Deepthi Welaratna investigates the architecture of social systems and designs solutions to unlock agency, opportunity and resources for people around the world. She has spent the last 14 years influencing complex systems by developing public policy campaigns, cultivating creative leaders, and building movements around a range of social and economic issues.
As a consultant providing advising on the complex interactions between market-based activities, policymaking environments, and issue-based communications, Deepthi has worked with a wide range of clients including Google, the Rockefeller Foundation, Godiva, the Institute of Development Studies, and the British Museum. As a researcher, Deepthi has investigated how design thinking, global media flows, and complex social systems intersect, with a particular focus on how cross-cultural interactions are mediated by the design of digital technologies for social systems.
Deepthi founded Thicket to develop systems-based approaches to collaborative problem solving in complex environments. Thicket pilots new approaches to research, dialogue and design.
Deepthi also collaborates with other artists on sound, video, and live performance projects.
She received her MA in Media Studies from The New School in 2010.