We are guided by a belief that collaboration between diverse groups of people with varying skills, knowledge, experiences and opinions is the key to innovation. In an environment as culturally diverse, intellectually rich, and naturally beautiful as New Mexico, we can frame, contemplate, understand, and interpret problems in completely new and profound ways, developing original and effective responses.

Creative Santa Fe’s consulting practice leverages our long-standing expertise in building large-scale public/private collaborations and using the power of the arts to reframe critical issues and drive positive change. These projects are all large-scale and often nation-wide in reach.

If you are interested in learning more about our consulting work please email Cyndi Conn at

The Disruptive Futures: Nuclear Weapons Summit
December 4-7, 2016
Sponsored by N Square

“The Disruptive Futures Nuclear Weapons Summit combined two things in a really compelling way: the power of place and boundary innovation. The cohort brought together by Creative Santa Fe, N Square and the Nuclear Threat Initiative was rich with diversity, from nuclear experts to communications gurus to artists… Innovation research shows that new ideas surface when people with different perspectives bring their minds and resources to bear, together, on a new challenge.”
– Bruce Lowry, Director, Policy and Global Security at Skoll Foundation

Through the power of arts and collaboration Creative Santa Fe generated a new type of discussion about the future of global nuclear security. Over three days, 47 interdisciplinary leaders from across the country and in all different fields were immersed in the history of nuclear weapons, discussed present day nuclear threats. Creative Santa Fe leveraged art, creative writing and design exercises to explore ‘what if’ scenarios about the future of global security getting global leaders to think about the issues and possible solutions in completely new ways. The event was kicked off by a sold-out keynote event at Santa Fe’s historic Lensic Theater featuring former Secretary of Defense William Perry with journalist, author and filmmaker Eric Schlosser.

For more information about the Summit and to watch the overview video:

The 2030 Governor’s Summit
September 19, 2019 at SITE Santa Fe
Sponsored by Descartes Labs

“Creative Santa Fe was an integral part of the success for the 2030 Governor’s Summit. Creative Santa Fe has a unique ability to bring together individuals and organizations on opposite sides of critical issues and political viewpoints in a productive and positive environment. This opened the door to a transformational event addressing how to pave a realistic and unified pathway for New Mexico’s environmental and energy future. Creative Santa Fe is organized, thorough, professional, and highly innovative.”
– Javier Gonzales, Business Development, Government and Public Affairs at Descartes Labs / Former Mayor of Santa Fe

Creative Santa Fe was brought on to curate the 2030 Governor’s Energy and Environmental Technology Summit in Santa Fe, New Mexico with the State of New Mexico and Descartes Labs. The Summit brought together industry leaders across the political spectrum including EOG Resources, Occidental Petroleum, Pioneer Natural Resources, Los Alamos National Laboratories, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and a host of other energy-related technology companies and climate-related sustainability leaders to explore cutting-edge innovations that create a pathway for New Mexico’s environmental and energy future. The Summit proved to be an excellent forum for the interaction of differing opinions grounded in the great equalizers of science and technology to build a roadmap for New Mexico’s energy future and to reach the Governor’s pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030.

In a key announcement, the Governor and Descartes Labs unveiled the development of a publicly accessible Data Refinery to help the state meet environmental targets by creating mapping and modeling capabilities to monitor methane emissions in New Mexico, starting with the Permian Basin.

Website and video:

Santa Fe Data Platform
2019- Ongoing
Sponsored by Thornburg Foundation

“We could not have built the Santa Fe Data Platform without Creative Santa Fe’s incredible expertise in convening key stakeholders, building public-private partnerships, and negotiating complex dynamics and personalities. They helped raise essential dollars as well as create an authentic collaboration between government, foundation and private sector interests. This was a ‘from scratch’ project that required a lot of quick-thinking and diplomatic problem solving; the Creative Santa Fe team overcame these obstacles with professionalism and ease.”
-Heather Balas, Policy Officer, Thornburg Foundation

In 2019, Creative Santa Fe was contracted by the Thornburg Foundation to help create the Santa Fe Data Platform. In contract with See Source and MySidewalk, the Santa Fe Data Platform will ensure the effective use of data to ensure smart public policy, sound use of taxpayer dollars, and innovative strategies to grow the economy. This project will be to build a collaboration of public and private funders. The goal of the project will be to launch a ​data platform that supports future decision-making by presenting critical indicators and inform public decisions on issues including public health, census data, economic indicators, and most recently COVID recovery.

​Project partners include: Anchorum, Santa Fe Community Foundation, Santa Fe Tourism, the City of Santa Fe Economic Development Department, Meow Wolf, Con Alma, Thornburg Foundation, and Creative Santa Fe.

This project launches summer, 2020.

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