Welcome to Growing Good Lives.

For as long as I can remember I have been interested in what brings out the best – and the worst – in us and how we can create a world in which humans can thrive in harmony with each other and the living Earth. Thirteen years ago that interest led me to the work of Chilean economist Manfred Max-Neef and for the last decade I have been sharing his Human Scale Development (HSD) approach with people of all ages and walks of life – from students to community groups to business leaders.

It is becoming clear to most of us that all our systems need rethinking. The financial crises, Corona virus and the climate emergency are demanding that we do things differently from now on.

My experience as an artist, storyteller and improvisation teacher tells me that we need to address not only the physical practicalities of changing our systems, but actively cultivate our ‘radical collective imagination’. This vital capacity will allow us to vision a socially, ecologically and economically just future together. Educating ourselves about the myriad regenerative social and economic alternatives, existing and emerging, will give us the tools to make it happen.

Growing Good Lives is my contribution to this radical collective re-imagining.

Inez Aponte – Founder

To find out more about my work and collaborations visit Culture Garden or listen to these podcasts:


“We talked about how she came to do this work, why we need a different way of talking about the economy, and the role of story and language in encouraging lasting behavior change.”

Pod of Gold

“Ben Brangwyn and Inez Aponte live in Totnes, England, a town that is part of the Transition Network. Transition towns around the world have reimagined their local economy to support greater sustainability, enagagement, and happiness for all..”

Exploring Max-Neef’s fundamental human needs framework

What People Say

Really enjoyed your talk on Tuesday. So good to hear coherent recognition of truths that many of us schlep around in our hearts as we try to live whole and honest lives in an alien system. Thank you!”

“I enjoyed being encouraged to think out of the box.(…)It has made me feel far more connected not only to my community, but to humanity in general. It has raised my awareness on all sorts of levels.

Want to know more?

Contact me if you would like to discuss your projects’ needs or are interested in collaborating. I would love to hear from you.