I provide program design and consulting services for individuals, teams, and communities. With deep roots in working to better understand the challenges of social justice, human capacity, and change management, I bring my curiosity and experience to each program and project.
My mission is infuse kindness in how we achieve our goals through applying a viewpoint of understanding and (re)design of programs, practices, and perspectives. I am especially interested in catalyzing better outcomes to improve and protect the planet, increase livability in our communities, seek targeted universalism for social justice outcomes.
I am the person who always has another question. Seeking to understand the whole system, the nuances, the implications. With more than twenty years in the international development field, I shifted and explored the field of interior redesign. I launched Be Kind. (re)Design. focused on helping people make the most of their physical space (home or office). I enjoyed helping people understand what they need from their space then transforming it to fulfill their needs, Although I enjoyed this work., I missed the complexity of big, societal and system challenges. I realized my approach to program design, problem-solving, and leadership were based on the same approach: Inquire and analyze the current situation, clarify desired goals and outcomes, plan and execute with kindness and a manageable process - baby steps adding up to a culture shift. Be Kind. (re)Design.
What is the goal we need to achieve? What is our vision for activating our hope for the future now? Inquiry, personal and systemic, helps us understand the problems we need to solve and shine light on the strengths underpinning our progress. What do we need to unlearn to prepare ourselves to learn and change?
For each organization or person or community there are foundational elements to build on, as well as barriers to overcome. Analyzing the situation for acknowledgement and understanding establishes a strong start to build successful interventions - programs, learning opportunities, coaching, policy changes, etc. Understanding where we are: what works, what does not work, helps us get to where we need to go.
Substantial, lasting improvement depends on new social norms and behaviors. Systemic change requires more than new policies and laws. Individual actions and decisions have to align with different assumptions, values, and practices. To achieve our goals some norms are to be protected, others to be forged or remembered and reapplied. This takes time, care, and multiplicity of interventions.
Each small action and improvement adds up to enduring success. What can we achieve today to create momentum toward our larger goal? What are the different actions, rules, social norms, policies, behaviors, systems, etc. needing many incremental changes to take us, step by step, to our desired outcomes? Individual, organizational, community, and societal baby steps add up to culture shift and systemic change. No step is too small to start.
Nearly absent in research related to mobility options is consideration of the mix of walk/roll, bike, transit, and private car use individuals select, what physical and socio-cultural influences determine the selection, and their preferred travel mode. I developed the Mobility Pie to easily consider and facilitate straight forward discussions with city staff, residents, targeted age groups, etc. to shed light on the missing perspective of the multi-modal human. This exploration can be done in on-line or in person workshops. Or, I can work with your staff on program design and they implement.
Is your community interested in increasing the health and well-being of residents? Walk Audits are essential for better street design and decision-making for crossings. If people of all ages don't feel safe walking to nearby friends, shops, schools, etc., improvements need to be made.
City management, program delivery, and communicating with residents are complex, dynamic challenges all city staff face. I custom design programs to catalyze transformational practices through analysis, skill development, shared experiences, and applied learning..