Hi, I’m Victoria.
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I’m the founder of the Institute of Belonging, a consultancy celebrating the systemic and generative power of networks, communities and ecosystems. I research, advise and speak on the relationship between community and belonging. I’m particularly interested in the radical transformation of our connection to work. I previously hosted an award-winning podcast on the topic.
“Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.” - Charles Eames
This idea of the quality of the connection plays a central role in my practice. Whether it’s developing global community programmes for kyu, designing new business models for IKEA, designing future of work capabilities for Virgin or curating for the V&A, my approach to building products, programmes and experiences is always community-first.
In my day-to-day, I develop systemic strategies that incorporate products, programmes and partnerships. Previously, I led Global Ecosystem Partnerships for Facebook’s pioneering Communities team where I built programmes for community leaders at scale. Some of you might know me from global event series CreativeMornings, which I ran in London for seven years. Anf if poetry is your thing, I occasionally host an immersive poetry event called Poetika.
Clients include kyu, Meta, LinkedIn, The Future Laboratory, IKEA, Adidas, Virgin, BBC, Impossible, EDF, EY, Microsoft Ventures, Hyper Island and more.
Communities, awards & giving back
Working with communities as my raw material, I’m lucky to have been in the orbit of extraordinary and visionary networks. Previously, I have been an On Being and RSA Fellow. Currently, I’m a Zinc Fellow and a Point People and Sandbox member - communities which support and nourish me daily.
I like to give back whenever possible. I mentor and advise frequently and I’m a visiting Networks & Future of Work lecturer at the University of the Arts, London and Parsons School of Design, NYC.
A big believer in celebration and joy as a force for good, I regularly judge industry awards and competitions including the Lovie and Webby awards. I'm also a venture & talent scout at BACKED VC and curator at House of Beautiful Business.
I love making introductions, hosting dinners and generally, bringing my people together. I believe in a world where everyone has access to robust support systems, meaningful communities, and a deep sense of belonging.
If you’d like to chat about collaborations, want to be conneted to someone, or simply say hello, drop me a line.