Awakening Action planning

Listening, catching the enthusiasm, creating an Action Plan, and supporting change is the ground on which Vision grows.

James is a practiced Community and Organisational facilitator. Through deep listening, reflection and mapping your strengths and intentions, James holds the creative space for you to “sense and respond” in order to align your Vision with vibrant actions — attuned with your higher purpose. With his strength based (ABCD) and Community Economic Development (CED) approaches, he supports you to put into action your thoughts and dreams, while modeling the rooted energy of staying grounded, and the vital and expansive energy of being open and responsive to the emergent nature of any initiative.

Supporting Responsive and Effective Actions

I experience people as passionate and curious, and we love to learn and grow. So I ensure that actions attend to the full spectrum of the cycle of learning: Observe, Reflect, Plan, Act. In this cycle, outcomes are less about achieving pre-determined goals, and more about creating a responsive and effective culture. I have learned that effective Action Planning (Project Management and Organisational Development) is founded in a team culture that provides an environment of safety, trust and vulnerability required for deep creativity and flow — while remaining organized and oriented by aligned purpose.

As the work deepens, I have seen that Planning by itself will not create the conditions for a thriving culture. Without social practices that cultivate safety, trust and vulnerability, when innovative ideas start to lose their capacity, enthusiasm or focus, interpersonal dynamics can begin to undermine even the most carefully-planned processes. As I honour the deep journey it takes co-create, I ensure attention is given to both the larger process, as well as to personal and interpersonal wellness. By empowering and supporting team members, as well as the linkages between members, I model the leadership and facilitation style that promotes dynamically egalitarian environments where authority is distributed throughout the whole. 

My work with people is inspired by my experience in Natural Horsemanship which teaches ways to sense & respond by embodying practices in non-verbal cues, creating a supportive environment for effective group leadership.

When you invite James to work with you

To begin any planning journey, I start by listening, catching your enthusiasm and grounding the process by offering reflections of what I've heard – this supports your journey and your vision to be held with loving attention to build actions that are responsive.

As the work deepens, I use foundational “social technology tools" – such as group agreements, compassionate communication, The Way of Council, and shared governance for decision making – to cultivate an environment of safety, trust and vulnerability. This brings awareness to the group genius – the internal channels of feedback and communication loops – while integrating compassionate accountability protocols.

Within and between these growing cultural foundations, we begin to create your Action Plans. As implementation begins, guided by a clear path forward, I support your 'cycle of learning' which fuels the change process and responds to your emergent intentions. In this way, the outcomes are best aligned with your deepest visions.

Methods of Exchange

  • Initial Consultation is Free
  • £25–£40/hr sliding scale.
    • To be discussed based on your needs, and your financial situation.
      • There are many ways we can support each other's wellbeing via monetary/non-monetary value, in both the short- and long-term.