By serendipity (I suppose) I ended up co-teaching one of the first permaculture courses ever in North America, when I came to meet Bill Mollison in 1982. It was my field of study, although at the time most people didn't get it. More recently, in 2005, we brought David Holmgren to give talks and a master class at our annual sustainability festival in Ireland. I've been in this field for a very long time, and since the 1980s permaculture, and now Transition (also launched at our center in Ireland) have been central to my work.
Over time I've pioneered many areas, most initially unrecognized. Now the subjects of Systems and Design Thinking, Sustainability, Ecological Restoration, Permaculture, Environmental Justice, Climate Change, Community Transition and Resilience, Action Learning, Natural Capital and the Circular economy have become almost mainstream. I hope we can say "just in time", but in truth, we are very late in taking them seriously.
My profile is organised to highlight a selection of skills : those I feel are most likely to make a significant contribution to the immense task before us--the urgent need for a course-correction, of humanity on spaceship Earth.
-Systems Thinking, Design Thinking and Circular Economy
-Support for Leaders and Entrepreneurs:
Policy Advice, Capacity Building, Learning Journeys & Action Based Education
-Ecological Restoration and Community Development
-Design Anthropology, Intercultural Collaboration and Communication
|Introducing North America to Permaculture|
|Verifying teacher: Bill Mollison|
|Other Teachers: me|
|Location: Sirius Community, Massachusetts USA|
|Date: Sep 1982|
|Building Sustainable Communities|
|Verifying teacher: David Holmgren|
|Other Teachers: Ben Whelan, Davie Philips, Martin Giannini, me|
|Location: Cultivate Ctr, Dublin IE|
|Date: Apr 2005|