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More of this … and less of that

Posted by  GeoffBrown —August 4, 2015
Filed in Just observations

I really cherish time alone … solitude. Those that know me probably laugh at that statement because I’m extroverted and talk way too much. But there’s always another side to people that you don’t see.   Photo – Me sharing a a Stand Up session with good friend Chris Corrigan a few years ago … Bowen Is. CA This morning I left home at 5.15am to beat the Geelong Road traffic into Melbourne. I switched off the news because it’s all just too much of the same … and to be honest my life would be richer without it. I …

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Expect the unexpected

Posted by  GeoffBrown —May 12, 2015
Filed in Community & Belonging, Sustainability

When communities take up environmental health campaigns against big, multinational companies (and Governments who support them), the script is full of drama and it feels like David will never beat Goliath again. The Anglesea and Surf Coast communities had a huge win today. Alcoa announced the closure of it’s Anglesea Coal Fired Power Station and Coal Mine. They tried to sell it off … but no one wanted to buy it. The Surf Coast Air Action (SCAA) group, together with it’s partners and supporters, waged a long campaign to disuade potential buyers. They made it clear that our community wanted the …

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How to work with a complex system – lessons from an Osteopath

Posted by  GeoffBrown —December 10, 2014
Filed in Leadership, Living Systems & Complexity

Much of my work over the past 12 months has been helping clients and teams of stakeholders to lead the transformation of systems (like food and health systems) and to discover new ways of working and being together – ways that serve us well in the context of complexity and uncertainty. This post weaves together a personal story of with lessons from my work.     Recently I’ve been struggling with an injury sustained whilst doing a simple stretch at home. When my sterno-clavicualr joint popped out, the effect was an immediate spasm of all the intercostal muscles around the my …

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On Noticing …

Posted by  GeoffBrown —November 20, 2014
Filed in Being Present, Just observations

The more I work with groups, talk with clients, spend time with family, or spend time alone with my own thoughts … the more I realise that our capacity to perceive, listen and notice more is the greatest gift we have. Noticing more is a thing of mastery. You can never perfect it and you can always, always get better at it. When I turn my ‘noticing’ inwards on breath and letting go of thoughts … problems diminish and clarity comes. When I turn my noticing to the outside world and to other people … I am struck by the …

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Reflecting on life in my 40’s

Posted by  GeoffBrown —September 30, 2014
Filed in Gone Supping, Just observations

I’ve been having flashbacks to my own childhood lately and I’ve figured out why … My eldest boy (Griffin) is 11 years old and, for some reason, 11 is about the age when I can vividly recall events, moments and interaction with my dad. That year was 1983 when Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ was released. Coincidentally, my dad and I had our first children at precisely the same age (within 3 days of each other). So, when doing things with my kids, more and more I am remembering my life at 11 … when dad was my age. When I took …

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