Amanda is a pro-profit Social Entrepreneur drawn to so-called impossible ideas by a predilection to ‘have a go anyway’, and adamant that the answers to the problems of society and planet alike, lie in the development of good businesses.
After graduating from the University of Glasgow with a joint Masters Degree in Philosophy and Psychology, she co-founded the internationally award-winning social enterprise Red Button Design in 2007.
She spent 2010-2012 working in the events management space with a specialisation towards sourcing and curating exceptional quality crowd-sourced content, and launching truly participatory, high impact events. (SHINE, OxfordJam, BurlyCamp)
She is currently running Irreverent Dance, an open access dance studio designed to provide a safe social and exercise space for individuals of all genders and body types. Irreverent Dance operates in London employing 6 teachers an serving over 250 students.
In addition, she has recently moved back towards advocacy and rights media communications, including features on Radio 4, The Telegraph and the Guardian and a keynote address at the 2012 UN Millennium Development Summit in Cape Town.
Of late, she can be found speaking up for non-monogamous relationships, better sex and relationship education, equality for same-sex couples and fighting against the continuing problems of child trafficking, as well as her work supporting the progress of MDG 7 – water and sanitation
Her words opened the inaugural TED Women event last year, her ventures have won over the Dragons’ Den investors, earned her a fellowship with The RSA, entry to The Courvoisier Future 500 and Striding Out Future 100 networks, and a Cosmopolitan Magazine “Woman of the Year” award for ethical enterprise.
She writes here on whatever interests her, sometimes in the third person, and would state “all opinions are her own” if she really believed that such a thing was possible.
“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”
― Oscar Wilde