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We have
work to do.

What if we actually aimed for thriving?

Too often, we accept busyness and productivity as their own reward. Or we’re afraid to be bold, so we aim for something less than thriving.

As a result, we’re falling dangerously short of thriving in our communities, in our organizations and in our own lives.

So, what if we recognized the characteristics of thriving living systems in our organizations and communities?


And what if that were somehow simple and useful, opening up new insights and suggesting new ways forward?


What if our most powerful role is to act as stewards of life’s processes, actively cultivating the fertile conditions for life to thrive?


And what if this helped us achieve all of our other objectives more effectively?

This is the most important work of our times.
This is the practice of thrivability.


Here’s how I can help.

Whether you’re an organizational leader, a community planner or just someone looking for answers, here are some ways I can help.


Sharing deep expertise on what it takes for life to thrive in our organizations, our communities and our own experience


Hosting meaningful conversations to navigate complexity collectively, creatively and joyfully


Offering a comprehensive framework for designing and stewarding effective change


Mapping the opportunity in The Age of Thrivability: Vital Perspectives and Practices for a Better World


Delivering thought-provoking keynotes, workshops and webinars, with warmth and interactivity

“We need to see ourselves more fully as active stewards of life’s unfolding process and as part of a larger living world.”

The Age of Thrivability

A Climate of Curiosity

[This article originally appeared in the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario November/December 2019 print newsletter, in advance of EFAO's annual conference at which I spoke. The theme of the conference was "A Climate of Curiosity."] What will it take to grow...

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La création d’une organisation, moment béni

[This is the translation of a post called The Blessed Creation of an Organization. Traduction généreusement faite par Raphaël Souchier, auteur du livre Made in Local (en français)] J'aurais dû être très concentrée, me préparant pour l'événement que j'organiserais...

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What will it take to grow the ecological farming movement, with its more responsible and regenerative ways of being in relationship with the land? Here is one answer.

Agreed! "If an organization is a living system, is it appropriate for anyone to own it? Would it be more appropriate to see it as something we bring into the world and steward, like a child?"

https://t.co/hPBOt4vMm6 https://t.co/10016mH4i7

"At some point, scale and efficiency become degenerative rather than regenerative, actively working against life’s ability to thrive." Rethinking growth. @donmacca @postgrowth


"The opposite of oppressive structures is not no structure. How do we create non-coercive structures in our networks? For me this is closely tied to the notion of attraction: how do we convene from a place of invitation, not compulsion?"


Overheard at a recent ecological farmers gathering: "The industrial ag industry is a zombie. It's a failed model. It's eating the rest of us up. And if it's not stopped, it'll continue until we're all gone."

I gave an hour-long keynote at the Ecological Farmers of Ontario conference and it was the most enthusiastically received of any talk I've ever given. I think it may have been because I put so much love into it. Gotta love ecological farmers!


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