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About Inspire to Change

A world of changemakers

Our Vision

A whole, beautiful, and just world.

A dynamic mission for change

Our Mission

To support purpose-driven change and changemakers around the globe.

Stars of guiding principles

Our Guiding Principles

Be & Become, Remember & Create, Learn & Unlearn, Disrupt & Liberate.


Our Intended Impacts

Changemakers supported by principles, awareness, and well-being
First impact

Supports purpose-driven and principles guided people as agents of individual growth, social change, and environmental restoration

Second impact

Lives and acts with an awareness of the wholeness and the interconnectedness of all living systems

Third impact

Cultivates the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities, organizations, societies, and the environment


Our Approach


Creative evaluation and engagement through aligning, adapting, embodying, and learning

Creative Evaluation and Engagement (CE&E) is shorthand for developmental, principles-focused, arts-infused evaluation for social change. The CE&E framework is a particular way of learning and adapting for complex, equity-focused social change work. CE&E is co-creative, full-sensory, place-based, culturally grounded, principles-driven, and responsive. CE&E weaves together funders, organizational staff, community members, artists, and creative evaluators to support coherent and collaborative change.

Creative Evaluation and Engagement (CE&E) operates at the intersection of critical evaluative thinking, creative engagement, and social justice, where co-creation, mutual respect, and community change can thrive and support transformation personally and collectively.


Our Theory

Creative Evaluation and Engagement (CE&E) theory was developed by Nora Murphy Johnson, A. Rafael Johnson, and Michael Quinn Patton. The theory is based on the following understandings about people and transformative change:

We support your whole being

People are whole beings: heart, mind, body, spirit

We support community

People are social beings living in community

We support your relationships

Relationships are at the center of individual and community health

We support breaking down barriers of structural inequality

White supremacy, colonialism, and other forms of oppression have generated structural and systemic inequalities

We support the arts to engage the wholeness of experience

Art unlocks and engages the whole human experience

The principles that guide CE&E are:


Be & Become


Remember & Create


Learn & Unlearn


Disrupt & Liberate

CE&E Core Practices


Support purpose-driven and principles-guided people as agents of individual growth, social change, and environmental restoration


Live and act with an awareness of the wholeness and interconnectedness of all living systems


Cultivate the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities, organizations, societies, and the environment


Utilize artistic expression as both means and ends, both process and outcome


Break down barriers that separate; nurture interconnections and interdependencies


Engage in the continuous work of aligning, learning, adapting, and embodying


Moving from one adjacent possibility to the next in pursuit of a transformative vision


Inspire for change; and


Walk the talk


Meet Our Team

Nora Murphy Johnson

Nora Murphy Johnson, PHD

President and CEO

A. Rafael Johnson

A. Rafael Johnson, MFA

Vice President

Christopheraaron Deanes

Christopheraaron Deanes, MA, EdS

Education Lead

Janeen Manuel

Janeen Manuel, PHD, RN

Lead Researcher

Viktoriya Petrenko

Viktoriya Petrenko,

Qualitative Data Manager

Jeb Harrilal

Jeb Harrilal, BA

Operations and Alignment Coordinator

Arianna Diaz-Celon

Arianna Diaz-Celon, BA

Network Coordinator

Amanda Bennett

Amanda Bennett

Director of Cultural Insights

Our Collaborators & Alumni

Glenda Eoyang, Founding Executive Director,
Human Systems Dynamics Institute

Royce Holladay, Director of Services,
Human Systems Dynamics Institute

Kristin Johnstad Senior Consultant,
Johnstad and Associates

Michael Quinn Patton, Founder and CEO,
Utilization-Focused Evaluation

Nancy Plaskett, MA, Interim Director,
PIE Org,

Frances Roen, Founder + CEO, 
Fundraising Sol

Heid Erdrich

Bryan Odhiambo, Lead Graphic Desginer

Shanthi Cambala, MPH
Qualitative Data Manager

Charmagne Patton-Campbell, Director of
Organizational Learning and Evaluation,
Utilization-Focused Evaluation

Sandra J. Agustín, BA, Director of Creative Engagement

Molly O'Connor, Creative Evaluator & Founder, Coco Canary Consulting LLC,


Our Clients

Our Clients

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