The Importance of Positive Mavericks in the Innovation Economy

The Importance of Positive Mavericks in the Innovation Economy

“Positive deviance (PD) is an approach to behavioural and social change based on the observation that in any community there are people whose uncommon but successful behaviours or strategies enable them to find better solutions to a problem than their peers, despite facing similar challenges and having no extra resources or knowledge than their peers. These individuals are referred to as positive deviants.”

“Positive deviance is a strength-based approach which is applied to problems requiring behaviour and social change. It is based on the following principles:[6]

· Communities already have the solutions. They are the best experts to solve their problems.

· Communities self-organize and have the human resources and social assets to solve an agreed-upon problem.

· Collective intelligence. Intelligence and know-how is not concentrated in the leadership of a community alone or in external experts but is distributed throughout the community. Thus the Positive Deviance process’s aim is to draw out the collective intelligence to apply it to a specific problem requiring behaviour or social change.

· Sustainability as the cornerstone of the approach. The Positive Deviance approach enables the community or organization to seek and discover sustainable solutions to a given problem because the demonstrably successful uncommon behaviours are already practiced in that community within the constraints and challenges of the current situation.

· It is easier to change behaviour by practicing it rather than knowing about it. “It is easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than think your way into a new way of acting”. Wikipedia, November 2019

EQ for Busy People

EQ for Busy People

9 Tips to create a calming zone for yourself at Work, Home and Play

Nowadays most of us have to adapt to multiple changes at work and home.

Increases in work pressure mixed with constant change and uncertainty can become very stressful.

Hillary Scarlet says “ “Navigating change requires more energy than our normal activities at work.”

Emotions are contagious. Even if we are mentally strong, we will pick up other people’s responses to stress, including their anxiety, anger, nervousness and even friction with others.

Your will power is a limited resource and is easily used up.

So What?

Constant change and pressure to produce more makes it difficult for most people to stay calm, productive and be a good team player.

If you work in an open plan workspace it is even more difficult to de-stress as there is no privacy and people around you are more aware of your moods, relationships with others and work productivity.

Stressful situations at work can stay unresolved in your mind for too long and has a tendency to take a toll at home.

For example…

Stress at work prevents you from fully relaxing when you’re at home.

It often reduces the quality of your sleep as you replay scenes or fret about issues.

You have less energy to focus on personal administration (which starts falling behind).

Less time to simply have fun.

It has a negative impact on family relationships.

You also start neglecting your physical health.

Nine simple practices to create a calming zone for yourself

Victor Frankl said:

“Between a stimulus and a response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

Use and share these 9 simple, tried-and-tested emotional intelligence practices to create a calming zone for yourself at work (and home).

They will help you manage your responses to stress in a way that you:

Regain composure;

Become more open to other ideas;

Make better decisions;

Deal better with tricky situations;

Repair and maintain positive relationships at work and home; and

Stay productive.

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Learning from Goal Focused Positive Psychology

Learning from Goal Focused Positive Psychology

“Goal Focused Positive Psychotherapy (GFPP) is the first comprehensive approach to strength-oriented therapy that fully incorporates positive psychology principles.

GFPP consists of four hallmarks:

(1) formation of approach goals (Approach-oriented goals involve reaching or maintaining desired outcomes. Avoidance goals focus on avoiding or eliminating undesired outcomes);

(2) identification and use of client strengths;

(3) promotion of positive emotions and experiences; and

(4) building hope.

Unique to psychotherapy, the theory of change uses Frederickson’s Broaden-and-Build Theory of positive emotions.

A three-year study provides evidence of GFPP’s outcome effectiveness and GFPP’s superiority in supporting therapists building therapeutic alliances with clients.”

It is…

  • “The first comprehensive approach to strength-oriented therapy that fully incorporates positive psychology principles
  • Distinct from other positive psychotherapies in offering the only presentation of an integrative positive psychology psychotherapy model with a theory of change, research support of the model, and a set of techniques
  • GFPP is non-pathologizing, strength-oriented, preventive, and contextually fitting.”

From the book: Goal Focused Positive Psychology: A Strengths-based Approach by Collie W. Conoley and Michael J. Scheel

Why are we experiencing a Regeneration Renaissance?

Why are we experiencing a Regeneration Renaissance?

A new economy is being build, and we need you to help bring it forth.

“A multitude of innovators and entrepreneurs around the world are experimenting with practical ways to reimagine capitalism, so that it works for all levels of society, a well as for the planet. In our terms, their common goal is to create a self-organizing naturally self-maintaining, highly responsive Regenerative form of capitalism that produces lasting social and economic vitality for global civilization as a whole.” John Fullerton in Regenerative Capitalism: How Universal Principles and Patterns Will Shape Our New Economy.

