Lying in bed, first thing in the morning, I can feel fear coursing through my body. I breathe. The article is due today.

I think back to the moment, two days ago, when I started it. Put a title on a document that is still sitting on my computer, empty…


Sometimes in role playing games something mysterious and delightful happens. A story that no one designed or wrote, emerges, seemingly of its own accord, from the interactions between the players. Rather than playing through a prescribed story the players discover a story through play.

A group of people walk across a field towards the camera.
Hailey takes a selfie with the team at Amble Camp.

It was gaming experiences like these…


Welcome to Amble: the role playing game. Amble Studio is a newly formed table top game design company and Amble RPG is our ongoing process of self-management - working out how we work together. It incorporates mutual support, getting things done, reflection and fun.

Amble is committed to agile ways…


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I breathe in, receive into the inverted tree of my lungs, the gift of green and growing things, oxygen.

I breathe out, offer up the by-product of my respiration, think of the gorgeous old camellia in the back yard, to her (and all those other growing things) I dedicate my…


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When I first heard about agile development and rapid prototyping I didn’t get it. They seemed like trendy buzz words for something that software developers did. A way of working hard and fast, not suited to my peaceful and considered way of being in the world.

That all started to…


Part 3 of a series of reflections on my participation in the Practical Self-Management Intensive with Better Work Together. The focus this week was on deliberately developmental.

The Immunity to Change process has been profound. I thoroughly enjoyed the discomfort of discovering how comprehensively I sabotage my own desire to…


A week ago I showed up to a meeting weighed down with sadness. It was the middle of the school holidays and I’d just dropped my son off at his other home. …


Part 2 of a series of reflections on my participation in the Practical Self-Management Intensive with Better Work Together. The focus this week was on decision making.

A woman in a purple sparkly hat and black-framed glasses smiles at the camera. She wears a white t-shirt that says FREE HUGS.
Photo by Peter Turnbull.

This is my mum, Jill Bear. On Tuesday she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The specialists have informed us that it’s been…


Part 1 of a series of reflections on my participation in the Practical Self-Management Intensive with Better Work Together. The focus this week was on roles and team agreements.

A book lies open with the middle pages gently folded into a heart shape.
Image source: Flickr user: Kate Ter Haar CC-BY-2.0

Last year I got the chance to observe a men’s behaviour change session (for men who have used violence against their…

Kiri Bear

Artist, poet, facilitator, wild one - read my thoughts www.humansarenature.com, work with me www.kiribear.com, playful collaboration http://amble.studio

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