I have been coordinating SILK's work programme since 2009. I have a range of experience and education in law and languages, community action and learning and applied social research. My passion is enabling equality of participation and opportunity; if it involves food even better! On behalf of the extended SILK Family I have contributed to discussion and debate locally, nationally and internationally about social innovation, the role of human-centred design and development in whole systems transformation and creating the conditions for change. I am a Fellow of the RSA and a Mum. I do get 'tech' but prefer pen and paper. It is a continued privilege to be part of the SILK Story.
I have been part of the SILK team since 2007. I am the Project Manager for the Bulk Buying and Timebanking projects. I have worked within KCC for some years now and have been with the Policy Team for the last 10 years.
I had a fundamental role in the Fathers Project and the Just Coping Families project, and I am currently exploring how to roll out our SILK Skills training, tools and ways of working to a wider audience.
I've been part of the SILK team since 2009. I started working for KCC after studying anthropology at university and was very fortunate to get a work experience place with SILK and ended up becoming part of the team.
I have worked on most of SILK's projects and enjoy the process of speaking to people about their experiences, and then working alongside them to turn their experiences and ideas into something that will help others. I particularly like trying out ideas that are difficult or seen as unlikely - if we don't try we won't know, and if it doesn't work out that's ok, we can go back, make changes and test it again.
Joe and Sophia were the founders of SILK and were involved in the early years of the SILK project.
I am co-founder and director of Engine. Over the past few years Engine and Kent County Council have supported each other in pioneering a new approach to public sector innovation. I am a passionate advocate of the social value of design in improving people's lives. I have recently collaborated with Demos to research and publish The Journey to Interface, a pamphlet setting out the role of user-centred approaches to service design in the public sector.
Having started my career as a civil servant, I went on to work at the Design Council, before becoming Deputy Director at London thinktank Demos. Since leaving Demos in 2006, I have worked in a freelance capacity with a wide range of organisations including the IDeA, the RSA, and NESTA. Over the course of 2007 and 2008 I worked closely with KCC, building the case for SILK and doing the early work in setting it up. My passion is in connecting real life experiences to the way that policy is developed and implemented. As well as my practical work in this area, I have written and edited a number of books on this theme, including The Other Glass Ceiling, The Journey to the Interface, Unlocking Innovation, and Just Coping: a new perspective on low income families.