Our work is based on key values and approaches which are fundamental to how we understand cultivating abundance.
Learning and human flourishing
Learning lies at the heart of people reaching their fullest potential possible, in abundance! It is a key way in which humans flourish. Both Alison and Nigel have a strong theoretical understanding of learning together with extensive experience of its practice and of being learners themselves, as well as of helping others learn. Key theories underpin their approach. These include:
We find that an appreciative approach which seeks the best in people and organisations most effectively enables us to bring about change. This means we apprehend, anticipate, and heighten positive potential, and aim to identify and tap into the rich resources each has within. We start with what is “right and good,” not with the problems and seek to multiply that to further good effect.
Freirean approaches to learning
We trust the learners we are working with and will learn alongside our clients. Our aim is to release and liberate by sensitising individuals and organisations to assumptions and practices which hold them back, and working with them to develop new ways of thinking and learning. Critical reflection plays an important role, always focused on an end goal of transformation. We are comfortable in working in the liminal space between theory and practice.
Abundance vs scarcity
We believe the world is ultimately a trustworthy place which is characterised by abundance rather than scarcity. Life in humans and the organisations they create is not a zero-sum game where there is always winning and losing. We stand against the ‘myth of scarcity’ which states that there is not enough (of anything – name your commodity) for everyone. We cultivate ‘virtuous circles’ where abundance can be felt, owned and experienced.
We are committed to realising our own abundance and engage in reflective practice in all our work. We also take our personal development seriously.