The key focus of my adult life has been concern for the global challenges of poverty, environmental destruction and war.
As an academic at The University of Western Australia for 25 years, I sought to understand these complex, interactive issues and contribute to their resolution. In the process, I explored many disciplines, and contributed publications to several including natural resource and environmental policy and law, the impact of technology on society, peace studies, and sustainable development.
In the 1990’s, I became convinced that transformation of consciousness and a new worldview are prerequisites for enduring solutions to world problems. This led me to study connections between modern science, spiritual traditions, and the emerging worldview. I also studied the contribution of alternative communities, or ‘ecovillages’, to sustainable development.
I left the University in 1997, and moved to the world-renowned Findhorn Community in Scotland. Here, I became deeply involved with setting up a new community association, and was responsible for establishing Findhorn Foundation College to develop accredited holistic education programmes. These include a study-abroad semester accredited by the University of Massachusetts. At the national level in the UK, for 5 years I was involved in developing the Wrekin Forum - a network of individuals and organisations concerned with bringing spiritual values and a holistic worldview into all levels of education. In mid-2004, I left paid employment to concentrate on writing. My book "The Science of Oneness: A Worldview for the Twenty-First Century" was published to critical acclaim in mid-2006. It was awarded the Scientific and Medical Network book prize for 2006.
In 2008 my wife and I began work on a third book: "Hope for Humanity: How understanding and healing trauma could solve the planetary crisis." This was published in early 2011.
Further information on our books and other work can be found on our website Human Solutions Now. www.humansolutionsnow.com
In 2010 we left Scotland and returned to Australia to be closer to our children.