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Guides and reflections on: innovation, leadership, sustainability and community.
19/04/2015
Reflections from Day 2 of #PUBLICsymposium

#PUBLICsymposium was an amazing event, and a rare and much appreciated opportunity in WA. A deep bow of gratitude to FORM and sponsors who footed the bill for most of us. Here are some of my reflections after Day 2, which add to the reflections from Day 1. The same disclaimer applies as for Day […]

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15/04/2015
Reflections on Day 1 of FORM’s #PUBLICsymposium

Rather than tackled the impossible task to personally condense the first day’s messages and ideas from dozen civic leaders’ life’s work from Day 1 (and which the ‘crowd’ has done well through the event’s hashtag #publicsymposium ), this post is to articulate a few personal observations and ideas-in-formation. A brief disclosure, first, because I didn’t just […]

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02/03/2015
An updated inquiry: Learning from and with innovative cities

Thanks to feedback from some wonderful people, I've updated the question shared in a previous post. I expect many more iterations to occur! The summary of the final submission for a Churchill fellowship, and trajectory for my professional work is below. Thankyou to Andrea Selvey, Will Varey, Ann Larson, Scott Ludlam and the Pollinators members and community for their invaluable contributions. Without […]

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02/03/2015
Bendigo Bank community services ecosystem

Geraldton’s Community bank branch an amazing array of services, grants and funding opportunities for community groups. The image attached is an unofficial attempt to highlight how some of these work, centred around a member-based, NFP community organisation. As a voluntary Director, shareholder, and business and personal customer I am still working out how to make […]

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28/02/2015
Stress: stories about how to hold it, love it and perhaps let go

I've just woken up 2 hours earlier than my alarm (set for 5:30am) for the 10th time in the last fortnight. This same pattern persisted on and off or nearly a year in 2013 before I worried or did much about it. Self-observation of my behaviour then and now suggests that I must like stress, as I […]

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03/02/2015
How can innovation in local communities be of benefit, globally? The next question...

Arriving in Geraldton from years in Sweden, UK and traveling, I was holding a question about "the conditions that are enabling of sustainable human communities. My 5 year inquiry has taken the form of action-learning, contributing to projects and ventures that I (and others) assessed as high-leverage contributions to Greater Geraldton moving closer towards being a sustainable community. And, since 2011 my efforts have been […]

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22/01/2015
Joining the Dots

The last few days I've been acutely aware of the story that I'm telling, identity I'm creating and meaning I'm making through my thoughts, speech and action. I and others choose of facts, experiences to focus in a way that serves some purpose, to join the dots and create a histories and futures that illustrate a story we call ours […]

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04/01/2015
2015 Resolutions - art, not doing and paternalism

A few extra ideas and intentions drifted across my mind and captured my attention over the New Year Period…and could be called “resolutions”. The etymology of ‘resolution’ feels particularly apt here too, especially the reference to ‘loosening’, ’solving’ I say 'extra' because through investing in coaching, daily practising and ongoing inquiries, I’m fortunate to have developed some clear […]

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20/12/2014
Emergence - cracking open to a new coherency

Have you ever experienced a part of your self or life fall apart? At the same time, has something beautiful, new and ultimately better emerged? This morning I woke up full of strong impressions and fresh understandings that feel like a new and embodied understanding of transformation and emergence. I have a stronger sense now of […]

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28/11/2014
Social and creative enterprises in Bali and Lombok

On my recent holiday with the family through parts of Bali and Lombok I had my eyes open for local social and creative enterprises. While we were definitely tourists this time (not volunteering, researching or working), I felt that the least I could do was be a responsible traveller — aware of the impacts of […]

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17/07/2014
Confidence and coherence cultivated through commitment

More than once I've reflected that perhaps the only thing I've ever done 'wrong' (or that has lead to undesirable consequences) has been to not embody and consistently practice that which I ‘know’ (in heart and mind) to be right, true, and appropriate. This blog is both an artifact of and reflection on how regular […]

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05/05/2014
Reflections on Consicousness, Being and Relating

This post summarises some of my general reflections after the 4-week "Spring Retreat" with Peter Ralston in Texas, USA. Look out for future posts on specific principles, distinctions and experience of the work, for example: 'Grounded', 'Honesty', 'Not Knowing', 'Effortless' and further reflections on learning about learning (and learners).   The first thing to express in summary is […]

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21/04/2014
Cheng Hsin Fall Retreat in Texas — Week 3 of 4

Here's a quick update  from Lone Star state (Texas, USA) with an update on my time here on the Cheng Hsin Spring Retreat. Below is a brief, sketch outline of what's happening here, and for me. I intend on sharing more detail in future posts, after the retreat. The most basic summary is that it has been great and […]

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17/02/2014
Reality, and how to perceive it

Something I'm practicing is more accurate perception of the reality and circumstances, as a basis for any action or interaction. A few examples may help illustrate what I mean. My drawing in the past had predominantly been based on symbols i.e. figures and things that were symbolic and metaphorical. While I still do that type of […]

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21/07/2013
Honouring the legacy of Hawes' Hermitage

On a sunny, warm Sunday afternoon we gathered to consider how Monsignor Hawes' legacy could be continued through the wise use of The Hermitage. The basic inquiry was "How could this space best be used, in keeping with the spirit in which it was created?". We didn't come up with an 'answer', but there is […]

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08/07/2013
Awareness in and of transitions

It still surprises me how much a simple shift in attention can change everything. In this case, what I've noticed is how the shift in attention from the activity one is doing to the way one transitions into and out of that activity can make such a difference to qualities the activity itself. Sports and work are two examples […]

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28/12/2012
Holacracy — a magical 'OS' for organisations

Holacracy has been on my radar since 2008, and recently completing their become a Certified Holacracy Practitioner has turned me into an enthusiastic advocate for this new 'operating system' for organisations. This post is a bit of a download of my enthusiasm and early experience of having just facilitated our first 'Governance' meeting using Holacracy with […]

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24/12/2012
Revolutions and revelations

Last summer I was invited to a wonderful party, a party for revolutionaries. Dressing as Gandhi had great benefits: learning to tie a dhoti, learning to ride a motorbike wearing a dhoti, testing the reactions of supermarket staff to a man wearing nothing but a dhoti, sleeping in only a dhoti, to share my recent […]

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24/12/2012
Delicious reflexious-ness

Reflexion, an alternative British spelling of 'reflection' is defined as: a remark expressing careful consideration a calm, lengthy, intent consideration expression without words It seems to have originated from Latin 'reflexio' and 'the art of bending back'. A sort of recursive, reflexive capacity. This name emerged as a means of expressing the intention for this […]

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13/05/2010
Pollinators gets buzzing

There is an intense buzz of ideas, enterprises and investment around the world, for social good. Governments are rethinking how they deliver services, entrepreneurs are competing to solve homelesnesss and climate change, cross-sector collaborations are being used to re-invent the global food system, and corporate intrapreneurs are recreating their companies from the inside out. This […]

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30/12/2009
Community as Technology

This was originally published on the WorldChanging blog, here. With new options for collaboration, telecommunications and social networking coming online at a furious pace, it's worth pondering how society will continue to change as a result. Having the tools in place is, of course, only half the battle. The rest is learning to shift our […]

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30/12/2009
The significance of Identity for Sustainability

Beyond being one of the Max-Neef's Fundamental Human Needs (see footnote) I think our identity is actually central to effectively working towards sustainability. Questions of identity have come up repeatdly during my personal journey since graduation, whilst traveling overland back to Australia, and most recently during the Hallbarhet2009 event. Completing the MSLS program and having […]

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13/01/2009
Backcasting

Backcasting - first, get clear on your vision of success... Backcasting is a process of starting from a vision of success, then looking back to today to identify the most strategic steps to get achieve success. The process is described here, compared against forecasting or use of scenarios in planning processes, and examples of applications […]

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09/01/2009
Business Model Innovation and Design

Whether you are an entrepreneur or CEO of a listed company, there is nothing more crucial to strategy and success than understanding your business model. In fact, the last two IBM surveys of Global CEO have put business model innovation at the top of their priorities. Similarly, for social activists, understanding business models can be […]

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09/01/2009
Can social innovation competitions move beyond hype and deliver change?

Integrating the best of business (they trade, and make a profit) and charity (they have a social mission, and re-invest all profits into achieving their social mission), social businesses (also 'social enterprise' or 'community enterprises') are growing as a means for individuals and existing organisations to create positive social change. Whether these social businesses are […]

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09/01/2009
Developing as a Leader, through Action Inquiry

Awakening to action and inquiry in different territories of awareness One way to frame the concept of leadership is that being a leader is about leading yourself with integrity by staying in alignment with your values. As you engage with others, a leader's concern becomes mutuality. This is about your interaction with others, reciprocation, and interdependence. […]

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09/01/2009
Leadership Development Framework

Dictionary definitions of leadership highlight associations 'showing the way by going in advance', 'guiding behaviour', 'inducing, directing, and inspiring'. And the word development is an antonym of envelop, so can be interpreted as 'unwrapping'. So, leadership development can be thought of as unwrapping thee potential of individuals, teams and organisations to guide, direct and inspire. […]

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06/01/2009
Sustainability Inside-Out: the role of coaching

Can organisations move towards sustainability without coaching? Arising and Article 13's research reveals the critical role coaching can play in the shift towards sustainable and profitable business. Most large organisations are making moves towards sustainability. Leading organisations are integrating ecological and social factors into strategy. Many factors constrain organisations progress, but the barriers of culture […]

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15/07/2008
Visual, sustainable business model design

Have you ever thought: Excel spreadsheets, verbal pitches and typed-out business plans are not as effective as they could be in communicating the essence of a business model to investors, partners and staff? There is a confusing lack of a clear, consistent, modular 'language' for describing business models and the key components? Given that maps […]

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09/06/2008
Seeing from all angles

Integral Quadrants is a tool or framework that represents four of the most fundamental perspectives on reality at any point in time. The quadrants can be imagined as four lenses, each a very different but simultaneous view. The power in using these lenses is that it ensures you have considered all factors affecting your thinking […]

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21/05/2008
Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Art at SHINE

We were recently involved in SHINE Unconference for social entrepreneurs. We researched how understanding 'Fundamental Human Needs' can inform both the analysis, diagnosis, innovation and marketing phases of social entrepreneurship. Based on this thinking we co-created an installation that engaged visitors in the ten fundamental human needs. And, hosted several workshops with partner organisations who […]

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08/04/2008
Fresh perspectives on tough challenges

Andrew has designed and run two workshops through LearningHouse and the Hub, and in collaboration with Dawn Fleming. You can see the flyer from the last event here fresh-perspectives_learninghouse-hub_20th-may

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