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Participant Questionnaires

Your NamePhillip Daffara
Cohort AssignmentCohort D (Australia)
1. What do you see as your primary work at this stage of your life?

Social Foresight Practitioner and Architect combining futures thinking and design thinking to cocreate regenerative places and futures and multiple scales.

2. What role do you see as yours to play?

A cocreator, observing what is obvious and building the capacity of communities/clients to be the regenerative architects (metaphorically) of their own futures.

3. What goals or aims do you have in regard to the above?

I have articulated three goals, differentiated for three specific communities but with the same thread:
a. I help independent schools, envision, and co-create their desired educational futures, campus master plans, and learning spaces by integrating social foresight and participatory regenerative design thinking.
b. I help organisations (schools, hospitals, workplaces, communities), envision and co-create regenerative sacred spaces of healing and mindfulness, by using wholistic, sensory design.
c. I help municipalities pressured by unprecedented change, envision, and co-create their desired regenerative urban futures, by integrating social foresight and participatory design thinking.

6. What have you invested in to get you where you are?

I have invested in my evolving creative capacity and capability, to understand my true nature and purpose: (1) Transitioned from Architect to urban designer in the 90s; (2) In the 00’s,I transitioned from urban designer to urban futurist with a PhD in cityfutures (2007); (3) I practiced integrating social foresight and design with my clients since leaving local government in 2005 and found myself practicing mainly architecture; (4) Inner developmental work with William Whitecloud’s curriculum since 2020, and a personal coach with co-creative, superconscious/intuitive practices between Oct 2020 – Aug 2022. All this has prepared the way for my present moment. Where I am is always changing – unfolding.

4. Where do you feel your next arenas for personal growth are?

I tend to be an Enneagram 5 (a specialist thinker e.g. futurist and designer), so I do think deeply about things and their relation to systems using foresight tools and integrated design tools, but I need to develop my situational awareness and presence when working / cocreating with others. It is a question of real people practice, as I work from home and group work is not regular to embed the regenerative practices I will “learn”. True alignment between what I think/love to regeneratively do and what I do.

7. What fields of learning and which thinkers have been important in your life?

Architecture: Christopher Alexander, Richard Nuetra, Alvar Aalto, Paolo Soleri, Janis Birkeland, Richard Register, Buckminster Fuller.
Permaculture / Resilience: Bill Mollison, David Holmgren, Yana (Ma’ikwe) Ludwig,
City Futures / City making: Lewis Mumford, Leonie Sandercock, David Harvey,
Social Foresight: Sohail Inayatullah, Ervin Laszlo, Marcus Bussey

5. And for professional growth?

Hard to separate personal from professional being a sole practitioner. Professional growth for my business would mean being purposeful and impactful as a regenerative practitioner. The intention I say daily to myself is: “We are energised and in flow delivering creative and regenerative solutions for diverse clients in a collaborative and connected heart space.”

8. Can you frame your philosophy or cosmology of life? What role(s) do humans play in it?

We are spiritual beings having a human experience, in a superconscious cosmos (multi-verse). Our separateness (human individuation) is an illusion – we are all connected to super consciousness and with all living beings and inanimate things. All things are sacred (panpsychism) when I choose to see them as sacred. Once long ago in a galaxy far, far away I was an absolutist (right and wrong and reality is structural), now I hope to grow as an interbeing, understanding that reality is constructed through our mental and cultural lenses and cocreated through shared vision and worldviews. (That sounds far too clear and confident – I am not. My current spiritual intention is to enjoy the infinite mystery and let go of the illusion of control – again).
Humans are here to colive, colearn, coevolve and pass it on (I tweeked a line out of the movie "LUCY").


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