Network Members


We are a network of changemakers, regenerators and multimedia creatives working on different aspects and at different scales but all with the same passion to bring about a better world. A critical element necessary for large-scale transformation of our social and economic systems is the ongoing co-creation and sharing of knowledge.

DENISHA ANANDBiodiversity Project Manager and Researcher
Speciality Area Research, storytelling, facilitation, environmental education, restorative conservation
Experience 5 years in biodiversity project management, environmental education: generating learning material, workbooks, workshops etc., management of a 109 ha wetland system, 4 years of immersive environmental anthropology (multispecies ethnography) in the northern cape.
Skills I sit on a section 80 committee for water quality of wetlands and waterways as a community conservation specialist, I’ve built strong community centered networks in the socio environmental space, and am a socio environmental activist.

I live and act for the restorative justice of both place and person.

DISNEY ANDREASCommunications Officer
Speciality Area Social media, photography and videography
Experience 5 years in the multimedia space
Skills Strategic planning

I promote sustainable development in biodiversity and the conservation of natural resources for the benefit of future generations. I believe in creating safe spaces and platforms for unheard voices to be able to share their messages including challenges faced and success stories.

TESSA BARLINDocumentary Filmmaker
Speciality Area Producing, Camera Operating, Video Editing
Experience Six years experience working on various film, video and photography projects, from environmental documentaries and human-centred conservation stories, to educational series and social media content.
Skills Filming, photography, video editing, concept development, proposal writing, budgeting.

In order to tell compelling stories that inspire audiences to take action for a more sustainable, biodiverse world, we need to create stronger bonds between filmmakers and scientists. Strong research needs strong storytelling to get everyone on board.

PHOEBE BARNARDGlobal Change & Biodiversity Ecologist, Film Producer, Policy Strategist
Speciality Area Ecosystems; species; climate vulnerability; societal and environmental big issues
Experience A global change and biodiversity scientist with 34 years working on African national development. She founded and led science-based national policy and strategy programs on biodiversity, climate change, and environmental futures in Namibia and South Africa in the past 3 decades and is now Stable Planet Alliance’s CEO, full professor at University of Washington’s Center for Environmental Politics and School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science, and associate researcher at the FitzPatrick Institute and African Climate and Development Initiative of the University of Cape Town.

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Skills A combination of ecology, strategy and communications, Phoebe is a collaborative team-builder, conflict-resolver, women’s leadership mentor and policy strategist.

The world doesn’t have to be this way, and it really doesn’t have to end this way. We can change it. We are changing it. So let’s take back out power and agency to create a new kinder, wiser, humbler, and more sustainable civilization.

Speciality Area Social & environmental impact sector
Experience Working in the social & environmental impact sector for over 10 years, consulting with and producing stories for various nonprofits and academics.
Skills Impact Story Telling: Concept Development, Producing, Directing, Cinematography, Editing, Learning Design: Design, facilitation & training

I believe storytelling has a central role to play in building a sustainable, integrated and compassionate community.

Speciality Area Community engagement and sustainable development through digital media
Experience 12+ years of experience helping governments and companies engage with local communities around sustainability through digital tools and communication channels.
Skills Organising community focussed events (budgeting, planning, marketing, engaging with under-represented groups).

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Measuring and tracking social and environmental impact. Programme and project management planning and delivery skills (skilled at bringing people together and delivering projects on budget and on time)

I’m passionate about engaging and working with existing networks and communities of practice to share knowledge and expertise. I’m curious about how we can learn from global success stories to instigate sustained change at a local level.

VANESSA FARRResearcher and Activist
Speciality Area Gender and (armed) violence; water; agroecology; international environmental and gender Treaties; citizen science and participation in governance
Experience Twenty years of working on the gendered impacts of militarism and coloniality, and their environmental impacts
Skills A multi-disciplinary feminist analysis of the socio-economic & environmental impacts of patriarchy; analysis, theorizing, writing and public speaking; networking and fund-raising

I embrace the principle that to work ecologically is to work in relationships of responsibility and care for all that gives life.

