Amy Foster-Taylor

Co-Founder of And Beyond

Level
Senior
Location
London, United Kingdom
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About me

Systems thinker, researcher and facilitator, working to unravel the psychological barriers to systemic change and inclusively imagine alternate systems through a values-lens. Varied work includes: > co-producing the drop, podcast & workshops to critically & inclusively explore the future of fashion; > working with companies to explore biomimetic organisational models that activate intrinsic values, enable cross-functional collaboration, empower imagination and improve wellbeing; > facilitating workshops with students from KS3+, as well as with the women at HMP Downview (thanks to Lucy Orta’s incredible Processions work, translating experiences into textiles, to mark the centenary of the beginnings of women's suffrage in the UK); > contributor to print magazines and the V&A exhibition ‘Fashioned From Nature’. Currently co-creating a dynamic and transdisciplinary ecosystem to reimagine a regenerative fashion industry, through a post-colonial lens. ALL about collaboration, connection & celebrating a plurality of thought/wisdom/practices.

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Skills

  • Strategy Consulting
  • Sustainability Strategy
  • Sustainability
  • Academic Research
  • Future Trends
  • Communication
  • Workshop Design
  • Workshop Delivery
  • Writing
  • Imagination
  • Systems Thinking
  • Systems Design
  • Facilitation
  • Facilitating Workshops
  • Psychology

People I’ve worked with

Companies I’ve worked with

  • The Drop

    The Drop

    • Fashion and Textiles
  • SUREEL.

    SUREEL.

    • Fashion and Textiles
  • And Beyond

    And Beyond

    • Education & Research
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    (Various)

    Work history

    Currently

    Co-founder

    And Beyond

    Oct 2019
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • And Beyond is a research, education and collaboration lab that works to reimagine different ways of doing + being. We work collaboratively with partners, clients and communities to explore the big questions, forming innovative ecosystems around projects and ideas that drive society forward. We work through a post-colonial lens at the intersection of psychology, systems and futures thinking to: 1) dismantle the psychological and structural barriers that disconnect us; 2) inclusively reimagine and design alternate systems and supporting structures that enable us to thrive. Let’s chat, speculate, explore, create...

    2019

    Producer

    The Drop

    Nov 2017 - Oct 2019
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • The Drop is a podcast and storytelling platform that investigates the key issues of our time, through the lenses of fashion, design, and creativity. I am responsible for story production and editing from idea generation, story research and guest outreach, to conducting interviews and developing the narrative. The Drop also conducts educational workshops with brands and academia.

    Education

    2019

    Master of Arts Fashion Futures

    London College of Fashion, UAL

    Sep 2017 - Feb 2019
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Research explored the factors influencing our maintenance of the dominant human narrative, through highlighting the value misalignment and the abandonment of the Self under our current economic systems, within the fashion industry context. Specialising in creating the conditions for aliveness, this research cast a light on the narrow values activated within this constricted context and provided a space for participants to reimagine alternate futures with their full Self’s values at the heart. This research was highly exploratory in method, encompassing speculative design, art, and simple conversations to elicit a psychological understanding of our systemic issues as well as the environments which make us come alive. Happy to discuss this research further.

    2015

    Bachelor of Arts (BA) Management and Marketing

    University of Exeter

    Sep 2011 - Jul 2015
    • Exeter, United Kingdom
    • Having studied all aspects of traditional business within the narrow confines of our flawed economic system, I use this understanding to co-create new, necessary approaches for our changing world. Awarded the Dean's Commendation for Outstanding Achievement.

    Awards

    2018

    Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion Finalist with Alexander McQueen

    KERING