Now

What Dave is up to and working on right now (December 2021).

Professionally:

  • developing a coaching and training program under the theme of "Train Your Intuition." It'll be open for sale this month.
  • reflecting on what the Beta readers of my Book (Deep Life) have fed-back. Very positive, but plenty to do to make the book even more useful. I'll re-draft later in the month and into January.
  • working as a cognitive coach to a few clients.
  • exploring web3 for publishers and communities.
  • open to scheduling some podcasts, interviews, guest writing, where there's a fit.

Mostly: living

We're on a small road trip across Guatemala this month. Our first stop was a waterpark hotel (with lifeguards who allow an 8yo to go down ALL the slides, once he's shown them he's capable). Next up a brief stay in Guatemala city. Then camping on the slopes of a volcano at 2,500 meters (no, we did not make it to the top 1000m higher up!). Now we're in a beautiful house with a forest coffee/avocado plantation uphill, and Lake Atitlan on the doorstep. The kayak we have borrowed will be well-used. Next stop Antigua, which should be a beautiful place to spend Christmas and the New Year. Not quite sure where we'll be living in January, as our yacht renovations are not finished yet... 🤷  

How I got here:

My wife, myself, and our three boys normally live on a sailing catamaran, simply and happily. Currently the boat can be found in a boatyard in Rio Dulce, Guatemala, being renovated extensively. In 12 months, we might be in the Pacific or the North Atlantic. No idea.

Over the past four years we have sailed from the UK to here, welcoming our third son along the way. The whole experience has been life-changing, or at least life-reinforcing. Particularly crossing an ocean. There’s something about the utter-silence of a still afternoon 10 days into an ocean-crossing and the knowledge that there’s nobody except your family within several hundred miles, that centers you in the present in a way most people will never experience. And fills you with awe and wonder.

Before we sought the freedom of the open ocean, I held a wonderful academic job at Warwick University in the UK, as Director of Undergraduate Studies for Global Sustainable Development. My passion as an academic was for bringing a range of different ways of thinking to bear on problems, and for sharing that diversity of thought with my students. I wanted to tackle the innumerable and interconnected problems surrounding sustainability, and what better way to do this than through a cohort of engaged students?

I intended to go back to Warwick after a two-year sabbatical sailing with my wife and young family. Perhaps that was self-delusion, or perhaps the intervening years changed our priorities. Either way, our family is not going to be settling on land again for a long time.

I started working for myself in 2019 and remain interested in anything that revolves around the complexity of our planet and our species. My clients ranged across biotech, relationship coaching, AI, education, agriculture, transport and plenty of other things.

Now, I cover our living costs in a few hours a week working as a cognitive coach, helping a few visionaries think more clearly, and make their impact on the world. This website shows you the start of mine. I suppose I should add to this? Maybe I will, if anyone notices this and contacts me to agree with that sentiment.

I’m not interested in other work or “opportunities” at present – while my kids are young I won’t work more than 20 hours a week regularly. As a result, I say “no” a lot. Don’t take it personally.

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