A Different Kind of “Consultant”
I tell the truth about how companies contribute to the future we want.
I back up what I say with lived experience — and with companies’ own publicly declared intentions.
I highlight what is possible in order for us to evolve towards an economy that works in service of life.
More details for the curious ...
Reframing possible. We need organizations — whole industries really — to radically shift in the near term. Organizations and industries are run by individuals. People like you and me. Being a very average amateur athlete and then running 5 back-to-back ultramarathons in 5 days at age 50, I embody a renewed sense of “possible” and can guide others so that what might have seemed completely out of the question becomes not only doable, but straightforward. (And fun.)
Changing course. I have lived on 4 continents and worked in a lot of different circumstances (a global NGO, my own artisanal business, a high-end design studio, a massive financial corporation, a boutique consultancy, and as a freelancer, to name a few). I recognize the guardrails we’re offered as contributors to the current mainstream economic model, and I have a lot of experience stepping over them and into more fulfilling, interesting, and reality-based lanes.
Language dexterity. I am fluent in English, Portuguese, and French, and have facilitated workshops and coaching sessions in these languages. I enjoy building bridges across languages and cultures. What’s more, having often been out of my own linguistic comfort zone, I can appreciate and support people who are working in a language (and here I mean “language” in the broader social technology sense) other than their own.
Making cloth. I have been making cloth for over four decades, studying techniques including spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing, felting, and embroidery, with every spinnable fibre imaginable – plant, animal, and synthetic. Spinning thread and making cloth is a way to understand history, interconnectedness, culture, colour, comfort, dreams, design, persistence, and patience. I apply these skills literally and metaphorically to the work at hand.
Story-telling. I am a writer and story-teller. It’s how I absorb and pass on information. This includes essays, short stories, white papers, poems, facilitated dialogue, coaching, and public speaking. (Also a lot of voice memos on whatsapp and signal.)