Life-cycle assessment of rules and regulations

In sustainability we often talk about life-cycles of buildings, products and anything physical that we make. A life-cycle assessment will include thinking about what happens to the product once it is no longer in use, be that how the materials will be decommissioned and disposed of, recycled, or re-used and renewed. We recognise that physical things have use-by-dates and we plan accordingly.

What if we took the same approach to rules and regulations? From the way we make laws for society, to the way we choose the rules that we personally live by, thinking ahead to the time when that rule will no longer be useful to us will give us a deeper understanding of why it exists now and how to best apply it. Continue reading “Life-cycle assessment of rules and regulations”

Public Transport for Perth in 2031: a new question

There’s something missing from Perth’s public transport plan for 2031. It’s subtle, it’s almost intangible and we could easily get by without it. We would create a transit system that effectively and even efficiently moves a predicted population of 3.5 million people around a new city. We probably wouldn’t even notice its absence.

But we would miss an opportunity.

Public transport for Perth in 2031: mapping out the future for Perth’s Public Transport Network outlines an ambitious project. It shows WA’s commitment to public transport and, in a way, it demonstrates a forward thinking approach to urban design and the premise that everyone in a city should have access to it.
But we could do more.

What if, instead of asking, “How do we move 3.5 million people around a city?” we wondered, “What does public transport mean to what Perth could be in 2031?” Continue reading “Public Transport for Perth in 2031: a new question”

Through the eyes of a clown: the art of facilitation

A Perth version of Clowning for Facilitators will be running on January 12.  For a word that wasn’t in use not so many years ago, facilitator gets bandied around a bit.  In this workshop we use the art of Clown to get you, the facilitator or communicator, connected with the intangible part of your work.  How do you develop your ability to read the energy in the room and convince a bunch of engineers or bankers that drawing a picture of a tree on yet another post-it note really is worth their while?  How do you develop the confidence that you will get your group wherever they need to be – even when things seem to be going completely wrong? Continue reading “Through the eyes of a clown: the art of facilitation”

Engineering + strategic facilitation + circus training = ?? The serious side to play.

When I was 8 I talked of running away to join the circus.  By 15 I was far too serious to consider anything so frivolous, and enrolled in an engineering degree as a close alternative.

A decade after graduating, and following roles in organisational development, strategy, change, sustainability and even social enterprise, I find myself just a few days from boarding a train to live out my eight-year-old dream by training with Greentop Circus in Sheffield. Continue reading “Engineering + strategic facilitation + circus training = ?? The serious side to play.”

A brief history of time: engineer runs away to the circus

November, 2001 ish: Awarded engineering degree

October 5, 2009: Audition for circus school.

October 14, 2009: Offically accept an offer to study for three months, full time, at the Greentop Circus in Sheffield.

October 14, 2009 (approximately 30 seconds later):  Much high-fiving, ecstatic silly-dancing and general excitement.

October 14, 2009 (approximately 1 hour later):  Wondrous marvelling at the crazy journeys life can take.

(You can read about my adventures in the circus in runningawaytothecircus.)