Create Knowledge helps youth-focused nonprofits harness the power of organizational learning to build their capacity and impact.
Every young person has equitable access to the resources and opportunities they need to thrive.
We recognize that power, privilege, and structural systems of inequity shape individual and community access to resources and opportunities — and we are dedicated to co-creating a more just and equitable future.
In our experience, the most meaningful and effective work happens via partnerships with diverse stakeholders.
Paraphrasing a wise program participant we once met: creative spaces inspire us to work hard and to dream. We believe these habits drive progress and we commit to practicing them daily.
Knowledge is power — and we believe knowledge is most powerful when we create it together.
Past & Present Clients
Founder & Chief Facilitator
"Compassionate, challenging, incisive, creative, funny, astute, culturally aware, organized, self-reflective, and always professional. These are a few of many words that come to mind when I think of working with Kai."
— Michael Caines, Teaching Artist
With over 15 years of experience working in non-profit management, education, youth development, and the arts — as a teaching artist, professional development facilitator, program manager, “C-suite” leader, board member, and consultant — Kai Fierle-Hedrick has dedicated her career to supporting organizations that support youth.
She has had the privilege of collaborating on programming with national organizations such as Creative Partnerships and the National Guild for Community Arts Education. And she has built long-term partnerships with community-based nonprofits and government agencies including Children’s Aid, DREAM/Harlem RBI, the I Have A Dream Foundation, NYC's Department of Homeless Services, and University Settlement.
Her facilitation skills were first honed via 6 years of working with youth and communities as a teaching artist in the UK and the US (see www.orium.org). And she has since led trainings and capacity-building for thousands of nonprofit staff and volunteers, helping them to build skills in nonprofit management, positive youth development, community arts, and evaluation.
Complimenting her work with Create Knowledge, Kai is also an affiliate consultant with Algorhythm where she supports their SEL-based evaluation software Hello Insight — as well as evaluation and capacity-building projects with clients such as the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and the Mozilla Hive NYC Learning Network.
American Evaluation Association
Americans for the Arts
Colorado Evaluation Network
Colorado Nonprofit Association
National Guild for Community Arts Education
NYC Arts In Education Roundtable Board of Directors (2015-2017)
Teaching Artists Guild National Advisory Committee (2015-present)
University Settlement: Cornerstone Campos Plaza Advisory Board (2014-2016)
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Graduate Certificate in Learning and Organizational Change; Northwestern School of Education and Social Policy (expected completion: 2020)
Graduate Certificate in Teaching To Inspire Learning; Royal Holloway, University of London
Masters of Philosophy in Architecture and the Moving Image; University of Cambridge
BA in Art History & English Literature; McGill University
Connect Through Conflict Facilitation Training; Building Bridges
Data Visualization Academy; Evergreen Data
Racial Equity & Liberation Virtual Learning Community; Move To End Violence
Undoing Racism Community Organizing Workshop; People's Institute for Survival & Beyond
Arts Leadership Institute; Arts & Business Council of New York
Mentoring Supervisor Certificate Program; Big Brothers Big Sisters
National Educator Workshop; Lincoln Center Education