CLARE MOODY is passionate about the power of nature to reconnect us to our world and ourselves.
Clare worked as a environmental consultant for many of our multinationals across Europe, for over 30 years. She understands how organisations work, how the people who work for them are motivated and inspired and importantly Clare sees the bigger picture of the chaos we have caused on this planet now very clearly shown by Climate Change, Biodiversity loss, Resource decimation and Pollution eg plastic pollution, which we are finally waking up to.
A country upbringing was key to Clare’s love of the Natural World and her interest in the science behind it. Reading Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring at an early age and focussing on the impact of pesticides on our environment and our food, during her first degree, all meant the Clare was on the path to an environmental career.
She has been inspired by John Muir, the father of Ecology who persuaded Roosevelt to set up the National Park movement in the U.S. and by Arne Naess, the great Norwegian Philosopher, who coined the phrase Deep Ecology and Brian Goodwin, the charming Canadian soulful academic who was passionate about potential and emergence in Biology.
Teaching Sustainable Development and Environmental Management at the University of Bath and taking business people and Doctoral Students outside the classroom, to a wild place, to connect with nature and think about the bigger picture, was ground breaking in the early 1990s. Now it is more understood that connecting deeply with nature can help us and the organisations that we work for, to be more of ourselves, healthier, less stressed and happier and help us shift our gaze.
The next phase in organisational change is about a real shift. On the back of the brilliant well being programmes which have connected organisations with their staff in a way perhaps not see since the late 1800s.
The Shift that’s coming is to reconnect organisations with nature, with the world. Its been growing for some 10 years now and has been as seen as ‘hippy’ and ‘sideline’ but its not disruptive technology that will save us, its something so much simpler…getting back to nature, literally.
We need a nature led management system, beyond ISO14001 and 18001. We need deep ecology (Arne Naess) deep immersion in nature on a regular basis, to help us all to remain grounded and for our organisations to be grounded in the reality of climate change, resource depletion and the appalling damage we have caused to this planet.
As a society, perhaps it has finally been recognised that we need ecological wisdom. Deep ecology seeks to develop this by focusing on deep experience, deep questioning and deep commitment. These constitute an interconnected system. Each gives rise to and supports the other, whilst the entire system is, what Naess would call, an ecosophy: an evolving but consistent philosophy of being, thinking and acting in the world, that embodies ecological wisdom and harmony.
Clare has now developed this unique programme, The Naturalshift’. Its an organisational shift programme (its more than change), which can really help organisations and the people who work for them, see more clearly, feel more deeply and open up their hearts.