My upbringing within an international environment has shaped who I am. My parents, Greeks from Egypt, endowed me with strong Greek roots, yet also taught me, by the way they lived life, that these roots can be planted in many different soils. This has shaped me into being a citizen of the world, being able to adapt, embrace diversity, yet also stay directly connected to my own traditions and roots. From a young age, I used my imagination through play to create narratives and worlds. Friendship, loyalty and trust have been the core ingredients from which I live my life. This taught me to strongly love humanity and have a deep faith in our role in life. I have made this my work, which is mainly about inviting people to meet in their humanity and for their humanity.
For the past 10 years, I have found that this happens mostly in the cracks of our present world, where we loosen from our comfort and begin to seed ourselves into discovering new ways of living and working. This has lead me to offer my work in communities, institutions, organisations - the spaces where people come together to create life.
My work spans the levels of one-to-one, small group and large scale processes. I offer my work to a diverse range of contexts whether organisational development, community building, multi-stakeholder dialogues or supporting personal leadership mastery. My expertise is in participatory leadership which seeks new collective knowledge, as well as working with complex challenges that require new solutions.
My work is founded on a living systems worldview, which invites us to create through participation, relationship and an interconnection. Diversity and plurality are necessary for creating any ecosystem, providing that the spectrum of difference is seen as working together to create a greater whole. Complementing and collaboration is more important than competition. Conflict and crisis are opportunities for transforming, letting go what no longer serves and opening up to what could work. Uncertainty and unpredictability are not enemies to be controlled, instead they are conditions that can help navigate from one known state to a new one. Chaos and Order are seen as natural states that allow evolution and growth. Human systems are living systems that flourish when allowed to self organise around a purpose of meaning.
Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.
- Agnes de Mille ~ chorégraphe, danseuse et metteur en scène américaine, (1905 1993)