Over the past decade, Elizabeth Koch has helped launch an ensemble of companies innovating in the fields of publishing, media, and transformational experiences aimed at inspiring authentic self-exploration as a means of fostering greater compassion for oneself and others.
Elizabeth is co-founder and CEO of Catapult, an award-winning publishing company and writers’ community that uses extraordinary storytelling as a means of catalyzing empathy.
She’s the founder of Unlikely Collaborators, a company that creates interactive experiences that facilitate a process of self-inquiry meant to illuminate inherent biases, assumptions and unconscious beliefs – opening the way for deeper human connection and genuine unlikely collaborations.
Elizabeth is the founder of New Balloon, a media company that has executive produced emotionally demanding films such as Beasts of No Nation (Netflix’s first Golden Globe nominated feature film) and Last Days in the Desert, and is currently developing an “audience participation” screening experience where viewers engage more deeply with content, and one another.
She is also the co-founder of Tiny Blue Dot, a consciousness research foundation that seeks to understand and measure the pulsing life force that animates us all.
All of the organizations she’s founded and co-created are designed to help us investigate the nature of conscious experience, and ultimately release the destructive stories we unconsciously project on others (and ourselves) based on past experience.
Elizabeth graduated from Princeton with a BA in English Literature. She earned an MFA in fiction from Syracuse University, where she was advised by George Saunders and won the Joyce Carol Oates Prize for her short fiction. Her writing has appeared in One Story, FENCE, Glimmer Train, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books and other publications, often under a pen name. She’s currently working on a dystopian novel about a foiled attempt to reach Global Brain – a sort of Edith Wharton meets the Wizard of Oz meets Osho. With a wink.