Extraordinary people committed to enterprise for a world with a future



July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983 Bucky was an American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, inventor, and futurist. He styled his name as R. Buckminster Fuller in his writings, publishing more than 30 books and coining or popularizing such terms as “Spaceship Earth“, “Dymaxion” (e.g., Dymaxion house, Dymaxion car, Dymaxion map), “ephemeralization“, “synergetics“, and “tensegrity“.

Fuller developed numerous inventions, mainly architectural designs, and popularized the widely known geodesic dome; carbon molecules known as fullerenes were later named by scientists for their structural and mathematical resemblance to geodesic spheres.



Ron Laurie

Director, Integ Solutions

Ron is a highly regarded facilitator who is passionate about expanding and enriching perspectives in leaders. His facilitation style seeks to explores the interaction of values, cognition and action to assist leaders navigation through rapid change and complexity 

Ron’s clients describe him as a “highly-experienced, capable facilitator and educator”; having “enormous strengths as a large-group facilitator, small-group leader and individual coach”; being “passionate, competent, and professional” and doing this with “great openness, warmth and humor, which makes working with him both fun and expansive” others say “he’s able to see patterns out of complex data, sense into subtle relationship dynamics, and synthesize it all into practical action.”

One of his signature programs is called We R One World; a real-life simulation experience of global connectedness in which up to 120 participants are immersed in a highly interactive face-to-face (not face to screen) gameplay. The simulation was inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s World Game and has been played around the world. 

Cynthia McEwen

Cynthia is past Managing Director for Avastone Consulting, a US-based executive and leadership development firm that specialized in state-of-the-art learning simulations. The last couple of years brought a serious out-of-nowhere health crisis that rocked her world, opening her mind, heart, and soul in unexpected and wonderful ways. It included getting married to her husband after 33 years together.

Cindy Forde

CEO, Cambridge UK

Cindy’work is dedicated to transforming how we understand and act towards Earth, the living system that sustains us. She believes the biggest impact we can have in making change is how we shape the mind-set of the rising generation and how we design our organisational systems. Planetari is the first globally scalable education platform aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. A pioneer of sustainability as a driver for prosperity, she has an MSc in Responsibility & Business Practice. She pioneered Sustainability Investing with Aviva group, now a $21 trillion industry. As MD of the Blue Marine Foundation she helped form the Great British Oceans Coalition persuading UK government to create the world’s largest marine protected areas. As CEO of Cambridge Science Centre she created programmes to enable children to develop competence in Science, Engineering Technology & Maths to underpin national development. 


Christine McDougall

Founder and Chief Steward

One of the global founders of the coaching profession. Designer of programs delivered to thousands of people. Co-founder Big Blue Sky. 30 years applied student R.Buckminster Fuller.

Anthony Roberts

Operations + Advisor + Sounding Board

As a creator of many successful businesss in the Food and Beverage industry, Tony provides both the business acumen and rigor as well as the integrity to support all things Syntropic. 



Robyn-Lee Ghaui, Tanzania

Telos Creative Solutions

Marketing consultant with a background in African tourism and conservation, and academic roots in Philosophy and Literature.

Nikki Thompson, Australia

Inner Circle Work and Soil2Soul

As a rural coach, Nikki loves working with the power of human potential and the land to share and grow the Syntropic principle.

Manuela Damant, Netherlands

Manuela Damant is the Visionary Collective Leader at Azkua. Azkua helps organizations implement the collaborative, co-creative and meaningful workplace cultures of the future. Manuela spent ten years as Underwriter and Risk & Insurance Advisor at Shell International before she escaped the city to become a coach in 2004. She’s a Creator Connector. Enthusiastic, optimistic, energetic. She believes in the good in everyone and everything and keeps encouraging balanced and conscious individuals to embrace their role as unique leaders to help create a better world for all. She’s also a wife and a mother of three girls. She grew up in Switzerland and has lived in London, Melbourne and now in Delft.

Colleen Reichrath-Smith, Netherlands

Colleen supports you to recognise, create and navigate your way towards your personally meaningful future in today’s ever-changing world. Re-member your story, find your resonant voice and clarify your direction to create your own unique path that aligns with who you are. 

What is work? How do you want to work? Where can you find and how can you create opportunity? This syntropic world is changing and work is evolving right alongside it. Create your place in it, show up with your full self and make the world a better place at the same time.

Colleen designs and facilitates interactive workshops to teach syntropic, narrative, solution focused career development skills to people in transition – from school to work, from work to work, and from one location in the world to another. She engages the power of the group process in her virtual and F2F career development workshops as well as provides 1:1 online and F2F coaching. Her latest offering is coaching hikes in the beautiful Dutch hills near Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Colleen is a trained international career consultant, certified as a Holistic Narrative Career Professional (HCNP) and co-author of A Career in Your Suitcase. Colleen lived in 10 different cities and villages in Canada before taking her career on an international adventure (for love) to The Netherlands in 2005. Two years later, using the principles and tools she teaches, she was delivering career training again, this time in Dutch.

Benny Wallington Australia

Syntropic traveler. Yarn Spinner. Vice Optimiser. Waves, playshops and partyshirts. I find deep flow in the art of editing words to guide spells for a world with a future.


Henk Hadders Netherlands

Henk is our team’s wise elder and philosopher in residence. His specific role within Syntropic World is to help co-design and co-create the Syntropic World Research Center, a multidisciplinary research institute for Syntropic Futures.


Henk is a Bachelor of Economics and studied Dutch Law at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands. For over 25 years he contributed to mental health care in the Province of Drenthe, where he retired as an executive member of the board of the mental health institute GGZ Drenthe. 


He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Innovation, Business Development & Entrepreneurship of FOM ,  Advisory Board Member of the Center for Sustainable Organizations, Advocation Partner of R3.0, and learning guide at Campus Co-Evolve. He also is co-founder of Ecosystem Catalysts.


Henk has written many articles, book chapters and conference papers in the domains of sustainability measurement, reporting and management, new business models, sustainable innovation & knowledge management, reinventing democracy, health & care, quality management, IT and knowledge systems.