Einstein said “make a problem as simple as possible but no simpler.” This is a fine balancing act, especially dealing with a complex problem when you cannot know all the factors at play or see the interactions between them. The problem situation at one point in time is not the same at another point in time. Quick fixes rarely fix anything in the case of complex problems. The approach to strategy in response must be to build in the ability to allow for emergence; allow for inevitable revelations…

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Slow might sound like a nice thing to do for ourselves, but what does Slow have to do with the ability of human beings to thrive into the future? ‘Fast’ culture privileges speed, immediacy, quantity and the short term over the long term, and leaves us in a state of hyper-stimulation and reactiveness. While a quantity-over-quality, ‘take away-throw away’ mindset is a familiar problem for many sustainability professionals, two problems arising from a Fast orientation that I would like to call out to consider as deeper issues are…

Leading up to the New Year, I had planned to write a substantial blog post on intention setting. As the time drew nearer however I became increasingly anxious about that. Not because I couldn’t write about the theory and practice of intention setting, but because I still feel there is a decent gap between I intend to be and where I am. I felt like I would be being disingenuous writing about intention setting from this state. But then I remembered that the point of this phase of…

This is something I never thought a non-conformist fond of change and exercising creativity like me would admit – routine is important. More so if no one else (such as an employer) is providing the structure for you. I had overlooked just what effect waking up every morning and being able to what I wanted, when I wanted, would have. I guess I had assumed that I would get to work 9-5 just like before but in a different location. Boy was I wrong. What are the implications…