I coach leaders and teams in relationship-based development, in how conscious relationships form the basis of social innovation, network engagement, and structural evolution. It is the basis of emergent design, sustainable collaboration, and deep innovation.

Relationship-based development creates innovations and structures based on the full bottom line of what is, in all its diversity, and answers to our deeper callings of what could be. Whether in creative teams, partnered organizations, or in boundary-crossing collaborations, it is in relationships that our growth sparks.

Relationship-based Development is how nature works: all participants respond to and influence the other. In a model I call Becoming Now,  partnerships and organizations evolve their capacity in co-creative cycles of scanning, reflecting, experimenting, innovating, taking action and evaluating, creating new organizational patterns, and new impacts, every step of the way.

This Yes, And approach opens evolution through collaborative, reciprocal action. If the aim is to evolve out of old structures, these tools enable social innovation that engages whole people in relationships that are generative and resilient… and boundary defying.

1. Systems Thinking scans structures, contributions, characters, affirmations, roles, decision intersections, impacts and the random of how the world happens. Places of tension, paradox, interdependency and conflict are often where energy can focus for the changes that are waiting to emerge.

2. Embodied Mindfulness is key to recognising how complex systems influence us, from stories of who and what matters, to visioning beyond what is already known, and into what could be. Embodied Mindfulness is becoming understood by thought leaders as the key to connecting inner work with outer impacts. See FieldShift for upcoming workshops.

3. Relationship-based Development then co-creates with partners and collaborators, engaging communities as the mutually evolve, step by step. Its adaptive, emergent, reciprocal, intentional, and enables massive impacts.

4. Social Innovation is the result. When teams and leaders are tooled with these skills, social innovation happens – multi-level, collaborative, inclusive, responsive, and far-reaching, and backed by deep, trusting partnership.


It’s like Flocking, seen in starlings’ murmurations, where relationship-based principles of action enable thousands of individuals to fly freely, creatively, and collectively.


Recent Projects:

The Restoring Circles Project was created through relationship-based innovation, and it coaches these action principles for healing, for reconciliation, for non-violent systems transformation, restorative justice, emergent leadership and collective social innovation.

Raise the Profile Project: Transforming Complex Health Care: with lead Marcy Cohen.

City of Surrey Community Engagement 3 Year Social Innovation project: I coached & facilitated their community engagement strategies using systems, identity stories and relationship based development with civic, departmental and neighbourhood leaders. We  built a 3 year framework for knowledge mobilization for civic cross-sector and intergovernmental collaboration.

Sto:lo Nation Health & Community Engagement Restructuring: working with appreciative storytelling and complexity mapping, over 6 workshops we restructured the health services for 20,000 Sto:lo citizens with interdisciplinary, cross-department engagement in the Indigenous elements of Earth, Water, Fire, and Spirit as the foundation actions of wellness, learning, socio-economic development, and collective resilience.

A BACKGROUND of Systems & RELATIONSHIP engagement

Many years ago I followed my taste for quantum physics, embodied consciousness, synchronicity and primary mythology into the rabbit holes of Gregory Bateson, Marion Woodman, David Zukav and David Bohm, and came out geared for the systems, innovation and relationship-based worldview that was emerging in community development circles.

That was when I began working with self-governing First Nations in Yukon Territory, including the Yukon Regional RoundTable, entirely founded in Systems and Relationship-based development.  I was drawn to Indigenous leaders’ holistic processes, where Indigenous culture takes whole system complexity as a given, and sets up interdependence in community structures that synchronize self and collective. Indigenous principles of action are ecosystems of decision-making and sustainability, enabling people to act with clear agency and confidence backed by their collective. Each person has a role and all is interdependent in relationships of co-actualization, in cultures of engaged critical consciousness, able to constantly adapt because the base principles are coherent and mutually supporting.