Hello! I'm Phoebe.
I'm a renegade scientist, systems designer and social entrepreneur, passionate about creating opportunities for transformation of people - and through that, transformation of society, and planet. Some things about me:
experiments are central to everything I do
I hold space for paradox and complexity
play with language to re-define the way we think about the world
bridge-building between worlds (e.g. technology and farming)
looking to nature for patterns in how to organise
understanding what it means to be human in this technological age
helping build new systems which empower and transform
I write about my current journey of throwing myself into a life of meaning, value, and adventure. I think of life as an experiment with no 'wrong' answer. Find out about the experiments and projects I am currently running and the fields I am exploring, whether that be in molecular biology, the future of technology, designing a new food system, experimenting with new ways of working, or creating alternatives to our current education system.
In a world that is increasingly volatile, unpredictable and complex, I see it as essential to maintain a level of discernment: holding both sides of a story, acknowledging more than one opinion, not fully rejecting or accepting one notion, as we will not find our solutions in extreme answers. We must learn about and integrate ways of doing things and thinking that are different to our own, and stay alert to situations and fields as they continually shift, and the game rules change again. To cling onto dogma or fixed opinions is to get left behind.
If anything you read interests or excites you, please don't hesitate to get in touch. I am open to collaboration, brainstorming, or expanding my circle and personal sangha.
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Saw Bill McKibben and Paul Hawken speak in the same day! Wow!
About me (the "spiel")
Phoebe is a scientist, educator and serial systems entrepreneur. Since the age of 22, she has co-founded a series of organisations that steward systems change via innovation, weaving together networks and learning programmes across the sectors of education, food and farming, sustainability, and technology. She has a first class degree in Biological Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, and she brings this training in understanding biological networks and systems thinking into all of her work. Her passion for learning started at a young age, and her passion for reinventing and innovating the education system started at Cambridge, where she felt that as a society, we could be offering a far richer, more holistic and innovative education to our young people.
After university, she co-founded the organisation 225 Academy, which delivered 5-day transformative experiences for young people aged 11-18 globally - taking the team to high schools in Dubai, Hong Kong, Mumbai and Singapore among others. She also worked for two years as a Research and Teaching Assistant in biotechnology at Imperial College London, mentoring over 160 undergraduate students in the first year of University, and delivering lectures and designing interdisciplinary learning programmes. Her second organisation, Future Farm Lab, facilitated workshops, delivered consultancy and created unique learning programmes that bridged the worlds of food, farming, technology and society.
Since then, she has been designing and delivering learning programmes worldwide, as a freelance facilitator, learning designer and educator. She brings her training in systems and networks into the areas of sustainability, re-thinking business and work, and personal development. She is part of the design and delivery team of a cutting-edge Master’s programme at Schumacher College, UK, which trains and prepares students for a complex world with a basis in systems thinking, network science, complexity, and earth systems science, and the Youth Inititative Programme, Sweden. Students leave as ‘societal entrepreneurs’ connected to an earth-based ethic and solid grasp of sustainability. She is a Member of the social change freelancer network Enspiral which both supports and is supported by her work.
Phoebe has been invited to share on her diverse projects and experience and unique perspectives on the world as a lecturer, workshop facilitator and keynote speaker globally. She has taught and presented in India, Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and North America. She also writes widely on the topics of Technology, Nature and Society.
I think life is too short to take too seriously and it's good to take a break from thinking hard about complex problems and the global challenges we're facing. Let's not forget to value the small things, to bring play, magic and fun into our work, practise, and life...