Katie Ray Curo
Project Lead (Australia New Zealand)
Katie is a Project Lead at Innovation Unit Australia New Zealand. She has a keen interest in digital technologies and human connection, and supporting people to make sense of the complicated relationship between the two. Katie values authenticity and collaboration, and these values are embedded in her approach to working with people, communities and organisations to transform inequitable social systems and cultivate change.
As an Anthropologist, Katie strives to cultivate the conditions for collaboration across difference within the community sector in Perth. Having worked in this sector since 2010, Katie has worked with people experiencing homelessness, people with a disability and people experiencing mental illness, both in grass roots and project roles. She has also worked with Martu Traditional Owners in the Central Desert in Western Australia, contributing to the assertion of their Native Title rights and interests. Katie supports people to make sense of the relationship between people and institutions, and collaboratively design programs that create new possibilities for people who are vulnerable or marginalised to thrive.
An experienced facilitator, Katie creates contexts where people from diverse backgrounds can come together, share knowledge and create designs that are responsible, ethical and open. Through her work with Befriend, Inc., Katie supported organisations to improve social outcomes for disability service users through the application of social identity approaches. In her recent role as Service Designer with Anglicare WA, Katie convened remote teams to reimagine service delivery in response to COVID-19, coaching colleagues in the application of co-design methods and mindsets.
Katie is also a PhD student at the University of Western Australia. Drawing on methods from Policy Anthropology and Design Anthropology, her project explores the experiences of Support Workers engaged through the National Disability Insurance Scheme to understand the ways that the current national reforms to the funding of care are transforming care-labour.