Our innate (female) biological destiny, colors the lens through which we view and engage in the world. Our primary values are communication, connection, emotional sensitivity and responsiveness…just what we need to live more sustainable lives… Continue reading
Recommended by Professor Frank Fisher along with Small is Beautiful and Silent Spring.
The Short Course – A Practice that Sustains will be running in the second half of 2012 at oases Graduate School
Some practitioners promote resolving the “material” issues that we have i.e. water, energy and waste as the path to sustainability but to generate sustainable, indeed sustaining and worthwhile lives requires different ways of being in relation to the material and immaterial, human and non-human, things and no things, knowing and not knowing. These are extraordinarily difficult to come to terms with especially when working and living in our rapidly changing world.
About the A Practice that Sustains course:
This short course will provide you with an opportunity to not only reflect upon your present way of life, but also to envisage a future that is both feasible and desirable, and to plan for it to come into being. In creating your own future you cannot be told “who or “how to be”; you must “extract” this vision from your values, circumstances and personal knowledge. Continue reading
A group of alumni, all highly established in their respective careers, got together for a visit with their old university professor. The conversation soon turned to complaints about the endless stress of work and life in general…Offering his guests coffee, the professor went into the kitchen and soon returned with a large pot of coffee and an eclectic assortment of cups: porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal – some plain, some expensive, some quite exquisite. Quietly he told them to help themselves to some fresh coffee…
imag(in)ing innovation flowering, growing and embedding
… In these slides I am seeking ways to illustrate the connections between the journeys of what I have called the flower of innovation of Latour in Pandora’s Hope (he calls this the reality of science)
… with the connections into the landscape
… for this is what happens with innovation the doing of it changes the world…creating more than what is on the surface, the idea ‘connects’ in all sorts of ways and ‘pops-up’ elsewhere…(nature)
You can see a presentation developed for Swinburne University for 24th August 2011 at Slideshare by clicking on What is this “Sustainability Thing”? This was developed mainly for engineers with the knowledge that a wider audience may attend.
On the 27th July 2011 I presented at the Knowledge Management Leadership Forum (KMLF).
The topic was What can we do about this “Sustainability Thing”?
The powerpoint pack that I used as a starting point can be found by clicking on the link KMLF. Continue reading
The content of this post was developed for a day at CERES together with oases Graduate School on Relating (community) in a course called Being Together: Being Sustaining. The overall program had three main days: Relating (self), Relating (community) and Relating (environmentally) interspersed with evenings of conversations.
The session described below followed one on individualism and connectedness, the present day discourse around autism and narcissism, the historical and contemporary destruction of community, the calls for dialogic and collective renewal, drawing participants attention to the importance of language, of slow-ness and conversation…by Jacques Boulet. On the day these two more cerebral sessions were interspersed with engagement with art, individually, in pairs and as a group. The intention of this structuring was to engage both physically through expression as well as cognitively with these concepts. Continue reading
Recently I presented my story of how I came to be ‘here’ doing what I am doing at Girl Geek Dinners Melbourne – if you follow this link you can listen to my presentation. Thanks to Jess for the invitation, to Amanda for publishing the recording and for the enthusiastic response from the Girl Geeks.