Principles

I am guided by the following ideas and concepts that I apply in the projects and collaborations I work on:

Principles & practices of living systems

Living systems are the embodiment of complex, emergent systems but there are a number of core principles from nature’s operating system that keep showing up over 3.8 billion years of innovation: 

  1. Emergent
  2. Co-creative
  3. Self regulating
  4. Diverse
  5. Interconnected
  6. Abundant
  7. Cyclical
  8. Long term-ist
  9. Complex
  10. Embodied
Applied to grow regenerative organisations & communities

Working with these core principles of natures operating system how we can we reimagine and then redesign organisations and communities around the needs of all life:

  1. Recognising the interdependence and interconnection of all life
  2. Learning to ask better questions, not just seeking solutions
  3. Acknowledging that change is a journey that is often complex, uncertain and unpredictable
  4. Respecting planetary boundaries and limits
  5. Letting go of the myth of control 
  6. Including all perspectives, recognising the complex intersections between systems
  7. Humility, we are all apprentices to this new way of being
  8. Based on feeling AND thinking – an embodied head, heart and hands process
By rewilding the way we live and work as humans

In order to achieve this we might start to shift how we see ourselves in relation to nature and our innate wildness.

The idea of wild or wildness has been at the heart of my work of my work for many years now. 

Invariably for many people ‘wild’ relates to ‘nature’,  wild being a descriptor for the world that exists beyond human control – this you might describe as the ‘outer wild’. 

As you delve deeper into that question it becomes clear that there is another version of wildness that brings us back to ourselves, a remembering of our own roots, an inner wild — 240,000 years of being human, within that 3.8 billion years of life on earth. 

Deeper still you see that word wild is etymologically linked to the word will. To be wild is to act in accordance with one’s own will and self agency. It invokes passion and vigour, going beyond normal or conventional bounds, an idea that is insatiably alive.


“I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.”

― John O’Donohue