Alanna Irving

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Guest Faculty

Alanna Irving is an innovator and entrepreneur exploring bossless leadership, participatory open source software, cooperative governance, social enterprise, and collaborating with money, and co-authored the book Better Work Together.


Irving builds open source tools and communities for radical participation and collaboration. She co-founded Enspiral (network of social entrepreneurs), Loomio (collaborative decision-making software), Cobudget (participatory budgeting tool), the Open Source // Open Society conference, and Dark Crystal (trust-maximising P2P cryptographic key management). Irving currently works on Open Collective, a platform for transparent fundraising and management of fiscal sponsorship. She co-authored the book Better Work Together. Originally from San Francisco, she lives in Wellington, NZ with her partner, children, and little black cat. More info: Irving is a guest faculty member at Bennington for Fall 2020.