Combining her interests in people, group process, and social transformation, Diane brings together her academic backgrounds in cultural anthropology (University of British Columbia, Canada) and social innovation (Simon Fraser University, Canada).
Her current research focuses on the cultural practices that can be cultivated in groups to support transformation on both the personal and social level. She has a particular interest in the capacity of listening on a deeper level and what what this level of listening can do on the social level.
This research stems from her work over the past five years as a facilitator and experiential learning designer. She works with alternative education programs that support young adults to explore questions of who they are, what makes them come alive, and how they would like to be in the world. Her work also involves supporting individuals develop capacities to bring their ideas to life, drawing on methods from social innovation.