly Prize for innovation in California. Career highlights include: U.S. Chief Learning Officer and Corporate Counsel at Sun Microsytems, intellectual property lawyer at Faegre & Benson, Assistant Producer of CNN’s Burden of Proof, Executive Director of the Junior Statesmen Foundation, and Henry Luce Scholar at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. Dave received undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in International Relations from Oxford University where he was an Allbritton Scholar. Dave is a long-time practitioner of improv comedy and a devoted chowhound and chef. Dave’s basecamp is Menlo Park, California, though he travels and works around the world (in person or remotely) to support clients and partners who are building positive futures for ALL.
Career Highlight: Founder, R&D Lab, Mass Mutual
Guiding Star: Create inclusive communities where everyone genuinely belongs.
Hidden Talent: “I can make a really good pound cake from scratch.”
Career Highlight: Founder, The Lean Jane Co.
Guiding Star: Empower purpose-driven problem solvers to move from idea to solution confidently.
Hidden talent: “I can name all 10 styles of pizza you'll find in Chicago.”
Career Highlight: CEO, American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley
Guiding Star: A world where people collaboratively address complexity.
Hidden Talent: “I know what people want before they ask for it.”
Career Highlight: Founder, Wayfinding Wisdom
Guiding Star: “I help individuals and organizations develop the confidence and skills they need to find their way through uncharted waters in their work and lives.”
Hidden Talent: “I can spontaneously burst into broadway ballads.”
Career Highlight: Network Weaver, The Hawaii Leadership Forum (Omdiyar Fellows)
My Guiding Star: A world where everyone feels empowered and capable of imagining and then creating beautiful futures.
My Hidden Talent: “I can find the good in even the worst of situations.”
Career Highlight: Founder, Early Childhood Action Strategies Network + Ceeds of Peace
Guiding Star: Creating peaceful and just communities.
Hidden Talent: “I’m great at unclogging things -- from drains to relationships to complex systems”