Our Story

InOurHands (IOH) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to developing broad-scale solutions to the persistent problems of climate change and poverty. Our primary objective is to create a cleaner, more livable world by powering it with community-owned renewable energy. 

Like so many things, the original concept behind InOurHands was cooked up over beers in a parking lot behind a dorm at Amherst College. A small group of students had gathered to discuss the inaction of governments and private sector enterprises in addressing the threats posed by climate change and poverty.

There must be a way, we thought, to bypass traditional solutions and find a way for we the people to solve the problem ourselves.  So with that goal in mind, we set out to build something revolutionary. 

As scientists, we understood the power of exponential growth, social media, and collective action. As people, we perceived a great hunger in ourselves and in our society for real solutions, for love, and for inclusion.

As people, we perceived a great hunger in ourselves and in our society for real solutions, for love, and for inclusion.

The answer came in fusing what we knew as scientists with what we knew as people. Once we did that, the concept of InOurHands emerged. The question was simple: If we provided the people with a tool to put their money to work actually combating climate change and poverty - a way for them to band together in love - would they rally to solve the problem?

Over the past year, we've worked tirelessly to make InOurHands that tool.

Now we need you.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to provide all people with a way to combat climate change and inequality by empowering them to directly fund a swift transition to clean energy in a way that measurably benefits disadvantaged communities. We have 3 core principles:

Radical Innovation:

Solving big problems requires big ideas. When challenged, we collaborate and innovate rather than settling.

Radical Transparency:

Everyone has the right to know how our donations are being spent, and have access to the resources to track their progress.

Radical Sustainability:

Charity at its best means no need for future charity — we will always strive to work ourselves out of a job, and our participation in any community should leave no need for our help in the future.

Our Model

We've built a model that doesn't stop. When you contribute your hard-earned cash to InOurHands, that money never stops fighting. Here's a crazy claim: we actually spend much more than 100% of your donation. Sound suspicious? We don't blame you. Watch the animation below to find out how.

When you donate to IOH, we take the money and use it to finance renewable energy projects in marginalized communities.

That's cool, but it gets cooler: our projects produce energy, which is worth money.

Now when community members buy their energy, that cash stays in town - rather than lining the pockets of out-of-town energy conglomerates.

That new cashflow funds local projects and, over time, pays InOurHands back.

As we get payed back, we fund more projects. Once the model starts, it never stops!

Our Team

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Malinda (Lindy) Labriola

Founding Partner & Content Creator

Malinda Labriola is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Amherst College, where she studied English and Geology, focusing on indigenous literature and climatology, respectively. Lindy is currently on a Fulbright Fellowship studying the social impacts of climate change in the Arctic Circle. She's particularly passionate about building resilient communities, strengthened by empathy and environmental cooperation.

Crispy Ellis

Founding Partner and Director of Installations and Education

Crispy is a journeyman electrician, NABCEP certified solar installer, former professor of renewable energy, chief judge in the United States for freestyle skiing, and has experience as general manager of solar installations up-to-and-including MegaWatt scale systems. He's passionate about creating opportunities to train students of all ages on the ins-and-outs of solar installations, and using that medium to make STEM education exciting and fun.

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Suhasini (Su) Ghosh

Founding Partner & Content Creator

Su majored in Environmental Studies at Amherst College. She's passionate about exploring culturally appropriate, qualitative metrics to craft holistic solutions to problems of environmental injustice, and exploring the intersections between the environment and public health. Su Remains at Amherst College helping to head up the sustainability department. 

Aaron Resnick

Co-founder & CEO

Aaron graduated Cum Laude from Amherst College with degrees in both Bio-Chemistry/Bio-Physics and Planetary Science and comes from a background of community service as a paramedic. He is a published co-author in the journal Nature, and has worked with NASA and SwRI in support of the New Horizons mission. He is an experienced blacksmith and carpenter. He's passionate about egalitarianism and unleashing the tools of the 21st century to solve some of our most pressing problems, and to do it in a way that connects people, builds communities, and empowers us all to live the change we seek.

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Jason Mackie

Co-founder & President

Jason graduated Cum Laude from Amherst College with degrees in both Environmental Studies and Geology. He has worked with NASA and SwRI in support of the New Horizons mission, and has decades of experience in the construction industry prior to his time in Academia. Passionate about planetary science, sustainable development, social justice, economics, and all things living, he strives to find innovative solutions to some of our world’s most pressing systematic problems.