Your NameEllen Young
Cohort AssignmentAotearoa / New Zealand with In-Person Intensive in Auckland 2023
1. What do you see as your primary work at this stage of your life?

I see many potential threads of work at this stage. I am currently building a consultancy that will deliver services to, predominantly, local government in the form of project work. I have spent the last 8 years working on regeneration of public spaces in Whanganui. Working from the strategy and funding stage all the way through co-design and project delivery. Any of these services will be on offer through my business "Paper Road" Placemaking and Urbanism.
Having said that I have a million ideas spinning around in my head so I could work on a plan for any one of these and seek the resources to get them started. One key on is oriented around getting peoples (especially young peoples) attentions of screens so they can make the first step in living more intentionally rather than getting sucked completely into a digital world. I am in an exciting transition period of my life and this course is resonating a lot already.

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

I see myself as a bridge. Connecting ideas and concepts maybe others wouldn't and trying to shift peoples attention to the important things in life. I'm excited about how this course will help with this. After reading the initial course materials it is clear that a regenerative approach comes naturally to me, the thing i have struggled with is bringing colleagues along for the ride. I am excited about learning the framework, language and tools that may make being a bridge of knowledge to these institution easier.

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

I would like to have my business set up in the next six months with my first project contract landed. I want to be able to work on projects that I am passionate about and bring the framework I learn from this course to local government. I would like to have my other project written and ready to be published.

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

Becoming more inclusive and better at working in groups. Till this point I have done much of my work alone. Being more committed to working through a value set and aligning projects with their meaning the whole way through the process of delivery. Being less thinly spread and scattered with my energy and more single minded and clear,

5. And for professional growth?

Build confidence in alternative thinking about projects and get comfortable leading from this place. Trust myself to be smart, organised, self motivated and inclusive.

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

I have done a lot of self work. I have always been a deep thinker, I have a philosophy degree and I am interested in world religions and better ways to live. I recently completed a 6 day silent retreat that blew my mind. i am very much in the midst of started a personal journey that is more authentic and in line with what i value.
I have also thrown myself into work in the past couple of years learning a lot about local government process's and how to get things done. This has been to the detriment of my self and my mental health so I am now focusing on putting this in balance. But the experience i have gained is invaluable.

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

I am interested in how cities and public spaces function especially the social side of life and how these spaces can fulfill people. I am also very interested in As i mentioned i have studied philosophy so many of the big thinkers have influenced me. Swami Vivekananda is someone I am interested in at the moment. I love Carl Jung for orienting myself in the subconcious. I am interested in urban design and landscape architecture. I am also interested in learning ways to influence peoples behavior in positive ways. My immediate interest is how to get people off devices and more focused on the natural world.

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

I think humans are a part of the physical world and their minds of run away on them. We are so often not in it that this lack of attention on it is degrading both us and the world around us. We have separated from what we are so much that we are having a mass identity crises that is manifested in greed, depression and ignorance. We have the potential of shifting this and becoming more integrated with the world and communities around us in the most simple ways and this is happening more and more in certain communities. But it is common for distraction and escapism to be the most prominent mode of living.

Date CreatedApril 27, 2023