Noticing Nature: Secret Sauce for Sustainability

How welcome is the current explosion in the media (books, guides, blogs, articles, tv and radio programmes) on the benefits of connecting with nature. The first of the 2020 brilliant Out Of Doors series of programme on BBC Radio Scotland was dedicated to connectivity with nature, mostly through trees, in Scotland and beyond, a connectivity […]

What If …

What if we lived in a time when the human imagination flourished and anything felt possible. It was back in 2008 when I first came across Rob Hopkins through his Transition Handbook. This helped shape a lot of my sustainability thinking at the time, (Time for built environment transition?) and in turn participation in Transition Town […]

CORE to Living Building Challenge 4.0

Against a backdrop of climate change activism, declarations of climate emergency, reports for zero carbon UK by 2050 and the UN dire report on biodiversity breakdown, the ILFI launched the latest version of the Living Building Challenge (4.0) and associated programmes at the Living Future conference 2019 in Seattle, ramping up the challenge’s leading edge […]

Keynotes + Talks (2020)

Zoom Regenerative (ZR) Exploring pathways for a regenerative future, post lockdown, in a Time of Corona … Celebrating Regenerative Buzz, Thinking and Activity with Guests from around the world Zoom Regenerative (ZR) is hosted zoom event with a wonderfully engaged and growing community that will cover regenerative themes from Cycling to Energy, from Regenerative Business to […]

Recent Reading …

This is the first in a regular series covering pieces I have been reading online that I think are worthy of further sharing. Followers on twitter, linkedin and to a lesser degree on Instgram will be aware that I regularly share items relating to sustainability, the built environment and our relationship with the outdoors and […]

Construction Wellbeing: exploring the ‘underbelly’ of construction.

Mental health in construction is worsening. Suicide rates are over 3 times higher than other sectors. It is essential we understand and address contributing causes with some urgency. Over the last 6 months I have been delivering a series of one day workshops that focus on exploring construction’s ‘underbelly’ issues on sessions that included directors, […]

Imagine Better

Following the success of my Imagine Better keynote for Specifi events, here are links and background reading to references made: Much of the Imagine Better thinking is from here, my Fairsnape blog or from within FutuREstorative. Thoughts and comments and blogs from previous Specifi events are on the Specifi Blog If you would like more information, or […]

Regenerative Sustainability: Co-Benefits of the Built Environment.

A number of excellent reports and papers have passed through my reading list and feeds in the last week or so, that together represent a wonderful view on regenerative sustainability co-benefits. Health co-benefits from air pollution and mitigation costs of the Paris Agreement: a modelling study The Lancet Planetary Health , Volume 2 , Issue […]

Revolutionary, Regenerative Sustainability; RESTORE Training School

The UK RESTORE Training School The first RESTORE Training School took place in Lancaster, UK between 14th and 17th November 2017 organised and facilitated by Martin Brown, Fairsnape. Over 40 trainees and RESTORE core group members attended, representing a great spectrum of sustainability disciplines, experience and EU countries. The four days were lead by trainers and guest lectures […]

Gaining a deeper understanding of sustainability.

A reminder that there only a few days remaining to apply for our funded RESTORE Training School to be held in November. Restorative sustainability will move us beyond the intersection of ‘old’ and ‘new’ sustainability, and attending this training school will equip you with knowledge and greater understanding for the new emerging sustainability era.. In […]