Now

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

Professionally:

  • waiting for feedback on the beta version of my Book - Deep Life.
  • developing a course and coaching program under the theme of "Train Your Intuition." Mostly prevaricating on what order to create. I think I'll solve that by offering a course in December with just a little content ready, and then letting customers decide "what next" repeatedly from my to-create list, until it's empty. Should be done by 2040.
  • 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. Will be looking for opportunities from December.

Mostly: living

We're currently living in a house, for a change, on the edge of the rainforest in Rio Dulce, Guatemala. 8yo is enjoying catching the scorpions that wander in; 5yo loves the leaf-cutter ants (which are amazing); and 3yo can catch a grasshopper before I even see it. My wife and I are loving the rainforest walks, thunderstorms, and birdsong.

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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