Exploring Social Impact and Coaching; In Conversation with Community Member Georgie Corke Nieman

24th July 2021

How we come to define and understand social impact for ourselves, and in wider society, has experienced a flurry of attention in recent years. Social impact can be ever changing and deeply personal to the individual who is looking to enact positive change.

Social Impact volunteer Jack Fleming sat down with community member Georgie Corke Nieman, who has been part of our social impact journey here at Animas, to hear how social impact resonates with her and the role it has played in her life.

What does social impact mean for you?

"For me, social impact is the way we start to think more broadly and become bigger picture thinkers about the things that really matter to us as people. Whether that’s the subjects our communities need highlighted or the issues affecting our planet, that we can improve, shift and change with a collective spirit.

My belief is that creating a positive social impact is about harnessing inspiration, thoughts and ideas to create more momentum for change, more awareness of what hasn't been working so that together we can develop a more eloquent and compelling voice to communicate what we need and want our societies of the future to look like, feel like and be.

For me, action is key in driving social impact but even more than that, it is about ownership and community, this is not a subject that touches just a few but affects us all in some way. It is in bringing conversations to the table again and again, adjusting focus as we learn that allows us to continuously carve this space for us all and for the generations that come after us.

Georgie Corke Nieman, Creative Life/Business Coach

Could you draw on one example in which you engaged in a form of social impact?

"Having previously worked in not-for-profit and ecology sectors, I have been in many positions in which I've felt privileged to watch people as they create big changes socially and environmentally around the world. But what always stood out for me was the quiet understated determination of these people, often working long hours and excruciatingly harsh environments.

My support of people that do exceptionally important work, often in the shadows and away from the buzz of conversation is often on my mind and in many ways is the reason social impact is so important to me. I suppose I feel lucky enough to have experienced first hand organisations who genuinely have community and planet at heart, which is a beautiful thing in my view. That said, I strongly believe we can all be part of a shift at some level, which can all play a significant role. Like Roald Dahl said 'Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world'."

Georgie Corke Nieman, Creative Life/Business Coach

Looking ahead, do you have any ideas or plans for some social impact -based work?

"Social impact work is definitely something I plan to weave into my coaching practice moving forward. What I will say though is that as a creative and self-expression coach I love the intersection between young creatives and early creative careers and business building, and working on mental health topics in this space - particularly post pandemic. This is an area I will be focusing on more and more."

Georgie Corke Nieman, Creative Life/Business Coach
Georgie Corke Nieman

Georgie Corke Nieman

Georgie grew up in the UK & Spain, surrounded by a family of creatives which fuelled her love of the expressive arts. Having set up an illustration and lettering studio of her own back in 2014 she now blends creativity & coaching as a workshop facilitator and Self-Expression Coach.

Her big love is creating immersive in-person experiences where her students and clients can combine a reconnection to nature, the joy of creativity and self-expression with the adventures of their own personal or business growth.

In her free time, Georgie is studying for a degree in Philosophy & Psychology and training to be a meditation & mindfulness teacher, and loves to volunteer for causes close to her heart when she can.

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