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When it comes to designing better solutions for real, impactful and lasting social change, it is imperative to take time to hear the voices and understand the lives of the people we’re designing for.
I am passionate about my role of really listening to people’s stories and being a conduit to helping the heart and soul of their stories come alive.
I have spoken hundreds of people across a wide variety of subjects, but my own heart and soul lies in social sector research, stemming from a desire to help address large scale social change. This desire has led me to complete a Post Grad degree in Social Impact through UNSW and complete research and strategy work for clients including;
- Diabetes NSW
- Media Access Australia – Australia’s only independent not-for-profit organisation devoted to increasing access to media for people with disability)
- Life Circle – A Social Enterprise aiming to effect social change around attitudes to dying ( Projects have included work with Opal Aged Care and Bupa)
I have had the honour of listening to some incredible stories through my work. From hearing how vision and hearing impaired people navigate the landscape of ever changing technology for work with Media Access Australia ( Australia’s only independent not-for-profit organisation devoted to increasing access to media for people with disability) to the unimaginable challenges and often unexpected rewards of being a carer for a loved one who was dying for an ongoing project with Life Circle and Bupa.
In listening to their stories and then having the precious job of sifting through our conversations to try and reach the heart and soul of the matter for each project I have worked on, I have found that despite fundamental differences that always emerge, a common element of humanity always shines through. I feel that by taking the time to carefully uncover that, examine it and share it with others, that the heart and soul story emerges and I can help the team I am working with feel just a little closer and less separate to those they are trying to help.
I am passionate about this as my soul purpose in my social research work.