Author Archives: Jenni

About Jenni

I am interested in working with others to enhance the sustainability of human systems. My practice is to engage with people by drawing on their own ways of knowing and understanding. I orient people toward the “pull” of future intentions, rather than the blind "push" of past habits and "best practice". I encourage people to break out of their cognitive silos, to think laterally and to focus on the whole problem systemically in all its inter-disciplinary complexity. My practice works through the essential processes of innovation – mobilising resources, enrolling peers, engaging allies and building public support. This form of engineering practice is about manoeuvring, dissolving boundaries, always being in action, and recognising that function, congruence and transformation are emergent properties generated through active learning by doing.

Here i am again after a long pause…

sustaining futures are still on my mind but the nature of this for me has changed…I am now aware of the need for me to care for my father as well make changes in my personal circumstances to live a … Continue reading

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Learn about Synapse: Creating Connections Short Course

OASES June Breakfast – Connecting ways of knowing OASES Graduate School Breakfast Series 2015 ‘Aha’, the spark of enlightenment in a moment when everything makes sense! Such bridging moments were described by James Joyce as ‘aesthetic arrest’. New predicaments need … Continue reading

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A short course – Synapse: Creating Connections

Synapse – Creating Connections An aesthetic experience is the spark of enlightenment or connection in an ‘aha’ moment when things make sense and everything becomes clear! Such a bridging moment has been described by James Joyce as ‘aesthetic arrest’. This … Continue reading

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Climarte 2015

See the Climarte YouTube

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two different ways of working that we need to combine…

We need to combine different ways of doing things to navigate effectively in these uncertain times with for example climate change, environmental damage and the reactions of people to these changes – large scale movements of refugees: the planned ways … Continue reading

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Sustainability or the ability to sustain?

The word sustainability has the sense that there is an end point. If instead sustainability is changed into the phrase ‘the ability to sustain’ it becomes a capability. Some thing that we can work towards developing. What is it though that … Continue reading

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The Empathic Civilisation

See this YouTube video – an insightful walk through history and some recognition of what could be – an empathic civilisation….happy viewing

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What has being female got to do with living sustainably?

This presentation draws on newer understandings of what it is to be female, particularly dealing with change and the different responses that women have in their ‘tool-kit’ – for example tend-and-befriend as well as fight-or-flight. In the presentation I have … Continue reading

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The Power of Networks

This is another RSA YouTube video about a change in scientific thinking that has occurred that requires a shift in the way we think about the world.

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Complex adaptive systems

I have been listening to part of a lunchtime session, here in Melbourne Australia, on ABC Classic FM with Paul Ehrlich and was re-minded of the importance of people understanding complex adaptive systems.

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