TRP 2020 Europe

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Your NameDaniel Ford
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1. What do you see as your primary work at this stage of your life?

Designing and facilitating spaces that bring people together to work out their role in contributing to healthy living systems

2. What role do you see as yours to play?

To keep asking myself what role I can play in service to the whole system, which at the moment I see as hosting spaces for ongoing collaborative action inquiry about how we can contribute to regenerative development.

3. What goals or aims do you have in regard to the above?

- To build my own capacity in process design, regenerative development, facilitation, governance, conflict transformation
- To practice, practice, practice all of the above!

4. Where do you feel your next arenas for personal growth are?

- Meditation practice
- Dealing with my own trauma, triggers and ego
- Building a better understanding of my own leadership style and practice grounds

5. And for professional growth?

- Better understanding of the processes and practices for regenerative development
- Further developing process design and facilitation skills
- More learning through action and impact - sensing what's working from feedback in the system and adapting to it

6. What have you invested in to get you where you are?

I've invested a lot in my personal development and learning, from a MA in Sustainable Development, to the School of Systems Change, to Deep Democracy training and 5 years of working in the field of futures and sustainable development. Also in two 6-month peer-to-peer learning journeys in the last 5 years about power and collective psychology. I also intentionally invest in my relationships; trust and integrity in working with others and building the basis for healthy collaboration.

7. What fields of learning and which thinkers have been important in your life?

- Complexity and systems thinking - Donella Meadows, Anthony Wilden, Gregory Bateson, Jean Boulton
- Governance and peer-to-peer - Michel Bouwens, Elinor Ostrom
- Living systems and deep ecology - Fritjof Capra, Arne Ness, Charles Eisenstein
- Philosophy - Paul Ricoeur, Heisenberg...
- Futures - Bill Sharpe
- New economics - E.F. Schumacher, Kate Raworth

8. Can you frame your philosophy or cosmology of life? What role(s) do humans play in it?

Although I tend to be sceptical of universals, I'd say my ontology is probably one of relationality - that we'd do best to see ourselves and the world as complex webs of relationships - you can't detach things from their context and still be talking about the same thing. One of my basic categories is systems ecology; the inherent rationality of adaptive living systems.

In this view of the world, humans are part of the web of life, and play the role of participants in the story of change, entangled with all of the relationships in all of the contexts we are part of - with the potential to intentionally co-evolve with our fellow critters in exciting ways in responding to changes in our environment.

Entry DateNovember 1, 2020

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