We are the current stewards of Organization Unbound. Our focus is to grow the global community of practice around expressive change. We do things like facilitate and convene learning exchanges, develop materials, and offer accompaniment to people and organizations experimenting with the practice of expressive change. We look forward to connecting with you! You can also click here to keep up-to-date on Organization Unbound activities.
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
Cristina Temmink :: cristina(at)organizationunbound.org
For over 15 years, I worked in the field of international development, facilitating learning to improve the practices of NGOs and social movements worldwide. In 2013, I took a year to reflect on my experiences, and I realised that to engender real transformation we need to approach social change work in a much more holistic and integrative way. This was the start of an exciting journey through which I came into contact with many inspiring people and initiatives. Organization Unbound was one of them.
Today I am committed to transformative learning, an approach to learning that connects our experiences at the individual, collective, and systemic levels. I have guided processes on a variety of topics including leadership for systemic change, the food system, feminist activism, inclusion, and new ways of organising. I am also a facilitator of the Barefoot Guide Connection, a global community that brings together social change actors to share their experiences of transformative social change practice. One of the experiments I’m most excited about is Local Food The Hague, a ‘city lab’ in The Netherlands, where we are prototyping an inclusive, creative and caring community that sustains local food systems.
On a more personal note, my most ‘transformational’ life experience was being adopted as a 5-year-old from the rural Andes region in Colombia by a Dutch family. I’ve spent my adult life living between the Netherlands and Colombia with my now teenaged kids. I love adventurous hikes, protest songs, contemporary U.S. literature, and unexpected encounters.
Warren 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.
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).