When you want to cross a river, you need to build a bridge. In many countries, people build bridges out of what they have to hand; the materials and tools they are familiar with.
Bamboo bridges are strong, flexible, perfectly suited to their surroundings and fit for their purpose.
While they stand, they are a tribute to the skill, resourcefulness and unique style of the people who built them. When they are washed away in the rainy season, they are recyclable and biodegradable. Next time, they are built better, with more understanding, skill and experience, maybe even more style.
What’s on the other side?
What do you need to do get to where you want to be?
Maybe it’s time to build a better bridge?
Those of you who lead or manage people will recognize the challenge of doing business in the networked 21st century. Time is finite, resources are scarce, corners are cut… What you see isn’t always what you get, and integrity is often put to one side in the pressure to deliver short term results ever more impressively.
It’s clear that this way of working is unsustainable. It impacts our health, happiness and relationships. We need to do things differently…
We launched the Conscious Project in 2012 to bring together ‘thinking people’ who are part of a growing movement of individuals seeking to do business differently. People who are committed to working ethically, and who have a deep respect for the environment and for life. In other words ‘conscious’ people.
In many ways our own conscious project began in the early 1990s when we came together to work with children and young people in the UK and Europe, nurturing them, encouraging them, and inspiring them to social action.
Through more than 20 years and across the private, public, not-for-profit and voluntary sectors, we have done our best to inspire conscious leadership and conscious living.
Today, we work with anyone or any organisation that is thinking about what they’re doing, and bringing about social change.
Abi Green & Ben Emmens
Ben specialises in leadership, learning, organisational development and people management issues. He has worked in senior management and leadership roles in the ‘not for profit’ and private sectors, encompassing a range of disciplines including learning and development, human resources management, marketing and international operations.
Ben's book - Conscious Collaboration - was published by Palgrave Macmillan in November 2016.
Over the last 20 years Ben has worked more than 50 countries, and with a diverse range of organisations including the London Business School, Cranfield University, Henley Business School, the University of East London, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNHCR, the CGIAR, the Red Cross and many INGOs including the IRC, Save the Children, ActionAid, Oxfam, CARE, PLAN International, Mercy Corps and World Vision.
Ben is a Director of the Conscious Project which he co-founded in 2012. Until that point, Ben had been Director of HR Services for People In Aid (now the CHS Alliance) – a non-profit, global network of more than 200 organisations dedicated to improving the quality and impact of aid and development through better people management. At People In Aid Ben had a range of responsibilities including partnership building, consultancy, research, learning and research. He has played a key role in a number of complex collaborations focused on capacity building for organisational effectiveness, including the Emergency Capacity Building Project (www.ecbproject.org) and the Consortium of British Humanitarian Agencies (now the START Network) where he led the design, development and delivery innovative capacity building programmes (the Context Project / www.contextproject.org) and associated materials and resources. Prior to People In Aid Ben worked for Save the Children in the international HR team, and the Design Research Unit. Before that Ben worked as a University Lecturer, a teacher, and even did a brief stint for the British Cycling federation and the International Cycling Union.
Ben has a BA (Hons) in French and Spanish, and an MA in Personnel and Development. He is a Fellow of the RSA and a member of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Ben has additional qualifications in quality management and social audit, as well as being accredited by the British Psychological Society as a practitioner for the Myers-Briggs and 16PF tools.
Abi co-founded The Conscious Project to fulfil her ambition to see people achieve and succeed. She has developed hands-on leadership experience over 16 years of supporting personal development within clinical and management roles in the UK National Health Service. She brings a holistic approach to teams that she supports to equip them towards self-management and ensure that change is effective and lasting. Colleagues describe her leadership style as insightful, inspiring and motivating.
Imagination and creativity have always been hallmarks of Abi’s work and alongside a passion for audit and good data, she has engaged teams and working groups to develop awareness and responsiveness through short courses, away-days, team-building and appreciation. Abi believes that good management should bring the best out of people and loves to see people flourish beyond their own expectations as they realise their capabilities.
Abi has set up and remodelled a number of specific services and pathways in Homerton Hospital and Mile End Hospital (now part of Barts Health). She has been responsible for developing integrated team approaches and setting up multi-professional working teams. She has led teams to define and embed new processes and frameworks in ‘real-life’ contexts.
She has extensive experience as a speaker, presenter and workshop facilitator, including designing and teaching events and short courses in a variety of settings both in the UK and abroad. Abi is accredited by the British Psychological Society as a practitioner for the Myers-Briggs and 16PF tools. She is a certified practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).
As a health professional, Abi graduated from University College London and now has 19 years of experience in the field of Podiatry as a HCPC registered Podiatrist, with expertise in Specialist Footwear including holding the role of manager and Clinical Lead for the flagship Footwear Centre at Mile End Hospital. She offers unique hands-on clinical mentoring for professionals extending their skills in this area. Abi sits on the Steering Committee of the national Footwear Special Interest Group.