At Soil Centric we illuminate opportunities, resources, and pathways for widespread participation in the creation of a resilient and abundant future. No matter your background or skill set our mission is to get you launched on your path to regeneration.
Our Theory of Change
We know that people want to take climate-action and are looking for ways to help. We also know that facts don't change people's minds but stories do. At Soil Centric we look for opportunities to heal the earth via regenerative agriculture and ecosystem restoration, and connect you with them. And, we tell stories of regular people who have found their path to regeneration so that you can find yours.
Soil Centric's team has extensive knowledge of the soil and climate landscape, a proven record of bridging disparate sectors, and a demonstrated ability to forecast trends. We have active relationships across the globe with farmers, ranchers, nonprofit organizations, and non-traditional partners.
Diana Donlon is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Soil Centric. A soil and climate advocate, she has a proven history of creating widespread awareness about the importance of healthy soil to climate stability at the local, national and international level. Prior to founding Soil Centric, Diana was the director of the Center for Food Safety' Soil Solution's program. Soil Solutions to Climate Problems, a short film she conceived of and produced, was screened during the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) in December 2015. The piece created an aesthetic that has been widely emulated, and its animated footage has been incorporated into several films including "Evolution of Organic" and "Kiss the Ground." Diana is a skilled public speaker, excels at identifying trends, and brings a depth of social and intellectual capital to the soil and climate movement. She experiences the power of regeneration every day working in her orchard.
Kyle Lawson is Co-Founder and Technical and Creative Director of Soil Centric. He was previously Director of Design and Marketing at Sight Machine, a manufacturing analytics platform. His life changed when he read Kristin Ohlson’s book The Soil Will Save Us and decided he had to get involved in regeneration. As a millennial deeply concerned about climate, he has first-hand knowledge of the need for Soil Centric’s Pathfinder Tool. Kyle now holds his Basic Level 1 certification in sheep shearing and is actively testing other regenerative resources on the Pathfinder. In addition to Soil Centric, he is a member of Sunrise Movement's SF Bay Area Hub and 10th Floor Studios, a group focused on regenerative conceptual product design and art installations.
Katrina Little is the UX Designer and Researcher for Soil Centric. Most recently, she worked in collaboration with Dr. James Fathers and David Houle as project lead author for the book The Golden Age of Design and Redesign, to bring forward the voices and perspectives of young activists and designers on the topic of regenerative design. She is endlessly inspired by nature’s wisdom, and is excited about the potential for the regeneration of our landscapes to support life, drawdown carbon and help lead to outcomes of global health and abundance. She believes that designing community-forward systems is key to addressing the many challenges we currently face: joining Soil Centric and its mission to connect people to the initiatives and work already started around the world furthers that goal. In addition to her work with Soil Centric, Katrina is cultivating an amateur knowledge of mushrooms, growing native and pollinator friendly gardens, and applying biomimicry in various design contexts.
Caroline is Soil Centric’s consulting Director of Engagement. She manages the Regenerative Action Ambassador Program—a network that helps new generations of changemakers achieve experience in regenerative agriculture and ecosystem restoration so that they can start careers in nature-based climate solutions. Caroline brings nearly a decade of experience managing complex people-centered projects, including working on the founding team of the National Geographic Society’s Storytelling Bootcamps. Her path to regeneration began after watching the documentary The Biggest Little Farm. As luck would have it, she discovered the Soil Centric Pathfinder App the same week! You can read more about what happened next on the Regeneration in Action blog. Inspired by her regenerative journey, she established Terra Prosody Consulting. Her firm specializes in engagement and funding strategies for social and environmental enterprises. She’s honored to work on behalf of incredible organizations like Soil Centric and looks forward to the day when she can cultivate her own pollinator-friendly permaculture garden.