Berivan is studying for a PhD at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, where her research focuses on the search for life (or its remains) on Mars. Berivan recently undertook a three-month Science Policy Fellowship with the UK Government’s Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST), based in Westminster. During this time she led the research and writing of a report, (a POSTnote) on the topic of ‘Remote sensing and machine learning for environmental monitoring”.
What has your Fellowship enabled you to do, explore, or gain that you wouldn’t have otherwise?
The Fellowship allowed me to focus my energy and attention entirely on my PhD project rather than its funding, especially during the crucial first year as I transitioned into the program and developed the questions which would provide the critical framework for the next few years. The Fellowship, especially conversations with Anni (one of the founders), also helped me enter this stage in my career with a greater sense of balance and a vision for what I wanted this experience to be. With the support of the Fellowship, I feel that I am proactively creating/curating my professional experiences rather than reactively being pulled along by them.
What impact has your Fellowship had on your ability to lead in the 21st century?
At this early stage, the Fellowship has broadened the landscape of questions for me. Questions like, what does leadership mean for me? And, how might I want to develop those leadership skills moving forward? Through contemplation of these questions, the Fellowship has developed my confidence in viewing myself as a leader. I have had time to think mindfully about myself in a leadership role and the ways in which I might pursue different kinds of leadership as a long-term endeavour. The Fellowship has also given me a support network of international and interdisciplinary peers, with a rich set of experiences that I can turn to with regard to leadership questions moving forward.
How do you imagine your Fellowship will impact on your personal and professional growth in the next chapter of your life?
While I cannot predict the impact that connections forged by the Fellowship might have on my future, I am excited to be a part of this community. The values that drive this Fellowship are a force for good in the world. The immediate impact of being part of this community is most evident after meetups and discussions I have with Fellows and Intersticia Founders. Following these meetings, I feel motivated and eager to put new insights into action and to further explore those which are less clear. I feel supported and inspired to support the other Fellows, to work together and to be open to opportunities for future collaboration.
Bachelor of Arts – Fine Arts, History & Philosophy of Science (Melbourne); Master of Arts – Modern European Art, specialising in Design for Theatre (Courtauld Institute, London); Grad. Certificate of Public Policy (UNE); Master of Business & Technology, focusing on Knowledge Management (UNSW); Masters of HRM and Coaching Psychology (Sydney); theory and research towards a PhD entitled “Trust,transparency and technology; the emergence of the digital brand”; Graduate Certificate in Public Policy (Harvard Kennedy School).
Anni is fundamentally an observer and practitioner of Web Science and a passionate advocate for digital literacy and fluency.
In her early years Anni lived in Melbourne, Sydney, Paris and London. She worked in various roles at the Sydney Opera House, the National Theatre of Great Britain, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Julian Ashton Art School, and the Australian Opera. She served as Research Officer to Hon. Peter Collins QC MP, then NSW Minister for the Arts, which afforded her the opportunity to contribute towards the encouragement and support of the arts at a strategic policy level.
In 1990 Anni went to live on a cotton and grazing property near Narrabri, NSW, during which time she worked with both the Moree Gallery Foundation and Yurundiali Aboriginal Arts Co-Operative, with a focus on business planning and community development. In 1993 Anni returned to Sydney and became Executive Director of the NSW Division of the Institute of Public Administration, whilst simultaneously developing Intersticia as a consultancy in new media strategy and education in the early days of the World Wide Web.
From 1996 to 2004 Anni juggled young children and her role as Executive Director of GAMAA, the association for suppliers to the graphic communications industries. During this time Anni undertook research into the impact of digital technologies on graphic communications (as part of Print21); created the PrintEx exhibition in Sydney, and developed an international industry network. Her most important work though was with Sam Crock and John Urbano in creating the GAMAA Leadership Programme which sought to develop emerging leaders for the World’s third largest industry and the first to undergo major upheaval due to the impact of digital information technologies.
In 2004 Anni was engaged by Fuji Xerox Australia as Industry Marketing Manager and subsequently as a new-media consultant. During this time Anni initiated Fuji Xerox’s research into the future of the Web which involved the management and undertaking of two Australian Research Council funded projects: the first focused on the impact of semantic technologies on printing and publishing; the second developed this further by investigating the practice of Sustainability Reporting (see www.circlesofsustainability.org). In addition Anni was instrumental in connecting Fuji Xerox Australia with the globally recognised Xerox Innovation Group as an Australian based research organisation in its own right.
In 2009 Anni began her collaboration with Peter Thompson at ANZSOG (the Australian and New Zealand School of Government) to integrate digital socio-technical concepts (now recognised as the Social Machine) into the Managing Public Communications Executive Programme. This led to a series of workshops co-created with Leanne Fry which sought – with limited success – to develop some Digital Literacy within senior managers of the Australian Public Service.
In 2012 Anni met Professor Dame Wendy Hall and so began a partnership that resulted in two ANZSOG funded research projects (1) Government as a Social Machine, articulating the role of Government within a Social Machine ecosystem; and (2) Developing an Australian Government Web Observatory, both of which linked Australia in to the global Web Science research community.
The most important result of this collaboration however was the creation of Brave Conversations (assisted by Leanne Fry and Bel Campbell) which has now been held around the World, both face to face and from 2020 Online, as a forum to connect Web Science research to everyday life in practice.
Since 2013 Anni has worked with the Web Science Trust as an Advisor and Trustee helping to promote and develop Web Science internationally.
In 2015 Anni began working with Tris Lumley and New Philanthropy Capital as a member of the Steering Committee of their Digital Transformation Programme and since 2016 has been delivering workshops and lectures in an effort to help Boards, Senior Leadership and Management Teams become more Digitally Savvy. These workshops complement Brave Conversations and are now being expanded to a series of Digital Gymnasia held globally online.
In 2013 Anni and her family formed the Intersticia Foundation in Australia and shortly thereafter Intersticia UK.
Anni has served as a Council Member of the Australian War Memorial; a Member of the NSW Arts Advisory Council and of the NSW Museums Council; and a Member of the National Disciplinary Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia.
She is currently a Governor and Fellow of Goodenough College and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. She is also a member of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, the House of Saint Barnabas, the Sydney Ski Club and the Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club.
In 2019 Anni was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Social Change Agency UK and Founders and Coders UK and in 2020 to the Advisory Council of Code for Australia.
Tech, data and evidence are tools for transformation, but we need collective action to make the tools work.
I lead NPC’s development of new strategies, partnerships and initiatives to help transform the social sector to focus on and deliver greater impact, working with partners both in the UK and internationally. All of this is fundamentally based on collective action, as the challenges we face require systems change, not organisational success – our dysfunctional funding and investment markets that drive the structural dysfunction of the social sector.
I helped initiate the Inspiring Impact programme which aims to embed good impact practice across the UK charity sector by 2022. I am also engaged in international efforts to advance an impact focus in the social sector, as a trustee of Social Value International, as a member of the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community, and as a speaker at international conferences in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia.
I’m always interested in connecting with people who are interested in changing the system, and working beyond organisational boundaries and egos.
Alison is a ‘war baby’, educated in the Social Sciences at Glasgow University and the London School of Economics, and Modern Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art.
Alison has served on the British Council, Wallace Collection, Somerset House Trust, Cavatina Music Trust and other various charities involved in drug addiction and medical care.
Her interests include the Fine Arts, Travelling, Theatre and Classical Music and she is an active mother and grandmother.