" Cowardice asks the question, is it safe?
Expediency asks the question, is it politic?
Vanity asks the question, is it popular?
But conscience asks the question, is it right?
And there comes a time when we must take a position
that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular,
but one must take it because it is right."
Martin Luther King Jr.
Liberate your potential.
Transform your perspective and get simple tools that catalyse change within yourself and your organisation. Explore whole systems thinking and holonic technology to do more with less. We help people and organisations change direction, become more healthy, and thrive.
The technology is widely accessible. The whole systems approach goes far beyond "sustainability", which is a minimum requirement for any system. It liberates holonic potential in people and organisations. Please browse the technology section or see our books for more.
Astraea.net is a gateway to solutions which you can explore yourself. We recommend a holonic (aka whole system, natural or universal) perspective and approach, which is very different from traditional linear and hierarchical thinking. Astraea family sites focus on related areas:
Ballin Temple: Our "living life laboratory" where we explore the practical implementation of the solutions we offer. We offer courses, retreats and holiday escapes here. It is a rural sanctuary within a few hours of most European capitals being 90 minutes by car from Dublin airport.
Breathe Think Flow: A simple site to access personal development advice.
Pam Butler Yoga: Pam, our resident yoga guru, shares many insights on this website. Why yoga? Because its founding principle in unity which is a prinicple of holonics. You don't need to do yoga, but breathing and awareness are critical to personal development and yoga, taught with these practices in mind, is a quick and easy development tool.
GRI Equity: A repository of business and investment concepts and tools.
Personal one-on-one engagements deliver customised solutions in which sensitive issues can be addressed openly. Our advice and coaching help you nurture the lifestyle you seek. We accelerate acquisition of aptitudes which embolden you to liberate your spirit so you thrive, building enhanced personal health and relationships.
We advise entrepreneurs and SMEs on business and lifestyle issues. You will develop a broader strategic perspective, insightful risk awareness and improved return on investment. Investment and financial advice is offered if desired. Our experience in advising on family issues and organisation culture fills gaps often ignored in personal and business development. We also help you develop your business skills, from finance to IT to strategy.
How we are different
Astraea is all about education, but not using the old style of dogmatic mantra. As well as technical knowledge, we develop the innate potential of each person by nurturing mindful, self-awareness, mental acuity and emotional intelligence.
Our specialisation is synthesising competing objectives to guide strategy and policy and develop internal skills to enable whole system change. We integrate economic, situational and personal perspectives to resolve tensions felt by individuals and teams. We go beyond traditional strategic imperatives, integrating operating disciplines with flexibility and adaptability. We design organisation structures to align stakeholder priorities. We communicate with widely differing communities delivering comprehensive perspectives to open unexplored opportunities.
Techniques employed include breathing, yoga, open-space, biomimicry, parallel decision making, triple-bottom-line analysis and scenario forecasting.