Archive for the ‘Just observations’ Category


Celebration of Dad’s life

Posted by  GeoffBrown —January 11, 2012
Filed in Just observations, Uncategorized

Yesterday, family and friends gathered at the Barwon Heads Resort to celebrate the life of my dad – Grahame Brown. Their were people from all walks of life. Some were their to support family members and other’s were there to grieve their own loss of a wonderful friend, father, teacher, brother, uncle and husband. We all learned something new about Dad’s life. We all took another step in the grieving process … it was a beautiful day and dad would have been lost for words. I wrote this song 4 years ago, soon after dad was diagnosed with liver cancer. …

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A lifetime ago

Posted by  GeoffBrown —December 14, 2011
Filed in Community & Belonging, Just observations

I am on the road for a few days and my journey brings me back to the Latrobe Valley in Victoria. I rode my bike from Traralgon up to Tyers this afternoon and I was struggling to remember the events and people from this chapter of my life. But then I smelled that smell … the unmistakable odour of the local Maryvale Australian Paper Mill (APM). Once I smelled this, the memories came flooding back and I tweeted this … Serendipity strikes again … I realized it was 20 years to the day that Kirsten and I moved everything we …

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2 worlds of design come together

Posted by  GeoffBrown —December 1, 2011
Filed in Just observations

I travel quite a bit. Mostly day trips with the occasional 3 to 4 day stretch away from the home office. Sound familiar? When traveling (and facilitating) I go lightweight – it’s an operating principle at the core of my practice. Now that I have worked out how to sync stuff across my MacBook, iPad & iPhone, I only travel with the phone and pad. The larger, heavier and more valuable MacBook stays safe at home. The options available to protect the phone and pad are staggering and many products do the job. But, how many are truly beautiful? I …

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From an individual problem to a group solution

Posted by  GeoffBrown —November 14, 2011
Filed in Being Present, Just observations

Last week’s karate session was a master-class in more than just physical movement and coordination. What started out as a drill in Kihon (Japanese for the basics), soon became a true test of mental toughness, physical exertion and the power of the group. Our group also demonstrated the classic Improv principle … Make each other look good! The scene is set … Our Sempai started with a hundred-count for a basic set of alternating punches. Left mid-punch, right upper-punch and then right lower-punch – and all 3 punches done in under 2 second so it’s fast! After each punch, everyone …

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I’ll remember exactly where I was

Posted by  GeoffBrown —October 11, 2011
Filed in Just observations

At 8pm last Thursday night I was at the Studley Park Boathouse, celebrating the final Story Conference with colleagues and friends. It was announced that Steve Jobs had passed away … and thud! I felt an inner shift and let out an audible, outward breath. I am not surprised that the passing Steve Jobs stirred my emotions in such a way. His long battle with Pancreatic Cancer has mirrored that of my own father’s cancer of the liver. At the time Steve presented at the launch of the original iPad, looking thin and weak, my dad’s illness had also progressed. …

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