Core Team

About the DAF Core Team

The Deep Adaptation Forum was co-created by volunteers, including Jem Bendell who introduced Deep Adaptation, and a small team of passionate freelancers. The core team is composed of freelancers who are funded directly by private donations. Each freelancer manages their own administration. In addition, some donations are processed through the Schumacher Institute, a UK registered charity.

The CT exists at present to serve the 5 aims of DAF as outlined in the DAF 101 document (and elsewhere). 

Therefore the CT aims to source and support volunteers, as well as provide information and guidance in support of those 5 Aims. In addition, the CT seeks to uphold the publicly stated approach to governance, including the role of the Holding Group.

Read more about the volunteers of the Professions' Network here.

The Deep Adaptation Forum core team currently consists of the following 4 people:

Katie Carr, Senior Facilitator
An independent trainer, facilitator and ‘host’ of collaborative learning processes, Katie has over 15-years of experience in formal and informal/community education. Katie is a skillful facilitator of ‘un-learning’, that is, creating spaces in which it is possible to connect with ways of knowing that are broader and richer than the cognitive/evaluative paradigm. If Deep Adaptation requires responses that are effective in reducing harm, then it is essential to build awareness and bring into consciousness all of the ways that stories of separation, scarcity and addiction to progress can be manifest in our ways of relating with self and others, and create new ways of being that are characterised by love, respect, inclusivity and connection. Before joining the DAF team, Katie was the Director of a UK sustainability education charity for six years, and project manager of several European sustainability projects in the fields of formal and community education. She also has expertise in participatory and alternative evaluation approaches (measuring what’s valuable, rather than valuing what’s measurable). She has an MA in Sustainable Leadership Development, and is trained in a variety of dialogic learning methods (including circling, authentic relating, ‘philosophy for children’, and non-violent communication).

Dorian Cave, Professions’ Network Curator
Dorian curates the DAF Professionals’ Network (on Ning) on a day-to-day basis; liaises with Interest Group and Task Group leaders, including managing the process of launching either; carries out quickly-applicable research on how to design better collaborative work processes; and oversees capacity-building activities for Task Groups. Through his work and PhD research, Dorian intends to help develop the Deep Adaptation Forum into the foundation of an international mass movement, focusing on peaceful responses to the climate and ecological crises we face – and the collapses that are likely to unfold. Simultaneously, he wants to develop his skills in the field of self-organised group facilitation and contribute to scholarship on the role of mutual and social learning within such processes.

Heather Luna, Communications Coordinator
Heather brings a varied background to DAF: former economics lecturer, volunteer coordinator for an AIDS charity, hospice volunteer, founder of a Transition Town, Education for Sustainable Development project coordinator for the Higher Education Academy, and founder of the Greater Lincolnshire Area of Sanctuary for refugees and asylum seekers. Most recently, she was a trainer for Extinction Rebellion International and UK in their principles and values. She’s currently an apprentice on Miki Kashtan’s Nonviolent Global Liberation programme. A Colombian-American born and raised in the US, she spent 17 years in the UK and recently moved to Bogotá, Colombia with her activist pre-teen daughter. Her favourite quotation sums up how she sees her work: “We are here to help each other get through this thing, whatever it is.” (Mark Vonnegut)

Zori Tomova, Platforms Assistant & Acting Coordinator
Zori has a business education, with an MSc from Warwick University. Upon graduation, she co-founded a small innovation consulting company and soon after moved into IT entrepreneurship and management, where she spent the majority of her career. She left that world in 2017 to look for a calling that was closer to her heart. Upon her first encounter with Jem Bendell and our predicament, she realised that her sense of aliveness and meaning lies in her gift and love for connection. As a consequence, she oriented her life towards creating spaces of connection with self, other and nature that bring out the most beautiful sides of our humanness. In the last 2 years, she has built a coaching business, created the Connection Playground initiative and facilitated numerous groupwork spaces, including regular Deep Adaptation gatherings online. She joined the Deep Adaptation Forum in July 2019 to support the team of volunteers moderating the Positive Deep Adaptation Facebook group. She’s also the project leader of the Deep Adaptation Groups Network, providing a space for cross-pollination and peer support between DA groups in different locations, languages and topics.

Our fiscal sponsor

Our partner and fiscal sponsor is the Schumacher Institute, a registered UK charity.
Company No: 6606284
Registered Office: Create Centre, Smeaton Road BRISTOL, BS1 6XN