Facilitated Workshops
Bespoke, experiencial Training
Advice, Coaching & Conference Speaking

Facilitated Workshops

Open the gate. Enter the forest. Emerge with new insights.

All of my workshops have a story based backbone formed around Participatory Narrative Inquiry which maximises engagement, uses story to reveal the true ‘what is’ and ‘what is possible’ and enables the participants to make their own sense of what to do next.

Having worked with the cynefin framework for more than 20 years the overarching format is that of Probe-Sense-Respond.

All of this is built upon using insights from ABCD (Asset Based Community Development), Theory U, Oxford TRIZ and many more.

Bespoke Training

Engaging with the flow.

I have developed three ‘core’ training courses which I can offer as individual days or can be reshaped, combined or added to as your requirements demand.

Working with Story – Facilitation – Complex Problem Solving

Each of these are packed full of actionable insights, hands-on exercises and supported by, as you might expect, lots of teaching stories.

Advice, Coaching and Speaking

A sustainable, thriving ecosystem awaits.

I have a great deal of experience in supporting and developing bids, especially engaging with stakeholders and developing a portfolio of ideas.

I have helped to launch dozens of new initiatives, bringing people together and building a collaborative community.

I am happy to support your work in any way I can add value. I can add an interesting talk to your conference or event or even build you a WordPress site for your project as I have done for two recent University Research Initiatives.

Ron Donaldson – Host, Guide and Facilitator

Ecology of Knowledge was formed in August 2008 after Ron had completed seven years in HMRC doing Systems Analysis then 21 years at English Nature, developing systems that support Nature Conservation. He was working in Knowledge Management there when he first met Dave Snowden in 1998 who introduced him to Narrative, Complexity and Anthropology.

Huge Rural Surrey event in Woking, Surrey

No workshop or event is too big for this approach. Please get in touch if you are interested in adding some magic to your next conference, event or even just a management meeting.

Ron can be secured on a competitive daily rate or a call-off contract.

10% discount if you add an ‘environmental net gain’ benefit to your desired outcomes at the start of any event.

Fresh Water Sandpit in Alnwick for Newcastle University

Satisfied Customers include:

BAE Systems
EU FP7 Project
Girl Guides Association

Friends of the Earth
Surrey Wildlife Trust
Natural England
Fire Service

Conference session in British Library for Natural Capital Initiative


Weak signals of the Covid-19 Pandemic from 2005

A recent request on Twitter for anyone who had run a Future Backwards exercise predicting the pandemic set me on a mission. In 2005 English Nature (where I worked) had hosted a huge Climate Change Conference on behalf of the EEAC (European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils). I was asked to run the preliminary […]

Improved communication with an emphasis on storytelling.

Earlier this year I was contracted by a large Government Organisation to design and deliver 8 one day training courses aimed at improving communication skills with an introduction to working with story and storytelling. The day was designed to be instructive, entertaining and participative. I included the importance of personal stories, the community/organisation story and […]

NETIKX Event on TRIZ – March 26th 2020 – POSTPONED

Those lovely people over at NETIKX (the community for professionals who work in knowledge and information management) have invited me to speak at their next seminar on March 26th in Wimpole Street, London. Titled: Using previously hidden knowledge to think like a Genius: an introduction to TRIZ, my intention is to give a simple introduction […]

Think Like a Genius – TRIZ for KM

Back in January I was asked to write an article for the new Ark Group, KM Insight website (a community hub for knowledge management professionals). In it I describe how the TRIZ problem-solving process utilises your knowledge, practical experience and expertise, and enables you to use your knowledge in new and inventive ways. It will […]

The father of the bride speech

Nine years ago I published my father of the groom speech on here so it is only fair that I now publish my father of the bride speech so I am not accused of favouritism. This is how I broke it down on the day. There was several extra things included but it gives a […]

Brexit on condition

One of the founding ideas behind TRIZ is to solve problems without compromise and deliver all the benefits while minimising any harms. We recently heard the story of a major soft drink company surveying its customers on the level of sugar they preferred in their fizzy drink. The results were in, they averaged the preferences […]


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