I am a dynamic thinking partner, creative researcher, and versatile producer. I am able to understand, synthesise and communicate complex ideas simply. I am a generous collaborator and contributor.
My story is one of growth and evolution over more than three decades, with each chapter of experience enriched by the call and the stretch of the chapter that follows. Each chapter has been a deeper dive into my curiosity, resulting in a more authentic expression and contribution to the world over time.
In chapter one, I became an accomplished strategic and interdisciplinary marketer, brand, and communications specialist at Old Mutual, one of South Africa’s largest financial services companies.
In chapter two, I applied this skill as a creative entrepreneur and advertising agency director, later focusing on stakeholder research, engagement, and mobilisation. Trading as Sugarbird Studios, I practiced as a sole proprietor with a vast creative network delivering on-camera research studies and documentaries, innovation concept prototypes and thinking tools, stakeholder engagement platforms, knowledge resource products, concept experiences, and thought-provoking content. My website, www.sugarbirdstudios.co.za showcases some of this work.
In chapter three, informed by the global on-camera futures research and my strategic stakeholder engagement work for clients, I add a new layer of experience as an academic researcher where I am exploring how we might innovate collaboratively and at scale to bring about a new regenerative era urgently. In my Mphil Inclusive Innovation dissertation, I developed a disruptive innovation response strategy framework (ART: Adapt, Regenerate, Transcend). In my doctoral research, I am investigating how innovation ecosystems emerge around disruptive value propositions.
Sugarbird Studios… mobilising stakeholders around innovative thinking & future design
Sugarbird Studios helps companies mobilise their clients and stakeholders around innovative thinking and the co-creation of shared futures. We do this through the production of engaging and thought-provoking content for all media platforms, the production of on-camera stakeholder research that informs collaborative conversation and the design and production of immersive concept experiences that bring innovative ideas and new evocative narratives to life.
The pulse: To create a generational legacy for our great grandchildren and leave the planet in a better way than we found it.
Mission: To build a community of Members (the choir) – who will get to klt (know like and trust ) each other over time – those who are passionate about climate action and want to make a difference – with a view to take people who are not in the choir to be inspired to take action – when it comes to to climate.
With hops (small steps), skips (medium steps) and jumps (great projects).