Simone Mandl

Principal: Fire to Flourish Initiative Lead | Regenerative Communities

Working on Gadigal Country of the Eora Natio

A participatory designer and generative researcher, Simone has over 16 years’ experience working with communities and organisations to create visions for sustainable, equitable futures through fieldwork, co-design and design-led research.

At TACSI Simone’s role is to shape, share and evolve design research processes that activate, sustain and orient positive social change. In Regenerative Communities, she leads the Fire to Flourish initiative in partnership with the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University.

Simone is passionate about re-imagining cultural narratives that enable people to lead, imagine and invest in regenerative futures.  With a background in visual, spatial and strategic design, Simone is a published author and committed design educator who continues to lecture in Visual Communication at University Technology, Sydney.

Most recently, she has taught alongside Indigenous Elders and practice leaders to help future designers work more successfully with Indigenous people, practices and ways of knowing.

A big advocate for the power of play, participation and the right of reply, Simone loves creating hands-on experiences that encourage storytelling, deep listening, and connection.

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy in Art, Design & Media, University New South Wales

Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication (first class honours)

Bachelor of Arts/Communication (International Studies), University Technology Sydney

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