When I was fourteen I had a vision of a new renaissance. It would start right here in New Zealand and spread across the world reuniting science and the arts and reconciling conflicts. I was a dreamer! But when I came to university and met Paul Callaghan, physicist, writer and rebellious optimist, I began to think my dream might be possible. Paul was my mentor and the inspiration for my career. He had a vision for New Zealand to become a prosperous world centre of creativity, innovation and environmental and social best practice – “the place talent wants to live.” He was a dreamer too but through his unshakable belief, commitment, passion and hard work he inspired and changed the country.
My mission is to help create a future for New Zealand in Paul’s legacy by connecting the huge potential of science and technology with the real opportunities and needs of the country.
I do this by training scientists in effective, targeted communication - giving them the skills, confidence and opportunities to step out of their academic silos and engage with the world.
Philosophy: Building Collaboration and Innovation through Human Connection
My communication trainingfocuses on building genuine, long-lasting relationships between people and sectors. Despite the differences in our professional language, culture, values and beliefs, we are all people. And as people we have so much in common. I teach scientists to:
Leave the jargon
Find a common language
Relate their research to the world
Rediscover their own passion
And share it with others
We connect scientists and technical people with:
And each other
This approach is the culmination of over seven years research, work and experimentation to discover how to use communication to connect and reconcile cultures and disciplines.