Hi all, I'm a new consultant at FeverBee, first day on the job. I thought I'd take the opportunity to say hello and introduce myself!
I've joined FeverBee having most recently worked at the SEO & digital marketing agency Distilled, and am currently also waltzing* my way through the tail end of a PhD in organizational identity.
My background contains a fairly diverse mix of digital marketing, creative production, academic research and general tech nerdery. My interest in communities dates back to the late 1990s/early 2000s, which were spent glued to Warhammer message boards and Yahoo Groups, setting up phpBBs and MediaWikis, and in 2001 flying across Australia to stay with friends I'd met online (back when Sandra Bullock's The Net was a cautionary lesson against that sort of thing.)
Like Hawk I'm Antipodean, from Sydney but transplanted to London. In a twist on an old classic I actually moved to the UK for the weather.
My research began in boring cinema studies looking at movies, but shifted over to the much more exciting organizational side when I found the production context of a body of films more interesting than the films themselves. Now I look at the evolution of the film studio Fox Searchlight Pictures, using identity and narrative to examine the shifting meanings associated with the company, mapped against its actions and evolving industrial-cultural context. I examine the mechanics that underpin organizational action and change, looking at the interplay between concepts like leadership, culture, sensemaking, institutionalism, image and reputation.
Who needs car chases when you've got neo-institutionalism!?
I've also worked for Macquarie University's Learning & Teaching support unit, working across various ed tech projects while teaching in Media & Communications.
That's probably enough for now, though I'd be happy to pick up the conversation and wax lyrically about High Elven armies via messaging. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all, and sharing insights (and recipes, from the looks of one topic!)
*definite artistic license. Waltzing through the tail end of a thesis involves tripping, stepping on toes, the kicking of shins (self), and expletives yelled into the unforgiving night