Myers Briggs as a tool for innovators

A common topic in many of my coaching conversations – especially with sustainability practitioners – is that there are useful models for understanding HOW people are different and what motivates different groups. I’ve found that the four Temperament Types is a useful model for understanding and influencing and gives clients some useful ‘aha’ moments as to why “they’re not listening” …

Business innovation supplied by nature…

Back in the 19th century the human race got hooked into chemical and mechanical engineering. We developed steam power and learned to make soap in quantity, then later fell in love with petrochemicals. While these have been useful tools to a point, their side effects are showing up as increasingly damaging. Biomimcry is showing up as a new source of …

High class communicators listen differently…

“High class communicators take the responsibility to interpret the understanding of their audience in order to be understood the way they want to be understood.”  Alan Sieler – Newfield Institute. I re-sat Newfield Institute’s 3-day Ontological Coaching In Action workshop last week.   Ontological Coaching is an ongoing practice – like yoga – that helps me be more grounded, balanced and …

Regenerative Design

Observing sustainability differently…

“We don’t see how things are, we see them according to how WE are”.   ― Anaïs Nin Modern neurobiology is providing evidence of what philosophers have been saying for a long time. What we observe is controlled and filtered by our beliefs and values, particularly in complex situations.  How we see and respond to situations is based on who WE are. …

Is attack your last option – or your only strategy?

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Richard Buckminster Fuller Are you in automatic fight mode? One of our great modern philosophers – Humberto Maturana – has commented, that we live in an age where society’s prevailing mood is one of aggression. One of the …

If you can talk, you can change the world…

There’s a proverb from Zimbabwe that my singing teacher quoted a lot: “If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing.” Not so many years ago, how humans went about the business of behaviour change was pretty much a mystery.  Those who could do it and do it well were considered to have ‘a way …

Collaborative consumption and the sharing economy

A different aspect of the shift to regenerative thinking is the development of a group of value-sharing initiatives that leverage the Internet to deliver value. In their book “What’s Mine is Yours”, Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers identify different forms of collaborative consumption systems including: Product service –  based on users paying for the benefit of using a product without needing to own the product …

The Blue Economy

A recent podcast on The Blue Economy in Australia

Mad Scientist Radio recently hosted a special edition on The Blue Economy in Australasia with guests Dr Martin Blake and Leigh Baker. The scientists took a break from talking about SEO to discuss the exciting, regenerative potential of this opportunity-based approach to business sustainability that uncovers value and cash flow in unexpected places. The Blue Economy takes environmental sustainability out …

The Blue Economy

The Blue Economy – Applying Nature’s MBA

I’ve been catching up with The Blue Economy over the holidays – enjoying Gunter Pauli’s list of 100 practicable, income-generating innovations based on Nature’s design principles (Mastery of Brilliant Adaptation).  If you haven’t heard of The Blue Economy, here’s an introduction by its founder Gunter Pauli. I find The Blue Economy’s approach to localised development – using local resources to …

Sustainable, restorative, regenerative – what’s in a name?

The distinctions we make in the language we use are really important. Language is what we use to invent our future.  In the evolving language of sustainability, the shift towards a regenerative approach reflects not just new strategies, but a new world view that offers enormous opportunity. I’m better with words than pictures, so it was great to find this …

Major New Fernando Flores Work Product

As one of the big thinkers behind the development of Ontological Coaching, Fernando Flores is always worth reading.  This article is particularly relevant to environmental sustainability and regenerative business: “Fernando Flores has just delivered a major report to the nation of Chile on the subjects of innovation and preparing for the future. In English, SURFING TOWARDS THE FUTURE: CHILE ON …

Revisiting ‘the cycle of hope’…

Early in my sustainability journey I came across The Better World Handbook . The wisdom in its introduction empowered me to manage some of my emotions about “the tough stuff” and whether this sustainability thing was for me. As I sat down to do some planning for the coming year it seemed a good time to share the Cycle of Hope …

Telescope

Galileo, heresy, physics and the emerging regenerative economy…

Many years ago, the subject History and Philosophy of Science was a required subject in my undergraduate degree.  In it I learned about Galileo – the Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who championed heliocentrism – the then controversial proposition that the earth went around the sun.  The mindset change he championed resonates strongly with the shift to regenerative thinking.

Are you a potential deep green cubicle commando?

I pulled the book “Cubicle Commando. Intrapreneurs, Innovation and Corporate Realities” off my bookshelf this week.  Here’s the back cover intro: “You don’t have to leave your job to express your true self.  You can do it right there from inside the tent.”  Lisa Messenger & Zern Liew Likewise, if you want to make a big environmental sustainability difference, you …