Marc Gardiner

Nepal2011 (3)Trainer & Development Worker / Co-director.

I lead on Zebra’s solution-focused work.

I have worked all my life here in Plymouth in all kinds of community work and social care settings.  In 2011 I took a break from home to supervise the away leg of a 6 month youth exchange programme between Birendranagar, Nepal, and Plymouth, under Zebra’s contract with VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas).

In the years up to 2002, observing what worked well and not so well, I began to imagine co-creating an organisation driven by strong values of social justice and a commitment to working to a high standard.  The thinking came real with Zebra: I was a co-founder and, fourteen years on, to be in this worker co-operative continues a fulfilling challenge.

Recently I’ve been researching the Effective Altruism movement. I’m hopeful that Zebra can help to raise the profile of this movement – which is about considered thought in our decisions re where best to spend the time and money we want to give to “good causes” – within our sphere of influence.

“He said that most men were in their lives like the carpenter whose work went so slowly for the dullness of his tools that he had not time to sharpen them.” Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing