Creating Communities of Belonging: Re-imagining Leaders as Place-makers

If what a tree of a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.

From the Poem Lost, David Wagoner

Think of a place where you experienced the greatest sense of aliveness, vitality and belonging ? How has this connection to a place inspired how you think of how you belong to your community now? Continue reading

Where is Home? Leadership and the Soul of Placemaking

Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place. Your bright gaze will kindle this old shadow world to Blaze up once again with the fire of faith.

— Rumi, One Song

We are shifting from the industrial age and the age of information and technology to the biological age where we are asking how do we create spaces for life to happen and align our thinking with how nature thinks. In my new book The Soul of Place I explore how our relationship with place in nature, art and community deepens our connection with the core energetic patterns that form the undercurrents of life and living systems.

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Remembering Mariposa – Creating a Community Story of Place

In this blog post, I explore how one community is discovering its sense of place through re-imagining its own ‘mythic’ story. Through this story we are reminded that every place is both a journey – and a homecoming. This blog post has been co-authored with colleague Daphne Mainprize with whom I have had the pleasure to serve as co-chair on the Mariposa Roundtable which has been formed to explore our own community story of place. Continue reading