Making the switch from jammer to collaborator - I'm using my skills from my day job (content marketing) to get as many people as possible from a broad range of backgrounds involved with various Global Jams happening this year. The jams are 48 hours for me to share the love I have for service design and develop my creative confidence, whilst supporting new jammers along their journey.
By day I’m a User Experience and Service Designer. I joined Spaghetti jams as I’m really into the principles of community driven design. In my spare time I like to study complex systems and reimagine how we can empower people to directly address issues which impact them whether through tech, the arts or design thinking.
I am really passionate in exploring how we can use design to empower everyone to shape the things that affect their lives. Over the last 2 years I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in lots of great projects that have let me do this. For me, the interest in this started with Jams back in 2012, as a participant the experience changed my entire view of design. Since then I’ve been determined to share that experience and help other to have the same opportunity.
I love to create spaces where people have really meaningful and life changing experiences. Getting involved in the Global Jam was a great opportunity to do this in my local community and at the same time share some of my own knowledge and expertise in design by helping others unleash their creativity. I have been involved with Spaghetti Jams since we started it in 2015 and have seen the impact it has had on the lives of those who’ve got involved and so this is why I’ve continued to put time and energy into help making it happen.
I am loving learning, sharing and exploring the intricate links between social attitudes and behaviour, through design. With a heavy interest in architecture, sociology, technology & community; I joined the Jam team October 2016 as a practitioner, provoking the process in de-constructing our personal branding, which we use to create our views and navigate life. It is my belief that this is adaptation limits our ability to design the lifestyles and futures that we can thrive within, and through this process of 'deconstruction', I aim to facilitate Jammers in unveiling their unique true selves. This, I think can really change the way we live & work.
After 10 years working in local authority education and mental health services, I'm enjoying exploring the power that alternative creative thinking can have on social problem solving. I'm particularly interested in how emotional wellbeing and identity play into authentic 'change-maker' community development. As both a former content creator and community curator on YouTube, I'm excited to work with the Jam team in 2019 and beyond.