About us

It’s all about people

Who are we?

Creative Crisis Leadership

We are a non-profit dedicated to igniting collective action and improvised leadership in crisis. Because people and communities who lead themselves out of a crisis recover faster and come out better – physically, emotionally and financially.

Our vision

Wherever, whenever community crisis occurs, we want people to 

  • Take action to help themselves, and not be victims.
  • Take action to help others, and not be bystanders.
  • Take collective action, and create a more robust effort.
  • Take effective collective action by improvising leadership, and creating Vision, Direction, Progress, Unity, and Inclusiveness.

Our mission

We empower individuals and communities to take action and help themselves in a crisis, by spreading the confidence, skills, and mindsets of improvised crisis leadership.

Our methods

Our core team

Susanne Jul, PhD

Susanne is our founder and driving force. Her expertise spans research and practice ranging from disaster management to software engineering to theatre to user experience design. She is driven by twin loves of drawing clarity from confusion, and helping people to help themselves.

Garett Dworman, PhD

Garett is our director of programs. Over his career he travelled from cognitive science and AI programming, through decision theory and information technology, to user experience research and design. He is driven by a love of finding solutions to problems that people face in their lives.

Partners and advisors

Zeno Franco, PhD

Zeno works with us on research in the areas of human behavior and crisis management. His expertise is in research related to clinical psychology, community engagement, the psychology of crisis response, and heroic action. He is driven by a love of understanding human behavior and crisis response, and a professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Aaron Vanek

Aaron works with us in designing immersive learning experiences. His expertise is in interactive game design, live-action roleplay, teaching, and film and video production and exhibition. He is driven by a love of the learning power of games, and is on the staff of The Game Academy.

Current development efforts

Building a non-profit

We have our vision and services pretty well defined and pilot tested. Now, we’re working on business plans, and developing the social networks that make up a non-profit.

When we have enough resources to take on back office administration ourselves, we’ll file for 501(c)(3) status. In the meantime, we are operating under fiscal sponsorship of Social Good Fund.

100,000 x $10?

We are playing with the crazy idea of an ambitious campaign to gather 100,000 donations of $10. This money will fund our immediate services, and enable our future.

We will kick off some sort of campaign as soon as we are ready to honor every donation with the respect, appreciation, and transparency it deserves.

Get involved

Fundraising Strategist


Help us develop and implement our first strategic fundraising plan so we can grow and create a resilient world.


As soon as possible


3-6 months


We need someone with fundraising and strategic planning experience to get us started and put us on a solid footing. For our Wildfire Project and other efforts we are looking for funding from a wide variety of sources, including foundation grants, corporate sponsorships, and individual donations.

Marketing Strategist


Help us develop and implement our first strategic marketing plan so the world can hear us.




3-6 months


We need people to know about what we do, and how we can help them. Starting with our Wildfire Project, we need someone to help us to market ourselves to prospective event participants, collaborative partners, funders and donors.

Grant Writer


Help us to find and apply for grants, so we can turn a generous world into a resilient one.


As soon as possible


Occasional or ongoing


Passion is great, but money makes the world go around. We need someone to help us to find funders whose values align with ours, write great grant applications, and give us the means to grow our impact.

“People acting together as a group can accomplish things which no individual acting alone could ever hope to bring about.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt