About Alexa Torlo
Mum of two, lover of festivals, the more diverse and mixed the genres the better. Aim to have a good work life balance and a strong believer in meditation providing some solace in this crazy, fast paced world we live. Some might refer to me as a running freak; I like a good challenge and have been know to take part in extreme races, like the Marathon Des Sables, testing my mental and physical abilities.
Alexa Torlo's background
I arrived in Birmingham from London in 2000 and studied at the Institute of Art and Design and have always enjoyed anything that brings out my creative side. I love learning and being around people that possess a similar drive.
I produce a variety of hack / development labs aimed to bring people together from different disciplines and over the years have supported many creative entrepreneurs to achieve their ambitions and develop links internationally.
I’ve worked extensively on EU initiatives to support the creative industries and am now gradually moving into academia having started my PhD this year, looking at grass roots innovation networks and collaborative maker spaces.
Alexa Torlo's role at STEAMHOUSE
Likely to be brokering cross innovation opportunities and designing a programme of STEAMlabs in collaboration with our SME and research community. I’ll also be acting as a critical friend, helping to evaluate the STEAMlab process.
Alexa Torlo on collaboration
For me it means working together in an open way to develop new thinking, ideas that wouldn’t have necessarily have happened if working on your own. It’s about developing trust, knowledge sharing and working as a team to co-create and discover innovative solutions.
Alexa Torlo's STEAMhouse goals
A community of incredible collaborators, of people passionate to create change, working in unity and feeling empowered to achieve great things.
The STEAMlabs challenge
I would be keen to run a STEAMlab on homelessness using a space like STEAMhouse to disrupt this subject and hopefully create a wave of new thinking around this huge issue that seems to be worsening in Birmingham and UK.
Alexa Torlo's essential items
My glasses, so I can see properly 😉
Trainers and music
A fact about Alexa Torlo
I practice a 12th Century Japanese Buddhism called Nichiren Buddhism and meditate on a daily basis.
Alexa Torlo's ideal STEAMlabs delegate
This is a tough one, there’s so many interesting people to invite; I’d say Brian Cox for his creative scientific mind and Daisaku Ikeda, a philosopher and educator.