The art of Citizenship, being Democracy and Big Blue Sky

We inhabit a world divided. The chasm multiplies each second. And into the abyss we only see more of the same. More debt, more congestion, more broken down cities, communities, suicides, violence, racism, xenophobia, isolation…..hate. And a contagion of fear… Its 2:23AM and we wake…night after night…the tangled sheets a testament to the turbulence of our being. That something is … Read More

An exploration of brilliance, timing and the future

“Be so brilliant no-one can ignore you.” I heard this comment and thought how easy life would be if it were as simple as that. How hard have I beat myself up for ‘obviously’ being far less than brilliant. But what of brilliance who’s time is too soon? Those pioneers who see a future few other see, and their brilliance … Read More

Fireside Chat, The Coming Global Financial Turbulence, Dr David Martin

On May 9th 2016, Christine McDougall interviewed Dr David Martin on the coming Global Financial Turbulence and what local communities can do to build resilience and parallel economies. You can watch the video of Part 1. It is 1 hour 14 minutes in total.The show notes below show how you can fast forward to certain areas of the video that … Read More

What is Money and why does Money consume so much of human existence?

Money is a word that comes laden with human expectations, projections, hopes, dreams, pain, suffering, frustration, disappointment, lust, desire, greed, control, power, manipulation, wistfulness, loss, disgust, guilt, longing… Onto the Spirit of Money lives the entire spectrum of human emotions. Plus broken dreams, starvation, death, and the highest orders of corruption. And love, freedom, entitlement, joy, excitement, expectation. We think … Read More

We need to talk of love and business

We need to talk love and business. Why? Because business without love is, somewhere beyond all the noise and distraction, the central reason humans are in this mess of climate change, economic disparity, corruption, crisis of health… We know love. We know what it feels like to gaze at a beautiful vista and feel completely humbled by love. To look … Read More

A bad business model – how not to do business

In conversation today at my local coffee shop… Scenario: Small centre with about 20 commercial shops and 20 businesses. The Centre Manger has walled off a whole area of the small centre to do the fit out of a bakery/cafe. This in a centre that has 9 outlets already selling coffee. My conversation with the owner of my boutique coffee … Read More

Culture is a Strategy – the fine art of cultural design

  The world of entrepreneurs, start-ups, and fast paced tech companies might benefit from slowing down to think before the company is built about the desired future culture of their organsiation and how to design a culture from day one that sets the stage for greatness. Amid the flurry of product design, capital raising, launch strategy and generally just existing, … Read More