Social Design

In 2014 I began my Design journey, initially learning how to design agricultural ecosystems with Permaculture design principles.
I later received my Permaculture Design Certificate in 2016 from Earthcare Education Aotearoa.

My first social design was founding a teahouse based on gifting in the heart of Wellington, NZ.
This pop-up Social Practice Art project was the beginning of my career in what I now know as social design.

Social Design mixes design principles with social innovation, resulting in a complex living social system whose outcomes often include higher levels of:
-justice & equality
-health & wholeness
-continual self development
-access to a range of satisfying livelihood options
-aesthetically tasteful living spaces
-thriving, resilient communities
-more connection to non-human life (forests, wildlife, rivers, etc)

I practice social design by combining elements from the following fields:

Economics
Governance
Art, Culture, Education
Land Stewardship
Business & Organizational Practices
Relationship Building
Exponential Technology & Digital Interactivity

Projects, design, experience:

Roaming Hut (2020) – Logistics Coordinator
Beyond Us (2019) – Collaborations Coordinator
Food Sovereignty DAO (2019) – Community Coordinator
Permaculture CoLab Digital Circle (2019-20) – Engagement Design
Now What?! (2019) – Collective Member
Conference Weavers (2018-19) – Hub Design
Collaboration Incubator (2018-19) – Process Design
Climate Change & Consciousness Conference (2019) – Media Coordinator
Society of Owners (2019) – Consulting
Vanilla Way (2018-19) – Network Operations
Pomegra Booksharing App (2018) – Community Engagement
Prodii (2018-19) – Consulting
International Permaculture Convergence (2017) – Onsite People Care Coordinator
Kahikatea Farm (2017) – Apprentice Food Forest Farmer
wECOexist (2016) – Producer
17 Tory St (2015) – Community Member
Citizens Advice Bureau (2015) – Interviewer
As well as these occupations, I have been designing my own social ecosystem, GRDN, since Dec 2017.

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