Associations

RGS - Fellow

As an explorer, it is an extraordinary honour for me to have been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.  I have no pretension to emulate the great feats of previous Fellows, rather to carry on the great traditions of exploration, challenge, discovery and to promote the work of the RGS.

The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) is the Learned Society representing Geography and geographers. It was founded in 1830 for the advancement of geographical science.  The Society supports research, education and training, together with the wider public understanding and enjoyment of Geography. “Fellows are vital to the Society’s mission to advance geography, and they enable us to achieve so much more as a result of their expertise, knowledge and enthusiasm for the discipline.”

RSA – Fellow

I am humbled and privileged to join the ranks of the 30,000 strong Fellowship of the RSA; known the world over as the centre for 21st century enlightenment.  Our work on creating a movement of compassion through compassionate leadership will, we hope, be a useful tool to fulfil the mission of the RSA.  The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) believes in a world where everyone is able to participate in creating a better future.  The Fellowship is a global community of proactive problem solvers, sharing powerful ideas, carrying out cutting-edge research and building networks and opportunities for people to collaborate, influence and demonstrate practical solutions to realise change.  The RSA has been at the forefront of social change for over 260 years. Today this work focusses on supporting innovation in three major areas: creative learning and development, public services and communities, and economy, enterprise and manufacturing.

Positive Transformation Initiative (PTI) - Associate

We intend to add value to the PTI and the mission of the unstoppable Dan Brown in two ways; by raising the consciousness of business leaders through our work on compassionate leadership, and in enabling access to our work and our learning for those that would benefit the most.

The PTI vision is one of sustainable impact investing through a radical new approach to ‘Doing Good is Good Business’.   The Positive Transformation goal is to enable a more socially mobile society and develop a positive inclusive environment for everyone wanting to achieve more for the world around them. Below are the three groups we aim to support:

Young People in Tough Realities – The  founder of PTI,  Dan Brown was homeless at 15, he built himself and his career from the ground up through hard work and persistence. He founded PTI in the belief that his experiences can enable PTI to help, develop & support others that are truly motivated to advance but may not yet know how to succeed. In doing so, significantly reduce, ultimately eradicate the unsettling fact that 30% of our youth are growing up in poverty and tough realities.

Returning Citizens – PTI is committed to reducing reoffending rates by examining the root causes of reoffending and making sure the 100,00 unsettled returning citizens have a better chance on their journey for reintegration.

Veterans – PTI is passionate about working to support veterans in challenging circumstances and to ending homelessness for the 66,000 veterans sleeping on UK streets. PTI will help society understand it’s responsibility to all veterans by enabling pathways into retraining, skills development and employment by providing the right resources, connections and funding in positive support of those to which society owes a great debt.

The Earth Community Trust - Trustee

The principle of compassion and compassionate leadership naturally extends to our home and all sentient beings that we share it with. As a founding Trustee of the ECT, I have supported Polly from the beginning to create a global law of Ecocide which makes people and organisation culpable for crimes against the planet.

Polly Higgins is the author of the award-winning book Eradicating Ecocide and was a lawyer, visionary and pioneer.  She founded the ECT in 2011 as a conduit charity so that others in the UK who are advancing the same purpose could benefit.

The Earth Trust has two charitable objectives:

  1. To promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment with particular reference to permaculture, bio-dynamics and with a view to helping people connect with nature; and
  2. To advance the education of the public in the theory and practice of holistic living. Holistic living means a way of living that recognises human beings as a part of the greater whole.

Since Polly’s untimely death in 2019, the ECT continues to support her life’s work towards a future for Earth and all its inhabitants based on a principle of “first do no harm”.

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