Transition emerges when we seek it

This article was published on The Transition Towns‘ Network site. On personal resilience, Conscious Business, Sociocracy, Social Enterprise… Martin

Transition had a deeply transformative effect on my life. It has shaped and focussed my professional path since. It brought me into contact with the inspiration, community and tools that I was aching for. Since my local network became fractured and life has swept me onward, I have become immersed in exploring solutions to some of the questions that Transition posed for me. My special interest, among others, was the development of Transition enterprises and livelihoods. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 17th, 2012 | Author: martin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Navigating the cross winds

Or The gulf between what we want and where we are

‘A plane is on the wrong course 90% of the time’

I was reminded of this nugget of wisdom today, while assessing where I’m at, where I’m going, where I said I wanted to go, and the habits that help or hinder my progress.
Navigating the cross winds
Of course aeroplanes normally arrive at their destination, which I find comforting. They do so because pilots regularly check against where they said they wanted to go, and adjust accordingly.

I know this probably sounds obvious, but I think we often neglect to check our course, and steer. I know that although I know it, I need reminding regularly. That’s ok, we are human and mortal. But that’s why it’s important to embed compass setting and evaluation into what we do Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 19th, 2012 | Author: martin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

The part time crusader wins the long game

With thanks to Ian Lawton

I was at last week’s Greenspeak, recently relaunched here in Brighton, with NEF and Mappiness. I really loved this brilliant Edward Abbey quote relayed by Andrew Simms. It really speaks to my own experience and learning as an activist, and to my own roots: as a proud descendent of  ramblers involved with the great ‘mass trespasses’ of the 30’s, whose ashes were scattered at the base of Green Gable, and as someone who knows the importance of balancing long hours with finding refuge in the views The Mappiness Hedonimeterfrom the peaks, of dancing and comedy, of listening in awe to the sounds of creatures usually unseen. After all, if we are serious about sustainability, then we have to take it seriously in our own lives, and we have to take laughter seriously too. If we truly care about the dreams that we are working to manifest, Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 5th, 2012 | Author: martin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Co-operative Principles and Sociocracy

I am passionate about economic democracy — not so much in the sense of majority rule voting, but in the sense of the people involved in something controlling it together.  Some people have argued that, for this purpose, organising as a sociocratic business is better than organising as a co-operative business.  Sociocratic businesses allow their members to participate in decision-making regardless of the size of their contribution to the business’s capital; sociocratic businesses do not get torn apart by the Scylla of majority-rule politics or sucked down by the Charybdis of interminable and impotent meetings.  However, many co-ops do not suffer from these problems either — and a co-op can remain a co-op while becoming a sociocratic business.  The opposition between co-op and Sociocracy is a false one.  Let me show you why. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: November 13th, 2011 | Author: nate | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

The Good Chef

“The good chef (chief) walks around her kitchen, with a clean apron and a pocket full of spoons”.

I love this quote, that Louis shared with me the other day. Apparently it came from a local chef he knows, but for me it says a lot about Facilitative Leadership and Collaborative Governance. It talks to me of support, measurement and trust. And it sounds fun and delicious!

Martin

Posted: October 4th, 2011 | Author: martin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off