Head On Chats: Expressive Change

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Head On Talks goes online with Head On Chats and explores important discussions to navigate our time as a society dealing with community quarantine and a public health emergency. Aside from physical sustenance, shelter, and hygiene, we are also coping with managing our mental wellbeing, sense of safety, and emotional hygiene. The Head On Talks Series started in 2018 promoting a culture of understanding, acceptance, and responsibility for mental health.

We’re facing uncertainty and transition in ways that perhaps we have never done before until the current public health crisis. As a large portion of the Filipino workforce has moved to remote or work-from-home setups, we’re asking the question, what’s happening at work? Is there anything changing about the way we relate to each other as a team, the way we work towards goals, the way we lead others, and the way we seek or experience fulfillment through work? 

The team at Cartwheel Foundation began to incorporate the practice of inscaping and expressive arts approaches to managing work relationships with her team long before COVID-19 happened. Today, as we watch the impact of COVID-19 unfold upon the way we live and work, they are realizing the fruits of the humble but consistent practice have been sustaining them in ways they didn’t expect.

As an organization that supports and empowers Filipino indigenous communities, Cartwheel’s practice is characteristically inspired by their own experiences of immersing in the lifeways of the Tagbanua of Palawan, the Sama-Bajau residing in Paranaque and Zamboanga, the Talaandig of Bukidnon, and the Higaonon of Agusan del Sur, as well as closely collaborating with them to provide education and support in a rapidly-changing modern society.

In this Head On Chat, we’re talking about how we can create safe spaces in the workspace through dialogue. With Cartwheel Foundation’s Executive Director Pia Ortiz-Luis, we’ll be discussing how conversations can help decenter individuals in the headspace of work, to help hold situations differently, navigate uncertainty and change, and discover new ways of being in a ‘doing’ environment.

Event details

Friday, October 2, 2020

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The talk will be held in a secure Zoom meeting session.

Registration Fee

Free – registration required


About the speaker

Maria Johanna Pia G. Ortiz-Luis
Pia is the executive director of Cartwheel Foundation—a non-profit organization that seeks to nurture the capacities and creativities of marginalized indigenous communities, through relevant education that draws from culture and the arts. Prior to joining Cartwheel in 2014, she has been immersed in the development and delivery of social programs focused on education, children’s welfare, youth leadership, and community empowerment in various development contexts, with organizations such as the Jollibee Group Foundation, Voluntary Service Overseas, Development Academy of the Philippines, and Jesuit Volunteers Philippines. She holds a Master of Arts in Social and Community Psychology from the Ateneo de Manila University, and was a fellow at Singapore International Foundation’s 2019 Arts for Good programme. She considers it her vocation to contribute to building thriving organizations and communities through expressive approaches.