I was raised on the philosophy that a warm welcome is the best way to begin when meeting someone new. Eye contact, a genuine smile, and an outstretched hand send a powerful signal to a stranger that says “I’m starting with trust and open to friendship…what about you?”. In fact, this notion of ‘welcome’ has influenced all that I do.
So, welcome. Welcome to my latest little corner of the Internet! If you’re new, I’m so very pleased to meet you. Or, it’s wonderful to see you again (if we’ve already met). Either way, I’m glad you found your way. While there have been other places I’ve played, I’ve pared things down and am trying to embrace a slower pace these days.
This is where I come to reflect on life. To try to make sense of the world and meaningfully dwell. To think, write, and share a few ideas from time to time. There is no set schedule or grand plan, and I’ll be around whenever I can. I’m still not sure what I’ll find, but I hope you will join me for the ride.
MY MODUS OPERANDI
Explore. Create. Discover. Lead change.
Question the status quo. Avoid group thinking. Resist convention, conformity, and complacency.
Always find a better way. Listen, observe, innovate. Use your head, heart, and voice.
Welcome diversity. Celebrate game-changers and visionaries. Do good.
Relish wit, good humour, and the pleasures of life.
Embrace nature, culture, and meaningful conversation.
Never back away from beginner status. Remain open to constant re-invention.
Embrace enthusiasm. Stay relentlessly optimistic. Engage and experience fully.
THE OFFICIAL STUFF
Katharine Cornfield is a forward-thinking strategist, consultant, and social entrepreneur with more than 20 years of diverse experience working at the intersection of social policy and urban development. With a background in policy & program design, communications, and partnership building, she is at her best translating ideas into action.
In addition to BigCityMix, a consultancy focused on innovation and cross sector collaboration for social change, Katharine is co-owner and consultant at Purpose Real Estate, an independent brokerage and advisory firm specializing in social purpose real estate and innovative housing solutions. She is also co-founder of Neighbourhood Refresh, a non-profit providing pro-bono preliminary design and architectural consulting services to community-based organizations and founder of ambiSHEous.ca, a leadership program for girls age 12-14.
Before her shift towards entrepreneurship, Katharine served as Director of Integration Promotion at Citizenship and Immigration Canada; as Special Advisor to the Ministers of Citizenship and Immigration, Revenue, and Secretary of State Asia-Pacific; and as Program Manager at the Canada US Fulbright Foundation. An active community member, Katharine has volunteered in various capacities with the YMCA-YWCA, Junior Achievement, and Women’s Leadership Foundation. She currently serves on the Board at Ottawa’s Causeway Work Centre.
Katharine holds a BA in Canadian Studies from Trent University, and a professional certificate in Public Sector and Non-Profit Marketing from the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University.