Action planning — rooted, vital and expansive

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. While supporting you to actionize your thoughts and dreams, he models the rooted energy of staying grounded, and the vital and expansive energy of being open and responsive to the emergent nature of any initiative.

Creating a Responsive and Effective Culture

I know that humans are 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: Plan, Act, Observe, and Reflect. In this emergent 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 (as well as in Project Management and Organisational Development) is founded in a team culture that provides the safety and trust for vulnerability and true experimentation — while remaining organized and oriented by aligned purpose.

As the work deepens, I have seen that Action Planning alone will not create a transformative culture. So — for Communities and Organisations who are prepared for a deeper dive — I have created a new collective of Associates called where we offer deeper practical tools and approaches that cultivate interpersonal strengths within a team, bringing awareness to the team’s channels of feedback and communication loops, which are strengthened by these supportive interpersonal practices. By empowering and supporting team members, as well as the linkages between members, the leadership and facilitation style that is modelled, promotes dynamically egalitarian environments, where authority is distributed throughout the whole. 

My work with humans is also inspired by my training in Natural Horsemanship, which teaches ways to embody effective leadership by understanding and engaging non-verbal cues.

When you invite James to Work with you

I listen, catch the enthusiasm of the team, and assess the dimensions and scope of the project, the time-frame, and the desired outcomes, in order to provide a proposal for the best path forward. I will include an initial assessment of your current status and needs which may also include estimated timeframes required for Action Planning, systems analysis and design, group facilitation & collaboration, and ongoing individual and group mentorship, training and coaching. I will also incorporate any feedback you have about the proposal, and adjust projected timeframes or process accordingly.

James’ Professional Approach — for Individuals, Organisations and Communities
  • Style
    • Listens, Reflects, and Aligns Actions
    • Develops engaged participation (within teams, cross-sectors, multi-stakeholders) to take solutions into action, increasing capacity for implementation, and reflection.
    • Ensures attention is given to both the larger process, as well as to personal and interpersonal wellness
    • Cultivates a safe personal and interpersonal process
  • Tools utilised
    • Agreement Field Protocols
      • Creating collective agreements, trust and safety
    • Mapping & Action Planning
      • Community Economic Development (CED)
      • Asset Based Community Development (ABCD)
      • Theory of Change (ToC)
    • Documentation and Reporting
      • Progress and lessons learned 

Methods of EXCHANGE

  • Initial Consultation is Free
  • £40–£80/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.