I’m glad you’re here.

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

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

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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"The real problem is...that we have ‘fallen out of a love tangle with the Earth’. A complex relationship of reciprocity and reverence that truly sustained us for millennia....

Feeling frustrated at opposition speech in Canadian Parliament this morning and radio interviews that followed - "Sure, dialogue is great, but we want an action plan now!" But that's not how dialogue works if it is to generate solutions.

#Wetsuweten #GenerativeDialogue #cdnpoli https://t.co/pjemQVSPbz
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"[Education] reformers aim to produce people whose purposes and outlook are narrowly economic, not to educate citizens and certainly not 'citizens of the biotic community.'" - David Orr

#learningforlife https://t.co/tcWzbzigSU
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Nate Babcock @coachnateb
Orr on the dangers of #education (conventionally conceived). #physed https://t.co/ZWRu9eK3Fa

I'm thrilled to be speaking at New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility's 2020 Spring Conference on May 6. This is a thoughtful, committed group and it's an honor to be invited to share my stories and perspectives with them. Join us if you can! https://t.co/8Am0IGRU9D
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NHBSR @nhbsr
We are so excited to have Michelle Holliday ( @thrivability) keynote our 2020 Spring Conference! Read more about her in our press release here: https://t.co/xvV99cd6yu. Many thanks to keynote sponsor @Sustainserv! https://t.co/uXKF9a3QPd

"Thrivability is not a static end goal or an absolute, ideal state. It is an ongoing assessment & adjustment based on emerging insights, evolving internal conditions & shifting context...."

Got another one. Consider checking new followers as a way to curtail the spread of disinformation. Lots of bots out there.

https://t.co/voXgrgwSIs https://t.co/v3FxSf1p4S
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