HANNAH HOPPERCommunications Officer
Speciality Area Organic agriculture
Experience Academic research, communications support, mentoring and teaching youth
Skills Communications and research

I am looking to share knowledge and experience with others passionate about regenerative systems, and can offer both practical and academic knowledge. I am currently pursuing my post graduate in Sustainable Development.

Speciality Area Short documentary films for NGOs dealing with health, housing, employment and environmental concerns.
Experience I started out in the commercials industry and I shifted my career in order to work for organisations who align with my values. I am a trained crisis counsellor with 10 years experience at Life Line and am involved in community organisations on a personal level. I was a co-ordinator for the Seaboard Community Action Network (CAN) during Covid, working closely with the Gugulethu CAN and others and I actively support the right to

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affordable housing in Cape Town, most notably the campaign for social housing at Tafelberg School. We are currently forming a YIMBY movement in order to encourage a more inclusive neighbourhood and Cape Town.
Skills Producing, directing, filming, editing and writing. My counselling training helps me as a filmmaker to be an effective listener and hold difficult spaces.

I’m a filmmaker with a background in editing. Often shooting alone, I have worked in a number of African countries. Environmental and social issues are close to my heart and I am passionate about telling stories.

KIA JOHNSONMycelium Founding member, TV & Radio Presenter, Producer
Speciality Area Skilled TV and radio presenter and teacher within the media space.
Experience Over 13 years in radio, over 10 years in TV
Skills Presenting, producing, teaching, writing, media management, master of ceremonies, voiceover artist, voice actress

If we can find balance within the various internal and external issues we all face in our world and be proactive and find ways to meet each other halfway this planet will soon be a better place. I believe you should always reach for the stars and never forget to take your fellow human being on the journey with you.

SAMAH KRICHAHFeminist economics and women, peace and security researcher
Speciality Area Feminist Economics / Women Peace and Security / Gender and Sustainability
Experience For six years has delved into the issue of feminist peace with what that means in terms of sustainability, equal access to resources and the enhancement of life quality for all, especially for women and LGBTQIA+ communities, especially in North Africa. Samah worked as MENA research associate for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom covering issues related to access to resources and conflict.

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She also undertook the role of feminist economics advocate at the Kvinna Till Kvinna foundation. The latter experience taught her a great deal on the nexus between environment, climate change and climate justice.
Skills Advocacy and activism, policy knowledge, gender analysis, an interdisciplinary approach and community building and networking skills as well as fostering collaborations .

I believe that there’s no social justice and feminist sustainable peace without climate justice and a thriving life for all.

Speciality Area Content Creator
Experience 8 years in film making. Baha, a 2021 graduate from the School of Art and Decoration (EAD), has made a remarkable impact on the world of science and media. He is the innovative mind behind Tunisia’s first pop science YouTube channel, “Draw My Science”, and has collaborated with multiple NGOs on various projects. His notable collaborations include the Tunisian Association of Positive Prevention (ATP+), where he created videos on sexual education and HIV, Access Now, for which he produced a video on the biometric card, and RAWSA MENA…

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…where he wrote and directed a series of five animated videos highlighting the importance of safe abortion in the MENA region. Baha Lajmi’s expertise in the field has been widely recognized, as evidenced by his invitation to serve as a jury member for the Silbersalz Science & Media Festival’s 3rd and 4th editions held in Halle, Germany.
Moreover, in 2019, Baha Lajmi was selected to participate in the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers in Tokyo, where he was an EMERGING PRODUCER. This experience enabled him to showcase his talents, network with other professionals, and further enhance his skills and knowledge. Baha Lajmi’s contributions to science and media have been highly valued, and his work continues to inspire and educate audiences worldwide.
Skills Has skills in crafting engaging scripts and mastering the art of video editing, with a keen understanding of what captivates audiences and how to create compelling content that leaves a lasting impact.

