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"I believe that by uniting the very best minds, engaging best practice, employing visionary concepts and delivering sustained effort we can and will find solutions to the problems we face."
"I am the sustainable innovation and social enterprise editor for Sustain magazine, writing amongst other sections 'Tomorrow's World' which explores the latest developments in sustainable design, engineering and technology. I also sit on the jury for Sustained's Dandelion Awards, which recognise the extraordinary efforts of businesses throughout the UK to improve their own and others performance on issues surrounding Sustainability."
1) Can you tell us something positive about who you are and your impact as a female social innovator?
A Future 100 and Enterprising Business Awards award-winner, I am the Founder and CEO of London-based sustainable innovation agency, think tank and incubator Societás and a founding director of several sustainable ventures and awards. I have recently teamed-up with Matt Prescott, former MD of the RSA's CarbonLimited to create New Frontiers - a sustainable architecture, design and engineering awards and education programme, launching in association with a leading British academic institution.
A visiting university fellow at the University of Salford, I sit on several arts and design awards juries, including the jury of the prestigious Los Angeles-based International Design Awards, the jury of the Land + Sea sustainable design competition, the Utopia sustainable vision awards and the panel of Athen's based online public arts project Tosoma.
Annual international visual arts awards I have founded include the Creative Graduate Prize launched in 2005, the Iconique Societás Awards launched in 2007 in association with top-ten online fashion zine Iconique.com and The Message is The Medium awards launching in 2009 in association with creative graduate magazine Medium Magazine.net
I have previously held three editor-in-chief roles and am currently a contributing editor to two international visual arts publications. I regularly write on issues as diverse as contemporary culture, emerging sustainable business strategies and ethical issues and have written several cover stories for titles including Mensa magazine and The GIN Lady.com
A passionate campaigner for environmental issues, including climate change awareness and conservation, I sit on the steering group of the WWF's 'Awakenings' project. I have helped to get many high profile awareness and fund raising events off the ground, with past experience including Head of Sponsorship for the first ever rock gig to be held at the Royal Opera House, London in aid of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund (2002), Head of PR, Celebrity Liaison and Sponsorship for The Big Issue's 15th birthday concert 'The Gig Issue' held at the Shepherds Bush Empire (2006), Head of Sponsorship to Zandra Rhodes 'My Favourite Dress Ball' held at the Hurlingham Club, London (2005) in aid of the Fashion & Textile Museum, Head of PR to the annual Take Heart India Ball (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) and Head of Sponsorship, Brand Affiliations and PR to the ICAP fashion dinner and show in aid of Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in association with Temperley London and Bombay Sapphire held in New York in 2007.
2) What change do you want to bring about and are you going to do it?
A design graduate, about to embark on a postgraduate course in Enterprise and Innovation, my focus is on cutting-edge developments across the sustainable sector globally. Across my work, I aim to inspire both individuals and organisations to engage pioneering concepts to tackle the monumental challenges humankind faces, including climate change, species extinction, re-source depletion, natural habitat destruction, pollution and poverty. I believe that by uniting the very best minds, engaging best practice, employing visionary concepts and delivering sustained effort we can and will find solutions to the problems we face.
3) What networks work best for you?
2 Degrees http://www.2degreesnetwork.com
Green Monday http://www.green-mondays.com