This is a team of diverse and global experience spanning continents. We bring decades of experience leading change in all sectors and contexts:
Tim Merry has over 14 years of experience locally and internationally supporting diverse stakeholders coming together to launch, sustain and grow innovative projects and initiatives. His work is rooted in the belief that if we create the right conditions people will organize together and solve their own challenges with surprising ease and effectiveness. Tim has extensive experience ranging from major international businesses and government agencies to local communities and regional collaboratives. He presents, designs and delivers participatory processes where stakeholder voice is key to creating the systems, structures and services that meet their needs.
Tim is one of the co-founders of the Art of Hosting, has been a supporter and board member of the Berkana Institute and is a co-founder of the Hub South Shore. He founded the Split Rock Learning Centre, a youth drop in centre in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, was one of the founders of Engage! InterAct in the Netherlands. He is currently part of an entrepreneurial collaborative, called Involve, working with large-scale civic engagement to create citizen led change. Read his recent article on civic engagement here.
Sera Thompson’s work is in supporting leaders who are cultivating social innovation: working to regenerate systems and structures that have the capacity to respond to and address the complex challenges of our time. She does this by creating spaces for leaders to take their seats, listen together to the genuine need in the environment and build solutions that are wise, resilient, and rooted in strong relationships.
For over 10 years she has been creating spaces for collaborative innovation through organizing, designing and hosting: change processes, strategic dialogues, conferences, communities of practice, conflict transformations, and change labs and civic engagement. She has recently been working on several regional initiatives looking at issues including public health, sustainable food, alternative energy, transportation and shifting systemic racism.
Jim Drescher is an owner/protector of Windhorse Farm, a warriorship learning centre and a leading-edge innovator in forestry, exemplifying what happens when we put the forest itself at the centre of rural community vitality. A forest ecologist by training, and a meditator by inclination, he has been active in the Shambhala, ALiA and Art of Hosting communities for many years.
A serial collaborator, Rachel hosts projects that bring together diverse perspectives to find collective clarity and have conversations that matter. Based in Halifax, her work has included trainings for student leaders in Sweden/Denmark and Atlantic Canada, participatory budgeting for municipal government, large-scale civic gatherings to design public spaces, unconferences, PechaKucha Nights, entrepreneurial idea incubators, and interactive public art installations. She is learning to open spaces that invite us to bring our passions into the world.
Marguerite Drescher is a visual artist and graphic recorder/facilitator, trained in cultivating vivid expressions for learning. She uses visual forms (ei. large scale drawings and note taking) to capture collective insights and ideas and reflect them back to the group. Through these visual forms people are engaged in process and are able to gain a big picture view of complex process.
She is dedicated to living art and exploring the possibilities for social transformation through creative process. Marguerite works with communities, organizations and government in supporting public engagement projects, leadership training and capacity building. Marguerite is an unwavering Nova Scotian, with deep roots in this raw and magical place, and currently lives in Halifax.
Ryan Watson designs strategies, processes, and financial plans for social change initiatives. In his day job, he offers accounting and bookkeeping services to Nova Scotian small businesses and nonprofits. Ryan led the Green Party of Nova Scotia through the 2009 provincial election campaign. He is passionate about exploring new forms of political expression and decision making that can bring the highest wisdom of citizens to bear on the challenges of our times. This passion is currently finding an outlet through the development of an economic framework and the launch of an alternative currency designed to bring more consciousness and empowerment to the financial decisions of individuals and businesses, and more resilience to local and sustainable economies.