“The United Nations has issued a massive global ‘call to action’ to mobilize the political and financial support necessary to restore the world’s deforested and degraded ecosystems over the coming decade to support the wellbeing of 3.2 billion people around the globe. More than 2 billion hectares – an area larger than the South American continent – stand to be restored.”

Depletion of the current ecosystems is due to a dominant extractive economy paradigm. Extractive means: “To pull or take our forcibly.”

We define extraction is the removal of capital from a system in a way that diminishes its overall health, function, or resilience. A nearly ubiquitous example of the current extractive economy is the mining of soils known as agriculture. Millions of tons of soil are inexorably lost every year through tillage, biology-destroying chemical fertilizers, and the resulting rapid erosion.”

The extractive economy asks, “How much can we get out of this landscape?” or,  “What can we take from these people or this place to make a financial profit?”

Within the framework of the Regenerative Enterprise, the questions become: “What are we cultivating in our interaction with this landscape? How can our connection with the system we are harvesting grow the integrity, resilience and long-term viability of these people and this place?

In this context, we define cultivation as the addition to and removal of capital in a system in a way that develops and evolves its health, function and resilience.” Ethan Roland and Gregory Landua in their book: Regenerative Enterprise: Optimizing for Multi-Capital Abundance

Regenerative enterprise is not just about agriculture, but our entire ecosystems.

“Dean Carter thinks about agriculture a lot these days. Not to grow crops, necessarily, but as a metaphor for cultivating a happy, productive workforce.

Dean serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer at Patagonia, the apparel company we’ve all come to know and love. His big insight lately involves the way leaders think about their employees: Do they look to extract all they can, or do they look to regenerate the employee?”  Patagonia and the Regenerative Approach to Performance Management by Chris Weller on Your Brain at Work – NLI’s blog for all things neuroleadership.

Listen to the podcast here with Dean Carter, Chief Human Resources Officer at Patagonia.

Photo: Costa Rica, famous surfing beach, January 2019

What is Regeneration?

What is Regeneration?

Photo: Annupurna Ecovillage, Nepal, April 2019


It is an inherent capability that can be cultivated in relation to our food, relationships, ideas, art, philosophy, business management, spirituality, mythology, technology, economy, culture, shamanism, parenting, science and the physical environment – basically all aspects of human and planetary life.


“to effect a complete moral reform in.

to re-create, reconstitute, or make over, especially in a better form or condition.

to revive or produce anew; bring into existence again.

Biology. to renew or restore (a lost, removed, or injured part).

Physics. to restore (a substance) to a favorable state or physical condition.

1425–75; late Middle English (adj.) < Latin regenerātus, past participle of regenerāre to bring forth again,equivalent to re- re- + generātus;”

“Enabling systems self-actualization.” Carol Sanford.

“Every aspect of the individual business and environmental value adding stream is growing in capacity to evolve and to regenerate itself – in service to the whole.” Gregory Landau (Podcast: This is your brain on regeneration)

Beyond sustainability: A regenerative human culture is healthy, resilient and adaptable; it cares for the planet and it cares for life in the awareness that this is the most effective way to create a thriving future for all of humanity.” Daniel Wahl on Designing Regenerative Cultures.

Regenerative internal development leads to positive external regenerative development. Clear thinking, creatively confident, emotionally resilient people are more effective at restoring the worlds living cultural capital.” The Regenerative Enterprise

Example of regenerative enterprise – agro-forestry

“Regenerative agro-foresty means that, in addition to a more sustainable food forest production, the food forest also aims to revitalize the depleted soil. This method not only provides more variation in the landscape, but increases the soil quality and diversity in flora and fauna. On top of this the farmer will have more stability in income and it spreads business risks.” Dutch company Verstegen Spices and Sauses

Example of long term evidence regeneration – syntropic farming

“Entropy involves the tendency of energy towards dissipation, the famous second law of thermodynamics, also known as the law of thermal death or disorder. On the contrary, syntropy implies the tendency to concentrate and absorb energy, the increase in temperatures, differentiation, complexity, the formation of structures and organizations.” Reference:

Buckminster Fuller developed a definition in relation to “whole systems” as “A tendency towards order and symmetrical combinations, designs of ever more advantageous and orderly patterns. Evolutionary cooperation. Anti-entropy”

Syntropic Farming was developed by Ernst Götsch (originally from Switzerland). The outputs of this approach to food cultivation is beyond what GMO and organic farming can achieve. And it restores the climate.

Watch Life in Syntropy to see a practical application of regeneration, fusing technology, forest and agriculture

This documentary about his work highlights the practical application of syntropy – opening up the opportunity zone to see the possibilities of true abundance and restoring the earth’s climate and ecosystems – living a quality life, while being more happy and healthy.


Photo: Annapurna Ecovillage, Nepal, February 2019