Hi, I’m Michael. I live in London, UK.
I believe that we humans have qualities that make us intrinsically worthwhile: curiosity, contemplation, the drive to explore our internal and external worlds, the capacity to experience awe.
I’m fascinated by how we can move towards the best versions of ourselves — individually and collectively — and live our lives as fully as possible.
My website is how I let the others find me.
In February 2021 I said goodbye to a ten year corporate and consulting career in low carbon energy innovation to pursue my dream of living a self-directed life as a free agent.
This year I'll be focusing my attention on these areas:
- Exploring what it means to be creative on the Internet. I write a weekly newsletter called Thinking Out Loud, I write essays on this website and I have a YouTube channel, where I try to publish at least one new video each week. I try to publish something daily to my Notebook. (As of 19 Feb this is aspirational, but not that aspirational)
- Building my Alexander Technique online course. I am a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, an awareness based educational process that helps people live with greater ease and freedom. Alexander Technique is conventionally taught in person and through touch, and I think this course is the first and only of its kind ever to exist. For now, the best place to hear about this is by subscribing to Expanding Awareness, my Alexander Technique newsletter.
- Helping to grow the Carbon Removal Centre. I am a co-founder and Non-Executive Director of the Carbon Removal Centre, a non-profit organisation with a mission to advance the sustainable removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to restore the Earth's climate system.
- Developing my coaching business. I am a trained Co-Active Coach, to which I also bring lots of Alexander Technique style 'non-doing'.I work mainly with people who are already very good at 'hustling', have usually achieved a lot, but who have a sense that more is available by trying less hard (they're right).
Work stuff (until recently)
My career has focussed on how energy innovation can tackle one of the biggest existential threats we face: climate change.
But I'm not interested in doom and gloom. I want to understand how we can use climate change as a catalyst for positive growth, which led me to doing these kinds of things for work:
- helping the UK government as well as electricity and water network operators navigate the energy system transformation, as part of the Power & Utilities team in the Infrastructure Advisory Group at KPMG, and
- leading the design of innovation projects for National Grid Electricity System Operator, the entity that balances the electricity transmission system in Great Britain.
Working in the shadow of climate change has focussed my attention not just on how we might solve it, but on what lies beyond it. As Nietzsche said, “he who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” What futures do we want to create that will make solving climate change and other global challenges worth it?
I want to help foster a world where we have the freedom to move towards the best versions of ourselves as individuals and as a civilisation. I love working on this process in myself and helping others on their own paths.