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. Continue reading


Is attack your last option – or your only strategy?

(First published in “Regenerative Thinking in Action” – April 2014)

“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 implications of this is that we can get trapped in the assumption that the way to change a system is to fight it. Continue reading

Collaborative Consumption and the Sharing Economy

(First published in “Regenerative Thinking in Action” – April 2014)

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 outright.
  • Redistribution – where used or pre-owned goods are passed on from someone who does not want them to someone who does.
  • Collaborative lifestyles – where people with similar needs get together to share and exchange time, space, skills and other intangibles.

Rachel Botsman explains Collaborative Consumption in this TED Talk:

If you’re interested to investigate further, here’s a list of some of the Australian initiatives from planetcentric.

We’re heavily habituated to owning what we need, so exploring for collaborative alternatives can be another way to leverage the opportunity side of regenerative business.  If you need help in developing a new strategic perspective, then Contact Us.

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 with people’. Continue reading

Old songs to inspire a new century….

Here are some of the songs from the 20th century that inspire and energise me.  It a bit of an eclectic mix, but my mood shifts when I play them.  What inspires and renews you?

The Heat is On by Glenn Frey is one I love just for the rhythm/beat – a great source of energy:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqZ9WVBXBvw

Tom Petty’s  I Won’t Back Down for the melody but also the words “Gonna stand my ground, won’t be turned around / And I’ll keep this world from draggin’ me down”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUTXb-ga1fo

Ease On Down the Road by Michael Jackson for the energy and lightness, but also for the message to let go of the baggage of the past and just take the next step: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ztDwyEuiBY

High Hopes by  Frank Sinatra for the lightness, also for the value of persistence (although I also advocate for hard work on smart strategy):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWZ-pLUb9L8

‘Tain’t What You Do (It’s The Way That You Do It) by Ella Fitzgerald to me points out the value of bringing acceptance, intention, curiosity and wonder to HOW we do WHAT we do: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8fCXNTCWig

The Music Of The World A Turnin’ by The Seekers – tune into what’s happening, not what’s going on in your head: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0K8BbTNXx2o

Jimmy Cliff’s I Can See Clearly Now reminds me to let go of the negative moods and emotions that shut down my creative thinking:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIqLsGT2wbQ

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.

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 diagram by Bill Reed late last year.  It helps explain the different perspectives and the thinking behind them. Continue reading