My background in data-gathering, -analysis, and -visualization, combined with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and a fervent passion for systems transformation fuel my ongoing drive to discover and develop tools that help turn intentional networks visions of transformation into realities.
Through the many different roles I've played in collective change efforts over the decades, I always bring a deep lifelong interest and attention to the complex of power, the inner being/ways of showing up that aspiring change-makers practice and embody, and the consequent potential for co-creation (or lack there-of).
Having spent the past 16+ years working through inherited multi-generational trauma as well as my own personal early-childhood through early-adulthood trauma, intentionally and in community, I am sensitive to how trauma shows up in community. I use my own embodied sensing to lean into, explore, learn from, and (when the potential is present) help heal the dynamics of trauma in group work, and am always aware of the need to make space for healing and re-balancing power in all our work together.
I also practice intentional and radical acts of transparency & vulnerability in my personal life as well as in community because life has taught me that true co-creation (whether we’re talking about computer software, or ways of creating a regenerative society) emerges out of trusting, energizing, loving relationships. Systemic transformation especially requires robust co-creation across differences of experience, perspective, power, privilege, thinking styles and more - and life has taught me that radical acts of transparency & vulnerability are among the most effective acts for breaking through people's barriers.
In other words, I try to model the ways of engaging that I believe are crucial to true interbeing and transformation. I don’t always get it right (I probably rarely get it right), but I’m always committed to taking the inherent risks involved - in an as contextually-relevant way as possible. So if you ever witness me behaving ‘inappropriately’, please trust that it’s a principled experiment, and not that I’m a drama queen, need coddling, have no filter or have lost my mind. And when my transparency/ vulnerability arises in your presence, I invite you to lean into the experiment with me and help find ways of turning it into a learning opportunity for everyone present who is willing to be expanded.
On the other hand, my psycho-spiritual attention and perspective are balanced by a strong, pragmatic and material interest in understanding how online tools can support (or hinder, as is mostly the case) collective intelligence, our capacity for co-creation, and greater consciousness. I’m interested in discovering how technology can support liberation and evolving consciousness, in opposition to its dominant capacity to generate mental passivity and laziness, addiction, and separation.
Our work with sumApp and Social System Mapping reflects, in part, my inner tension between those to seemingly opposing poles - embodied vulnerability vs. digital technology. I invite you to enter into and explore this tension with me.