Maria Chercoles is an Argentinean interdisciplinary designer, researcher and writer based in New York who uses game design and playful, actionable toolkits to inspire and facilitate education about the circular economy and climate change. Her current research focuses on the intersection of sustainability, experience design, futures thinking, and storytelling, inviting a dialogue about what a resilient and sustainable future could look like.
She has a background in service design, journalism, and strategy, and has worked in the corporate, non-profit and social enterprise sectors. She’s currently a senior service designer at Designit, a strategic design firm based in Dumbo.
She has an MBA in Design Strategy from California College of the Arts. Her thesis, TealStore.co, applied circular economy principles to answer the question “How might we reframe how people think about waste?” proposing as a solution a business model that reduced the amount of plastic waste ending in waterways. She also holds a BA in journalism and media studies from Florida International University, and is an alumna of The Futures School.