Your NameTomi Winfree
Cohort AssignmentAustralia 2023
1. What do you see as your primary work at this stage of your life?

My work is focused on inspiring and building individuals’ capacity through creating connections between diverse groups towards a better future. I focus on systems thinking to identify the parts that aren’t working or could be improved by reimagining what’s possible for implementation.

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

Listener, initiator, convenor, facilitator to lead others in the co-creation of our future.

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

Creating a place based Hub for my region to support people to come together to identify opportunities to collaboratively create the future we want. The aim is to start with the UN Sustainable Development Goals as an integrated global guiding framework. Then to use tools like circular economy, doughnut economics, impact investing and social enterprise toward the regeneration of our place aligned with individual and collective purpose.

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

Learning into integrate regeneration as a foundational principle in my daily practices.
Being authentic - self-reflection, simplifying, goal setting, visioning, building relationships and daily actions to achieve my purpose.

5. And for professional growth?

Learning into integrate regeneration as a foundational principle in my daily practices.
Learning to lead others confidently, communicate my thoughts and supporting evidence and setting boundaries.
Learning to set simple, realistic, achievable goals, using tools to track progress and pivoting to adjust ti changing needs and communicating this in a simple way that engages others.

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

I have invested daily since college with all my decisions and actions going towards where I am now. I invested in education, self discovery and growth, my time and money.
Bachelors in Applied Anthropology & Archaeology
Masters coursework in international environmental and human rights policy
PhD - tbc in interprofessional practice for sustainable building design on the trajectory toward regenerative practice
This course and micro-learning on the UN SDGs.
20 years of employment in research & development customising ‘sustainability’ approaches in collaboration with various industry sectors to guide education policy, practice and programs (built environment, manufacturing (food processing), business services, renewable energy, etc.).

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

Regenerative Practice - Bill Reed, Daniel Christian Wahl
Cultural Historical Activity Theory - Yrjö Engström, Anne Edwards
Anthro - Gregory Bateson, Jane Goodall, Noam Chomsky, Jan K. Black, Jared Diamond
Sustainability - Paul Hawken, Joost Bakker, Donella Meadows, Frank Fisher, Kate Raworth, Hunter Lovins, Joseph Campbell, Daniel Quinn.

Concepts like Project Drawdown, fair trade, story of stuff, systems thinking, life centred design, etc.

Many eastern & indigenous philosophies & religions like Buddhism & Taoism, but also Roman ethics like Epictetus and natural cycles & celebrations like paganism and Native American cultures.

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

Humans are a small powerful part of an integral system with the ability to positively and negatively contribute, but the system holds the power. We have been here for a short time in the development of the cosmos and it will exist long after we potentially become extinct. However, we are here now and have the agency and responsibility to learn from our past to co-create the present and future in harmony with what exists around us. Understanding these relationships is essential to our mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing.

Date CreatedJuly 17, 2023