Unity Consciousness, Environmental Sustainability, Strategic Planning, Regenerative Economics, Organizational Development, Knowledge Management
I am catalyzing and facilitating a societal transition to a regenerative relationship with nature.
15 years ago after graduating in Finance, I worked as a Knowledge Manager for a strategic consulting company. I was focused on helping our firm and the largest companies in the world become what I thought was sustainable. Though I was wealthy, had a promising career, and was passionate about making business and society more sustainable, something was wrong. At first I couldn’t place it, and thought maybe there was something wrong with me, since everyone else seemed quite satisfied with the money, success and influence. Though it was incredibly challenging at the time, I was deeply fortunate to realize after a couple years that in those companies, sustainability actually meant sustaining profits, and using these vital environmental concepts as marketing buzzwords to increase sales. And what’s worse, I started to wonder if helping these huge corporations with this type of shallow sustainability might actually hinder society’s potential of becoming truly sustainable.
I saw clearly then that my continued participation in that corrosive system was impossible, and if I was to honor my values, and the deep love I have for nature, I needed re-create my life. It took years to leave my job, my house, my sports car, my wife, But I knew I had to, and though my family, friends and colleagues thought I was going crazy, I had never been more happy.
Focusing mostly on problems, I was quite overwhelmed with the scale of the global environmental challenges, and felt somewhat powerless to make any real difference. One day though something shifted, I guess I knew enough about the problems that I didn’t feel like I was getting anything out of continued attention to them. I started instead to focus on solutions, practical, achievable, meaningful solutions that make people’s lives better and authentically honor our relationship to the environment. This change in focus and perspective was transformational, as all my energy shifted from problems to potentials, from “can’t” to “how”, and a world of answers and engaged organizations came into view. In time I found myself on my current path, creating regenerative organizations and programs, in as leveraged and systemic a way as possible, to co-create the momentum we need to live in the regenerative world my heart knows is possible.
I co-founded Upward Spirals, a regenerative think tank and consulting company, to magnify the sustainable solutions community’s ability to co-create a regenerative future. We build tools, templates, guides, business plans, and social benefit programs for leaders of regenerative projects, to help them accelerate the co-creation of a sustainable culture, in balance with nature. Our goal is to develop and empower a global network of holistic economic development centers using regenerative models and tools to systematically co-create a healthy planet, people, and communities.
As the Strategic Director and CEO of Upward Spirals, I guide the organization and our team towards our global impact goals. I create regenerative impact models, strategic plans, project management tools, and manage our knowledge resources to help the team be as effective as possible, and facilitate our shared goals. I have the pleasure of working with some of the most heart-centered educators, healers, and community builders in the world, and love this beautiful world we’re all creating together.
You may be interested in these resources I’ve written about the work of transitioning to a regenerative society.
Upward Spirals’ management consulting and organizational development for eco-social entrepreneurs, Catalyst Consulting