Your NameNigel Wylie
Cohort AssignmentAmericas with In-Person Intensive in Santa Fe, Summer 2023
1. What do you see as your primary work at this stage of your life?

To develop more integrated (and personally aligned) ways of managing and interacting with water resources, primarily in the human-water interface (municipal water, wastewater) and industrial water.

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

Facilitate & Build Regenerative water projects with willing champions/stakeholders.

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

To begin facilitating and designing a Regen water project in 2023 and build/construction manage for completion in 2024 (with my company Aerowater).

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

> Continuing Chaan Buddhist practice and Integrating this in daily life
> Raising my daughter with presence and care (she coming in September!)
> Witnessing my emotions and where I take action in my life to avoid certain emotions/feelings

5. And for professional growth?

> Create a viable (economic) business that works in the field of water and regeneration aligned with my personal values.

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

> Completing Engineering School
> Emotional/Physical/Spiritual Experiences (Vision Quest, Ceremony, Long Distance Events)
> 8 Years w/ my Wife
> Construction Managing Over 2B GPD of wastewater treatment projects since 2011
> Living & Doing Business in Asia and US
> Starting 3 companies with 1 VC-backed failure before 33

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

Engineering School (and also my disillusionment with the problem-solution process)
Buddhist Teachers
Native American Teachings/Values (Sensing, Reciprocity)
Asian Collectivist Culture
Nicholas Talib (What is Risk)
Stewart Brand/Long Now (Longterm Thinking, Culture)
David Sloan Wilson
Donella Meadows
Playing/Performing Hard Rock Music
Hands-on Building & Plumbing Work
Limitations of Entrepreneurial Mindset/Frameworks
Trauma Processing in Mens Work
Family Constellations
Rage Against The Machine

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

Mostly Buddhist, we are here to experience ourselves and the Big Self. Idea of separation is illusion, and we can play in the many fractals of this illusion to become more awake and connected to the Universe/Universal energy.

We are often disconnected from this Big Self/Universe due to our culture/upbringing and our ignorance of what reality is, our longing/suffering eventually brings us to certain moments of surrender that open our current reality to other realities. Everything is a reflection of you, and your judgments of others/the environment are yours to own as judgments of yourself. Since we are unaware of the many complex systems and processes at play, as we humans become more aware, we will share and thus open/upgrade themselves to new consciousness and new/old ways of being that serve them (and let go/integrate that which does not serve). If not, the tree will fall in the forest with no witness and this planet will roll on without us.

Date CreatedJune 30, 2023