It’ time to ditch failing strategies and embracing an inclusive future of work

Pidgeon sitting in foreground looking sideways with office buildings in background- Dublin
A view of Dublin by author

Covid-19 has compounded the difficulties disabled people face with regard to work, but it did not cause the fault-line in Irish social policy that resulted in Ireland having the poorest EU participation rates of disabled people in the workforce…even before the pandemic.

Despite the shift in emphasis to remote working…

Unpsychology Magazine #7 Climate Complexity Change

I wrote this piece for Unpsychology, as a response to meeting the earth rising in the shape of a Buddhist nun, whose fearsomeness pivoted me into an uneasy and more honest relationship with myself.

The sky outside is darkening, turning the feeling of the room to mahogany, I taste the…

jellyfish swimming in blue globe
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This is a platform for sharing ideas about our deep systemic interconnectedness and how systems thinking, being and doing can help us all expand our thinking and develop competencies we can take back out into our emerging worlds.

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Getting to grips with “The Facts of Life”

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There is no cure for the facts of life just as there is no cure for hot and cold.

If you have been waiting to go somewhere, it is time to let it go. If you have been waiting to arrive somewhere, it is time to think again. Yes, you are always in flux, yes, you are always in the process…

Rooting ourselves in our bodies to seed new possibilities

Today I am a human catalogue of seeds. Who knows which might take root and grow, or be blown in the wind to some lifeless spot. In either case, I will sow, as we humans do — cycling between downward and virtuous cycles.

berries on a twig
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At 1 pm, I am having a Zoom lunch with a friend: we are both feeling up-ended: it’s an edgy discomfort. There seems to be no ground that we can safely land and rest in our hearts or our minds. It…

Joan O'Donnell

Doctoral researcher, lecturer, living and learning in systems. Advanced Social Presencing Practitioner, Editor:

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