"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but in having new eyes."

- Marcel Proust

Thousands of years ago a farmer dug a terrace into a hillside. A simple act. No advanced degree required. Yet in one profound stroke farming was changed forever. Innovation is like that. It springs from a willingness to ask the simple question - “What if?”


CISE’s mission is to help clients address the toughest challenges of economic and social development. Our specialty is coloring outside the lines. We offer a multidisciplinary approach that brings expertise drawn from the diverse fields of behavioral economics, legal and institutional analysis, applied anthropology, and network-agent theory to provide fresh insight to the complex challenges of economic and social development.

Economic Growth

Economic growth is the wellspring of sustainable development. Broad-based economic growth creates opportunity and enables the long-term formation of social capital. It is a stabilizing force. When people can feed and house their families, social conflict and strife are less likely. Where markets are open, fair, and competitive, innovation flourishes. In a globalized economy, even the smallest innovation can have outsized impact. This is why we focus our work on the intersection of economic and social innovation. Read More 

Governance and Accountable Institutions

The correlation between a nation’s long-term economic growth and the strength of its institutions is well documented and robust. Good governance in public institutions is customer-centric, focusing primarily on service above control. At the enterprise level, good governance is critical in establishing and maintaining investor confidence in markets. In regulated industries, effective regulatory oversight and enforcement protects the economy as a whole, as well as the livelihoods of individuals. Read More. 

Energy, Environment, and Infrastructure

Clean, secure, and efficient use of energy, responsible stewardship of natural resources, and long-term investment in physical and social infrastructure all underlie long-term economic and social development. Increasingly, however, meeting the needs of societies in these critically important areas is often as much about a complex balancing of competing economic, social, and political interests among diverse stakeholder groups as it is about finding a particular technical or engineering solution. Read More

Corporate Social Entrepreneurship

Corporate social entrepreneurship has become an imperative for businesses seeking competitive advantage, regardless of where they operate or what goods or services they produce. Corporate social entrepreneurship is the sustained business practice innovating to create economic and social value within an enterprise’s core business offerings. Frequently, but not always, this involves engaging with non-traditional partners such as local communities, tribal groups, producers' associations, and others. Read More