|Your Name||Simon Dawson|
|Cohort Assignment||Europe Summer-Fall 2023, Cohort 1|
|1. What do you see as your primary work at this stage of your life?|
I run an outdoor education centre, the Wilderness Centre, in the Forest of Dean, England. Its mission is to become a regenerative hub for the area
|2. What role do you see as yours to play?|
My role is to be a leader and catalyst in fulfilling the Wilderness Centre's mission
|3. What goals or aims do you have in regard to the above?|
1. To create a Community Benefit Society that buys the Wilderness Centre from the current owner
|4. Where do you feel your next arenas for personal growth are?|
Learning to be a leader in a complex project, dealing with any obstacles as they arise, in a positive way - managing my emotions, especially fear and anxiety, using the many resources available
|5. And for professional growth?|
Working with regenerative perspectives and frameworks day-to-day. Applying these to the wide range of circumstances I experience, both the exciting and the mundane
|6. What have you invested in to get you where you are?|
I've invested a lot in that my family (wife and four children) live at the Wilderness Centre. If the proposed change doesn't happen we'll lose our home. I've also invested a lot in financial terms, given the lower pay in the outdoor education sector compared to my previous work in organisational consulting.
|7. What fields of learning and which thinkers have been important in your life?|
I've a 20yr background in organisational development (organisational and personal change, systemic thinking, change leadership). As part of this I did an MA in 'learning and change in organisations'.
|8. Can you frame your philosophy or cosmology of life? What role(s) do humans play in it?|
Zen buddhism, particularly 'engaged buddhism', is my central philosophy and the way I try to live my life. As such humans are an integral part of life, with a moral responsibility to care for life.
|Date Created||August 27, 2023|