About the Author

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Dr. Jeff Karp


Dr. Jeff Karp, PhD. is a passionate mentor and biomedical engineering professor at Harvard Medical School and MIT, a Distinguished Chair at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. As a bioengineer, Dr. Karp is at the forefront of taking inspiration from the most successful researchers of all time—evolution and nature—to find ways to improve our daily life, health, focus and productive purpose. His lab’s technologies have led to the formation of thirteen companies. The technologies they have developed include a tissue glue that can seal holes inside a beating heart; targeted therapy for osteoarthritis, Crohn’s disease, and brain disorders; “smart needles” that automatically stop when they reach their target; a nasal spray that neutralizes pathogens; and immunotherapy approaches to annihilate cancer.

Growing up in rural Canada he was written off by his school because of his learning differences. He evolved a process for embracing life, embodied by ‘Life Ignition Tools’, through years of iteration and tinkering to make his unique patterns of thought and behavior work for him. These LIT tools have been thoroughly road-tested, through Dr. Karp’s life, in his lab, and by his many mentees.

Jeff is also Head of Innovation at Geoversity, Nature’s University, a rainforest bio-leadership training conservancy located in one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world. Dr. Karp lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife, children, and two Cavalier King Charles spaniels.

Jeff is deeply grateful for the countless mentors, collaborators, cheerleaders, and mentees who supported him and transmitted positive energy on his journey. Driven by a continuous desire for value-driven and value-aligned progress, Jeff strives to be open to feedback, new possibilities and perspectives, and is committed to improving and contributing in ways that benefit the greater good.

Teresa Barker


Teresa H. Barker is a narrative writer and non-fiction book collaborator on works ranging from memoirs to topics around health and human development, including education, children and parenting, creative aging, and life passages. Teresa lives with her husband, two cats, and a standard poodle in Chicago. Their three adult children live in Chicago and Kiel, Germany.

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A little more about the book


So glad you’re here.

I am truly grateful to connect with you to to share LIT, or Life Ignition Tools.

As a kid struggling with undiagnosed ADHD, I sat in the back of my second grade classroom completely lost, unable to follow along and feeling pretty demoralized. That is, until the fateful day I discovered the first of these 12 tools. Early on, these were just survival tools to help me get by and now they’ve evolved into something much more. Wings to fly. From fear to boundless curiosity, LIT sparks the utmost connection and creativity. LIT lifts us up from the rut of routine and re-sensitizes our aliveness, to ultimately reclaim our beginner’s mind – to see everything afresh.

In my Harvard lab, our amazing team designs innovations inspired by nature and guided by LIT’s holistic tools — including the radical art of questioning — to solve urgent biomedical problems to help patients thrive and doctors do their critical work.

The best part? These tools are for everyone. They’re universally accessible. LIT includes interviews and stories from 40 unique individuals — Nobel laureates, celebrated artists, athletes, indigenous leaders who all testify to the power of these principles.

In this era, rife with conflict, we could use all the love and illumination we can get. Whether you use LIT for personal growth, to attain professional goals, or to delve deep into consciousness — welcome!

Let’s step off the beaten path and onto a new one that is positively LIT!


Jeff Karp