Jo Kerr

Jo Kerr

Jo is a Digital Leader in the charity sector.  She has worked in a range of UK Charity organisations in both management and consulting roles, and is now Director of Impact and Innovation at Turn2Us.  She has recently been appointed as a Trustee to 360 Giving.

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/jokerrconsults

What has your Fellowship enabled you to do, explore, or gain that you wouldn’t have otherwise?

Having worked in the UK charity sector for 10 years, specialising in digital transformation, I decided to take a career break to refocus my energy and understand where I can make the most impact through my work in the future. The Fellowship from Intersticia has enabled me to step confidently and unapologetically into the grey. I have been given the time, space and support to better understand myself and rebuild from the foundations up. I have been able to travel to India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the US and Mexico and I’ve taken courses in yoga, scuba diving, art and improv comedy. Each country and diverse learning opportunity has given me a different lens with which to view my character and has inspired me to think differently. Even more importantly, I’m now part of a strong network of Fellows who are each doing amazing work with incredible social impact. We share honestly, listen deeply and support each other to excel in our chosen fields.

What impact has your Fellowship had on your ability to lead in the 21st century?

Thanks to the Fellowship, I now truly believe I have the courage, creativity and curiosity to be a great leader. While I know that these characteristics were within me all along, I didn’t have the clarity or the confidence to fully access them. I have now established strong foundations of self knowledge and I know I’ll be a better leader as a result. Intersticia is very forward looking in its attitude to leadership for organisations in the 21st century. The time we spent together on the Leadership Retreat allowed me to explore the changing needs of teams and the individuals within them. My horizons are broader and I’m more aware of complexities and challenges as a result.

What impact has your Fellowship had on your ability to lead in the 21st century?

I never expected that I would want to work for myself, but thanks to the support of Intersticia, I realise that my character and skills are best suited to starting my own organisation. I’m committed to making an impact in the charity and arts and culture sectors, and I’m excited for the future. I didn’t expect the Fellowship would help me to explore personal relationships as well as professional ones, but one of the many things I’ll take away from this time is that everything is connected! I hope to continue to work with our network of Fellows and spread what I’ve learned outwards to others who can benefit from what I’ve learned.

Nick Byrne

Nick Byrne

Nick is the Founding Director of TypeHuman where he works with leaders from business, government and civil society to help navigate issues at the intersection of technology, society and the next economy.

Over the last 10 years this has resulted in Nick working with many notable people and organisations.  He has launched a number of landmark technology ventures including Australia Post’s Digital iD platform, has helped reinvent civil society organisations such as Australian Red Cross and Oxfam Australia in order to account for the pace of technological change, and acted as a formal advisor to Swinburne University’s Social Innovation Research Institute.

Nick has an interest and belief in the role of government to lead people through the unique challenges presented by technological progress in the 21st Century. He lives in Torquay, Victoria, with his wife Helen and two kids, Cecilia and Fiona.

What has your Fellowship enabled you to do, explore, or gain that you wouldn’t have otherwise?

Through my Fellowship Intersticia is enabling me to explore how technology is empowering, or disempowering workers globally. Becoming an Intersticia Fellow has opened up networks that were either previously unavailable, or would have been difficult to develop.

What impact has your Fellowship had on your ability to lead in the 21st century?

The Fellowship has made me realised that leadership in the 21st century is messy, as we are forced to lead across different tribes, and influence unfamiliar people. To lead through this requires clarity of vision and purpose; but most importantly networks. Leaders in the 21st Century use networks and trust to bring people together to advance a particularly cause or mission.

How do you imagine your Fellowship will impact on your personal and professional growth in the next chapter of your life?

On a professional level, I imagine the Fellowship will accelerate my career for reasons already stated. But on a personal level I’m hoping that Intersticia Fellowship will help my rounded leadership development; making sure I remain focused on all the other important aspects of life that, ironically, are also important to being an effective leader. These are things like prioritising family and loved ones, taking care of your health, and focusing on the bigger picture.

How is technology empowering, or disempowering workers and what hope is there for the future?

We have a hypothesis that blockchain technology can be used to advance the opportunity for decent work by offering features such as: Transparent, immutable work agreements Labour supply chain transparency Reputation systems.

I would like to use the Fellowship to establish a global network that will position TypeHuman and its members as thought leaders in the domain of work and blockchain.

Key activities in the Fellowship become: Research and writing Travel and meetings.

Bel Campbell

Bel Campbell

Bel is a multi disciplinary creative and is currently the Creative Director of the Intersticia Foundation where she manages creative strategy and output across all Foundation projects including Brave Conversations Web Science Conference which she co-designs & co-facilitates around the world.

Bel put her Leadership Fellowship toward the development of Future Worlds Challenge, a youth education experience designed to prepare today’s youth for tomorrow’s complex world. Bel is passionate about awakening the imaginative capacity of all people in order to uncover innovative solutions to humanity’s most pressing social problems.

