"From here on, the primary judgment of all human institutions, professions, programmes and activities will be determined by the extent to which they inhibit, ignore, or foster a mutually-enhancing human/Earth relationship."
Finn is an educator, facilitator and designer with a passion for community empowerment and resilience. Finn has been actively involved in community development, placemaking, education for sustainability, and facilitating change in Aotearoa since 2003. His particular interests and skills are in the realm of social innovation, participatory and regenerative design, and permaculture.
Finn has designed and facilitated a wide range of social innovation initiatives working with a network of people and organisations from public services, health agencies, businesses, community groups and enterprises. He has co-founded a range of grassroots and solution-focused initiatives including Auckland Permaculture Workshop, Resilio Studio, Dark Green Auckland, Transition Pt. Chevalier, Grey Lynn 2030, and Our Amazing Place (originally the Pt. Chevalier Treasure Hunt). Finn’s expertise includes dynamic facilitation, iwi and community engagement, participatory design methodologies, team building tools and processes, programme design and delivery, project coordination, constructive reflective and accelerated learning practices.
Qualifications, Affiliations + Awards
- Permaculture Diploma | Permaculture in New Zealand
- The Regenerative Practitioner Training | Regenesis
- Certificate in Engagement | IAP2 Australasia
- Post Graduate Diploma of Teaching | Victoria University of Wellington
- Bachelor of Arts - Anthropology and Psychology | University of British Columbia
- Te Whakaoranga o Te Puhinui: Te Rautaki | Puhinui Regeneration Strategy –
- Outstanding Award for Unbuilt Project category (IFLA Asia-Pacific Awards, 2021)
- Category Winner for Master Planning and Urban Design Strategy (NZILA Awards, 2022)
- Charlie Challenger Supreme Award (NZILA Awards, 2022)