CE Ecosystem Lead & Systemic Designer
Hey. I’m Dylan, a community-minded millennial and creative changemaker. I hail from Kalgoorlie and have lived and worked in Perth & Minnesota (USA) as an engineer.
I have a degree in Civil Engineering from UWA, but have been on a deeper journey of self-discovery and lifelong learning in recent years. I’ve gone on to study Human-centred Design, Design Thinking, Theory U and Circular Economy. I reached a turning point in 2018 working as a consulting engineer. I was restless and dissatisfied with my work, with my life and with the state of our current linear economy. I knew I was destined to be a sprout for a brighter, more circular and generative future. It was only inevitable that I eventually met Andy and we teamed up to grow Holonic and seed a new narrative for innovation in Western Australia.
Away from work, I enjoy studying Japanese, freelance designing, doing art, cooking, growing food, hiking, keeping fit, and can admit to having an emerging bio-materials lab in my kitchen.
I’ve always resonated with two Japanese words. The first is ikigai, which translates to ‘a reason for being’. Ikigai is the intersection between; What you love doing, What you are good at, What you can be paid for and What the world needs. I am well on my way to finding ikigai through my work at Holonic. The second word is kintsukorai; ‘something is more beautiful for having been broken’ which refers to the art of repairing broken pottery. Need I say more?
Skills and abilities
Combining design, engineering, business development, creativity, intuition, emotional and network intelligence; I have the ability to see ideas, build rapport and connect people to promote collaborative emergence and systems change.
I deeply sense systems to realise the future potential that wants to emerge. I have an innate ability to approach problems in new and creative ways. Look out for the Holonic podcast I’ll be launching in 2019. I believe that conversations are the best place to start in driving change!
I have 4 years of international experience in different fields, that spans the private and public sectors. I have worked for WA clients including BHP, Main Roads, Public Transport Authority, as well as with local governments, entrepreneurs, and grassroots initiatives. I grew up working for the City of Canning and have enjoyed diverse and varying roles such as being a member on their Sustainability & Environment Advisory Group and as a community disc golf coach.