Working on Wonnarua Country
Michelle’s unique background across design management, strategic design, commercial innovation, organisational transformation and systems thinking means she brings invaluable experience to her role as a senior social innovator. At TACSI, she leads groups through the innovation process, facilitates strategic conversations, and coaches people to build their own skills.
She’s dedicated to helping systems benefit people, as they are intended to do. Michelle focuses on helping groups collaborate to build the conditions, skills, relationships and ways of working to make innovation a reality. Her ability to listen and quickly distill different points of view, themes and patterns (often in visual ways) means she’s especially skilled at leading groups through conversations to find new ways forward.
Over the past five years at TACSI, she has worked predominantly with communities, place-based initiatives and teams pursuing innovation in social systems like employment services, education, child protection and international development.
In 2020, TACSI was asked by the Macklin Review to contribute an equity perspective to the Skills for Victoria’s Growing Economy review, and Michelle supported the team to develop a response that provided clear strategies for making equity central to the ethos, operating structures and practices of the post-secondary education and training system.
She has worked for five years with the City of Greater Dandenong Council to address entrenched unemployment issues in the region. She also spent eighteen months as part of the Regional Innovator’s Network (RIN), coaching three regional communities working on place-based initiatives to build capability in co-design, collaborate more successfully with partners and stakeholders, and become more strategic in how they work.
Michelle is also passionate about how we care for Country. She is currently working on a PhD in transition design, exploring what it takes to transition to regenerative approaches to agriculture, by design.
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Bachelor of Graphic Design (Honours)
Certificate of Executive Coaching (Level 1)
PhD Candidate for Transition Design
*A message stick is a public form of graphic communication first used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Peoples. The objects were carried by messengers over long distances and were used to support a verbal message.