hvale vale

CTE (Closer than Ever) Strategy Facilitator

Biography

My name is hvale vale (small letters as per bell hooks), feminist, queer, single mother, street activist, southern Italian by birth and passport, writer of words and poetry. Daughter of elementary school teachers repaying their debt for the family apartment, intellectual by practice and curiosity, self-learner of languages and skills, risk-taker by discovery. 

Currently working remotely at the Association for Progressive Communications holding a cross-programs position, connecting from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina where I live with my twins. Long ago, inspired by the Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance I chose love over power and that’s my practice. Life had though me important lessons of which I keep good and live memory. 

For me, born in southern Italy 50+ years ago with a white skin, life had been a path of unlearning, deconstructing and eye-opening. Lead by bell hooks and her theory of the margins I have invested my life to imagine and try feminist governance and operational infrastructures that challenge/hacks norms and standards while accepting the risk of walking with and trough the contradiction and paradox of legal entities.

My interest and curiosity in life regardless of the specific job or position I have held has been and is about livable systems, distributed models based on relationality, ethic and nurtured leadership.

Through the years I have built a net of friends and colleagues to help me not vanish in roles and performances. Ageing has made me experienced and knowledgeable, welcoming openness. For me, getting rid of perfection, listening, stepping aside while maintaining one’s own voice was/is a life-long path.

Accountability is a reflexive, transformative queer anarchist practice to help me unpacking and redefine boundaries, unsettling positionality and projections of the white aged body in which I am “packed”.  Intersections I explore, learn about: politics, feminism, power in all its forms and dimensions, proximity and relationality beyond individualism, #feministinternet, rights, sexuality and the transformative power of technology from a poetical perspective and practice.

Things I do and work on: facilitation, visioning and designing of online/remote spaces and places, movement building, storytelling, digital safety, research, advocacy for transformational institutional governance and operations, holding/supporting activists and CSO’s workers in learning/managing systems and processes and anything that catch up my imagination and push me out of comfort zone and applied skills.

Purpose of position

The position holds responsibility for developing, coordinating and providing strategic facilitation of APC and WRP's work involving the strategic and holistic use of digital technologies for online and hybrid convening spaces through the creation of autonomous infrastructures mesh-ups. This also involves strengthening APC WRP's technical capacity to coordinate projects, and includes documentation of organizational practices of sustainability (processes and systems) for reflective learnings and accessible shared knowledge hubs for the APC team and its partners. The CTE strategy facilitator will work closely with the APC WRP, Network Development and APC Operations teams, as well as relevant staff from APC's programmes and projects. 

 

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