Working on purpose
How will you find your sense of purpose?
When our world 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 and the contribution we can make towards positive change.
We must 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 and work 'on purpose' with a range of organisational and coaching clients.
This website is where I share my thoughts, opinions, intuitions and research.
It is a place for leaders, coaches, consultants, activists, change agents, shifters, entrepreneurs, innovators, provocateurs and dreamers to share in an ongoing inquiry.
How we can see differently and develop our sense of purpose as we work together towards a participative, humane, socially just and sustainable future?
"I dream of visionaries in every village" ~ Laura Sewall
......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)
‘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 we can do this differently...
Our 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 it's difficult 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 trust ourselves to see our world differently?
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 develop a clear sense of our individual and collective purpose?
What do we notice as we pass through the world? What provokes or intrigues us?
"Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity" ~ Simone Weil