ABOUT US

Paeradigms is an NGO and social enterprise focused on achieving transformational outcomes that lead to social change and economic impact. We believe in the power of connection and dialogue, and the courage to openly listen to opinions and concerns, because we believe that co-creation inspires ownership and learning. Paperadigms focuses on four theme areas:

  • Education

  • Renewable energy & Climate Change

  • Gender, Diversity & Inclusion

  • Communication & Advocacy

 

TEAM

We are multidisciplinary, multicultural and multilingual to the core – global in outlook and approach – the Paeradigms Team is committed to working with its partners to facilitate and co-create solutions, focusing on the value of local ownership. We have seen how powerful this is in generating transformation that is sustainable over time from within. Our pool of >50 experts across disciplines and geographies ranges from experienced senior to bright junior advisers. We are linked by our core values: community, connectivity, integrity, diversity, empowerment and co-creation. Below our core team. 

  • Dr Nina Volles

    Managing Director & Founding Partner

    Higher Education I Research I Partnerships I Communication

  • Dr Gregor Walter Drop

    Chair NGO & Founding Partner

    Governance I Policy I Higher Education

  • Dr Joseph Mutale

    Senior Partner & Energy Lead

    Renewable Energy I Higher Education

  • Carol Switzer

    Senior Partner & Operations Lead

    Knowledge Management I Research I Content Creation I Communication

  • Lina Osorio

    Communication Manager

    Communication I Advocacy I Social Media I Multi-media Production

  • Ana Werkstetter Caravaca

    Advisor & Research Analyst

    Gender, Diversity & Inclusion I Environment I Peace I Interculturality

  • Shim Vijay

    Research Analyst

    Data Collection I Data Analysis

  • Vivian Ogechi Nwadiaru

    Adviser

    Renewable Energy I Climate Change I Education I STEM

 

GEOGRAPHY

Paeradigms has offices in Switzerland, the European Union (Estonia) and Myanmar. Our advisors are based across five continents and have in-depth work experience in over 50 countries around the globe. We believe in the importance of understanding the complex historical and contemporary environment within which any initiative is conducted and the careful consideration of potential impact and interaction any activity may have on that context.

APPROACH

Our capacity development approach is comprehensive. We work closely with stakeholders, facilitating agreement among them on overall goals and the way forward. We openly listen to opinions and concerns, giving everyone a voice which creates a platform for meaningful contributions. This is the essence of effective capacity development and empowers stakeholders to participate in ‘skilling up’ from within.

We address capacity issues at three levels to support change: the systems level, the organisational level and the individual level. Participation fosters consensus and ownership, and information sharing inspires learning and growth. Yet, inviting broad participation is seldom easy as the process can cause unnecessary frustrations, especially when expectations are not met. The change process needs clear structures, guidelines and methods that, almost paradoxically, generate space for creativity and innovation to surface.

 

To gain valuable contributions from participants, the capacity development process needs a strong facilitator with a dynamic and empowering style. This encourages the group’s diverse perspectives to be heard and supports the group in finding consensus on decisions that they are committed to owning and implementing.

 

HISTORY

Paeradigms was founded in 2019 by a group of like-minded, sense-driven colleagues in education and international cooperation. We come from diverse disciplines and different countries in Europe, Africa and the Americas, yet we all agree on the power of the right approach: the ability to connect and dialogue, and the courage to openly listen to opinions and concern. We believe this is the essence of meaningful contributions to capacity development from within.

 
 

NAME

The word “paradigm” comes from the Greek παράδειγμα (paradeigma), "pattern” or “model”. In English, it is pronounced [pærədaɪm], hence Paeradigms’ choice to use the “Æ” instead of a simple “A” in the logo. We believe that the “Æ” expresses the different perspectives and concepts that we consider in our transdisciplinary approach. By drawing on a variety of paradigms across social and economic development, Paeradigms is able to provide deep insight into the nature of systemic, organisational, and individual motivations and concerns. This allows us a wider choice of approaches and solutions and makes Paeradigms an ideal partner for complex, multi-level projects that require space for diverse stakeholders, cultures and perspectives.

VALUES

  • Community

  • Integrity

  • Diversity

  • Empowerment

  • Co-creation

 

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