Let the wider ecology do the coaching
by Professor Peter Hawkins
Having taken part in many coaching conferences, webinars, podcasts and courses on ecological and climate conscious coaching, I am struck by how often the focus gets trapped in exploring how we can focus on the ecology or climate in coaching – what questions to ask, how to raise the issue, how to address it? The ecology becomes an ‘it’, a problem to be addressed, an agenda item, another global challenge we must address, and we end up feeling overwhelmed.
This process is part of a deeper human pattern of consciousness and is a capacity that has brought many positive developments for humanity through our species’ short time on this planet: the capacity to see situations as challenges to be mastered, as problems to be solved, and difficulties to be overcome. This drive to mastery, over others and the world around us, has been a blessing that has turned into a curse – for it is this very drive to dominance, problem solving and mastery, that has led humans into a disastrous, exploitive and extractive relationship with the world around them – seeing the natural world as an unlimited resource to be plundered.
Please do not make the ecology the third or fifth item on the coaching agenda, or even the first! Everything we address in coaching and everything we sense is part of the wider ecology and the wider ecology is a participant in every issue that gets brought to coaching. It is literally the ground of our being, the air we share with every living being, the waters that run through us and comprise the majority of our body mass, and the light through which we see.
The Climate Coaching Alliance (CCA) was set up in late 2019 to bring together coaches, coaching psychologists, and coaching supervisors, facilitators and other leadership professionals in order to cocreate a space to share resources, explore practice, and hold dialogue. The CCA aims to enable individual practitioners, and the profession of coaching to develop strategies and practices that provide our clients (individuals, leaders and their teams) the right space to step into their necessary leadership role in the face of the climate emergency. It is free to join, and makes resources accessible to practitioners to encourage discussion, engagement and confidence and to be an enabling, learning space.
Events in December
EARTH AS A LIVING BEING
A new story on climate change with Charles Eisenstein
Dec 9 2020 at 09:30 UTC and Dec 10 2020 at 19:00 UTC
Charles Eisenstein is a renowned American humanitarian activist, public speaker and author. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in mathematics and philosophy before he launched into covering a wide range of topics including a history of human civilisation, economics, spirituality and the ecology movement.
In this video plus workshop session we will watch together a recent short video with Charles where he outlines his thoughts about the earth as a living being, invites us to consider how we can best serve the planet, and suggests ways we can realign with and regenerate the earth. We will then regroup to discuss our reflections and consider some questions about what this means to us as individuals, professionals and members of communities. The session will be facilitated by working with the generative principles and components of the Thinking Environment™