I've always been interested in the point where the personal meets the political; where our individual ability to change is reflected in the world at large. My preoccupation is understanding how we unlearn generations of social conditioning that keeps individuals and society stuck repeating the same problems in different guises.
I graduated with a BA in Comparative Literature from King’s College London in 2008, followed by an MA in International Relations where I focused on conflict in the Middle East. After a six-month stint backpacking around the region, I landed an internship at Global Citizen, moved briefly into social care before spending seven years at the RSA (Royal Society of Arts) as communications manager.
Then, after almost a decade in the NGO sector, I hit a wall. I felt as though leaders and decision makers were increasingly disconnected from the problems they were trying to solve, and that the public were becoming more disengaged at a moment in time when we desperately need more active citizenship.
I took some time out to think about what I could meaningfully contribute, and began a freelance adventure. I worked briefly for two wonderful authors; Onjali Q. Rauf and Alastair Humphreys, before teaming up with Sam Conniff to work on Be More Pirate in January 2019. That year was undoubtedly the most rewarding of my life and seeing the pirate community grow has cemented my belief that Be (ing) More Pirate is an important philosophy. I've since had the privilege of working with some fascinating organisations; from NHS ambulance services, to global tech companies like Salesforce. In September 2020 Sam and I published a sequel book How to: Be More Pirate, and in 2021 I launched our podcast.
Ultimately, Be More Pirate is a practice: I can talk endlessly about it, but it's better demonstrated through being. I believe that the means are the ends; we'll get the future we want not by designing it to death, but with everyday experiments fuelled by imagination and courage.