I am the Director of Research at Solid State Community Industries, a non-profit organization building worker cooperatives based in Surrey, BC. I conduct research on Solidarity Economics, a theoretical and practical framework of engaging alternatively in the economy, based on the principles of cooperation, reciprocity, ecological stewardship and care.
Together with four of my friends from grad school, I also co-founded City in Colour, an urban consultancy cooperative composed of architects, academics, planners and community engagement specialists.
I completed my BA in English, my Post-Baccalaureate Degree in Social Policy, and my Master's Degree in Urban Studies from Simon Fraser University. Particularly I enjoy thinking about cities, intimacy, power, ecology and our relationship to animals, materials and the non-human world.
Professionally I've engaged in work that lies at the intersection of academic research, knowledge democracy and social equity. Past places I've worked include Simon Fraser University, Bakau Consulting, Women Transforming Cities, Migrant Worker's Centre, the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre, and the Coalition Against the Trafficking of Women and Girls International.
To me words and images have an undeniable chemistry. I've long since admired scientific illustrations, graphic novels, and other hybrid forms that merge text and image in mutually constructive ways. But mostly I love reading beautiful writing.
You can check out what I'm reading here.
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Hi, I'm Dionne. I'm a writer, researcher and illustrator currently residing in East Vancouver, BC.