Two approaches – abundant of spirit, or critical, righteous and the prima-donna

Two approaches One. Yesterday I saw myself in less than favourable colours. I attended an event and I walked in with preconceived judgement that was sourced from some field of my old default pattern of superiority. “I know better.” This approach shut down a whole world of possibility. I squeezed myself into a narrow field of righteousness. And criticism. Exactly … Read More

Our addiction to coupling – the values of a single life

I am not sure where I found my strong sense of identity. I think it arrived with me at birth. I was never the timid, frightened child. It was me, after all, that held my fists up to ward off the person bullying my older brother, all tiny me, undaunted. You would often find me in trees, high up, alone, … Read More

The only way to be alive

When I was very young I recall with clarity a moment in time where I saw the world I wanted and inhabited at the same time as I saw the world the world wanted me to see and live. I was clear in that moment that I was being asked to fit into a certain shape. To not do this, … Read More

Social capital, networks and reputation

Unless you are deploying a tool such as Integral Accounting, it is unlikely that you will take into account the all-in-value of someone’s social capital. Our connectivity to people within networks, and our reputation within that network is an extraordinary asset that extends well beyond financial account. Relationships are human nourishment, and as essential to life as food, air and … Read More

Distracted by purposefully built illusions

The wonderful part of being an Aussie is we do have a ‘downunder’ view of the world. We watch, from afar, the world go mad. That is not to say we ourselves are not also caught in the mad contagion. After all we have a Prime Minister who is quite a climate science denialist, (and a Roman Catholic, so we … Read More

Building a sterilised world

Hand sanitisers Extreme overuse of antibiotics Removing play equipment from school playgrounds Overuse of vaccinations Never allowing children to be unsupervised Walking or biking to school ‘too’ dangerous Playing outdoors in the rain or cold…’too’ dangerous Signage everywhere to speak of the obvious, in case of litigation. Airport and other security now essential These are the costs of safety measures … Read More

Debt is a great way to keep people docile

“Debt is a great way to keep people docile” Dr Jason Hickel In this blistering and lucid article on the delusions of microfinance, Dr Hickel exposes a model that the West have looked on so favourably these last few years as a way to bring people out of poverty. Yet it has been shown to keep poverty alive and well. … Read More

What is my relationship to the unknown? The false gods of security

  What is my relationship to the unknown? How comfortable am I sitting on the precipice of the emergent? Am I able to stand in the tension of uncertainty? And if so, for how long? How much is my life trapped by an identity that no longer fits? I ask these questions this morn, knowing that my willingness to continue … Read More

Hubris in leadership – intrinsic to leadership is responsibility

This week we watched hubris in leadership play out on the world stage of FIFA. And in Australia we are watching with horror as the tragic violations and abuses by representatives of the Catholic Church towards people (mostly children) in their care is brought to light by the Royal Commission, while some of the leading Church officials continue to deny … Read More