Who we are
We’re registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) – a new form of charity. We think of ourselves as a social startup, and our revenues are all invested towards our charitable mission.
Janet Gunter, Community and Communications Lead, Co-founder
Janet is an American/British activist, anthropologist and communications professional who has lived and worked in Brazil, East Timor, Portugal and Mozambique. She has lived in Brixton, south London, for seven years and feels at home there. (credit to Sarah Ross for the photo)
Ugo Vallauri, Business Development Lead, Co-founder
Ugo is an Italian researcher currently completing an MPhil at Royal Holloway, University of London. He started out working with the Slow Food movement, then lived four years in Kenya, working for Computer Aid International while DJing and blogging. He left his heart in Nairobi, and is now a resident of Camden.
Our active volunteer “Restarters” – currently about 40 of them – are crucial to our work. Behaviour change and learning starts with them – with their coaching, teaching and encouragement. They come from all over London, from all ages and all walks of life.
Tony Roberts was a founder of Computer Aid International for 14 years its CEO. He was elected as a founding Director of BOND (UK membership body for NGOs working in international development) and served on the board for four years. He is currently a PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Carolina Vallejo is a designer and creative strategist behind the provocative project Design for the First World. She holds a degree in Literature, a Masters in Publishing and another from ITP at NYU. Carolina currently splits her time between projects in architecture, design, community-building and interactive arts.
Dr. Niall Winters is a Senior Lecturer in Learning Technologies for Development at the London Knowledge Lab (LKL), Institute of Education, University of London. His main research interest is in the participatory design of mobile applications and activities for education in developing regions.
Jimmy Greer is one of our favourite young thinkers on retail, consumption, sustainability and the future generally. We know him best from his Retail Reset project and his work on How to Fix the World with Umair Haque.
Linda Raftree is a people-centred leader in the global ICT for development (ICT4D) scene. She has worked on participatory mapping projects with youth and young women in her work with Plan International and her blog has a massive following.