Matt Ridenour

Partnerships & Community Designer, OpenIDEO

Matt is a Partnerships & Community Designer at IDEO’s open innovation portfolio, OpenIDEO. He is passionate about designing a future without waste.

Matt uses design strategy, community management and partner engagement to grow and scale OpenIDEO’s global impact. Matt helps lead OpenIDEO Alliances, longer term open innovation communities focused on particular social impact topics. Specifically, Matt manages the Food Waste Alliance, a collaborative innovation network to reduce food waste.  

Matt holds an MBA in Design Strategy from CCA (California College of the Arts), a BArch from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and studied design in Denmark through University of Copenhagen. 

Authored Content

  • Jul 15 2020
    Blueprint Designing a Nourishing Food Future for 2050 Imagine a world where food systems are more nourishing, regenerative and equitable, where year-round nourishment for all is a reality, and where individual food cultures are honored in their own rights. “The future of food systems is, without doubt, a complex issue.  When beginning the journey to change the outlook from dire to thriving, we […] Maria Balcazar Tellez, Matt Ridenour, Sara Farley
  • May 09 2017
    Blog Post Reducing Food Waste through Open Innovation How collaborative ideation fueled a search for food waste solutions. If food waste were a nation, it would rank third in the world for harmful emissions. Along with the environmental damage, there’s a human cost. Globally, 30–40% of food produced for consumption is wasted. At the same time, 800 million people in the world are […] Matt Ridenour