– Systems Change / Software Engineering
The Blue Mountains, Ontario
Brekke has been navigating systems change for 23 years. She brings a powerful humanities lens to software engineering, an industry often caught up in technology as its own end while neglecting its tremendous influence on societal imaginations and behaviours. In her work, Brekke aims to expand this narrow call to action by anticipating community response to arising conditions of uncertainty, ambiguity and change, and ultimately overcome the profound disconnection many of us feel between economies and our general livelihoods.
In broad terms, development represents the set of processes that interact to create wealth and income, improve livelihoods and reduce poverty. And in it’s best form, technology empowers us to move beyond tedious levels of labour and towards new heights of creative power. But when technological leaps contribute to power structures that leave people behind, we encounter important choices about the kind of world we want to live in.
Together with her partner Ian, Brekke shares principalship of NetEvolved, a small software company specializing in full-service web application development, Digital Asset Management and online learning systems. They recently started Colony 42, a new company aiming to empower communities in new economies of localized learning and development. Also, as one of RU’s original minds behind Full Spectrum CPTED, Brekke contributes to our blog when so motivated by processes of the built environment.