Theory of Change ~ Workshop

If you think about the many organisations in need of our support and asking for our contributions and daily attention in a world of need, it is interesting how their Theory of Change is often unspoken. While clear in their ‘essential five’ – of Purpose, Vision, Mission, Aim and Principles, the reasonable and credible basis […]

Four Transitions ~ Training

Many years ago we saw how successful people (and businesses) after an initial start-up phase became stuck. In their upward trajectory they became stationary with the engine running. Since that time apithology theory has caught up to the observation and we now understand so much more about the dynamic balances in generative orientation. I recently completed […]

Health of Humanity ~ Workshop

I will be in Berlin in August for the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) 59th Meeting and Conference. For this regular annual event I will be presenting a paper on the ‘Apithology of Humanity Psychology’ as a bridging work between recent research on thought-ecologies and the forthcoming book on the generative potentials of […]

Where is the ecology-of-thought?

  In the book ‘Dialogue and the Art of Thinking Together‘ William Isaacs takes the idea of the ecology of thought into a different direction. From his work with physicist David Bohm, ‘Dialogue’ is provided as the answer. The question that answer then prompts is seen to be the problem of: “Why have we not learned […]

What do we mean by ‘ecological’?

To answer this question, I’d like to highlight the work of four theorists in complementary research spaces. They each provide a contemporary perspective of value within a wider discourse and provide ways of thinking about the ‘ecology of thought’, or more specifically ‘ecological-thought’. More importantly, appreciation of this work allows others to move past a […]

What is abductive thought?

The answer to this question highlights both the ‘reason for’ and the ‘findings from’ my Doctoral research. I asked a question not often asked and found by its uncommon asking the reason we don’t often ask it. I was reflecting on my PhD Thesis conferral recently. For me the undertaking of this doctoral program was […]

Where is the pattern-that-connects?

I am currently (re)reading my entire set of the collected works of Gregory Bateson. One of the most interesting passages is in an earlier work where Gregory Bateson’s father, William Bateson (1861-1926) who formed the term ‘genetics’, initially describes what became an enduring theme in Gregory’s work, being the ‘pattern that connects’. William Bateson observed (in […]

What is a Thought-Ecology?

A thought-ecology is a way of studying how thought is working when people do something together collaboratively. This way of considering the capacity of human social systems recognises the connections between conceptual potentials. It finds the dynamics occurring in the patterns that connect our thinking. What this enables is a practical appreciation of the potentials […]


The launch of this website marks the opening of Apithologia on 1 January 2013. This reflects a response to a request for a new form of service offering grounded in the practice of apithology. The form of support this field provides is the difference that makes the noticeable difference in the unfoldment of envisaged futures. Because […]