Working on purpose
I’ve been looking towards new visions of our world for some time now.
I work at the often ragged, volatile edges of innovation in business, organisational development and academia where I use digital media and rigorous research to catalyse productive dialogue, trust, high quality conversation and organisational change.
Our business and social environments are suffering due to embedded social division, conflict, climate change and ecological degradation, and we need to make careful, thoughtful contributions towards positive change.
Using video, photography and dialogue facilitation I help my clients witness and honour each other, explore diversity, hear stories, celebrate difference, build community and join together in finding creative ways of working and living in the world.
In my corporate engagements, I’m a film-maker, photographer, consultant and coach working 'on purpose' with a range of individual and organisational clients. As a doctoral supervisor, I work on the action research program at Ashridge alongside brilliant candidates as they breakthrough boundaries of knowledge and professional practice to achieve their PhDs.
Wherever I work, my question is simply this:
......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 helpful 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 can 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