What lies behind...

My work sits at the intersection of experiential learning, systems thinking and nature-based practice.  The human relationship with the rest of the natural world fascinates me - how we’ve got to where we are - and perhaps even more so, where we go next.  

Something I’m curious about is the extent to which so many of us have lost our connection with what’s ‘out there’.  Buried in our busy human lives, always connected to elsewhere with our digital devices, we are forgetting how to find and create what we need from what surrounds us.  We are forgetting how to look, how to see, how to listen and how to feel our way forwards.  Forgetting how to be lost sometimes and find our way out, forgetting how to play and be creative, forgetting that we are not just perching here, upon this great, green-blue planet of ours, but woven into the fabric of it all.

When training as a coach I instinctively found myself drawn to working outdoors, finding the dynamism of the changing environment enriched and enlivened my clients’ experiences and opened doors to different, richer ways of thinking and doing.  Ways of thinking and doing that we need to navigate the stormy, complex, interconnected challenges of the 21st century world.  My exploration of these continues, with a focus on tools and techniques to:

  • grow systems awareness

  • enable 'longer now' and ‘bigger we’ thinking

  • understand complexity and unpredictability

  • foster a sense of interconnectedness

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I like to read...

I love books and I love recommending books.  Here are a few that have had a big impact on my approach and my work.  I also love bookshops, especially small independent ones - so when I'm shopping online I always use Hive where I can.

The Faraway Nearby & A Field Guide to Getting Lost – Rebecca Solnit
Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that won’t stop talking – Susan Cain
Walk Out, Walk On & Leadership in the Age of Complexity  - Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze
Presence - Peter M.Senge, C. Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski and Betty Sue Flowers
How We Are – Vincent Deary
The Spell of the Sensuous – David Abram
Doughnut Economics - Kate Raworth
Landmarks & The Wild Places - Robert Macfarlane
The Myth Gap - Alex Evans
Sum: Tales from the Afterlives - David Eagleman
The Living Mountain - Nan Shepherd
Silence: In the Age of Noise - Erling Kagge
Skybound: A Journey in Flight - Rebecca Loncraine
The Soul of an Octopus - Sy Montgomery
The Nature Fix - Florence Williams

I like to listen too.  Talks and podcasts I keep coming back to include:

The danger of a single story - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
All power to the polymath - Ella Saltmarshe
Don't be an entrepreneur, build systems - Marc Ventresca
Abundance within planetary boundaries - Johan Rockström
Griefcast - Cariad Lloyd

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I also like to write...

Go outside ... amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”
— Anne Frank