I am an American/British novice anthropologist and blogger, an ex-“aid worker” looking to work on transformational projects involving communication, technology and new economies. I am seeking out flashes of the possible, bold alternatives.
Before I went into “aid” I had a keen interest in design, and I have begun to rediscover the world of design through classes in information design and service design.
My skills seem hard to fit in traditional labels, but seem to coalesce into three areas: accompanying online or offline communities and creating bridges between them, finding common languages which transcend jargon / cultural barriers, and prototyping creative approaches to promoting engagement and social change.
I spent the end of 2011 in Maputo working with @Verdade, Mozambique’s innovative, largest circulation newspaper which I continue to advise.
In 2012-13 I worked as a part-time consultant with the International Land Coalition on a project to develop an online platform to monitor and crowdsource data on large-scale land acquisition, sometimes called “land grabbing”.
Now I am starting up a social enterprise aiming to reduce electronic waste and transform our relationship to electronics called The Restart Project.
I have a particular attachment to East Timor, provincial Mozambique, São Paulo, Portugal, and my neighborhood Brixton in London.
I have recently Storified myself, in an attempt at a truly “alive” curriculum vitae - take look!
I’m a gmailer, it’s janet DOT gunter. Drop me a line.