The Moment

The Moment

I can recognise in people’s eyes the moment that changes everything. That moment when the fear inside becomes less pressing than the desire to make a difference. I remember my own moment, just over 3 years ago, when the power of possibility and necessity burst through my own fear of stepping out into the world […]

Believe

Believe

When I am speaking on stage, I often wear a shirt that says: ‘Believe’. Most of my work in the world involves getting people to believe in what they can achieve. One of my strengths is believing in the impossible, and I try to pass that belief on to others. My times at the neuroscience […]

The Best Place to Live on Earth

The Best Place to Live on Earth

Just over 3 years ago, my co-founder, Jock, and I first conceived the project to make Guernsey the best place to live on earth by 2020. We were having coffee outside, by the sea, on a beautiful day, observing people walking to and from their workplaces, ignoring the wonder of what was around them. Both […]

The Prophet

The Prophet

You’re never a prophet in your own land. That’s what I tell people who are trying to make changes in my own community. I often see the frustration of people trying to make ideas happen – expecting people to just listen to reason and logic. What they don’t realise is that within your own community, […]

Letting It Flow

Letting It Flow

Most mornings, I walk my faithful hound along beside a stream, towards a field of dandelions. Daily, it is a therapeutic and life-resetting journey for me. The stream serves as a constant reminder to go with the flow, rather than swimming against the current. Following this principle is key to our project to make Guernsey […]

And

And

‘And’ is such a small word – and yet so powerful. It has so much more positive energy and connection than its close neighbour ‘but’. The word ‘but’ is obstructive and divisive. It negates all that goes before it. ‘I can see your point, but…’ ‘And’ is a connector. Looking at all the division in […]

Healing Money

Healing Money

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of spending 4 days in the outlier community Tamera in Portugal, at a conference that talked about money and its impact on people and the world. On the surface, it appears that a big financial divide exists between the haves and have nots, and that division seems […]

The Emergency

The Emergency

I do not like to use fear as a motivator for change, and I don’t often talk about the darker reasons underlying what I do. But, at times, the context helps to to explain some of the decisions I make. This is one of those times. Three years ago, I learnt about the technology – […]

A New Chapter

A New Chapter

I haven’t written a blog post for a while, so this will be a long one! So far, this year has been an incredible ending to what I can only describe as the first chapter of my true life. By ‘true life’, I mean my life now, standing up for what I believe in, after […]

The Gifting Economy

The Gifting Economy

One of the most spectacular things I have seen in my lifetime is a gifting economy in wide-scale operation, at the outlier festival Burning Man. Over 60,000 people manage to thrive in a makeshift city in the desert for a week, largely without money. The model works on mutual kindness rather than financial exchange. Although […]