Negar Tayyar

Negar Tayyar

Negar Tayyar is a philanthropic advisor and a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC). She has worked in 14 countries for UN agencies, governments, and international NGOs. She is now leading ‘The Global Whole Being Fund – Caring for Humanity on the Move.’ The Fund is a global grantmaking body supporting ‘people on the move’ (an umbrella term for refugees, migrants, asylum seekers, and internally displaced people) across the globe. Negar’s vision is to leverage philanthropy to transform the refugee support system. She envisions a refugee support system that is rights-based and engage people on the move as skilled and resilient individuals who given the opportunity can become self-sufficient and add value to the host community.

What has your Fellowship enabled you to do, explore, or gain that you wouldn’t have otherwise?

The Fellowship at Intersticia has been providing me a fabulous support structure as I have been growing into my work. The Fellowship is more than a series of trainings. It comes with a sense of belonging to an inspiring community of like-minded leaders, who follow different passions and disciplines.

Through the Fellowship I got the privilege to attend an Executive Course at the Harvard Kennedy School titled ‘Leadership for the 21st Century.’ The course covered the main principles of adaptive leadership; a leadership theory that would transform my work. The timing of the course was auspicious. It happened right before my learning journey across the migration route covering five countries. I had to wait nine months before I could finally visit grant partners due to Executive Order of the Trump Administration. This trip was vital for refining the grantmaking strategy for the GWBF. The course equipped me with the tools I needed for this critical task.

Without the Fellowship, I would not have been able to attend the Harvard course and to hence step aside from the daily work to engage with inspiring minds from all over the globe; some of them I now count as friends and allies.

What impact has your Fellowship had on your ability to lead in the 21st century?

The Fellowship had a significant impact on my self-perception as a leader and the ways I see myself leading as I am working towards my vision. Through the Fellowship and the learning around adaptive leadership, I gained following three insights that shape how I show up as a leader today:

1. Sitting on the balcony vs. being on the dance floor
The balcony vs. dance floor concept, a keystone of the adaptive leadership course, was critical for me. The nature of my work requires me to balance multiple perspectives. While engaging with grant partners who each focus on different aspects of forced displacement, I also need to hold a broader vision. If I were to engage too much on the dance floor while supporting grant partners, I would lose sight for the broader vision of the Global Whole Being Fund and my leadership responsibilities as a philanthropic advisor. The course, the language and the exercises in small groups helped me to practice being on the balcony and carefully choosing when to engage on the dance floor. Practicing this metaphor in every meeting helps me to create an enabling space and to engage rather than be reactive.

2. The art of listening and asking questions vs. ‘knowing’
The course helped me to rediscover the art of listening and emphasized the importance to remain curious and ask questions. This mindset enabled me to visit the refugee camps and organizations with what is referred to in Zen Buddhism as a ‘Beginners Mind.’ It allowed me to stay with ambiguity and acknowledge that aiming to ‘know’ the complexity of each an every organization and camp across countries was a sheer impossible task. Interestingly this approach resonated with existing and potential grant partners. My grantpartners and colleagues shared their appreciation for having felt seen and acknowledged.

3. Trust
One of the critical insights of the course is that being a leader requires staying grounded in the most simple and yet most difficult things such as building and maintaining trust. The importance of building trust and the adaptive leadership stakeholder mapping has been critical. The stakeholder mapping including categories such as partners, allies, confidence, troublemakers to name a few, helped to distinguish a support ecosystem. Being clearer on the different kind of stakeholders I work with inspired me to revisit some strategies and reflect on alternative ways to implement these.

How do you imagine your Fellowship will impact on your personal and professional growth in the next chapter of your life?

The Fellowship has been critical for my learning journey. Intersticia’s support has first and foremost enabled me to see myself as a leader. The insights I gained through the fellowship and the Harvard course have been adding so much value to my work. The Fellowship enabled me to rethink the framework for my work and focus on the critical pillars. My work is centered on my vision, which I am deeply passionate about. That said, the insights I gained through my Fellowship also translate into actions and mind shifts in my personal life. The importance of balancing observation and action (balcony vs. dance floor), listening and asking questions linked to the art of building and maintaining trust have been shifting my relationships overall. In a nutshell, I feel curious about learning, and I make more intentional decisions and value relationships more than ever.
The course also enabled me to recognize that I seem to be most comfortable amidst chaos and conflict. Leaning into courage comes at times naturally, and other times it is accompanied by a sense of discomfort. In any case, I seem to be continually striving for situations that require me to be courageous. Embracing my courage makes me come alive.

More Information

Global Whole Being Fund

Negar’s private coaching practice

Global trans media project Negar is leading

Articles

Envisioning a holistic and dignified refugee support system driven by logos
The Greek Opportunity
Funders must recognize that refugees have also assets not just needs

Negar co-founded and is co-chairing three Funders Working Groups:

NEXUS Initiative on Refugees and Forced Displacement
Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees’ (GCIR) Funders Group for Asylum Seekers and Refugees.
GCIR Working group ‘Be Well’ – integrating belongingness, wellbeing and mental health support into grantmaking.