The role of social value/impact/purpose and stakeholders' engagement lead I assumed in various roles and capacities for over 15 years allowed me sufficient time to research, experience, and think through the ethical and organizational requirements for the 21st-century public services, non-profits, and NGOs. The elements of social innovation, equitable service design, digital rights, and decent work practices informed my approach to how I believe purpose and meaning at work could be created and maintained. At the same time, I had the privilege of providing coaching and consulting services to a number of women-led social enterprises that helped with keeping my thinking rooted in the practicality and sustainability of "first things first".
My prior professional experiences include academic-level teaching, libraries, creation of archives and oral histories collections, planning events and conferences, fundraising and advocacy, communication and impact storytelling, and knowledge mobilization. My interest in how we access information in urban environments prompted me to contribute to initiatives and advisories addressing the freedom of access and censorship (of information, and media). Currently, my research focuses on platform economy, purpose and meaning at work, and measurement frameworks (BCorp, SDGs, IDGs).
My educational background is in information and environmental sciences (Master's, UofT), Slavic languages and literature (UNIRI), and, recently, mindfulness coaching. I am also a passionate collector of eclectic knowledge pieces that contributed to my current theory of why we are falling apart as a society and how we can get back our strength, from more formal such as Project or Change Management, Non-Profit Governance, Fundraising or Harvard Business School Management (CORe) to others that are social economy or human potential driven such as Social Impact Measurement, Participatory Evaluation, Appreciative Inquire, Yoga and Meditation Teacher Diploma, often utilized through my consulting practice at Dharma Associates.
In all I did and am doing I remain curious and hopeful about people and their potential for positive transformation. I am always happy to have a conversation about how we could solve the problem together, how to grow more sustainably, how to maintain our sense of purpose and meaning, and how we can consider abandoning the "leadership" model to be simply of service to the world and others. (email).