Georgie Wingfield-Hayes is a therapist who works with a combination of nutrition and other techniques to promote an integrated approach to wellbeing. She is a current post-graduate student at the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability.
In this article, she uses the example of a slave ship captain who became an anti-slavery campaigner to illustrate how the ‘stories’ that drive and reinforce our beliefs can be identified and transformed. She sees the inner beliefs about the inevitability of ‘business-as-usual’ embedded in our culture as similarly open to change. This requires us to re-examine notions that the self is separate from those against whom we strive for success and who cannot be trusted: that debt is the driver of development; that external knowledge is superior to inner knowledge. She recounts how she liberated herself from her own ‘inner capitalist’ following a course on ‘Sustainable Leadership’ designed to develop critical thinking, deconstruct perceptions of social norms, reconnect with the planet, and understand the realities of climate change.