ABOUT THIRD i PARADIGM

MICHELLE GIRARD

Founder and Owner of Third i Paradigm

Michelle is an international development professional with 20 years of experience including 15 years of designing and managing stabilization, community resilience and countering violent extremism programs in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Central Asia and Zimbabwe. Having worked in many of the world’s most pressing crises, she understands the programming challenges in these environments.

After years of living in these high threat environments, Michelle also has a personal understanding of the unique stress, pressure and risk that comes with this work. She started an Ashtunga yoga and meditation practice in 2007 and has more than 900 hours of formal training in yoga asana, philosophy and breath-work. She has been teaching since 2011. She is currently completing a certification program with Warriors at Ease which trains yoga teachers adaptive approaches for individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and physical disabilities.

It is clear to Michelle through her exploration of the intersection of trauma, conflict dynamics and violent extremism, that addressing the physiological impact of conflict and violence is a critical missing aspect of stabilization programming. She established Third i Paradigm to create an integrated approach to programming and an alternative perspective on how we understand resilience and stabilization.

THIRD i PARADIGM VALUES

Excellence

Integration of analysis, innovation and experience to provide the highest quality products to partners and beneficiaries.

Respect

Respect for diversity of people and experiences is a foundational value. Acceptance and tolerance are fundamental principles.

Curiosity

Approach challenges with curiosity and a determination to find solutions that are context specific.

Compassion

Everyone deserves compassion.