We’re delighted to announce the appointment of our new Content Creator: Marianne de Pierres.

In 2020, PF will celebrate our 20th birthday. With over 20 years’ of leadership, learning and transformation  carefully crafted and collated content under our belts, and a brand new vision to scale our positive impact, we went looking for the perfect voice to share our great work with the rest of the world. In walked Marianne.

An awarded author, novelist, and futures scenario specialist, Marianne is charged with developing powerful content with storytelling oomph. You’ll see her work pop up in our learning programs and across public media channels. There are even whisperings of a PF book on the way. For now, she’s developing a series of case studies interviewing leaders about their experiences in transformation. Want to be featured? Give her a bell.

Marianne’s looking forward to meeting our community. For now, check out the interview below to get to know her a little better.

What’s does “a purpose-led life” mean to you?

People have often asked me about what has kept me motivated as a professional author. I mean, it’s a damn tough gig these days: a road full of disappointments and obstacles. But it allows me to be creative, and if I don’t exercise that muscle, I feel quite disconnected from myself.

I also decided many years ago, that the best way for me to affect positive change in the world, was to do the little, localised things. Influence within my personal sphere. So whether it’s coaching basketball, or volunteering, or mentoring writers, I try to extend compassion and genuine concern.

If I’m doing both those things – creating and reaching out – I consider I am living a purpose-led life.

What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on right now?

Outside of PF, I’m working on a graphic novel called Tall Girl and the Outlaw with my BFF Isobelle Carmody, about two quirky older women with super powers. It’s going to be great fun!

I’m also writing a biography about an influential New Yorker of the early nineteenth century. I’ve been blogging my research as a way of organising my thoughts, and it’s quite addictive. I spend altogether too much time delving into archives and using Google translate. You can read about it here: https://colonelthorn.home.blog/2019/01/01/the-journey-begins/

Which three guests, living or deceased, would you invite to dinner and why?

I think that has changed so much over the years. When I was younger I would have said Bono, The Hilltop Hoods, and Billy Idol!

These days it would be Donna Haraway who wrote A Cyborg Manifesto because it is an incredible piece of thought work; Christine de Pizan because she was the first professional female author in Europe (14th century); and Joan of Arc because I BADLY want to know the real story.

Hopefully that means I’ve grown up a bit.

Want to know more? You can read Marianne’s bio here. Or, if you’re a creative fiction fanatic, you can read more about her vast and varied storytelling portfolio on her dedicated website.

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