Monday, 16 May 2022 / Published in Blog
Mereoni at ‘The Garden

Tell us about yourself and what you do?

I was born, raised and educated in Suva, Fiji.  I am a Fijian feminist activist. I have been working with civil society organisations in Fiji, Pacific collectives, and across the global south with feminist networks to mobilise analysis and action for gender equality and social justice. I love paddling, painting, and journaling, with really good coffee in town.  

I have had the pleasure of working with and being inspired by Pacific advocates from civil society and academica. I hold a keen interest in critical Pacific-centred development.  Recently, I have directed my focus to tracking and critically analysing from a global south feminist lens, the rhetoric, discourses, ideas, corporate links and interests and international law and policy making efforts of the diverse advocates of the evolving Blue Economy development framework. And wondering what are the implications of the Blue Economy framing for the Pacific, the SDGs implementation and gender equality.

I attended the University of the South Pacific, and received a Bachelors of Applied Psychology and Public Administration.  Then while working in Fiji, I had the privilege of receiving a scholarship from the Australian Awards program that took me to ANU where I graduated with a Masters in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (advanced) with Honors, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management and Resource Development. 

Tell us about your business/consultancy

During COVID time I stepped out of full time employment and took up short term consulting contracts with NGOs working in the same spaces. Supporting strategic planning, facilitating workshops and writing research papers and advocacy briefs with their teams. This is only my second year in this type of work, however I am learning a lot and working with amazing Pacific islanders, and networks. 

What’s your favourite quote from a TV show/movie/book?

I love poetry so I will share some lines from one of my favourite writers, Kahlil Gibran, on Reason and Passion:  

Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul.

If either your sails or your rudder be broken, you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in mid-seas.

For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining, and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.

Therefore let your soul exalt your reason to the height of passion, that it may sing;

And let it direct your passion with reason, that your passion may live through its own daily resurrection

and let it direct your passion with reason, that your passion may live through its own daily resurrection

and like the phoenix rise above its own ashes.

What’s your favourite way to spend a day off?

A good Fiji-style Tea and Talanoa with family and friends.  

What drew you to sign up at Greenhouse Coworking?

It’s a great work space option for Suva, with good vibes and convenient facilities. GC is a nice addition to Suva’s hustle and bustle. 

Monday, 09 May 2022 / Published in Classes, Events

Date: 11th May (Wednesday)
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Platform: Zoom / FREE Event

With your business or consultancy, it is important to make those connections in order to grow your reach. And with podcasting, you can grow your audience by building those key relationships, sharing your values, starting conversations about topics that matter to you and your business, and reaching out to potential clients and customers. 

About our speaker:

Mere Nailatikau is a development communication professional with more than 15 years of experience in research, public diplomacy, and strategic communication. After graduating from the University of the South Pacific (USP) with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and management, and a master’s degree in development studies, Mere has spent several years working in media, the creative arts, civil society, and aid-funded development organisations. Mere has a vast knowledge of communications and advocacy strategies and has supported executives with internal and external communication, stakeholder management, and crisis communication. Mere has also attended the University of Southern California’s Centre for Public Diplomacy Summer Institute in Los Angeles and prior to that, was part of the team that launched the Australia in Fiji Facebook page at the Australian High Commission in Suva, Fiji. Today, Mere is a consultant for a variety of organisations and is currently hosting Season 2 of ‘Vosa’, a Pacific storytelling podcast featuring conversations with creators, thinkers and changemakers across the region.

You can join us from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM for our online Podcasting sesh with Mere as she shares some of those tricky podcasting skills! Book your spot now and don’t miss out.

Tuesday, 03 May 2022 / Published in Completed

Date: 6th May (Friday)
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Platform: In-person / MEMBERS-ONLY Event

Whether you are a foodie or not, one thing that you cannot deny is that most happy memories always revolve around good food. Since the beginning of our history, the act of eating together has been one of nurture, friendship and love. And for modern teams, an opportunity to relax from the stresses of the office.

Members, join us this Friday with your lunch from 1:00pm-2:00pm for our community food bonding session at Greenhouse Coworking!

Tuesday, 03 May 2022 / Published in Classes, Events

Date: EVERY WEDNESDAY at The Garden
Time: 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Platform: In-person / PAID Session

There are so many different kinds of yoga practices, so it’s possible for anyone to start. Whether you’re a couch potato or a professional athlete, size and fitness levels do not matter because there are modifications for every yoga pose and beginner classes in every style. 

Join us EVERY WEDNESDAY from 7:00am – 8:00 AM for our weekly yoga sessions at Greenhouse Coworking with our certified instructor, Lillian Delana at The Garden. This session is FJD$7 for members and FJD$10 for non-members. RSVP now and don’t miss out!