Our Mindset, Metal Models and the Human Condition

For the last few years I have been learning more and more about the human condition, our mental models and the mindsets that shape our behaviour and decisions. Chris Corrigan provides a very nice description of ‘mental models’ in his paper on Participatory Engagement … “Mental models are those frames of reference that define our thinking and how we view the world. They are frames that we take for granted, and to view our own mental models is a bit like trying to see the color of our own eyes without a mirror.” Because our own models of world are …

 
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What do we mean by the terms ‘community’ and ‘networks’?

Posted by  GeoffBrown —March 12, 2011
Filed in How Stuff Spreads & Changes, Sustainability

I’m excited because over the next 4 weeks I have 4 days of reflective and learning time set aside with some wonderful people. Next week, I am spending the better part of 3 days with a group of people who follow each other’s blogs, share a similar workspace and push the boundaries of learning and practice. Can’t wait for that. And to make things even better I have a paid job with the 3 Pillars Network and a NETWORK of 30 or so practitioners in the behaviour change field … and to be more specific that’s behaviour change that relates …

 
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My wife is now blogging!

Posted by  GeoffBrown —March 6, 2011
Filed in Creative Stuff, Facilitation, Sustainability

Given the volume of tweets that I share with the world that are about growing, harvesting, preparing and eating food, is it any surprise that we have set up a blog called Home Harvesting? But one day … Ingrid turned to me and said something that resonated instantly in both of us … and of course I tweeted it … This summer has produced a bountiful harvest at home. We have struggled to keep up with the fruit, vegetables and eggs we have produced. For the first time, nothing has gone to waste – we have harvested, prepared, consumed (and …

 
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Surf’s up! Let’s go!!

Posted by  admin —February 14, 2011
Filed in Just observations

Alexander (aka The Chief Happiness Officer) has written here about a work policy that could change the world! It’s simple … when the surf’s up, any staff member can drop what they are doing and go for a surf. Straight from Alexander’s post, here’s how the founder of the company Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard summed it up in a previous interview: I’m a businessman, but I’m still going to do things on my own terms. I’m going to break a lot of rules, and we’re going to blur the distinction between work and play. So we have a policy here – …

 
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Farewell Gran

Posted by  admin —February 11, 2011
Filed in Uncategorized

For as long as I can remember, my Gran has been there. On Wednesday, and in the presence of her husband Jim, Gran took her final breath. She had suffered from dementia for more than 10 years and all she knew in the end, was Jim … her true love and life long partner. Gran and Pa have resided at the Anglesea Nursing Home for the past 5 years, and at a hostel in Frankston for a decade prior to that. It is sad to see a family member’s mind and body deteriorate so progressively and it’s been really tough …

 
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