Using the power of storytelling and the lens of my camera, I strive to give a voice to our planet, unveiling the beauty, challenges, and urgency of environmental issues. Together, let’s create a sustainable narrative for a greener and brighter future.

MEGAN LINDOWWriter & Creative Story Worker
Speciality Area Sustainability, climate change, education and food systems
Experience 25 years writing experience and 15 years experience documenting complex processes of development and change. 7 years in oral storytelling, story performance and in diverse practices of working with stories as a touchstone for learning, connecting, navigating change and making meaning in the world.

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Skills Writing and oral story telling. The core value and intent of my story work and writing is to tap the power of story to help us connect and collaborate to bring greater understanding, love, care and sensitivity to our relationships across the living world.

I’m a passionate explorer of the rich and juicy world of stories, the art and science of stories. I believe that through living and telling stories that are nourishing and regenerative, we enliven each other and bring new possibilities to the living world.

MANDY LOMBERGGraphic Designer & Teacher
Speciality Area Multimedia
Experience Teacher, video producer, graphic artist, developer of educational messages, writer of children’s story activity books, layout artist. Creator of ‘Hero in my Hood’ educational books which encourage children to be courageous and kind.
Skills Graphics, layout, development of creative educational messages

My main focus is the creation of positive messaging, particularly with children and the development of empathy to create a kinder and more sustainable world/environment.

ISAAC MAFUELCommunications Advocacy and Community Engagement Specialist
Speciality Area Vulnerable and marginalised communities & agroecology
Experience Communications Officer at Soils Food and Healthy Communities under the Knowledge Hub for Organic Agriculture Multiplier Support Program, Communications, Social and Behavioural Change, Facilitation, Community Engagement, Technical and Creative Writing Consultant and Interactive and Legislative Theatre Officer: Theatre for a Change

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Skills Communication Strategy Development; Social and Behavioural Change Communication (SBCC); Training Facilitation; Community Engagement;
Writing and Editing; Graphic Design and Video Production; Gender-Based Violence Prevention, Activism; Translations; Subtitling; Video Dubbing; Voice Overs and Interactive Theatre Practitioner.

Communications professional with a passion for sustainable development and community empowerment. Committed to using skills to make a positive impact on the world and ensure households are self-sufficient through sustainable means of production.

ODETTE MAVUNGACommunication Officer
Speciality Area Multimedia and regeneration
Experience Junior editor and production manager
Skills Editor, story writing, production and communication skills

I would like to make the world a better place by sharing knowledge with people about the principles of organic agriculture, which are also good principles for life – health, ecology, fairness and care.

SIYABONGA MNGOMACommunications Officer
Speciality Area Agroecology
Experience Professional communications manager having worked with large and small organisations to build brands, engage stakeholders and institute effective communication mechanisms.
Skills Strategic communications function, including social media and activism.

I joined the network to share knowledge and collaborate in the regenerative sector. I add value by offering food systems impact solutions, and in activism for change.

MEGAN NELLWriter, Director and Editor for Theatre, Film and Installation
Speciality Area Botanical Storytelling
Experience 20 years in storytelling – from children’s TV to touring interactive theatre pieces. Working on the Turning Into Flowers project with Rupert Koopman and Tiffani Dlamini since 2018, exploring the unique floral heritage of South Africa and the idea of the beloved landscape. documenting floral species in situ and human responses to these species.
Skills Interactive performance and storytelling, and creating spaces of play and story that allow people to connect with their own memories and to dream their own futures.

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Always ready to share ideas of what can help get people participating. Science knowledge is full of poetry, Megan loves to help bring out the image and poetry of scientific work. She’s produced and stage managed for small-footprint low-budget productions in theatre and film and can take an idea from page to stage or screen (or Fynbos arena).

