Me & What I do

Facilitator / Strategist / Writer / Curious Connector

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Hello, my name is Greta.
Life tends to be a very curious experiment that I sometimes figure out how to conduct. I love to take notes along the way and enjoy sharing as well as finding applications for the findings.

I have worked as a facilitator, freelance writer, marketing consultant and manager, magazine writer and sub-editor, researcher, teacher, entrepreneur, curator and animator, all of which have fed and informed my current work. Thanks to my generalist background and interests, I tend to connect both people and viewpoints, borrow methodologies and translate concepts across disciplines and audiences.

In the past few years I’ve become fascinated by the potential for artistic practice to be a connecting force and a playful way to explore better ways of doing things. This can be part of a more holistic view of life, one that takes complex interrelationships into consideration when designing processes and things.

I work with artists, communities and organisations, helping them to formulate the messages they want to get across and communicate them in an understandable and relatable manner. I also assist individuals and groups to think through and discuss issues that matter to them.

My methods include facilitation and hosting of conversations, consultancy, coaching, research and writing. I am an Art of Hosting practitioner and a member of transdisciplinary network FoAM.

What I do

Work

Creating the ideal conditions for groups of people to have productive conversations that matter to them. Facilitation, hosting and harvesting of community gatherings, business meetings, panel discussions, ideation sessions, change processes, rebranding exercises and more.

I attended training and use methods from The Art of Hosting to harness the collective wisdom and self-organizing capacity of groups of any size, inviting people to step in and take charge of the challenges facing them.

I write text that describes what organisations do in simple, straightforward, accessible language. Some clients I have done recent (online or offline) writing work for include: David Pisani, PlanIt Travel, G3 Group, Attrans Ltd, Art Dinouveau, Full Bloom Community, EC Malta and Pro Research Services.

I also do research for art exhibitions or in preparation for upcoming projects as well as creative writing. Some of my other types of writing include documenting Curatorial School (also last year)reporting for some of the sessions at Sustainable Brands, writing about my artistic residence experience in Italy, concentrating my experience with leaving corporate work and my identity search into one long essay, writing a Maria Popova style book report. I’m constantly taking notes, filling diaries, notebooks with ideas, points, connections.

Communication campaigns for art exhibitions including transmedia storytelling, public relations, writing and website design. Personal communication for artists wishing to present their work online in a clear, relatable format.

Vanishing Valletta

David Pisani

Terrae

Homo Melitensis

FoAM is a network of transdisciplinary labs at the intersection of art, science, nature and everyday life. Guided by our motto “grow your own worlds” we cultivate an ecology of practices to re-imagine possible futures, create concrete situations in the present, encourage learning, incite discussions, and suggest alternatives.

Founded in 2018, FoAM Filfla experiments on the intersection of art and circular economies within the Island state of Malta in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, being part of Europe but tectonically based on the African shelf.

A multidisciplinary group of creative people collaborating on experiments in business and the arts. We work on projects within the fields of art and design and support each other on our creative journeys.

An exploration of outdoor space with graphic and exhibition designer Johannes Buch and artist Letta Shtohryn. We take over a parking space for at least two hours and do something in between the lines, inviting on-street conversations, impromptu interactions and creativity about what can be done in the space. Please do get in touch if you wish to collaborate.

LovinMalta – This cheeky trio just found the perfect Maltese venue for their events

Times of Malta – Artistic intervention tackles over-development in Sliema

Creating a more feminine-friendly and feminine-empowering world is very important to me.

I’m part of an NGO called the Permaculture Research Foundation.

I studied Geography and hold a teacher’s warrant.

I’m a big fan of Brain Pickings.

And find that Toko-Pa Turner has a wonderful knack for giving words to things we know but are often unaware of.

