The earth’s boundaries have become tangible and the journey to a natural world goes hand in hand with changes that affect everyone. We have to recognise that continuing as we are is not an option. The ball is in my court, in our court. It all starts with introspection, listening profoundly to each other and applying everything we already know. The intention behind the lifemaps is to visualise what’s going on, make connections and find new perspective. To choose principles which will make the direction clear for both the individual and the collective. To create a personal or a shared compass, based on overview and insight, and translate everything into actions.
A lifemap consists of a number of building blocks: a scenario, sticker sets, symbols and a table poster. A lifemap is an experience and a journey of discovery. It can be central in an (online) workshop, be a component of a training, or be part of a project for societal renewal. A scenario invites participants to chart a major issue in an intuitive way. The overview on the poster is studied and red lines and priorities become visible. The direction for renewal and change becomes clear. The method is flexible and simple to use. Content, process and complexity are built in. A positive vision is incorporated into everything, with a prospect and hope for the individual, society and the world.
Shortly after I ended my career in business and government, I had a burnout. Exhaustion, hypersensitivity. My entire inner system of ideals, willpower, control, amplified by my far-reaching efforts to fit in, was exposed for fundamental reconsideration. Creating the lifemaps for personal development helped me to reinvent myself from within my heart and soul. Later, after intensive shadow work and when there was more tranquillity, the question arose: how do I view the world now? Where is my place in it? How can I remain positive when conditions of life on earth are deteriorating? I created new lifemap scenarios to help chart all this, to reassess my principles and find direction. The 7 keys I discovered on my journey have been embedded in all scenarios and lifemap building blocks: being yourself, leading a creative life, following your life purpose, responsible business practices, harmonious community, seeing the whole reality and taking care of place and planet.
Throughout that period, I remained a member of the Integral City core team, even though I couldn’t do very much. In 2020, Marilyn Hamilton, founder of Integral City, and Anne-Marie Voorhoeve, like me a member of the core team, invited me to create lifemaps for the city and the stakeholders. It was perfect timing for me. I had just reached the stage when I had realised the importance to a human being of the physical place to connect with nature. I also had a clear idea of how to translate the Doughnut Economy to the level of the citizen. Just as it had become clear to me that the city forms an ideal context for societal programmes centring on greening and sustainability. The city taking its example from the beehive – giving and taking in harmony with the natural environment. Humanity taking direction from the Master Code of Care: take care of self, others, place and planet. Understanding the significance of this vision, I decided to put the continued development of lifemaps at the service of Integral City.