What I’m currently doing
I currently divide my time between DotEveryone, the Co-op, Civic and Future Cities Catapult. What I do each day is one of the following or a combination of all four : design, strategy, prototyping and organisational change. I like working on problems that matter and taking a systems view (acting now whilst developing an understanding of the longer term and complex nature of issues and ensuring that what we are working on in the present is designed to feed in to that longer term change). I love being around people that question the status quo, care about impact and are bold in how they act upon that. I’m also the Co-founder of Tech For Good Global, Founder of the Civic Shop, on the Advisory Board for Participatory City and on the Public Service team. I am also on the Advisory Board of Collectively and Atlas Of The Future.
I’ve spent the last 14 years working in the field of Social and Civic Innovation. As an experienced Strategic Designer I’ve worked across many social issues from social care. troubled families and End of Life care, to housing services and mental health. I’ve worked within Central Government at Government Digital Service, with Local Government, with some of the Foundations including Nesta, Lankelly Chase and Nominet Trust and with many of the well known and respected public service design agencies such as Participle, thinkpublic, FutureGov and Snook.
In 2012 I won Ideas For London with Londonscape, in 2013 I won the Urban Prototyping Festival for DataStore which we went on to show at Digital Shoreditch and in 2015 we won an award from the British Council to create CENSUS, shown at Somerset House and the Southbank.
A long time ago I worked in Fashion, first at Marie Claire Magazine in New York, then with Danish designer Camilla Staerk, before setting up my own design company for which I was awarded by Nesta as a Creative Pioneer. And then somewhere between those two lives I also forayed into the world of intimacy and sexuality. I designed the Intimacy Lab, was awarded funding by the Pervasive Media Studio and REACT, and ran Labs at the Barbican, Watershed and the Royal Festival Hall. In 2008 my MSc in Applied Positive Psychology focussed on the relationship between sexual expression and eudaimonic wellbeing.
What interests and excites me