November 1, 2019
transport revolution

Audio intro: transport rebels

A REVOLUTIONARY GENERATION OF transport planners is bringing new thinking to climate response.  Interview with James Gleave, of Transport Futures.…

October 29, 2019
transport revolution

Audio intro: sustainability goals

EXPLORE THE CHALLENGE FOR transport and energy with cleantech author Felicia Jackson.  To survive and thrive in connected global markets, shrewd businesses now understand they must perform a role in creating a better world.  National and local government have
October 29, 2019

The changing financial markets

sustainable finance report cover

THE CLIMATE CRISIS IS focusing criticism on the financial system.  As investment targets lock-on to sustainable finance, local authorities — for many years working on pollution, poverty, education and more — are having to gear up for a new paradigm …

October 24, 2019

How can councils address the climate crisis?

IT’S THE LOCAL TEAMS who, in practice, are saddled with the burden of tackling the climate emergency now declared by more than 1,000 jurisdictions around the world. Where do they start? How can they identify and prioritise the real challenges?

September 16, 2019

Strategic planning for prosperity and sustainability

To survive and thrive in connected global markets, smart businesses now understand they must play a role in creating a better world. Government can help create an environment to facilitate that.

It’s not only the hard business case that is …

August 13, 2019
engineering platforms for story

Engineering safe platforms for story

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, 
And then is heard no more. It is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

(William Shakespeare,
May 12, 2019

Live webinar

The Hero Hidden Within: Episode 1 of 4 — Monday 13 May 2019, 14:00 – 16:00 UK time. Join live webinar presented by professional script editor, Jaemes Gregory. Add your name to the invite list for Episode 2.…

May 11, 2019

Direction reflection

May week 1

THE START OF this month sees the ONTENTE fellowship take a first step on the year’s journey. The new road underfoot seems quite a different challenge, as we tentatively feel our way across several obstacles: the UK …

November 13, 2019

Recruiting heroes for an uncertain adventure

PEOPLE WANTED FOR HAZARDOUS JOURNEY.  Low wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, safe return doubtful.  Honour and recognition in case of success.  Apply Ernest Shackleton, 4 Burlington Street, London.

Why don’t people turn up for events? Because …

November 12, 2019

Can flying go green?

ARE AIRLINE COMPANIES WALKING into a storm of greenwash?…

November 12, 2019

Do you know your story? Or is it broken?

Meet Mac Macartney, our inspiring colleague in Embercombe, England — working with the beautiful Island of Guernsey to help it find its purpose.


November 4, 2019

David King

Summary of David King tonight:


Admittedly, questions to would-be MPs, but perhaps relevant to local councils in terms of how they support with planning?


David King on PM (BBC Radio 4 tonight):


Q1) Where are we going …

November 4, 2019
thinking unthinkables

There be dragons…

THERE BE DRAGONS… UNTHINKABLES from our networks that some fear to talk about.

Ending badly.  Collapse, catastrophe or extinction?

Following the end of the Cold War, in 1992 Francis Fukuyama published The End of History and the Last Man, …

November 2, 2019

Seeking good practice against climate change

October 31, 2019

Holding onto the thread

Here’s a William Stafford poem about the “thread” that runs through our lives — a thread that can guide us if we hold onto it:

The Way It Is
by William Stafford

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among…

October 30, 2019

Natural thinking

natural insightsAS NATURE POWERS DOWN to save energy for the winter, the trees and shrubs offer their final displays of colour.  Yet, after the beauty of a summer abundance, we humans seem to increase our workloads as businesses prepare for the …

October 30, 2019

Systems constellations

systems constellations address complex problemsDRAWING ON PSYCHOTHERAPY, SYSTEMS constellations are a powerful approach for helping resolve complex problems.  The approach can be practised on a table top, during a traditional consultancy or coaching session, or as a workshop in a large room with a …

October 30, 2019

Radical thinking

A DEVELOPING COLLECTION OF authors and thinkers whose work connects with ours.  We offer it as a reference to our thinking and for further reading and enquiry.

James Lovelock. Novascene. There’s a new species – going to be knock humanity …

October 29, 2019

Exploring innovation in council supply chains

innovation explorersCLIMATE CHANGE IS CLIMBING the political agenda, with many local councils declaring an emergency. Local activism is on the rise, with voters demanding action. Yet local government has been working on environmental, climate and social issues for years. So