WHO WE ARE

We are a group of deeply concerned citizens bringing people together, designing pathways to unlock deep system change by celebrating our differences and diversity, against the threat of climate catastrophe, for a sustainable, creative, socially and ecologically just future.

MEET THE TEAM

Willow Berzin

Founder & Chief Assembler

 

Willow works at the intersection of human potential and social impact for deep systems change. She spent the last couple of decades roaming the world, honing a diverse and unique set of skills as a highly experienced and sought after creative strategist and experience designer. Both a consultant and a practitioner, Willow has worked on projects for the likes of Google, Apple and the BBC, primarily working with startups for the past eight years. An emerging systems thinker/designer she now spends her time creating accessible transitioning pathways, for a regenerative future.

Sonia Randhawa

Founder & Citizens Assembler

 

Dr Sonia Randhawa is a founder of the Coalition of Everyone, an organisation with the vision of disrupting the politics of despair and building a politics of hope through participatory, deliberative democratic initiatives. Within the Coalition, she focuses on Citizens' Assemblies, building capacity for deepening democracy through working with local councils, schools and other organisations to increase awareness of Citizens' Assemblies. She now spends her time talking with local groups, running mock Citizens' Assemblies and integrating randomised deliberative democracy into organisations or businesses. Previously she has worked on media democratisation, freedom of information and media freedom in her birth country, Malaysia, as an award-winning print and radio journalist in the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Australia, and as a tutor in SouthEast Asian history and media and communications for the University of Melbourne and Monash University Malaysia. She holds a PhD in media history from the University of Melbourne, and an undergraduate degree in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford.

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Susan Porter

Founder & Operations Assembler

 

Susan is a designer, with many years’ experience as a commercial project manager and more recently working as a design process strategist, with focus on organisational structures, researching alternative ways of working, mapping teams within practices, developing ways of working tools and designing frameworks that allow businesses to remain creative and agile within a structure that supports individuals and teams to self-organise and communicate effectively. As a Founder of the Coalition of Everyone, Susan's experience as a project manager and process designer supports the vision and need to move and adapt quickly, and as part of the ongoing initiatives that are formulated within the CoE Assembly framework, is driven to support other working groups as they creatively find solutions that align with the scale of the climate emergency.

Pru Gell

Lead Facilitator

 

Leading social change organisations, government and boards bring Pru in to enable them to work through tensions and differences that are thwarting achieving their optimal impact. Pru is a highly sought after facilitator, conflict transformer and advisor on group dynamics and organisational change, with over fifteen years of experience. Knowing that people, groups, change-making, ecosystems, and the time that we live in are incredibly complex, Pru uses and teaches processes, including Deep Democracy, to elicit deep wisdom in groups and enable them to take quantum leaps forward in understanding. Pru is a published writer and award-winning poet and speaker. She is the founder of Facilitators Declare a Climate Emergency. Pru lives on Wurundjeri and Wadawurrung Country with her partner, baby and four years old kinder climate striker. 

Oliver Clifton

Film-maker & Story Teller

 

Oliver is a filmmaker, activist and creative director of a production studio, X-Ray Vision. He collaborates across public, private and not for profit sectors and is interested in sharing inspiring stories about the world in which we live; the creators, innovators, leaders, and change-makers that are working towards a better world for our children and future generations. The human experience is central to Oliver’s focus as his work highlights ways in which we enrich it through communities and the environment as we act responsibly for our role as custodians of the future. As a filmmaker, Oliver has catalysed his experience of attending the now infamous COP15, UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen with extensive project-based research, to arrive at a holistic understanding of the power of the citizen in transforming communities through direct action, strategic disruption and peoples’ assemblies. 

Matt Lobb

UX/UI Designer

Matt is a multi-disciplined designer. Growing up in the beautiful natural landscapes of New Zealand he is committed to using his design skills in order to preserve these natural wonders and create a more enjoyable, and sustainable future for our earth.

Adam Jacoby

Mentor

Founder & Chief Steward MiVote, Chairman Esport Mogul (ASX:ESH), 2X Codex World’s Top 50 Innovator, Director Global & Innovation, Swinburne Innovation Precinct

Olivia Cozzollino

Advisor

Principal, Growth Services at Social Traders Ltd

Keely Macarow

Advisor

Associate Professor and Coordinator Creative Care, RMIT University

Kimberley Crofts

CoE.Lab Member & Sensemaker

Kimberley is a strategic designer who uses qualitative research methods to understand the needs of people, and then to work with them to co-develop preferable futures. For CoE, Kimberley helps make sense of the complexity surrounding people, place, and purpose: helping us to develop clarity around our practice and develop clear, strategic narratives about the future. Kimberley’s practice was shaped by almost nine years at Meld Studios, one of Australia’s leading service and strategic design agencies. In her consulting business she advises on the design of experience within cultural organisations and city precincts. As well as being CoE’s Chief Sensemaker, Kimberley is an advisory board member for UTS’ Transdisciplinary Design and Innovation Faculty and a founding member of the Just Transition Hub at the New Economy Network Australia. She holds a Master in Information design from the University of Reading in the UK, a Graduate Certificate in City Planning from UNSW and a Bachelor of Design from UTS. 

Grace O'Hara

CoE.Lab Member & Community Builder
 

Grace is a connector of dots and people, and a fiend for things that make the world a little bit better. She likes working amongst passionate communities and taking little steps towards good things. A few things that she enjoys are creatively (and positively) disrupting outdated norms, collaborating with unlikely combinations of people, and measuring success in equal parts of impact and happiness. You can read more about what she's doing and thinking about here

Vanessa Petrie

CoE.Lab Member, Strategy & Engagement
 

Vanessa is an experienced and purpose-driven leader specialising in sustainability, strategy and engagement. 

Experience has taught her that people have an extraordinary capacity to come together around a common vision. To think big, create, be brave and work towards making our world a place where everyone thrives. Known for being strategic and driving positive change. Vanessa does this by developing strong partnerships that use diversity of thought, talent and experiences to create new agendas. Diversity energises and builds commitment. It’s something to celebrate. Highly driven, energetic and focused on outcomes, Vanessa is motivated to bring people together and create sustainable solutions for our homes, our community and our economy. 
 

Code for Australia

Tech Partner

https://codeforaustralia.org/

Isgood.AI

Tech Partner

https://isgood.ai/

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Alvin Stone

Advisor
 

Media and Communications Manager at ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes

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We are always looking for more passionate and experienced

change-makers to collaborate and partner with. Please use the contact form if you might be interested in working together, as we mobilise our way out of disaster and into the future we long for.

1% of ticket sales pays the rent on stolen land

We acknowledge First Nations Peoples of Australia and the Torres Strait Islands as the custodians of the unceded lands upon which we conduct activities and the enormous challenges that the climate crisis is playing on land, ocean, biosphere, biodiversity and people.

 

We acknowledge the importance of Indigenous knowledge and wisdom in the process of addressing the climate emergency, and also acknowledge the people of the Pacific region as also being at the forefront of the climate emergency.

 

Furthermore, we acknowledge that Australia is in a climate emergency and that actions and solutions for a safe climate, an environmental, and socially just transition need to be developed and implemented immediately.

 

Our aim is to accelerate change for a just transition, starting locally but thinking and acting globally.