I think as storytellers, it is our job to open pathways to allow people to reconnect with their own roots in the natural world. If we are able to feel connected to the world around us, we are able to draw strength from it and fight for it.

NATALIE NOLTEMycelium Founding Member, Graphic/Web Designer and Filmmaker
Speciality Area Visual communication for regeneration and education
Experience 20 years in multimedia in international spaces
Skills Digital artworking, typography, layout, branding, print production, web design and implementation, content creation for education, videography, video editing and directing.

In each choice we make, we create the world we experience. I want to live and share the possibilities of a regenerative and healthy existence. Mycelium is a space to explore this together, and explore what it means to truly collaborate on this journey.

FORTUNATE NYAKANDAAgricultural Activist
Speciality Area Organic/ ecosystem-based farming systems
Experience 30 years in the transformative food and farming system space with a focus on advocacy and capacity building work, and holding national, regional and international leadership roles in this regard.
Skills I bring my network and experience in transformative system work to this network.

My work entails empowering communities to farm in an environmental way, eat healthily and generate livelihoods while regenerating the environment. I want to learn from like-minded people that want to bring a sustainable, equitable world into being.

SHIARA PILLAYProject Manager and Programme Designer
Speciality Area Sustainable Development
Experience Working in civil society space on a variety of roles from administration to project management. She has programme design experience in creating learning journeys and experiences for individuals and networks. She manages small scale productions for learning courseware and promotional materials.
Skills Shiara holds an honours in Sustainable Development. She is a fast learner and has experience in and enjoys working with diverse groups of people.

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She takes a hands on approach to her work, and loves thinking about long term impact and sustainability. She has created, implemented and maintained project management for a number of virtual and face to face programmes, specifically within the civil society space.

I am deeply passionate about our environment and creating a socially aware and just society empowered to support that, and vice versa.

CLAIRE ROUSELLIllustrator, Researcher, Writer and Project Manager
Speciality Areas Graphic harvesting, handdrawn illustration and videos, writing, book making, craftivism, organising/project management, events,
Experience Has worked in a variety of community and organisational structures and in food systems, urban and small scale agriculture.
Skills Has rich and dense networks. The ability to creatively and strategically join dots between issues, systems and networks. A good understanding of the power of visual and creative tools to open up possibilities for new ways of thinking about the challenges we face.

I believe that hand drawn illustration, animation and graphic harvesting are powerful educational tools that help us to visualise the challenges and opportunities we face in organisations and social movements.

DANIEL SNYDERFilmmaker, Cameraman & Photographer
Speciality Area Capturing images that connect people with themselves, each other and the natural world
ExperienceA documentary cameraman/DOP on multiple camera systems for over 10 years, has a drone pilot licence and has spent lots of time in remote areas, working in challenging conditions.
Skills Has honed his craft through years of practical experience in capturing stunning visuals and compelling footage. Is well-versed in using professional camera equipment and has a keen eye for framing shots that evoke emotion and tell a story.

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In addition to technical skills, has extensive knowledge of East Africa, particularly in the realm of dhows and maritime culture. He has traveled extensively throughout the region, conducting research, meeting experts, and building a network of contacts. This firsthand experience and deep understanding of the subject matter enable him to capture authentic and captivating footage that truly immerses viewers in the world of dhows.

Furthermore, he is well-versed in the latest drone technology and possess the necessary certifications and licenses to operate drones for aerial cinematography. This allows him to capture breathtaking aerial shots that add a new dimension to storytelling and provide a unique perspective.

He is a collaborative and adaptable team player, and understands the importance of effective communication, meeting deadlines, and working seamlessly with production crews. He is passionate about telling meaningful stories and believes in the power of visual storytelling to inspire and educate audiences.

My work is centred around finding self through journey. In connecting people with themselves, each other and the natural world. To help realise the connectedness of all things.To contribute towards a world of peace and abundance through harmony.

