The Natoma Group
Since 1997, Natoma has based its operations on the principle that a fluid group of motivated experts can accomplish more than a static organization that requires high overhead to support its top-heavy management.
In that period, Natoma has managed projects and contracts to provide strategic planning in healthcare, agriculture and education, database development, data entry and statistical analysis, user-interface design, training and train-the-trainer services, translation services, editorial services, monitoring and evaluation, impact assessment, and other forms of support to the widest imaginable range of development projects.
Current and prior collaborators and sub-contractors have included: Claudia L'amoreaux, education lead at Second Life; Meddie Mayanja, now at IDRC; Teresa Peters, Kickstand Consulting, formerly of bridges.org and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Simon Bachelor of Gamos, Ltd.; Sara Nadel, currently at the Kennedy School of Management at Harvard University; Melissa Dawe, now at Autodesk, and; others currently working for development agencies, charitable foundations and NGOs worldwide.
Edmond Gaible, PhD, Principal
Since 1997, Ed has worked on technology implementations to support enhance learning in schools and school systems, grassroots health organizations and microenterprises. Ed's research interests include low-power and low-cost computing for village implementations, gauging the impact of community information centers (CICs) across a broad array of social and economic outcomes, and identifying best practices in technology use in formal and informal education systems. Across his work, Ed emphasizes participation by all stakeholders involved in learning processes, and promotes active learning tied to relevant contexts as a means of building usable knowledge and “higher-order thinking skills.”
Until 2009, Ed served on the board of directors of Jhai Foundation; he is currently an advisor to World Links Arab Region. He is also an accomplished playwright, director and performer, with productions in San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland and Davis, California, and in New York and Berlin. In 2007 and 2008 he was a nationally ranked triathlete.