In the spirit of interconnectedness among creatives & believers in the power of ethical co-creation, we present to you a (virtual) community called, POP UP! DESIGN SPRINT LAB (POP UP!)* -- an immersive meetup to be creative and do good.
  • Reimagine solutions using the elements and innovation principles of Create&’s Design Sprint methodology, human-centered design, inclusive community-building, and art installations.
  • Dialogue and garner new perspectives on social issues with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Build virtual facilitation, collaboration, and co-creation skills.
  • Increase knowledge about important social issues and drive action to address them.
  • Help you imagine new ideas and possibilities.


Intersectional Climate Action

Event Description

For our next lab, we will gather on Earth day to address the Climate Crisis. Join us to immerse yourself in the current status of the climate crisis, and design new solutions to save our species and planet.

The Problem:

We are in a climate crisis. In 2018, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shared the monumental report stating that we had 12 years to drastically reduce carbon emissions to curb the most devastating effects of climate change. Specifically, it stated we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030 and get to net-zero by 2050. 

In 2021, we are far from that goal. And we are already experiencing the effects of the climate crisis. Severe weather events such as intensified wildfires, prolonged droughts, increased hurricanes and tornadoes, uncharacteristic freezes and zoonotic disease spread (like COVID-19) are all connected to the imbalance of our Earth’s natural weather patterns. But let us not be paralyzed with fear. We have the ability to reach these goals with modern science, technology and collective will. However,  this will require a radical reimagining of the way we live. Individual actions like avoiding plastic straws, eating less meat, and composting will help and should be leveraged, but individual actions alone won’t get us there. Significant action must be made at the level of companies, cities, states, and nations in order to meet this great challenge.

It is no accident that Black, Indigenous and communities of color have already been more negatively impacted by the effects of climate change; and under-resourced communities will continue to be the most severely affected. We see this today as communities of color have been most severely impacted by COVID-19 and weather related disasters.This makes the climate crisis an issue we must address with an intersectional lens, meaning, our solutions ought to consider how “different forms of social identity such as race, ethnicity, gender, class and sexuality overlap, particularly in the experiences of marginalized groups that often face multiple layers of oppression.”(source: Landscape News

Event ticket proceeds will be donated to: Sunrise Movement


  • Interact w/exhibits


  • Kick-off/Welcome


  • Icebreaker


  • Break


  • Group Formation


  • Group Activities


  • Break


  • Share Out


  • End of Sprint!

Meet the team


Gabe Arteaga

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Gabe is committed to designing ecosystems of change and training future makers. He is the Co-Founder of Create&, an innovation strategy firm that uses augmented and immersive experiences to empower people to solve difficult problems using Design Sprints. He enjoys creating spaces for individuals to learn, explore and create. Running is my Jam, what about you?

Tara Pokras

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Tara Pokras is interested in using design thinking and creative problem solving to uncover new solutions to social impact issues. She is a global health professional with over 8 years of experience in project management, development and implementation in the nonprofit, public sector and social enterprise spaces. She has dedicated much of her life to cultivating leaders, managing interdisciplinary teams, and developing organizations across a wide variety of issue areas. 

During her tenure she designed, prototyped, and scaled two new hospital programs. In addition, Tara is the founder of Period Portraits a project grounded in design thinking theories, breaking down the stigma of menstruation through vulnerable storytelling and empowering photographed portraits.


Valerie Echeveste

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Valerie is passionate about using design methodologies to re-design social service systems with equity and history in mind. During her career so far, she has worked with community health programs, at social service and health nonprofits, and for Congressman Ed Pastor (AZ-7) in the US House of Representatives. Her dedication to helping others is rooted in the example of her Mexican-American family members, who have worked to improve the lives of under-resourced communities for generations. Currently, she is the Evaluation Manager at a community mental health clinic in Brooklyn, NY.

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