Latest from my Blog

Writing

Threaded Fine

Threaded Fine

Yesterday I danced Rosemary Lee’s Threaded Fine. I’m still holding the threads inside my body and feel deeply affected by the experience. I’m also scared that it will all fade away too quickly and that I will forget. Which is partly why I am writing about it. From the moment I heard about Malta forming…

Feminist business principles

Feminist business principles

I’d like to share these 12 feminist business principles which I wholeheartedly subscribe to and which I think are an important key to emerging out of the mess humanity is currently in. They were put together by Jennifer Armbrust, founder of organisation Sister that teaches about the feminine economy. Running a company for the past…

Il-Kamra Ta’ Barra | Parking Space Events in Sliema

Il-Kamra Ta’ Barra | Parking Space Events in Sliema

A living room made for on-street interaction. Last Thursday, in collaboration with Margerita Pule, Parking Space Events moved across the water from Valletta to Sliema to create a ‘Kamra ta’ Barra’ (literally, an outdoor room). Traditionally the tidy and richly-decorated room Maltese households keep for the purpose of welcoming guests, we built one such ‘kamra…

“Brag about your escape”

“Brag about your escape”

This kind of started while I was at The Mill in Birkirkara earlier today, enjoying the last hour of Maxine C Attard‘s excellent In Between Obliterations. Talk turned to feelings of helplessness in actually making some kind of change within the situations we find unacceptable around us. For me this means things like the current…

On activism, belonging and shades of grey

On activism, belonging and shades of grey

Some coping strategies for a very confused Malta Never have I felt a bigger need to ‘do something’, than in these last few weeks since the horrible assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. I’ve been struggling quite heavily with the state of the country for the last few months, frustrated particularly with our national fear of…

If not art, then what?

If not art, then what?

Valletta 2018 Curatorial School   The Duck / Rabbit I think the Duck / Rabbit could be crowned the mascot of this year’s Valletta 2018 Curatorial School. Sebastian Cichocki, chief curator at the currently nomadic Museum of Modern Art Warsaw was the one who introduced the character on Monday during his lecture on Curating Art…

/ Culture: Curiosity Breadcrumbs 5

/ Culture: Curiosity Breadcrumbs 5

Curiosity Breadcrumbs Issue 5 -/ Culture And Coping With Doing More Than One ‘Thing’. To get subsequent issues by email, please subscribe here.

Time: Curiosity Breadcrumbs 4

Time: Curiosity Breadcrumbs 4

Welcome to Issue 4 of Curiosity Breadcrumbs. An exploration of TIME. To get subsequent issues by email, please subscribe here. Picture above: Félix González-Torres Untitled (Perfect Lovers).

Travelling is a Mindset: Curiosity Breadcrumbs 3

Travelling is a Mindset: Curiosity Breadcrumbs 3

Issue 3 of my monthly email series: Curiosity Breadcrumbs. This issue is about Travelling as a mindset – a way of thinking that can be embraced whatever our location. Subscribe here.

Wandering through the city

Wandering through the city

Looking at ways of grounding the traveller’s mindset in our home towns and cities, I chatted with Shawn Micallef, urban columnist for the Toronto Star, editor and co-owner of Spacing magazine and teacher of urban civic citizenship at the University of Toronto, about the flâneur philosophy, psychogeography and the things you can only discover through walking.…

Living Life as a Research Project: Curiosity Breadcrumbs 2

Living Life as a Research Project: Curiosity Breadcrumbs 2

Welcome to issue 2 of Curiosity Breadcrumbs, my monthly exploration of a theme that has activated my curiosity. This month I delve into the idea of living Life as a Research Project, the act of paying close attention, of observing with a sense of presence, being infinitely interested as a matter of course, always looking…

A week of Valletta 2018’s Curatorial School

A week of Valletta 2018’s Curatorial School

Curating The New I’m not exactly sure why, but I have followed the last two annual Valletta 2018’s Curatorial School sessions with a sense of intrigue that has come with a side of ‘I don’t particularly belong there’. Not this year. Having really found my deep love for writing, freed my own inner artist and…

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