I’m interested in democracy, governance, wellbeing and the effects of digital tech on these things. But also other things. This blog includes bits of them all.
I’m currently a freelance consultant for anything democracy-related. Get in touch!
I recently spent five years helping to build Democracy Club, which tries to build digital infrastructure to support participation in democratic life. Before that, I worked at Purpose, designing digital communication efforts to encourage large online collectives to be – or push for – the change.
Previously, I’ve helped: Giving What We Can to develop a communication strategy; trained UN staffers on social media (and drafted a social media strategy for the Secretariat); worked on communication strategy for a (lovingly-remembered) agency of the UK Government; and have done advocacy, comms and research for the Commonwealth Secretariat, Malaria No More, Absolute Return for Kids, Transparency International-Kenya, Global Witness, BBC World Service, an MP in the UK Parliament and Shelterbox.
My first degree was in Jurisprudence from the rather lovely New College, Oxford and I have a Master of Laws, Governance and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and a MA Global Governance from the University of Waterloo, Ontario.
At the latter I worked on the idea of a more democratic forms of global governance. I wrote about why I think digital technology gives us the tools with which to change governance the global level. And I’d like to return to that at some point – looking at something like an Open United Nations.
I once spent a year of Saturdays mentoring a lively seven-year-old from Brixton. It was scary and fun and you should do it too.