I give my attention and energy to generate conversations with others. I am passionate about designing experiences to facilitate personal and collective transformation and I believe in our ability to create communities that host conscious human connections. I practice the idea that the most urgent and important work is play, fun.
Working together is an opportunity to witness each other’s beauty. I search for and express my gifts wildly, in doing so I allow myself to see the gift in others.
I seek to explore with all my senses: the methodology I love are inspired by movement, theatre, rituals, games, food, smells, and sounds. I believe in magic. I can be very analytical and to figure out if I have understood correctly, I like to summarise what I hear.
In a year long research with CIVICUS, I listened to what activists, donors, youth allies and other enabling organisations said about realities, trends and potential solutions for mobilising funding and non-financial resources for young activists, especially in the global south. Out of this research, I wrote a playbook featuring stories of youth organisers. Each story is accompanied with reflective exercises for donors and youth-led groups/movement.
I have finished a PhD with the Institute for Development Studies (University of Sussex) researching the financial sustainability of youth-led groups and organisations in Medellin, Colombia. For this project I engaged 10 leaders of grassroots, youth-led CSOs, over the course of 10 months, in a process of self-reflection (first person inquiry), and collective analysis, and exploration of their organisational cultures and practices (second person inquiry).
I was a co-researcher in a process that sought to take a new approach to understanding child and youth development. We wanted the findings to be grounded in the political, social and economic contexts that affect children and young people’s lives.
I spent 7 months in Cuba working with 10 young researchers, and 75 young people from 3 cities. This action research process sought to open a space for young leaders to connect with each other, and create synergies.Check out the interactive experience
I co-edited an IDS Bulletin on Foresight in International Development. This issue of the IDS Bulletin focuses on the role of foresight in policy-oriented international development research and seeks to draw attention to the opportunities and challenges associated with the wide range of foresight approaches and methods that help individuals and groups to think about and prepare for different possible futures