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

Will Artificial Intelligence Serve Human Thriving?

Yesterday I had a fascinating opportunity to explore with a group how artificial intelligence may impact thrivability and vice versa. At the invitation of master convener François Lavallée (who - to my delight - describes himself as an organizational biologist), I...

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From Cows to Capital to Cultivation

cap·i·tal (etymology): Borrowed from Latin capitālis (“of the head”) (in sense “head of cattle”). Use in trade and finance originated in Medieval economies when a common but expensive transaction involved trading heads of cattle. Compare chattel, which also uses “cow”...

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“A paradigm shift occurs when a question is asked inside the current paradigm that can only be answered from outside it.” - Marilee Goldberg, The Art of the Question

"Not only is integration of the different parts of the brain critical to intelligence, such integration relies on coordination with other sources of intelligence throughout the body." https://t.co/BWOH6XuJgo

Seth Godin is talking living systems - I love it! And with concise wisdom, as always. Let's not let small differences block us from doing the important work we need to do together. #thrivability https://t.co/LiyQXTYYxY

On the need for systems thinking in journalism and public conversation. https://t.co/Btp2C1fSnU

Just had a FANTASTIC, powerful and super-concentrated coaching session with @deborahh. So much goodness and insight in only one hour, all unfolding at a gentle, natural pace. I think she may have played with the flow of time - hidden superpower. Thank you, Deb!

"We are members of one Earth community and need a new trinity that is holistic and inclusive, that embraces the entire planet and all species upon it. So I propose a new trinity of soil, soul, society."


“A paradigm shift occurs when a question is asked inside the current paradigm that can only be answered from outside it.”
- Marilee Goldberg, The Art of the Question
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"Information is the invisible lifeblood of all living systems. …it provides the ingredients for life to organize itself… This function is in the word itself: in-formation." - Margaret Wheatley

via Jan Höglund
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"The pen may not be mightier than the sword, but its ink lasts longer. Actions can change lives. Beliefs can change actions. Books can change beliefs." - Adam Grant

Here's to the power of books!
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"The world is not to be put in order. The world is order. It is for us to put ourselves in unison with this order." ~Henry Miller

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