September 2017 (Copenhagen, Denmark) City Link is an international festival that challenges the way we build, live and think about cities today through workshops, talks, performances and celebrations. It is a non profit organisation working with sustainable city development through community building, innovative partnerships and the revitalisation of urban space. In the intersection between art, design, architecture and urban planning City Link facilitates networking, co-reation and sharing of best practice between local and international actors, and connect them with a wider public audience.
September 2016 (Alsace, France) Collectif Etc is a French architecture collective based in Marseille. They practice DIY and popup urbanism, using up cycling and vernacular architecture methods. I volunteered for their 'Colombage & Remontage' project, to repurpose a historic building at the Écomusée d'Alsace (a museum dedicated to preserving Alsacien architecture and patrimony).
November 2015 (Christchurch, New Zealand) The 2015 New Zealand accelerator was a five-day “Business Model Validation” Lab hosted by the team at Ministry of Awesome and the Unreasonable Institute. It was designed to provide early-stage New Zealand entrepreneurs with a step-by-step methodology to rapidly validate their venture’s business model. Over the course of 5 days, we saw lots of social entrepreneurs put their ideas to the test and open up about the challenges and possibilities. I helped with event coordination, organizing the workspaces and giving friendly advice on different startups and their pitches.
October 2015(Christchurch, New Zealand) Volunteering for a TEDx event taught me the preparation that goes into a TEDx event: a collaboration of passionate individuals working together to share "Ideas worth spreading". TEDx organizers worked with great effort to make sure all aspects of the event were on point, and being apart of this was an enriching experience. The speakers for TEDx Christchurch 2015 included Eric Liu (speechwriter and domestic policy adviser to both Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama), Craig Jarvis (local Christchurch architect and tiny home resident) and Dr. Swee Tan (Kiwi plastic & cranio-maxillofacial surgeon), among other inspirational speakers.
July 2012(Watamu, Kenya) Local Ocean Trust (LOT) is a private, not for profit organization committed to the protection of Kenya's marine environment. Watamu Turtle Watch is LOT's flagship program. It was started by local residents in 1997 to protect nesting sea turtles. Now it consists of the Nest Monitoring and Protection programme,the Catch Net Release Program, and specialist Rehabilitation Centre for sick and injured sea turtles. The combination of these programs enables LOT-WTW to make a real difference in ensuring the future of endagered sea turtles.