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DESIGN TO THRIVE

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for a thrivable world


Hi, I’m

Kathryn Ananda

Multi-disciplinarian.

I’m building for the future of work, community & governance.

Innovator, Strategist, Futurist, Team Leader, Facilitator, Designer, Catalyst, Technologist (Product Mgr, Former Developer, ITC Advisor), Community Builder, Collaboration Designer/Advisor, CX/UX Specialist, Mentor/Coach, Life-long Learner






Hi, I’m

Kathryn Ananda

Multi-disciplinarian.

I’m building for the future of work, community & governance.

Innovator, Strategist, Futurist, Team Leader, Facilitator, Designer, Catalyst, Technologist (Product Mgr, Former Developer, ITC Advisor), Community Builder, Collaboration Designer/Advisor, CX/UX Specialist, Mentor/Coach, Life-long Learner


Hi, I’m

Kathryn Ananda

Multi-disciplinarian.

I’m building for the future of work, community & governance.

Innovator, Strategist, Futurist, Team Leader, Facilitator, Designer, Catalyst, Technologist (Product Mgr, Former Developer, ITC Advisor), Community Builder, Collaboration Designer/Advisor, CX/UX Specialist, Mentor/Coach, Life-long Learner

Kathryn is an awesome strategic designer living in Melbourne but her linked in profile will tell you that: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathrynananda

 What I am uniquely positioned to say is that she was behind much of the later work – both the thinking and the designing at all levels – of our Dept’s original Organisational Capability Vision (Australian Dept of Employment 2020 Vision & Strategy – ‘Employment 2.0’). As a facilitator, synthesiser and visualiser Kathryn was pivotal to the success of the co-design workshops that were the capstone to the initial launch. As someone whose role is now focused on embedding that capability vision and translating it into an organisational learning model, I can attest her contribution was central. In addition she straddles the worlds of coding, design and systems thinking and doing, p2p, Agile and complexity, a set of skills and experiences still rare in Australia, where she is a growing node in that emerging future nexus.

David Pecotic

Outreach and Engagement Lead (Strategic Design), Governance Risk and Assurance Branch | Organisational Capability Team | Australian Government Department of Employment

Kathryn is a new breed of cross-disciplinary social agent whose breadth of knowledge, extensive network and genuine commitment to service make her both a professional asset and a valued friend. Kathryn is a unicorn with a rare capacity to add value at many different stages, and in many different areas of a project. She can strategise, speak, write, design, code and facilitate. Her ability to move seamlessly between these different skills has supported speed, accuracy and cohesion in a way that would typically require a much larger team. Hire her – you’ll be glad that you did!

Project Example: The Munathara Initiative

Cameron Burgess

Strategist, Consultant, Speaker, Mentor, CEO, Project Recovery Expert, Impact Specialist, Uncompromise

When I first encountered Kathryn, I was struck by how quickly she was processing ideas and making connections. As I got to know her better, I realized she also has an amazing network that she weaves. Now I want to champion her success as someone I see with vision for transforming Australia and, indeed, the World. She gets how people work, how business functions, what the drivers are, and sources actionable opportunities.
Kathryn thrives at the intersection of design, ideas, and process. She can see the patterns and connections between things, bring a critical eye to design, and facilitate wisdom from a group (as well as talent from an individual). I have worked with her or seen her work on numerous projects in the last five years, and, to each, she brought a polished sensibility, an energizing intention, and a get-it-done fire. I find her inspiring and whip-smart. I wish there were more people as ambidextrous in talent and as exquisite in attitude as she is.

Jean Russell

author of Thrivability, and Social Flows, co-founder of Thrivable Futures Salon

Kathryn has the know-how, the know-what, and the know-why, both head-set and heart-set, required to build initiatives of the ‘Fourth Sector’. She galvanises and enthuses teams. She organises and manages well. She comes with my highest recommendation.

Alexander Laszlo

President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences 2012-13, Professor

Kathryn led the first major visual overhaul of the StartSomeGood platform. She was great to work with – passionate, hard-working and generous. The enormous leap forward in the look and feel of the platform was entirely her doing. I’ll be forever grateful the way she arrived in my life at exactly the right moment and made such a huge impact in so little time. And better than that she’s become a great friend. Her passion for making a difference and belief in the power of thoughtful design to accomplish this is inspirational.

Tom Dawkins

CEO @ StartSomeGood; Social Entrepreneur; Speaker; Consultant

I'm making a Positive Handprint.

…for a thrivable world.

ask me how

Kathryn has mastered a wide range of practical innovation skills, including design, software development, workshop facilitation, brand development, social marketing, and team building. More powerful than any of these is her capability to integrate these skills through a powerful set of frameworks – many of which she has developed herself – to help develop products, teams and thriving complex systems. This gives her the ability to enact a constellation of coordinated micro-interventions, bringing about surprising transformations for your project or organisation.

Hailey Cooperrider

Senior Strategist, Collabforge

“What if, instead of aiming primarily at reducing their footprint, business adopted a different way of thinking: what if, rather than only reducing their negative impacts, they started thinking in terms of having a positive handprint, which Australian activist Kathryn Bottrell (Ananda) defines as a “mark and measure of making a positive contribution to the world”. What would this look like?” ~ excerpt, page 1, Flourishing Enterprise.

Chris Laszlo & Judy Sorum Brown

Excerpt from Flourishing Enterprise: The New Spirit of Business.

Where some people that you meet in life are “like a breath of fresh air” that simply is too small a descriptor for Kathryn. To call her a whirlwind of fresh air would be far closer to the truth. So full of ideas, knowledge, excitement and energy keeping up with her is an engaging and supremely positive experience.
I was privileged to workshop with Kathryn and the experience left me full of new energy, zeal and a passion to attend to those things that I knew in the back of my mind I had let slide. Quite simply, Kathryn is amazing.
Specifically, Kathryn helped me realise that as a leader in my area I had slipped into using “I” as my driver in conversations with my team. Leaving her I went back to work and started using “We” and the results were immediate and positive.

Peter Selinger

Museum Director, Consultant

In the multiple ways in which I’ve worked with Kathryn over the past several years, I’ve come to know her as both competent (with a wide skills-set) and passionate. Working with Kathryn is a study in expansive co-creation inspiration. She has a uniquely playful way of getting a number of things done at the same time. As a close ally in the systemic thinking and multiple layers of action required to shift into a world that is Thrivable, she is a power force. I’ve also witnessed her as an excellent presenter, facilitator and high level interactive communicator. These facets I mention above her abilities to design function and form into websites, and explain to corporates how to incorporate the 5P’s principals of Positive Handprints into their policies & decision making priorities, because I see them as setting her apart from her field. I recommend her highly and if you can buy her time/attention, count yourself incredibly lucky.

Irma Wilson

Founder @ FutureSharp; Program Director @ Millennium Project Node South Africa & Foresight for Development Africa