I'm Agnes Otzelberger, a trainer and facilitator working to get our minds, hearts and bodies in shape for the social good we seek. 10+ years of working in the international aid sector, and in a range of public sector and non-governmental organisations, have given me a huge curiosity for untangling the paradox of systems that are set up to ‘do good’ and yet often seem to model that which they are against. Over the past five years, I’ve immersed myself more and more in the ‘inner’ and interpersonal practices that can help us bring our values and ways of showing up in this work into better alignment. I am passionate about the emerging meeting places between Western and Eastern psychology and science, and I’ve recently completed a certificate in compassion-based psychotherapy with the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science.
Working in the "business of doing good" - the international aid sector - I experienced how messed up things can get when it comes to "helping others". I've ended up with more questions than answers. I've created The Good Jungle to dive into these questions together with others, and to challenge myself and others to become sharper and more discerning in how we think about and go about making a difference.
What's here for YOU?
Perhaps you've been thinking your career needs more purpose. Perhaps, like mine, your career has been all about "doing good" from the start and you're finding yourself puzzled, conflicted and at the end of your tether.