Your NameMondy Jera
Cohort AssignmentAotearoa / New Zealand with In-Person Intensive in Auckland 2023
1. What do you see as your primary work at this stage of your life?

deep human insights work and designing information that people can use to change social issues

2. What role do you see as yours to play?

I am a synthesiser of information and can tell stories in a way that galvanises people into action

3. What goals or aims do you have in regard to the above?

I'd like to do this at a bigger scale with more impact and more consistently to bring about real change.

4. Where do you feel your next arenas for personal growth are?

Being more centred and responding, not reacting. Downsizing, minimising and living leaner than I have been, and with more intention. My motto over the past few years is, "make do with what you've got"

5. And for professional growth?

Learning more about how to lead and be a thought leader. Knowing what story I'd like to tell, what I know and have done, and what I can meaningfully contribute. Making my business more successful.

6. What have you invested in to get you where you are?

I've had 30+ years of learning about social systems, impacts of injustice and social determinants of health and wellbeing. I've been a professional consultant learning on the job, as well as being in academia. In addition, I experienced a personal trauma that has shaped my thinking about humans - I've invested loads of time learning about people and their drivers. I've been an astute observer of human behaviour, and I use this knowledge and personal experience in my work.

7. What fields of learning and which thinkers have been important in your life?

Psychology, sociology, philosophy (stoicism, phenomenology), and behavioural economics (to a lesser extent). I'm finding it hard to narrow in on individuals, given I read a breadth, but probably not deeply from any one thinker.

8. Can you frame your philosophy or cosmology of life? What role(s) do humans play in it?

I think humans have lost their way, but I think they are good at heart. I think we have been very un-intentional about where we have ended up. I believe humans have lacked humility in recent years and have focused too much on individualism and a quest for "happiness" at all costs. That has taken us to a bad place of making decisions that don't include a bright future for all. I am comfortable believing we are here as organic, living beings that sprung up from the organic matter of the earth over time. Maybe we're just a big cosmic accident? I'm not inclined to believe in one god, but perhaps an intelligent energy that we don't understand yet.

Date CreatedMarch 30, 2023