I work at the intersection of
- Philanthropic programming
- The gender lens
- Social finance
- Tech for good
Here are some examples of my work:
To help philanthropic foundations, investors and angels understand their stakeholders better, and design more relevant support and finance programmes, I create a space where different parties manage to brainstorm and co-create thinking roadmaps. I use incisive questions, rapid prototyping sessions, futures thinking scenarios and story-telling methodologies to get the best creative and learning attitudes as well as a robust critical thinking, out in the open.
I work with corporate foundations and funders and strongly encourage them to invite people at the design table, who are most likely to be affected by the issues they are attempting to solve.
Using open innovation principles, I also invite peers and people at the fringe of their network to create a diverse and insightful working space, I encourage clients to reflect on the perception of their work by 3d parties and help them communicate what they do differently.
Outcomes: Clients gain innovative philanthropic programming insights and improve their strategy design. Individuals say they have have developed their leadership skills, public speaking skills and ability to develop and share their message with users at the core.
Clients: Women in Social Finance, The Social Investment Consultancy, Kering Foundation.
As Womanity Awards Program director, I designed and implemented an award program investing in an ecosystem preventing violence against women on-line (Mexico – Meso America), through replication of innovative models and ideas, in other global settings. I also managed a previous award programme partnership on masculinities (US-Brazil-Lebanon);
My work consisted in providing award winners with on-going innovation coaching, technical assistance, mentoring, campaigning and media strategy support; I engaged with current and new stakeholders to disseminate our partners’ achievements and secured new opportunities for them through global corporate partnerships.
As a keen convener, I organised spaces for organisations to meet and learn from each other during global on-line and off-line events. (Partners: Global Tech Women, OECD, OuiShare, Hogan Lovells LLP).
I created the ICTforWomanity network, in order to leverage ICT, digital security, and media/tech production to prevent violence against women.
Outcomes: Participants gained further investment opportunities, increased technical business skills, boosted their campaigning outreach, improved their message and brand. In addition, they felt understood and got approached by organisations outside their usual networks.
Clients: The Womanity Foundation, Abaad, Promundo, Luchadoras, SiempreVivas Collective, Association for Progressive Communications, VivaTech.
Social Finance amplification
To introduce newcomers in the social finance space I designed an immersive coaching programme in which participants learned key steps to become Activist Angels for Social Entrepreneurs.
Staff from various departments attended the learning programme. I coordinated a follow-up mentoring platform to enable Zolfo Cooper staff to work alongside a selection of Social Entrepreneurs, as mentors, advisors and connectors.
Zolfo Cooper foundation decided to make micro-loans to social entrepreneurs.
Outcomes: “I learnt a whole new world of managing growth to scale whilst coping with significant day to day challenges and realities for the entrepreneurs. It really helped that my investee is so energetic and open to new ideas and input.”
Social Entrepreneur Elisicia Moore grew Petit Miracles Interiors, received IT material from Zolfo Cooper, and supported by her mentor, the venture founded and supervised a whole pop-up market place in West London, for arts and crafts start-ups.
Client: Zolfo Cooper.
Talent and leadership development
In the context of The Amex Leadership Academy UK, I was brought in to coach and develop leadership skills of a cohort of emerging leaders in the not-for-profit sector, who have already shown strong evidence of their ability in their respective fields. Coachees include Head of International Engagement at National History Museum, Head of Marketing at the National Theatre, several members of staff in Human Resource department at Macmillian cancer research, among others.
Outcomes: Participants gained…
- Innovative and robust strategies to develop a career,
- Better understanding of one’s talents and how to best promote them.
- The validation that it is time to make a change at a different level
- The confidence to apply for new position internally or externally
Clients: American Express | Common Purpose
Using technology with humans in mind
Designing “for” clients as opposed to “with” stakeholders can have a strong negative impact. The events I run with social ventures that use a wide range of technologies, focus on the fact people need to feel they are part of the design process AND the solution, rather than being told.
I bring the Design Sprints methodology, the Minimum Valuable Service and Google Venture approaches.
Outcomes: “I would describe the event as a truly authentic event where you can learn a lot with impact in such a short space of time and walk away with clear actionable items to improve your design processes and work culture.” Hope Chauland, Airfinity.
Convincing people to trust your plans for the future and invest large resources in you is not a given.
MyGoodness is a marketplace that helps raise funds for great causes, through extraordinary experiences. I helped them pitch for investment.
Outcome: They learned to communicate their business in a “human-centred” way, and reassure investors of their capacity to manage a multi-stakeholders platform.
I enabled Tech for Good entrepreneurs to use reverse coaching techniques and a human-centred approach, when managing donor and peers relationships. I used the safe space of events such as Internet Freedom Festival, Mozfest, RightsCon and TechInclusion conferences as a backdrop for these sessions.
Outcome: Maximised collaborations with peers. Growing funding opportunities. Growing confidence and leadership.
Laura, who supports companies in their thinking process through visual communication, wanted a forum to discuss her career, re-evaluate her current portfolio and design new practices and products. She needed to ‘see’ a path forward and help to plan and achieve goals.
The intervention consisted in assessing strengths and existing skills, hear about her intervention from peers and clients, articulate her added value in a clear proposition.
Outcome: The turning point was coming up with a stronger business concept, a method to create complimentary products, approach new clients, retain existing ones, understanding and accepting the genuine powerful value of her contribution, and for her to gain the confidence that this new portfolio would be replicable.