We are curious about our world
Small World Stories is a purpose-driven communications agency specialising in the power of storytelling to ignite movements for change. Pioneers in climate change and gender advocacy, our experienced team of international development consultants, award winning filmmakers, designers, journalists and strategists have collectively worked in more than 50 countries.
Throughout its 12 year history Small World Stories has been at the forefront of important global campaigns. We specialise in translating the complex into the compelling and in doing so we unite people around solutions. Whether it’s showing heavy industry how to save tons of CO2 emissions, or engaging tens of thousands of people in a conversation about what it takes to empower women, our stories generate awareness and deliver impact where it is needed most. We work in French and Spanish too.
Lisa Hiller-Garvey has lived and worked in South Asia, the Pacific, and Europe for the past 13 years. She has devised and led numerous UN communication efforts, often in crisis response situations.
With academic qualifications and practical experience in journalism and professional communication, she has sharp writing skills and her work has been published in Australia, the United Kingdom, Asia and Europe.
Nigel Hiller-Garvey has more than 28 years field experience in development throughout the world, and has spent the last seventeen years working as a video editor and cameraman. Nigel has filmed, edited and produced numerous videos for United Nations and non-government organizations on topics including: governance, health, and crisis recovery.
Prior to Small World Stories, Nigel worked with non-government organizations as a trainer and project manager. Nigel has qualifications in video documentary production, editing, video sound production, and engineering.
Macarena Aguilar is trained as a journalist and holds an MA in development studies. She has worked for the past 14 years with a range of international humanitarian and development organisations in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia as a communication and advocacy expert.
Macarena has managed emergency response communication efforts and designed longer-term multimedia campaigns on a range of topics. Her ability to broker partnerships around creative communication initiatives has been a key element of her work.
Rebecca is a creative communications specialist, a former journalist and an experienced sustainability professional.
Over the past decade she has managed communication projects throughout Australia, Asia and Latin America for international brands and development organizations including the United Nations, the Global Environment Facility and WWF.
With her expertise in human centered design and storytelling, Rebecca is passionate about delivering exciting communication solutions that inspire lasting movements for change.
When she is not in the office, Rebecca spends time in nature with her camera and running shoes.
Teresa is a freelance documentary filmmaker with over six years experience producing, directing, shooting and editing short video content.
While working as a camera assistant on several TV series (Discovery Channel, Channel 7, Stan, TEDx), Teresa completed her first solo short documentary series about human-animal connections stories around Australia. “Through Their Eyes” is now available on DocPlay and on Qantas inflight entertainment. In May 2020, ABC Australia picked up Teresa’s first feature documentary about crocodile behaviour around humans.
With a Master in Social Anthropology, Teresa is currently living in Vietnam filming several humanitarian and animal rights short films, building herself up to work across the whole Asia-Pacific region.
Dave Arnold is an award-winning, Sydney-based filmmaker who brings a wealth of international experience gained across a variety of commercial and independent productions.
Just as comfortable behind the camera as he is in the editing suite, Dave’s versatility, combined with his distinctive visual and narrative-driven style, has contributed to a dense portfolio that ranges from advertising to television, documentary and news.
Find Dave here: davearnoldfilm.com.
Rochelle is a global feminist writer, editor and researcher with specific expertise in resource mobilisation and feminist communications. She has almost two decades of experience working with feminist, women’s rights and social justice organisations, with degrees in Science; Peace & Conflict Studies; International Relations; and a Masters in International Development. Her analysis has been featured on various platforms, including Open Forum (Australia), the Guardian, openDemocracy and Conectas, but she is also a sought-after feminist editor that loves tinkering with other people’s work.
As well as working for and with feminist movements, Rochelle aims to bring feminist insights and concepts to the broader social justice ecosystem to transform power imbalances and ensure the right voices are heard and funded.
Hester is a freelance writer and editor who specializes in health, human rights and climate change. She began her career in 2005 as a news journalist in the UK before working for international non-governmental organizations as a web editor and a mentor to citizen journalists in Africa and Asia. Hester has extensive experience in writing news stories, interview features, opinion pieces and case studies. She also edits technical briefs, toolkits, advocacy materials, media releases, articles and organizational reports.