Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Kili Team 2016: Julian Norris (Trip Guide)

Natural forests cover about 1,000 square kilometres on Kilimanjaro. In the foothill areas maize, beans, and sunflowers (on the western side also wheat) are cultivated. Remnants of the former savanna vegetation with Acacia, Combretum, Terminalia and Grewia also occur. Between 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) and 1,800 metres (5,900 ft), coffee also appears as part of the "Chagga home gardens" agroforestry!

The last individual we would like to celebrate is our second trip guide, Julian Norris. Dr. Julian Norris is not only the former Associate Director of Outward Bound Canada but he also teaches topics in leadership and directed study in management studies (Indigenous Peoples and Sustainable Development) at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business.

Originally hailing from the British Isles, Julian is based in the Canadian Rockies. A well-regarded facilitator and mentor, his work with has explored depth-based leadership, the application of living systems theory, working across cultures, strategic planning, nature and place-based learning, and mindfulness practices. A seasoned guide of adventurous journeys through the mysteries of nature and psyche, Julian has worked with at-risk youth and existentially-challenged adults, with senior leaders from the government, corporate and non-profit sectors, with numerous Aboriginal communities and in various international development contexts. Building on his PhD research around personal transformation and systems change, much of his work centers on supporting leaders to discover and develop their own deeper capacities and working with complex systems to address thorny challenges. He has a particular solidarity with those who find themselves living, working and asking themselves profound questions in the space where these two domains overlap.

Julian is really looking forward to this next adventure with the 2016 Mt. Kilimanjaro team!

A big thanks to Julian for safely leading the team through this incredible journey!

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