|Your Name||Anna Bertmark|
|Cohort Assignment||Cohort A (Europe + MENA)|
|1. What do you see as your primary work at this stage of your life?|
I'm seeking to align my new learnings from my recent academic work with a meaningful way to make a living or contribute to regenerative and conducive processes. I find myself in a time of transition in career and identity, as I've always identified strongly with my work. My academic journey has empowered and permitted me to work on the self and to gain a greater understanding of both how to create necessary change and I'm currently discovering how to best apply myself to this endeavour.
|2. What role do you see as yours to play?|
To be a caring, questioning and space-holding facilitator.
|3. What goals or aims do you have in regard to the above?|
To create spaces for playful interrogation of current unsustainable systems, tools and processes to invite others into who wish to create change in their organisations and lives.
|4. Where do you feel your next arenas for personal growth are?|
To equip myself with tools and confidence in having convincing arguments on how to engage conductively with others on the topic of regeneration.
|5. And for professional growth?|
|6. What have you invested in to get you where you are?|
I permitted myself to leave a successful although unhealthy career to explore alternative ways of seeing and doing in the world. I dedicated myself to learning from different paradigms to seek to understand how people approach the tension points between different value-logics; completing a MA in sustainable design, several MOOCs on circular economy and carbon accounting, Cambridge Sustainable Business Management, and now the TRP. I also (as best I could due to Covid) volunteered for the Green Centre and Circular Brighton and Hove in my area to seek reference and learn from others. So in short, thousands of pounds and hours 🙂
|7. What fields of learning and which thinkers have been important in your life?|
Over the past two years particularly; Robin Wall Kimmerer, Kate Raworth, Donna Haraway, Donella Medows, Mariana Mazzucato, Gregory Bateson, Norma Bateson, Zita Cobb, Pamela Mang, Maja Tampe, Tobias Hahn, Tom Ainsworth, Sally Sutherland, Mathilda Tham, Tony Fry, Dulmini Perera, Bill Reed, Ian Gough, Tim Jackson, Jenny Andersson, Indy Johar, Patrick Andrews (the barefoot lawyer), Tom Snow.
|8. Can you frame your philosophy or cosmology of life? What role(s) do humans play in it?|
I believe that humans have the capacity to understand why and how ecological balances are sustained and that their role is to nurture and steward this balance with humans as a node within this system. Narratives are powerful as a compass through the many uncertainties we negotiate with and narratives about the future steer what we consider may insure us from potential suffering. The quest for this insurance drives us to create the systems, processes and tools for which we get our needs and comforts met. The Western narrative of how to go about this is juxtaposed with the processes of the planet on which human systems of being and doing depend.
|Date Created||January 23, 2023|