About Me

Radical freedom on KilimanjaroMy name is Jamie Pett and I’m a geek for international development and making change happen in complex systems.

I’m a consultant at the Transformational Index (TI), helping organisations to identify and measure their intended social impact. I also work as a freelancer with the Overseas Development Institute helping DFID to Do Development Differently. I’m an observer to the board at RESULTS UK. And I’m founder of the London International Development Network, an online platform with over 10,000 members which hosts regular meet-ups.

From 2013 to 2015, I was an ODI Fellow in the Zanzibar Planning Commission, advising the Revolutionary Government on a wide range of issues. Before that, I was an energy economist at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Vice-Chair of Development in Action, a volunteer-run development education charity. I studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Warwick then Development Administration and Planning at University College London. See my LinkedIn profile for more details.

During my time in Zanzibar, I developed a healthy skepticism of rigid plans and saw how many development interventions have little impact. That’s why I signed the Doing Development Differently (DDD) manifesto and helped to organise the DDD Workshop in London in November 2016. With the TI, I facilitate deliberative processes to help organisations break down complex problems and figure out how best to make change happen. I get excited about building relationships, learning by trying things out and making connections between ideas and practice.

According to Strengthsfinder, my strengths are: woo, communication, individualisation, ideation and input. Most times I take a Myers-Briggs test, I’m an ENFJ. I’d like to call myself a systems entrepreneur but find it far too pretentious even while typing it.

I live in South London with my yoga-teaching Dutch partner and our super-fluffy cat, Lewis. I’m a proud Cornishman and try to square my farm-based upbringing with my more-recent vegetarianism. I’ve played a drum solo at Truro Cathedral, played football at the home of Plymouth Argyle and run two half-marathons, including one dressed as a tiger on my birthday. I look forward to running the London Marathon in April 2018.

Disclaimer: I reserve the right to be wrong and to change my mind. The blog reflects my opinions, not those of any employer, past, present or non-existent.

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