Your NameJohn Ennis
Cohort AssignmentEurope Summer-Fall 2023, Cohort 1
1. What do you see as your primary work at this stage of your life?

I curate and produce a series of exhibitions and events (an initiative called Journeys in Design).
These take different materials as their focus but are all aimed at enabling well-being, linking heritage and contemporary design.
The exhibitions offer a context for events - walks talks and workshops - that provide opportunity for 'creative fellowship'.
While we share stories with global significance, the emphasis in the design and delivery of the programme is very local.

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

I lead the overall initiative and aim to co-design the programmes as far as feasible.
I engage makers and other creatives in both the design and component parts of the exhibitions.
I engage local communities in the design and delivery of events.
More recently, I have attempted to collaborate with like minds to engage more marginalised groups.

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

I'd like more meaningful collaborations and to engage with more diverse participants.
I would like to bring a stronger sense of whole living systems to my work.

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

Its about compassionate exchanges of energy now, how I am in the world, starting from within, so I am more at ease, and can offer more.

5. And for professional growth?

Its about recognizing how I am my work environments, making my every day and planned exchanges more nourishing.

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

After graduating from medical school I spent 20 years as a family practitioner and primary care researcher and medical teacher.
Since embarking on my career in design exhibition 10 years ago, recovery from a period of illness (2013-16) has reshaped my priorities.
I have enjoyed more time with friends and family and the natural world.
I have also invested in mentorship with key thinkers.

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

Important thinkers to me are Patrick Geddes and Daniel Christian Wahl.
I aim to expand a working understanding of regenerative cultures through this course.

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

Not easily!
Hope lies in the local.
My chief responsibility is self cared and development after which I might share good energy with those I care most about.
My work allows me further opportunity to support others.

Date CreatedAugust 29, 2023