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

to support communities to engage in regenerative development. To connect and care for each other and country, the create and grow together with passion.
Playing my part in moving the world through the critical environmental situation it's currently in, contributing to the turning tide of Regenerative thinking, action and innovation.

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

To use my creative material practice to connect and collaborate with people and place, to inspire people to approach this movement as work that is creative, enriching and enjoyable, rather than just an obligation. using this practice to encouraging collaborative making, visualisation and physical artefacts that support people to make sense of things together, to connect to each other and country, engage in collective action, and generate moving stories that drive systems change.

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

Bring a wider living systems lens to my creative practice. Collaborating with non-human things too.

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

continuing to build deep connections to country, learning how to bring a wider living systems lens to my work, more direct contact with the natural world through practicing 'hands in the dirt' regeneration.
connecting wth family and community through this practice
Stewarding a piece of land I can learn with.

5. And for professional growth?

deeply understanding living systems, the way they work and regenerate
Ways to engage communities and traditional systems stakeholders in this practice.
articulating the lessons I have already learnt through my practice

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

conceptual understanding of design theory
Practical design skills (Industrial design training and experience)
hands on skills in woodworking, illustration and other forms of making
experience with collaborative making (community spaces, objects, artworks, events)
Relationships (with communities I've worked with and others involved in design and community work)
Time on country (as much as I can in the bush and beach in Australia)
Travel (have been to many countries, aiming to open my understanding of place)

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

In rough order of appearance:
Mindfulness - Insight meditation, Echardt Tolle
Sustainable Design - William McDonough
Social Design - Victor Papenek, Victor and Sylvia Margolin, Kees Dorst, Bruce Mau
Humanitarian Design - Design for the other 90%, Architecture for Humanity
Arts activism, DIY culture, free party movement - Centre for Artistic Activism, Marrickville Warehouse Community
Design for Social Innovation - Ezio Manzini
Flow state - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Jeanne Nakamura
Decolonisation - Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Clare Land
First Nations Systems Thinking - Tyson Yunkaporta, Victor Steffensen
Narrative therapy and collective narrative practice - Michael and Cherly White, David Denorough
Design for the Pluriverse - Arturo Escobar
Design Anthropology - Trent Jansen
Design Justice - Sasha Costanza-chock and Design Justice Network
Regenerative Development and Design - Pamela Mang, Ben Haggard, Regenesis

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

There are thee circles that I value, these are areas that bring meaning to my life and areas I focus attention when trying to influence positive change in the world:
connection - humans are better together, we need to continually find ways to balance our power, meet in the middle to establish meaningful relationships of exchange, mutual learning and collective action.
country - country encompasses all. All human and non-human things are equal, we all play a role in the intellegence of mother nature. Many humans have centered ourselves too much, we need to find more balance
creativity - creative practice is a generative way of working, using collaborative material making is enjoyable, opening, enriching and moving which supports people to engage in the work and generate valuable stories

Date CreatedJuly 18, 2023