JEMIMA SPRINGMycelium Founding Member, Filmmaker, Network Builder, Systems Thinker
Speciality Area Public education storytelling, systems creation, capacity building
Experience 27 years in film and television making, content creation, training and facilitation
Skills Research, concept development, writing, directing, editing, producing, training

It is so inspiring to world every day with people and organisations dedicated to bringing about a healthier and more just world. Individually we can only do so much, but together we are unstoppable.

Speciality Area Storytelling through photography. Finding alternative ways to visualise the climate crisis, in ways that are multi directional and collaborative, and finding stories that bring the climate crisis into the everyday. Architectural, travel and documentary photography
Experience I have worked with various documentary teams over the years as both a behind the scenes photographer and collaborating directly to tell the stories. I am half way through an MA in documentary photography at USW. The focus of my research is around the role of photography in the climate crisis,

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and how it can be used to either placate or activate. I have also taught photography at various colleges, the last being CTSP in Cape Town where I led their landscape photography courses and excursions. My work has been published in many magazines and books.
Skills I am an experienced photographer and photography tutor with a unique eye. I have a large network of collaborators / colleagues in the UK as I have lived and worked there for many years. I am still doing my Masters at USW which gives me access to the latest research, talks, debates, forums in the documentary world. My mentor on the MA is a world class documentary climate activist who pushes me daily to dig deeper both inwardly and externally.

“It matters which systems systemise systems, which stories tell stories, which concepts think concepts. Mathematically, visually, and narratively it matters. Which figures figure figures, which systems systemise systems.” Donna Harroway, 2015 p 156-65

HAIDEE SWANBYFreelance Research, Writing, Material/Campaign Development
Speciality Area Print, social media, mobilising and policy
Experience Engagement in pan-African food sovereignty/ agroecology networks for 25 years playing many organising, project and media roles
Skills Policy, mobilising, material development, research, campaigning

I want to collaborate with like-minded people on regenerative initiatives.

STEFANIE SWANEPOELMycelium Founding Member, Creator, Communicator and Capacity Builder
Speciality Area Strategic communications for change
Experience 25 years in publishing (print, online), facilitating, strategy development
Skills Strategic communications, facilitation, writing, editing and research

Together we can do pretty much anything! The more that we share our ideas, creativity, love for people and planet, the more likely it is that a new way of being in the world will come to life.

LARA TAYLORMycelium Founding Member, Producer, Director, Videographer, Editor and Trainer
Speciality Area Human centred videos that tell stories that effect change
Experience 20+ years of researching, writing, producing, directing, filming and editing
Skills Listening, networking, creating compelling and educational videos

I am constantly amazed by the force and flow of the network of human beings that want to make a difference. It’s like a wave that slowly grows until it becomes a tsunami of transfiguration and love.

JACQUELINE VAN MEYGAARDENMycelium Founding Member, Filmmaker, Director, Producer
Speciality Area Documentary storytelling for change, concept development
Experience 10 years of storytelling using visual theatre, 15 years in documentary film and TV storytelling
Skills Writing, filming, photography, facilitation, strategic communications, impact producing

Creativity, adaptability, compassionate and regenerative thinking is the way forward, and doing this in collaboration with like-minded people just makes working and being so much more rewarding.

CATHY WILLIAMSCopywriter & Communication Strategist
Speciality Area Strategic marketing communications. Skilled writer and messaging strategist.
Experience 25+ years helping businesses and non-profits make a greater impact in print, online and in the media.
Skills Copywriting for websites, emails, digital and social media. Clear, strategic messaging and words that work.

The right words can inspire action, amplify impact and help build a fairer, more sustainable world.

Speciality Area Conceptualisation, Creative Direction, Photography & Editing.
Experience 7 years experience as a photojournalist, photographer, film editor, art installer and illustrator
Skills A passion to tell stories for the greater good of humanity, extensive years of photographic experience, imaginative and out of the box thinking a love to create beautiful things that soothe the psyche and a willingness for collaboration and peer learning.

Love is the antidote.