Holding Group

Whilst day-to-day management of the Deep Adaptation Forum resides with the Core Team, the DAF Holding Group was established in March 2020, as an advisory body. The Holding Group has the dual mandate of providing mission oversight (ensuring that the DAF Core Team of paid freelancers remain focused on the mission of the DAF), and responsive guidance (in response to requests from the DAF Core Team). 

The composition of the Holding Group is intended to reflect how the Deep Adaptation agenda is relevant to the whole of humanity. Members include external experts from a wide range of fields (politics, activism, social justice, international development, psycho-spiritual aspects, etc) as well as members who are volunteers in different parts of the DAF ecosystem.

Read more about the Holding Group of the Deep Adaptation Forum here.

Holding Group Members

  1. Malika Virah-Sawmy – person with interests including international development and sustainability aspects of DA

Malika has been working for the last 15 years in the field of natural resource management and sustainable consumption and production. She has worked as a sustainability practitioner, as a scientist, and as a facilitator. As a facilitator, she applies system thinking, mindfulness and embodied practices to support companies, NGOs, universities, and development organisations move towards systemic and holistic change. As a scientist, she does participatory research on the topic of sustainable agriculture, trade, and mining, indigenous rights, and ecosystem services. She holds a PhD and Master of Science in Environment and Geography at University of Oxford.

  1. Katie Carr – person from the Core Team (acting as Secretary to the Holding Group)

Senior Facilitator with the Deep Adaptation Core team. An independent trainer, facilitator and ‘host’ of collaborative learning processes, with 15 years’ experience in formal and informal/community education. Before joining the DAF team, Katie was the Director of a UK sustainability education charity and project manager of several European sustainability projects. MA in Sustainable Leadership Development.  Lives in the Lake District, UK.

  1. Jane Dwinell – person from the DA Facebook moderators

Retired RN and Unitarian Universalist clergy. Author of 3 books including Freedom Through Frugality and Big Ideas for Small Congregations. Served congregations as pastor as well as consulting with congregations re: conflict, organizational structure, and growth, and served as a hospice chaplain. Adult-long self-reliant homesteader. Also moderator for Practical DA and Northeast US DA groups. Lives in Vermont, USA.

  1. Alan Heeks – person with interests including the organisational dimensions of DA

MA Oxon and MBA Harvard, living in Dorset, UK. Director & founder of nonprofit Seeding our Future, working with individuals, communities and businesses; social entrepreneur; writer; “This crisis is a huge call for love and compassion: for ourselves and for all life including Gaia.” Recent blog, short video, web site about happiness.

  1. Viviana Jiménez – person from the Professions’ Network Volunteers

Viviana is Director of VIDA Sustainability. She has over two decades of experience working on complex issues surrounding climate change, sustainability, organisational strategy, science and innovation, and ecosystem restoration with a broad number of stakeholders. Viviana has worked with the University of Oxford, guided global corporations to expand and implement sustainability efforts, led the expansion of the UNEP Convention on Migratory Species in North America, and worked with a number of charities to further marine conservation and sustainability knowledge. She also worked as an international securities trader in Bogotá, Colombia. She is co-founder of

Mujeres y Sostenibilidad, and co-founder and advisory board member of the Boyd N. Lyon Sea Turtle Fund. She is co-lead for the Business and Finance group of the DA Professions Network, moderator and admin of the DA Experimental Multilingual FB group, and co-facilitator for Non-Violent Communication.

  1. Prof Sean Kelly – person with interests including the philosophical dimensions of DA

Sean Kelly, Ph.D., is professor of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).  He is the author of Coming Home: The Birth and Transformation of the Planetary Era, co-editor of The Variety of Integral Ecologies: Nature, Culture, and Knowledge in the Planetary Era, and co-translator of Edgar Morin’s Homeland Earth: A Manifesto for the New Millennium. Along with his academic work, Sean teaches taiji and is a facilitator of the group process Work that Reconnects developed by Joanna Macy.

  1. Shu Liang – person from the DA Advocates Network

MA Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation, living in Holland. Founder and director of Stichting Day of Adaptation, a non-profit based in the Netherlands which does local level climate adaptation capacity building through collective and experiential learning (fun and interactive activities). Masters thesis, Linkedin profile.

  1. Asiya Odugleh-Kolev – person with interests in international development aspects of DA

Asiya is responsible for WHO’s efforts to mainstream community engagement through a “whole-person whole-systems approach”. Her current focus is on the linkages between community building, deep adaption of human systems, awareness-based systemic research and health.  And how an understanding of these connections opens new pathways for reimagining health systems capable of contributing to the health and well-being of its own workforce and the populations they serve. Asiya embraces a multidisciplinary background bridging: adult learning; anthropology; community development, journalism, nursing; public health; and volunteerism & youthwork.  In 2017, she was awarded Honorary Membership of the Faculty of Public Health, UK.

  1. Skeena Rathor – interest including the social justice, activism and political dimensions of DA

Co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, Skeena  is a mum of three who lives in Stroud, where she runs the Politics Kitchen and is a co-founder of Compassionate Stroud. She is also an Independent District Councillor, a trauma release therapist, and teaches Pilates, Yoga, Feldenkrais, Garuda, Energy Medicine and heart-math.

  1. Ian Roderick – person representing a major funder or host charity

Ian is the director of The Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems. His first degree was in Mathematics with Physics and then obtained an MSc in Operational Research and an MSc in Responsibility & Business Practice. He started his career at the Building Research Establishment before heading up strategic forecasting for a large American multinational company. He then co-founded a successful software company, which was sold in 2000. Since then he has pursued interests in applying systems sciences to problems in environmental and social justice.  

  1. Simona Vaitkute – person with interests including the communications dimensions of DA

MA in Diplomacy, BA in Philosophy.  Simona lives in a Lithuanian forest, where she runs interdisciplinary community projects focused on regrowing a living culture. She also works as a freelance journalist and leads education programs and nature connection camps for youth.

  1. Charlotte Von Bulow – person with interests including the educational dimensions of DA

PhD in Leadership and Organisation Studies, Master of Education in Social and Environmental Education and Undergraduate in Philosophy. Founder and Director of the Crossfields Institute Group (UK/Denmark): a state recognised awarding organisation for holistic and integrative education, a higher education institute and a consultancy for supporting change in businesses, charities and communities. Senior Lecturer in Leadership at the Bristol Business School, University of the West of England. Accessible publications; lives and works in England and Denmark.  

  1. Position not filled – person with interests including the psychospiritual aspects of DA
  1. Matthew Painton – person from the DA Facilitators’ Group 

Matthew has degrees in Philosophy and Religion and Agroforestry. As a student he was involved in anti-apartheid and LGBTQI activism. He has lived and worked in countries in Africa, Asia and Europe primarily as a seeker of wisdom, whilst working as an English teacher and environmentalist. For the past decade he has been coaching, but lost heart for coaching success and well-being in a broken system. Since 2018 he’s been collaborating within the DA ecosystem to develop and offer Deep Adaptation coaching and facilitation. He helped develop and launch the DA Guidance website and nurtures the community of guides.

Correct at 28 April 2021

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