Lift and Shift

Lift and Shift

One of the easiest ways to create impact in our community is what we call the ‘lift and shift’. We take a non-local solution for a local challenge, and we put it on stage at one of our events. It is a breathtakingly simple move that inspires the emergence of community leadership that could apply […]

The Chaotic Improvement of the Average

The Chaotic Improvement of the Average

The world is getting better – a lot faster than we think. And yet, generally, we don’t feel it. A recent survey suggested that more than 9 out of 10 people believe the world is getting worse. This just isn’t the case. Extreme poverty is collapsing faster than anyone predicted. Life expectancy improvements are accelerating, […]

The Great Surfacing

The Great Surfacing

We live in strange times. Times when the collective noise in the news and online can be quite overwhelming. Fear, anger, rage and pain are appearing everywhere we look – and there seems to be no end to the rising tide. As individuals and in our communities, in ourselves and in the world, the darkness […]

Cultivating Grace

Cultivating Grace

How do I transform my own suffering to grace? This is the question I am asking myself most, at the moment. When I was growing up, I remember my mum often used to say: “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the […]

Bridging Narratives

Bridging Narratives

There is more division in the world than ever before. The information age is partly to blame – its increasing technology-driven polarisation is driving a wedge between communities. We live in an era of radical ‘us and them’. Key institutions dominate control of the information we consume – and the trouble is, there is no […]

Philanthropic Testbeds

Philanthropic Testbeds

In a world of increasing complexity, it is impossible to solve challenges in any centralised way. There needs to be a new approach to global philanthropy. By ‘global philanthropy,’ I mean large donors and institutions that seek to solve the major issues of our time. Complex systemic issues – like poverty, populism, mental ill-health and […]

The Gatekeeper Mindset

The Gatekeeper Mindset

For all the right reasons, large systems develop lots of checks and balances to prevent things going wrong. I look at governments and see huge amounts of time and energy being exerted, gaining permission for things before any change or action. It’s even worse in our world of 24-hour news and social media, where everything […]

Leave No One Behind

Leave No One Behind

One of the core principles of The Dandelion Foundation is the commitment to Leave No One Behind. This is a frame that allows a different type of innovation and view of the world. It’s easy to find answers that, on the surface, seem to work, and to rush ahead with implementation – but most thinking […]

Ease as the Antidote to Complexity

Ease as the Antidote to Complexity

The world is becoming ever more complex to deal with. Each generation is connected to a much wider landscape than the generation before. The information explosion means that we have real-time access to everything that is going on everywhere in the world. The trouble is that our brains are just not wired for that kind […]

Leaping Towards Higher Purpose

Leaping Towards Higher Purpose

I’m fascinated by the distinction between people who follow their purpose and those who don’t. Over the years, I have managed to develop a specialism: finding ways to increase the number of people who make a choice to align with their higher purpose. My work is all about making this happen – particularly in Guernsey, […]