About Us

The program was codesign by teachers, industry, government and higher education leaders through a series of collaborative foresight sessions and design thinking workshops. It allowed us to design a fit-for-purpose program for the sector by the sector. This process helped it become a connection point for all to address the way we respond to the changing needs of the world around us. We put the student and teacher relationship at the very centre of this.

Hasmin Aranguren - Lead Facilitator

Hasmin is senior wellbeing and education learning designer and is a practicing kaos pilot facilitator. She has taught across Europe and Australia and thrive cultivating safe, inclusive, thoughtful experiences that encourage students to lean into and engage with the learning process. As lead facilitator of The Adaptor Project she relates to the challenges faced by teachers and understands the need to design for not just students, but teachers on the journey.

Darren Sutton - Cofounder

Darren is founder of The Common Purpose Collective, a social innovation and design practice based in Melbourne. He has been at the intersection of design, technology, content and social purpose for over 20 years during his time at Guardian News and Media and Fairfax. Darren is passionate about designing programs that help unlock the potential of young people and the role social entrepreneurship can play in cultivating leaders who be well and do well.

Mark Watt(AM) - Cofounder

Mark is the CEO of Stride Education, a not-for-profit organization that has been delivering social and emotional wellbeing programs to students, teachers, and parents for over 25 years. Stride is a proud partner with the Common Purpose Collective of the Adaptor Program.

Mark is also the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia which operates mentoring programs that create life-changing connections between positive role models and young people to help them shine. In addition, Mark is a Director of Social Engine – a social enterprise that employs ‘at risk’ young people.

In 1999, Mark co-founded Whitelion and until August 2018 he was the founding CEO.In 2018, Mark was appointed a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia “for significant service to the community, particularly to disadvantaged and at-risk youth, through social welfare support organizations”.

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