Ian Bryan is an award-winning producer, campaign strategist, and social entrepreneur dedicated to helping individuals and communities realize their full potential. By integrating social change and education with community marketing and campaign logic, Ian has ignited marketplaces and transformed cultures in schools, neighborhoods, and cities.
Fueled by the core belief that every person can fundamentally change the world, Ian developed and sold 3 internet startups and a popular Wicker Park coffee house—all while enrolled at the University of Memphis and Columbia College Chicago.
He then founded Sensible City in 2001. Under the leadership of Kylie Black, Amy Senn and Betsy McClellan, that agency grew into the world’s largest creative firm dedicated to K-12 education. Over the course of 10 years, Sensible City added network offices in 21 countries and expanded to launch political initiatives as well as national conferences in sustainable community development. These included West Coast Green, Ecobuild America, Green Festivals, Green Cities and the Ecocity World Summit.
In early 2007, Ian was commissioned to create a rural outreach strategy for Obama For America. His strategy, in part, led to North Carolina choosing its first Democrat for President in over 30 years. While developing TEDx events focused on education, his work in gathering purpose-driven audiences expanded to include urban development and sustainable industries. As a board member and community outreach strategist for Urban Re:Vision, he developed campaigns which spread its competition series to over 30 countries.
In 2010, Sensible City teamed up with classroom teacher John Hunter to design a film, nonprofit and social media launch for “World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements.” Today, Hunter is the subject of one of TED’s top-10 most watched videos, and his organization operates on a global scale. Inspired by the impact of the World Peace Game Foundation, Ian created a list of high-potential, grassroots community initiatives and brokered start-up funding and resources for them to scale. Today, that list includes several national and global initiatives, including the EdCamp Foundation, which now supports events in 35 countries. In 2013, he launched Algorithm Agency: an interim executive practice for scaling social impact organizations.
In 2016, after spending several years embedded in publicly held technology corporations, Ian formally exited the ed-tech marketplace.
Today, he is WorldChanging.