Hi! 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 what I do:
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 modern 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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About me (the "spiel")
Phoebe is scientist and social entrepreneur, motivated by a passion for creating transformation of people, society and planet. She is a born mentor/educator, and has co-founded and been involved in projects in re-imagining and democratising education, learning and mindfulness coaching, and most recently hacking the food system to connect farmers directly to people, retailers and technology. In her work she tries to combine head, heart and hands. She is a scientist by training and remains fascinated by technology and how best we can get technology and science to best serve humanity. As someone with their toes in many worlds, she can be found playing the role of connector, story-weaver and bridge-builder between them.
Her main occupation has been as a Researcher of Synthetic Biology at Imperial College London, creating solutions to an unsustainable world in the form of cell bio-factories. When not in the lab, she has used her passion for transformation and innovation to run projects, reimagining the areas of science, society and education. Most recently: Future Farm Lab, 225 Academy, The IO Collective. She is a proud member of the Enspiral network, where she currently plays the role of Contributor.
Phoebe has been invited to share diverse interests 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.
In her spare time, she teaches mindfulness meditation mixed with Neuroscience to kids and young adults, and can be found exploring London, urban growing/farming and travelling when she can.
I spend a lot of time being serious and thinking hard about complex problems. In my spare time, I am experimenting with ways to re-introduce play, games, and unbounded creativity into life: