Dr. Steve Marshall

Seeing Differently

Working on purpose



Dr. Steve Marshall


What if we chose to see our world differently?

In an anxious world that often feels like it is falling apart due to embedded conflict, social division, climate change and environmental degradation, we must carefully consider our sense of purpose. 

We need to find ways to honour and witness others, explore diversity, hear stories, celebrate our differences, build community and join together in finding creative, new ways of working and living in the world. 

I'm an academic, photographer, organisation consultant and executive coach heading up a 70+ strong doctoral action research group at Ashridge for Hult International Business School.

This website is where I share my thoughts, opinions, intuitions and research. I work 'on purpose' with a range of organisational and coaching clients and this is a place for those brave, courageous leaders, coaches, consultants, activists, change agents, shifters, entrepreneurs, innovators, provocateurs and dreamers to share in an ongoing inquiry into how we can see differently, develop our sense of purpose as we work together towards a participative, humane, socially just and sustainable future. 


"Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity" ~ Simone Weil


...offering witness to shifts in image, vision and identity...

......he finds a way to show people as he sees them, in all their beauty and humanity.  His pictures are potent because he gives us an image of ourselves not normally available to us."  

(John Higgins, co-editor, The Change Doctors)


Seeing each other...


images and words for renewed purpose in work and life

 ‘If you want autonomous and coherent behavior, you need only open a space of love, and intelligence appears there. You don’t have to do anything but accept that the other is equally intelligent as you, even as he or she has a different experience, lives in a different way, or has different preferences.’ ~ Maturana & Bunnell


We know in our bones that there are better futures out there...

Conventional, hierarchical, transactional businesses and institutions are struggling to make a contribution to our world. 

 We need something more than ever increasing profit and limitless growth but can't seem to justify or articulate the alternative.  We know that we need to 'engage our people' if we are to inspire and lead, yet only one-in-eight of us are committed to our jobs.  We know that 'sustainability' is critical to our survival but our efforts are inadequate and we continue to waste and pollute; everyone is saying that our organizations should be more entrepreneurial and embrace change, yet we tie our risk takers up in red tape and bureaucracy.

How do we develop a clear sense of our individual and collective purpose?

What is required for us to  think, act, work together and care for each other in ways that cultivate the creativity and insight needed for generative change.

How do we trust ourselves to see our world differently?  


Steve Marshall

'Found Images'

What do we notice as we pass through the world? What provokes or intrigues us?

And what do 'found images' tell us?

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"I dream of visionaries in every village" ~ Laura Sewall