I have a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Western Australia (1973) and a Masters degree in Futures Studies from Curtin University of Technology (2001). My research proposal for the three year Masters degree that included course work as well, was titled, “Will corporations of the future only seek to maximise shareholder value?” This work has evolved into continuing years of research for a book on how corporations will destroy capitalism unless an authentically free market system is created.
I have been involved in the natural resources sector since the 1970’s. I am currently Executive Chairman of a iron ore mining company Rico Resources Limited and a non executive director of a gold explorer ABM Resources NL- both company’s are based in Perth, Western Australia. Over the past 35 years I have worked as an economist in both the government and private sectors. After graduating from the University of Western Australia I was involved with helping to create from the ground up, a consumer protection arm of state government, and have also worked in the areas of: housing, industrial and resources development, tourism and industrial relations. For some years I worked as a public servant advising state government Cabinet Ministers, and with the City of Fremantle concentrating on the City’s overall strategic planning and local community economic development. In the private sector I headed up a company developing an $800M( in todays value $2 Billion) petrochemical plant, and was advisor to a venture capitalist interested in chemical production, property development, and energy projects. I have completed feasibility studies for mining projects and due diligence for investors and share brokers. So as you can gather my life is a example of my belief that the only game in town for us humans is Evolution- to take risks, not fear change, to development and create a better world during our relatively, in relation to 13.7 Billion years of evolution, brief time on earth.
My life and work have been unimaginably enriched since a serendipitous meeting with visionary philosopher and spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen in 1999 in France. In 2003 I became seriously committed to his teachings of Evolutionary Enlightenment. Subsequently in November 2004 I organised an Authentic Leadership seminar led by Andrew Cohen at the Australian Institute of Management in Perth, Western Australia. I introduced the seminar with a presentation on key global trends.
I read widely about society, the universe, how economics fits into society and am always looking for interconnectedness, patterns, relationships between what appear to be disparate disciplines/events. For example , what could connect the Wall Street Journal to the New Scientist to the New York Review of Books? It is exciting to discover emergent patterns across apparently disparate disciplines or events. Through this ongoing investigation I have found that everything is connected in some way and at some level and this discovery is at once both humbling and liberating and that it is collaboration that evolution is at its most powerful and rapid.
I have established a large data base that I add to daily. Having worked in a diverse range of industries as an economist has provided me with extensive knowledge and perspective on the application of economics in everyday life. This process has made me increasingly aware of the very real need for the transformation of societal perspectives and values if the true potential of human beings is to be unleashed and further developed. This becomes evident when you discover we are all, with our unique self reflective awareness, now at the cutting edge, the pointy end of the spear of progress, of the evolution of consciousness and culture that is moving forward in time and space.
Gandhi said to transform the world, we first have to transform ourselves. My belief is that I must change the way I identify myself as a separate individual to having an allegiance to the deepest part of who I am - and that as awareness or consciousness itself. To see everything emerging from consciousness and not see everything as born and operating in and as a separate bubble. To do that my key aim is to be free more than anything else- to be open to life, to be always coming to my experiences open handed, and always be coming from the position that life is inherently good, a big YES, despite what may come my way and be responding from the best part of myself as spirit, in every moment. I have found that part of myself through practicing the evolutionary spirituality teachings of Andrew Cohen – both in meditation as the connection with the deepest part of who I am ( consciousness or awareness) and in holding spirit or god or what ever you wish to call this higher essence of Self awareness as the highest essence of Self. The aim is always to assume an absolutely liberated position in life – to respond from that deeper egoless place , rather than from past conditioning. That place where there is no self consciousness, and no doubt about the sacredness of life and why we are all here. The challenge is to consistently express that deeper part of myself when going about my daily life . How does that look in terms of a economic world view? Interestingly I am finding that as an economist that liberated posture to life provides new insights into the nature of economics, and how economics can evolve in this infinite and wholesome context. Certainly my worldview encompasses and supports the market system but a market system that is authentic and truly free at all levels. This website has been established to share and evolve these insights with others.