Bridge-building for a new Paradigm

We are a Transformative Design and Do-Tank.

We create projects and innovation in support of climate resilience, peace and sustainability.

We join science with art and entrepreneurship to restore our balance with nature.

Stories of change expand into concrete action and collaboration.

Create bridges

Between people, cultures and different mind-sets… Between experts and the public…to increase access to knowledge, awareness and collaboration.


to Re-frame stories

Building a positive mindset and creative solution-finding…to touch hearts and minds… through learning experiences and prototypes for change.


and Manifest

Through collaboration with partners in the field…Designing “for” the future not against the past Keeping an eye on scale and documenting impacts.



Paititi Lab is a design-tank and a non-profit association. Beside a team of co-creators and curators, we appoint partners and coalitions for each one of our projects. This allows us to constantly expand our weaving practice and inclusion of like-mined people working for the same cause. We speak and work in English, German, Spanish, French and Portuguese.
In all our projects we apply a Gender Quota of 50% women in key positions.

Paititi Lab International

Spyristrasse 38, 8006 Zurich – Switzerland – Phone / Whatsapp: (+41) 78 629 70 37


Oncas Amazonia (Partner in Latin America)

Calle 6, Bloque 95 #402, Los Pinos, La Paz – Phone / Whatsapp:  (+591) 74 66 98 30

Sonja Schenkel - Founder

Sonja Schenkel is a scientist, film director and visual artist. With a PhD in sustainable development and an MA in anthropology, she has facilitated participatory designs process in many countries .

Innovative Technologies, Amazonia 4.0, Participation

Nicole Schwab - Co-Creator

Nicole is an author and designer/facilitator of innovation labs at the intersection of gender and sustainability.

Gender, Well-being and Wildlife Conservation

Martin Moll - Co-Creator

Martin Moll has been working as a consultant with ample expertise in environmental topics and knowledge media.

Climate Resilience, Watershed Management

El Gran Paititi

This is where it all started with Paititi Lab: In the Amazon, where we started to collaborate and build bridges between local communities and urban supporter for a climate-resilient and forest-friendly economy.

El Gran Paititi is a joint initiative by the following partners