Passionate about transformation I explore the intersection between personal and social change as well as how creative economies can increase capacity to create change.
My international background and the diversity of my educational training have helped me to understand and approach challenges from a holistic perspective. My interests comprise systemic change as well as personal growth with a focus on sustainability the role of music and arts in society/communities and mediation/conflict resolution. I currently work as the Community & Social Media Manager at the Amani Institute and oversee the curriculum development and facilitation for the personal development program which is designed to equip changemakers with the skills, practice and experiences needed to become sustainable, visionary leaders with the ability to effectively manage themselves and others with courage and empathy in a challenging field.
I have extensive experience in Conceptualizing and Implementing Projects, Social Media and Marketing, Mentoring and Mediating, Community Building, Circus and Adventure Pedagogy, Event Management (arts/performance/music), Teaching and Translating.
Communications & Community Director
July 2015 - /
Many are looking to build careers of meaning and impact - and Amani Institute is providing opportunities to do exactly that. My work is to connect the dots for you and include you in building a value-based community of changemakers, policy-makers, business people, creatives and educational innovators.
At Amani Institute I am responsible for communicating our work, finding talented people who are ready to take their work to the next level and building a community of support and inspiration.
I am always interested in learning about more initiatives, organizations, movements and individuals who seek to make a positive change in this world to connect you to anyone in our network, to support your work and learn from your experience and share ours.
Program and Community Manager
December 2012 - /
Passionate for personal and social change since a young age and coming from a family of pioneers deeply rooted in the quest of innovating education, I am interested in the way personal development interlocks with positive societal transformation. At Amani I facilitate the Inner Journey of the Changemaker, the third pillar of our educational model focusing on personal leadership development. In 2015 I am managing a one year training by Amani Institute in social innovation and sustainability with 20 organizations in East Africa's creative economy together with Wylde International, Roots International and Hivos East Africa.
Before joining Amani Institute I have worked in the creative sector as well as with youth groups for cultural understanding, personal growth, team building, mediation and environmental protection through circus, art and adventure pedagogy and have extensive experience in organizing cultural events and festivals for community building.
In a quest to find the right structure to bring together my passions and talents with a focus on transformation I have pursued a very diverse educational path ranging from an executive assistant certificate from Switzerland that opened the world of business and law to me, to intensive one year long programs in Liberal Arts, Music (Guitar/Arrangement) and Bodywork before returning to Berlin in 2008.
Other than outdoors sports and making music, I love to bring people together to take things to new levels, go on adventures and organize art/music events and festivals.
Curriculum Development and Program Facilitation (the Inner Journey of the Changemaker, #theHatchery) Social Media Development, Outreach, Amani TV, Crowdfunding - see Stanford Social Innovation Review articles below for more information on our work with 'the Inner Journey of the Changemaker'.
Creative Director, Producer
BuG - Event and Festival Productions
August 2008 - /
Attention economy is at the heart of BuG and MaGee Productions - what you choose to gift your attention to increases in value exponentially. Fostering this ability in artists and audiences alike creates 'events' that turn into deep encounters and exchanges that become, in the words of many, 'legendary'. Memorable experiences have this in common: that we were fully present. Geraldine and her creative partners are passionate about cultivating an appreciation and understanding of art in our lives that goes beyond event management.
A series of underground art and music events evolved into an annual festival featuring over 50 artists from a diverse range of genres in a mesmerizing performance, called the Summernightsdream. 2012 the collaboration with Mariam Frick led to the creation of MaGee Productions. The HeriTage 2012- celebrating heritage monuments throughout Germany - production at Teufelsberg, Berlin was co-produced by MaGee Productions, exhibiting over 200 artists on site of the former radar spy station of the US Army in Berlin.
While working in Kenya Geraldine - one part of MaGee and BuG - has started with two small series called NairoBerlin and Soul Kitchen, bringing together musicians, spoken word artists, circus artists, dancers and visual artists in odd or private venues to celebrate diversity and magical expression.
Bodywork, Massage Therapy and Consulting
Health, Wellness and Fitness
January 2008 - /
Is your body a taxi for your brain? Current trends in mindfulness training shift our attention back to our body as a major contributing factor to the well-being and success in our lives. Most of the time people are forced to bring attention back to the body when it hurts or as a vehicle to pleasure and competition in sports. Of course, it is much more.
Your daily work, your leadership qualities, your ability to be sharp, visionary, empathetic and creative can be taken to a whole different level if you take your body into account and work with it instead of despite, against or ignorant of it. Who are you? What are your desires, passions, shadows, buried in daily routines and coping strategies that sweep annoying aspects of your self under the carpet? Bodywork can support a reconnection to your body, its inherent wisdom, its record (it keeps a record!!!) of your struggles and in the same time help you reconnect with your higher, emerging self.
For trial sessions and further information feel free to contact me.
After attending IPSB in Culver City and the Polarity Healing Arts Institute in Topanga, CA, I have worked at the Massage Place in Los Angeles and as an independent Massage Therapist and Bodyworker in Berlin and Nairobi, combining Swedish, Thai, Forearm Dance, Cranio Sacral and Pregnancy Massage. Currently I am studying the intersection between embodiment practice and leadership with Carol Clark and http://integrationtraining.co.uk/