Creativity will save humanity. This notion is the fuel propelling writer, social entrepreneur, and visionary Fabrice Guerrier, founder and CEO of the writers’ production house Syllble. The widely published fiction author and poet is a sought-after speaker, a dedicated servant leader, and ardent international peacebuilder.
Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabrice immigrated at the age of 13 with his family to Coral Springs, Florida in 2004. An ambitious student driven by a fiery desire to make the world a better place, Fabrice went on to college at Florida State University, where he founded the LEEHG Institute, a social venture uniting students, experts and professors from disparate backgrounds to share ideas, collaborate, and “awaken the genius within.” His visionary work with the LEEHG Institute was highlighted in the book “The Student Leadership Challenge” by business leadership gurus Barry Posner and James M. Kouzes.
His undergraduate experience culminated in earning a bachelor’s degree in international relations along with a Leadership Studies certificate. Eager to contribute his creativity and talents to promote widespread justice and peace, Fabrice went on to study at one of the world’s top programs for peacebuilding. At Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice & Peacebuilding (CJP), he studied conflict transformation with the aim of understanding peace at the most fundamental level. As part of his studies, he traveled to Sierra Leone, Africa to study and research the unique “Fambul Tok” reconciliation process promoting community healing after trauma. He reflected on his experiences in West Africa in the essay “The Shock of Forgiveness,” published by the Zehr Institute.
While at CJP, he also helped found a local chapter of Coming to the Table (CTTT), a national racial reconciliation organization founded by descendants of the enslaved and enslavers from the same plantation. Fabrice went on to become the youngest national president of CTTT’s board of directors. The experience awakened Fabrice to the power of storytelling to foster healing and transformation. He earned an M.A. in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite University in 2015. The following year, he worked with PEN America as their PEN Haiti Fellow to work with Haitian writers, poets and journalists.
Over the next several years, Fabrice set his sights on making a big impact in transformative global communication harnessing the power of technology. Now based in Washington D.C., he currently works as an Senior Associate at the Urban Land Institute. He also serves as a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum in Washington, D.C., a network of inspiring young people to work together to address local, regional and global challenges, and is a Shafik Gabr Fellow with the Shafik Gabr Foundation, established to foster exchanges between emerging leaders from eastern and western cultures. In 2019, he was selected to become a resident at Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s 202Creates program to promote and amplify D.C.’s creative economy, led in partnership with the D.C. Office of Cable TV, Film, Music & Entertainment. He is also a senior fellow of a trans-Atlantic leadership development organization Humanity in Action.
He completed Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Presencing Institute Edx U.Lab business management course “Leading from the emerging future” in 2015 and graduated from Seth Godin’s AltMBA Leadership management workshop in 2017.
Through his production house Syllble (pronounced Syll-a-ble), Fabrice helps produce Science Fiction and Fantasy story bibles while supporting talented creative writers worldwide get published, helping them hack their fullest creative potential through collaboration and crowdsourcing. His vision is to build a vibrant collective of writers creating together within unique shared fictional universes that identifies the best original work emerging from the collective and publishes it via small presses.
Fabrice is a prolific writer whose work has appeared on the PEN America Blog as well as in Public Pool; Moko Magazine: Caribbean Arts and Letters; and Blavity. He is the author of the short story collection “Golden Veins,” co-author of the futuristic sci-fi micro-novel “The Wall,” and author of the poetry collection “Egypt in a Cup of Tea.” His writing was also published in “Slavery’s Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race and Reconciliation Anthology” (Rutgers University Press 2019).
He delivered a TEDx talk on the role of creativity and collaboration in the fourth industrial revolution at Florida State University. View the talk, “Gone Are the Days of the Lone Genius,” at https://www.ted.com/talks/fabrice_guerrier_gone_are_the_days_of_the_lone_genius.