Tara first knew she wanted to work on social justice and impact issues working as an architect in Nepal in the early-90’s on a community-led school design project. Since then, she has employed her design thinking and system thinking skills, working with bilateral and multi-lateral development organisations on equity and diversity issues in the areas of climate resilient development, corporate social responsibility, organisational learning and development, and architectural design - long-term in India, Vietnam, Nepal, Denmark and Bhutan, with shorter assignments in Lao, Uganda, Tanzania, the Netherlands, South Africa and the UK.
- design thinking, systems think & action research: As an architect of new initiatives for social equity her work has remoulded the framing of issue areas and assessing programmes from a systems change and design thinking perspective - to build greater relevance, integration and visibility - in the area of social justice, natural resource management and urban/rural development to integrate the social development and diversity perspective in policy, implementation and assessment.
- consensus & momentum building: As a leader building a team and consensus for organisational impact she has brought people together to design, get alignment and operationalise the organisation’s programme framework to enhance the level of accountability and organisational integration. She has built organisational consensus for coordinated collective action through participatory collaborative processes.
- facilitating collaboration & collective enterprise: As a facilitator of collaboration for multi-disciplinary and cross-geographical action that contributes to greater coordinated impact, she has worked in the area of social and environmental justice and corporate social responsibility.