I believe we can find better means for changing and repairing the world without burning out as a consequence of our good doings.
My name is Pip Bennett and I work with creative thoughtful women who are passionate about making this world a better place.
I have over ten years experience working for the rights of children, young people, and women. I worked for UNICEF (the United Nations Children´s Fund), for six years in New Zealand, Fiji, Costa Rica, and Mozambique. At present, I am a coordinator for two local youth organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand; one which offers programmes for youth development, and one which tackles youth unemployment.
I’ve worked in a wide range of areas, including women’s rights and empowerment, climate change and environmental sustainability, and employment, and I have supported work in WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), HIV, nutrition, C4D (Communication for Development), S4D (Sports for Development), and T4D (Technology for Development). I’ve developed my skills in strategy, planning, advocacy, fundraising, project management, and communications.
I´ve completed Tara Mohr´s Playing Big Facilitator´s Training, a Certificate in Supervision (Human Services), and a Training the Trainers course with ActionAid´s Global Platform in Nairobi. Supporting others is important to me.
I am committed to the idea of praxis to create a better world, where theory and research inform what actions we should take, and where the results of our actions influence our theories. I search for ideas, theories and practices that holistically support our bold work as women change makers.
The theories and models, which have had the greatest influence on me as a practitioner include reflection and reflexivity, participation, community/youth-led action, post-colonial post-development thought, intertwined with feminism, Buddhist thought and creativity.
** I shouldn’t have to say it, but everything that I write here is my own opinion, and does not represent any of my past or present employers.
Extra tidbits about me:
- Equality and fairness are very important to me. My mum was a police woman and she instilled her sense of justice in me. Ever since I was young, I have always wondered why life was harder for some people and not others, and why we humans insist on destroying the planet. My dad was a big traveller, known for growing a big beard and not writing home for two years while he travelled all over Europe as a young man. I got my itchy traveller’s feet from him after listening to his stories about hopscotching across the Americas, Asia and Europe (including one time when he met a Mafioso in Italy!).
- I am an INFJ on the Myers-Briggs test. I love to dream and think up ideas, but I am equally action orientated.
- My top five strengths via Strengths Finder are Connectedness, Maximizer, Futuristic, Intellection, and Empathy.
- On the Enneagram, I´m a 1 with a 2 wing.
- I´m a big feministy feminist. It all started with reading the Beauty Myth in high school and Germaine Greer while at university. Following that, three years on the feminist collective at Wellington Women´s Refuge cinched the deal for me about the power of feminist theory and action.
- Soy bilingüe. Spanish holds a special place in my heart. My husband is from Nicaragua. My favourite musician is Gustavo Cerati from the Argentinian band Soda Stereo, with the Costa Rican band 424 a close second, and one of my favourite poets is Pablo Neruda.
- I’ve been practicing Yoga for about 8 years. It saved me during a period of anxiety and depression. I practice regularly but I still have yet to figure out how to have a long-term daily asana practice.
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