I’m Pippa Buchanan, a resilience and sustainability educator and consultant.
I help people develop considerate and gentle ways of dealing with social, environmental and economic changes. I work with individuals and groups to discuss, explore and design safe and abundant futures for their households, organisations and communities. My work is informed by permaculture, futures thinking, community-driven action and open technologies and processes.
My daughter was born in March 2020 just as the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns spread across the world. Her arrival at this strange time strengthened my commitment to support positive futures not just for her, but for the world in which she will live. Becoming a parent also re-highlighted for me our shared struggle of taking positive world-changing action amongst the never-ending needs of family, work and home. I remind myself and my clients that our everyday decisions are where we have ongoing power for positive impacts that also create the world we want.
Global and regional change intersects with our personal lives: our hopes, dreams and everyday practical decisions and emotional challenges. These combined issues often leave us so overwhelmed by grief, anxiety or trauma that we are not capable of initiating the action required for a more abundant future. In order to better support my clients I am currently studying a masters of counselling so that I can offer evidence-based coaching as part of my services.
I hold an MSc in Sustainability and Adaptation from the Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales in partnership with the University of East London. I have completed two Permaculture Design Certificates, studied Permaculture Teaching Matters with Rosemary Morrow and hold academic qualifications in adult education and computer and information science. My earlier work was in tertiary and informal education, web and games development and educational software. I also coach non-native English speakers in academic and general communication especially around sustainability issues.
I am a keen knitter and fermenter, improvising vocalist, gardener, cook, sailor, lifelong learner and creator of various things.
If you’d like to find out how I can help you, your community or organisation, please get in contact!