Long before I knew words like sustainability and community in any language, I was being taught what they really meant. I grew up in a two room flat with parents who had strong principles and believed it was our responsibility to share what we had with others. Even our grandparents always challenged us to think about the way we saw the world. My parents didn’t just talk the talk and soon my brother and I found ourselves with an adopted brother. It seemed like the most perfectly normal thing in the world.
Not surprisingly my interest in a fairer, socially and environmentally balanced world never left me. However I have always felt it is important to know how people think if you want to effect any sort of shift. Before I was Global Communications Director for Greenpeace I worked for a large multinational. I don’t think you can only look at one side of any argument if you want to make change happen.
These days, I use that cumulative knowledge and contacts in my consultancyWeCare. I work with NGOs as well as corporate including banks and energy companies on corporate responsibility and sustainability issues. I facilitate discussions between them and I help them clarify their thinking.
I am also the mother of two adopted children. The process of adopting them led me to write a book and to set up a campaigning organization, Adopt A Better Way in the hope that I can maybe improve the adoption process for both adoptive parents and the children that languish in care in the UK and the rest of the world. You can read more here and read about my forthcoming book here.