About Me

Knowledge is power. Let it empower the world.

I help people make smarter decisions to make the world a better place. Working with foundations, individual donors, government agencies, and impact investors, I help leaders design programs to improve the lives of constituents and embed opportunities for learning and continuous improvement into organizational culture.

Formal Bio

Ian David Moss has nearly 20 years of experience helping grantmakers, government agencies, donors, impact investors, and knowledge infrastructure organizations design strategy frameworks and increase capacity for evidence-based decision-making across complex ecosystems. Together, these strategies have guided the distribution of nearly $100 million in mission-driven grants and investments globally.

Ian works with clients to make knowledge come alive in the decision-making process through services and methodologies such as research synthesis, landscape analysis, and decision modeling. His practice is rooted in the belief that a spirit of inquiry must be tightly integrated into an organization’s culture to maximize the strategic benefit of scarce resources. One of the social sector’s leading practitioners of theory of change, Ian co-created the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s first-ever theory of change for the performing arts and guided an 83-year-old regional workplace giving fund in its efforts to align $10 million in grantmaking per year with a transformative new focus on strengthening social bonds and fostering neighborhood vibrancy. Ian has developed theories of change for numerous other entities including State Government of Victoria (Australia), the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund, City of Boston, Fractured Atlas, Createquity, and his own life. His Decision Doctor service combines elements of cost-benefit analysis, advanced forecasting training, Monte Carlo simulation, and Fermi estimation to quickly analyze and resolve real-life decision dilemmas faced by clients.

Prior to launching his consulting practice, Ian was part of the leadership team for more than seven years at Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit technology company offering business and productivity tools to more than 1.2 million creative entrepreneurs in the United States, Canada, and beyond. While at Fractured Atlas, he oversaw a staffwide rollout of the Objectives & Key Results (OKR) performance management framework, designed and implemented a $1.5 million civic data initiative, and served on the inaugural investment committee for Exponential Creativity Ventures, an enterprise making early-stage investments in startups innovating at the intersection of technology and human creative capacity. Ian was also founder and CEO of Createquity, a think tank investigating the most important issues in the arts and what we can do about them that won international acclaim for its ability to distill research insights for a broad and nontechnical audience. Ian is a five-time social entrepreneur whose other successful ventures include the Cultural Research Network, an open resource-sharing forum for self-identified researchers in the arts that serves hundreds of members worldwide; and C4: The Composer/Conductor Collective, a performing ensemble whose innovative model has inspired spinoff organizations in three different cities and a published doctoral dissertation. He holds BA and MBA degrees from Yale University and is based in New York.

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