RESOURCES

In this section you’ll find a range of processes and resources I have created which can help you to grow your own natural happiness and resilience. Just click on the bold headings to see details:

Composting: the upsides of your downsides

Imagine that you can tap into a major new source of energy and insight, that’s already within you: it’s free, abundant, and just needs a bit of effort to process it.          Click here to read more.

Resource Toolkit: Creative Conflict Resolution

Many challenges involve conflict. This process is one I’ve used often myself, and have taught in training groups. You can use the gist in minor conflict, and the full process in major ones.
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Love Me Do: reinventing partnership in later years

Love can still be wonderful in our later years, but we have to let go of some baggage first – like all the simplistic ideals from the pop songs of our youth. We can’t expect our partner to look like a twenty-something film star, and we’re unlikely to find instant sexual fireworks (remember the song Wild Thing?).
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Friendship Tips

Cultivating a garden takes some dedication and skill, and friendships need this too.
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Using humour to defuse tensions

Do you ever feel that you spend hours in a state of high alert, where one more hassle feels like the last straw? The research quoted in our November issue (book blog - Your Brain On Nature) shows that many of us do indeed spend far too long in this state. To help you wind down for Christmas, here are some pointers on using humour to escape your anxieties.
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The Diamond Process: drawing on both sides of the brain

As we try to handle ever more complexity and uncertainty in our lives, co-creative skills are essential. Co-creativity is about both-and, combining action and reflection, balancing your needs and aims with the realities of the situation and other people in it.
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Cycles of progress map

This tool is an invitation to map your progress over time, including the ups and downs, and to celebrate both, and see if there are any cycles involved.
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Mapping Your Wild Margins

This matrix can help you recognise and value wild margins in yourself, or you could use it for a group such as a work team.
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Discerning, Valuing, Tolerating

Here are some specific ways to handle a crisis situation, whether personal, local or national.
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Scanning our Future Project

This is Alan's new project, exploring diverse global views on the outlook for the period 2030 to 2050.
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The Seven Seeds Of Natural Happiness

These are the essence of the natural systems approach I’ve evolved over twenty years. Ways to use these seven principles are explained in other sections below.
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The Seven Seeds Resilience Audit

This quick questionnaire will help your current levels of resilience, which have a big influence on your general happiness.
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Cultivation Cycle

For gardens and farms, every stage of the cultivation cycle and all four seasons are important.  This holds true for people’s work and life generally, but we often over-focus on some stages of the cycle, and neglect others.  This quick checklist will help you see how you can use these cycles better.
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Personal Energy Audit

This can be a powerful process to help you understand your sources and uses of physical, emotional, mental and inspirational energy.
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