Bridget McKenzie is a cultural learning consultant, photographer, writer and home educator. As founding director of Flow Associates since 2006, Bridget helps cultural organisations be future-proofed by being future-builders, in the UK and India. Before Flow, she was head of learning at the British Library and in the nineties was education officer for Tate.
Her childhood was in a small village on the Norfolk Broads, with a near self-sufficient garden. When she wasn’t swotting, she played a lot of music, wrote poems, painted pictures and spent a lot of time looking at the big sky, cycling to the windy coast or rowing down the river watching the coots and kingfishers. Because of this her life is defined by creative practice in relation to nature. However, it’s a bit different these days. In her waking hours she’s rarely detached from a digital device, be it a camera or Twittering screen, something about which she has mixed feelings. She is also happily settled in Telegraph Hill, London, where she organises creative community projects. She’s recently become a home educator, a task she shares with her partner, artist Brian McKenzie.
Committed to the cause of changing our cultural values in the light of ecological collapse, she was one of the first to support Dark Mountain and is researching for a book called The Learning Planet about communities learning fast, together and with an ecological turn. She writes thoughts about this on her blog of the same name. For more about Bridget, see her website.