Appearing at the top of this page are those playing an active role in growing the community of practice around expressive change. Please get in touch if you’d like to explore ways to contribute or click here to keep up-to-date on our activities.
Further down the page are those who have played a significant stewarding role in the past. They are also keen to share their experiences and learnings.
Tana Paddock :: tana(at)organizationunbound.org
For the last 14 years, I’ve been focused on connecting the worlds of organizational development and social change. I worked with grassroots community groups in Canada as an organizational development facilitator for the Centre for Community Organizations and through my volunteer and board experience at Santropol Roulant. Prior to that I worked on a variety of community development projects in the U.S.- as a lead organizer for a grassroots school reform project, as a national trainer on citizen participation in municipal planning, and as a community coordinator for a city-wide project that helped low-income women start micro-enterprises.
In 2010, Warren and I left Montreal for an open-ended journey to visit social change projects in Africa and India, eventually putting down roots in Cape Town, South Africa where we continue to grow the work of Organization Unbound.
A few random facts about me: I am an avid fan of bicycle-centric cities and excited to see the use of bicycles as a form of transportation gaining momentum in Cape Town. I crave dialogue, community, and crossing societal divides. My favourite quote of late: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – civil rights leader Howard Thurman
Warren (Rennie) Nilsson :: warren(at)organizationunbound.org
I am a co-founder of Organization Unbound, Senior Lecturer in social innovation at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and a Faculty Member of the UCT Bertha Centre for Social Innovation.
My research focuses on the organizational dimensions of social change and institutional transformation. I explore the relationship between positive organizational dynamics (e.g., engagement, creativity, compassion) and broader patterns of deep, intentional, institutional change.
I have worked with social purpose organizations in North America, Africa, and India and have a passion for connecting my academic research to practitioner-driven social initiatives. Prior to entering academia I spent ten years in the community development sector in the United States.
I am one of 20 siblings from a multi-racial, adoptive family. Guitar and piano player. Urban bicycler. Devoted to 19th century novels and 20th century poetry.
Rachel Griner :: rkgriner(at)gmail.com
I’m a strategy and innovation expert specializing in social enterprise. A few years back, sitting in Cincinnati, Ohio, at a production of “Thurgood,” I had an epiphany. The title character quotes Charles Hamilton Houston, “if a lawyer is not a social engineer, he’s a social parasite.”
That’s how I feel about business. Any separation of business and social objectives is a mirage. Beyond social responsibility, business has the capacity to intentionally advance human systems. And, it’s not a trade-off with profit; sustainability is the reward for all.
I have 15 years’ experience in corporate strategy development, innovation management and marketing & communications. The last arc of my career, I worked at P&G and served on the Design Thinking Leadership Team and as an Executive on Loan to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. I now work independently with businesses and entrepreneurs.
I recently moved to Dubai, which I was calling the “center of the world” until Tana Paddock broke it to me gently that anywhere is the center of the world. So, maybe it’s best to say moving here re-centered me. I am eager to develop a more global perspective on social enterprise and learn from work in Africa, Asia and Europe.
Jonathan Glencross :: jonathan.glencross(at)gmail.com
I joined Organization Unbound in 2011 when I found myself having too many answers and not enough questions. As a member of the core team, I helped to expand Organization Unbound’s global reach and accessibility through the creation of on-line materials, such as the social innovation from the inside out video and a series of self-guided sessions, which makes it easier for anyone – regardless of their formal role – to bring the practice of expressive change into their organization.
My initial encounters with expressive change came through my work as a sustainability enthusiast and social entrepreneur, most notably as co-founder of a number of initiatives that have profoundly shifted the culture, curriculum and operations of McGill University toward sustainability. Some of the most noteworthy include the McGill Food Systems Project and the $3 million Sustainability Projects Fund. I have also worked directly with the expressive change content for a community food center (Canada), a social enterprise focused on women’s health (South Africa), and a support network for LGBTQ refugees (Canada).