BlindSpot Think Tank can help you extend your work to match the scale of the problems we all face. I work across sustainability and security themes with organisations of all kinds, providing :
- Inspirational talks
- Training workshops
- Research collaboration
- Executive coaching
- Blindspotting consultancy including assessments and solution mapping
I can work with your area of focus or with our project themes:
- Planet Levers. How to create effective change on a scale that others cannot even imagine. Identify high-leverage policy solutions to reverse damaging system dynamics across a range of issues. See more…
- Climate Rescue. Climate chaos is a symptom. Climate rescue is the whole system solution. How to quickly implement the attractive carbon-negative future in which people’s needs can continue to be met. See more…
- Circular Economy #4Real. An economy that restores resources is the biggest business opportunity. But only if it happens everywhere. Markets can be harnessed to ‘precycle’ everything. See more…
- Blindspotting. This is a powerful antidote to conventional thinking that causes but cannot solve problems. Curiosity-led learning and managing real world complexity without ‘shrinking thinking’. See more…
Some of BlindSpot’s clients and project partners are pictured below. Please get in touch now so I can learn how best to help you.
Planet Levers. You’ll learn:
- How breaking big problems into pieces became the standard approach and why it hasn’t worked for the biggest problems.
- How to visualise the complexity in global systems, in the patterns of systems and in mechanisms to change these patterns.
- Examples of topical issues pictured as a map revealing the three possible positions for attempting to manage problems.
- How the most important strategies, for security, economic growth and global problem-solving are self-defeating due to neglect of system change options.
Policy options for systemic change to reverse worsening trends with multiple acute international issues.
- How a global security goal-set can unite shared global goals, even those that seem in conflict.
- Strategy for designing out herd thinking, externalities, waste, violent conflict, inequalities, ecosystem loss, debt and austerity.
Climate Rescue. You’ll learn:
- How habits of thinking have delayed effective climate solutions for decades.
Why climate summits haven’t worked, due to neglect of systems thinking.
- Some basic science of how carbon concentrations determine equilibrium global temperatures.
- From demonstration of carbon-negative cooking; making a blindspot visible and tangible.
- Visualising the 3 levels of the climate problem: the system, the patterns, and the change options.
- Policy options for change; old incrementalism and new opportunities for fast radical change.
- Three ways that carbon-negative can be cost-negative.
- How to plan and implement the attractive carbon-negative future that now seems possible.
- How to building a carbon-negative cookstove that makes biochar not ash.
Circular Economy 4 Real. You’ll learn:
- Circular economy as a common thread in all resource-related sustainability issues.
- How it’s been sought in different ways since 1966 and why it hasn’t happened.
- Theories of change and the psychology of escaping an unsustainable future.
- The 1975 waste hierarchy as the basic practical tool and why it doesn’t work.
- Precycling as the circular economy in practice. How to precycle anything.
- Linear and circular economics as strategic options for economic growth.
- Waste-risk as a simple cross-issue indicator for circular economy and climate.
- A market-based tool to put circular economy into prices, markets and growth.
- How this can align personal, business, political, ecological, community and shared values.
Blindspotting. You’ll learn:
- How the world is dramatically failing the ‘Einstein Test’ of being able to solve its problems by thinking differently.
- How ‘shrinking thinking’ is steadily diminishing our capacity for large scale problem solving, just as the problems get bigger.
- That complexity is infinite at all scales, so it doesn’t become more manageable in bits.
- What happens when herd thinking, reductionism, denial and fundamentalism underpin problem-solving.
- The roles of education, media, peer conformity, psychological self-defense and institutional boundaries.
- How to design-out shrinking thinking with non-predetermined curiosity-led learning in education and training.
- How to awaken our innate systems thinking skills by working with ‘planet levers’; policy options for global change at key ‘leverage points’.