Developing resilience, improving well-being and saving the planet

David Scott Brown & Karen Bentley-Brown providing training for Future Fixers

My wife, Karen, and I have been beavering away, planning Future Fixers for months.  But getting to the point where we are now ready to launch our packed programme of carefully designed activities has been a bit of a roller coaster ride.  We’ve had the thrill of realising, after all these years that, yes, there is a way for us to work together after all, and we’ve experienced the excitement of securing funding from Great Place Lakes and Dales, allowing us to offer six free places on our course.

But we’ve also faced the challenge of clinging to our vision as nagging doubts surfaced and our confidence levels threatened to plummet.  We’re so glad that, in spite of that, we held on tight and stuck with it.

The experiences we’ve gone through as we’ve worked towards making the programme happen, are very similar to those we’ll be helping our young people with as they reach for a brighter future.  And why wouldn’t they be?  Remaining resilient in the face of self-doubt and dealing with that nagging inner voice that keeps telling us we’re not good enough (impostor syndrome, anyone?) are very human challenges, after all.  We can’t radiate confidence all the time, but we can learn some skills to help us cope. Thrive even.

That’s where Future Fixers comes in.  It’s the purposeful business start-up programme for young people who want to make a difference.  It’s for those who perhaps have the beginnings of an eco-friendly business idea but aren’t sure how to put it into practice.  We want to help these people get out of their own way, get focused and get started.

And it all begins with a two-hour, one-to-one session designed to raise awareness of the things our participants, as individuals, already do well.  We all have a truly unique blend of strengths just waiting to be unleashed.  By putting our participants in touch with their own unique blend, we aim to help them communicate with confidence, get along brilliantly with others and promote highly effective behaviours both in their work and in their personal lives.

I’ll be using TIFF© and Functional Fluency to help with that.  If you want more information about The Functional Fluency Model and the TIFF© tool and how they can help transform patterns of behaviour that don’t work well, do check out the following website:

As a business advisor with tons of experience, Karen will be co-delivering Future Fixers with me.  Getting right to the heart of what makes businesses ethical (as well as profitable), Karen will help our young people to understand what’s important to them (their values), how to set meaningful goals and how to present themselves to others. To get further details about Future Fixers, and to find more information about how Karen’s expertise helps businesses to flourish, please follow this link:

Last but not least, we’re throwing in some wonderful opportunities for our participants to benefit from inspiring mentors, as well as to listen to, and learn from, guest speakers who are experts in their field. We’ll also be offering suggestions on places and events where they can sell their goods and services.

If you think you or anyone you know might be interested in Future Fixers, please get in touch via the link to Karen’s website above.