3 Principles

Personal Growth

Commitment to your own healing and empowerment

Community Building

Strengthening the communities of which you are a part

Service to the Earth

Enhancing the wellbeing and flourishing of all life

A living systems approach to build successful organisations and projects for the Great Turning.

About

Who is it for?

Dragon Dreaming is a playful, inspiring, encouraging and meaningful method for assisting individuals and groups who seek to make their dreams come true.

Could that be you? So Dragon Dreaming can help:

  • People working with project management find inspiration and innovation for companies, organisations and business enterprises of all kinds
  • Politicians and Professionals working with urban, rural or regional development find new ideas for fostering community ownership and civic participation
  • Grassroots movements find support with proven methods for the implementation of their ideas for bringing about change in the communities to which they belong
  • Creative people and artists find methods which accommodate their own way of working that honours their talents and abilities
  • Psychologists and Coaches find playful methods for building visions, planning, implementing and celebrating new projects
  • Everyday individuals who may not ever have tried to do something outstanding before but who seek a pathway of making a difference in their own lives and the lives of others

Where does it come from?

Dragon Dreaming was first developed by John Croft and his late wife Vivienne Elanta while they were both working for the Western Australian Gaia Foundation that they co-founded.

All his professional life John has worked in the field of community development, community education and project development all around the world; in Africa, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand and since 2006 in the US and Canada, in Europe and Latin America.

As a community activist and deep ecologist, who has worked with indigenous people on four continents, he wondered how people in developed “Northern” industrialized societies could reverse the damage they were doing by their narrow consumerist lifestyles and instead build creative ways of regenerating our environments and fostering strong supportive communities needed for our future.

From 1974 through tertiary post-graduate research at the University of Western Australia, at London University, UNESCO in Paris and the ILO/UNRISD in Geneva, and working in a number of third world and developed nations, he explored the question of why do some projects work so successfully, while others fail so dismally, producing worse outcomes than if they had never been done at all. 

From 1978, in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and in Australia, he has worked in community, urban, regional and rural development assisting individuals and groups who have sought to improve their lives in various ways, using techniques drawn from “Community Building”, “Empowerment Education”, organisation development and “Experiential Deep Ecology”.

Dragon Dreaming is inspired by social and environmental activism, the new physics, Gaia and Earth sciences, living systems and chaos and complexity theory, and the ancient sustainable wisdom of indigenous cultures and Australian Aborigines.

The method integrates holistic aspects which have long been ignored, separated or divided in our cultures: our right and left brain hemispheres, logic and intuition, individual and environment, theory and practice, thought and action, work and play, success and failure.

Dragon Dreaming is based on liberating collective intelligence, creativity, cooperation and the sleeping power within ourselves and inherent in our communities.

After the death of his wife, in 2006 John travelled to Germany, and lived until September 2012, near the Lake of Constance, the center of central Europe. Since then he has been traveling, sharing his knowledge, holding workshops and presentations all over the world.

In 2012 he moved back to Australia where he is currently working on his book “Dragon Dreaming – opening the global heart”.  He still spends 6-7 months outside Australia in spreading the methods of Dragon Dreaming in new contexts.

Over the last 10 years there is now a growing worldwide community of Dragon Dreaming enthusiasts and trainers.

Some 5,500 people have been trained in the techniques, from Moscow, and Ankara to Ireland, Madrid and Lisbon in Europe, and from Canada and Brazil to Sri Lanka, Ghana and the Congo elsewhere.  There may be as many as 4,200 projects that have made use of some or all of the tools. 

These people are exploring the process of forming new Empty Centered Organisations around the world in order to pass on the knowledge and wisdom of Dragon Dreaming.

Come and join this growing community!!

How can I use it?

Dragon Dreaming is like an open-source tool-box: Many well-known and established methods have gone into the process of creating it – and anyone can develop it further. If you do, we would love to hear your experiences and your feedback.

It is highly recommended that until one has more than 10,000 hours of offering trainings (i.e. more than 5 years experience) that trainers, wherever possibly co-facilitate, with both a male and female presenter. 

Unless otherwise specified, it is recommended that the minimum number in a course be ten participants. 

A Dream Team of not less than 4 people is highly recommended in organizing any of these courses, and if possible fees are otherwise covered, these people can attend at no financial cost, as their work has paid for their attendance. 

Anyone can use Dragon Dreaming. It is, however, not only made up of theory, but rather consists of the actual practical experience.

Who is it for?

Dragon Dreaming is a playful, inspiring, encouraging and meaningful method for assisting individuals and groups who seek to make their dreams come true.

Could that be you? So Dragon Dreaming can help:

  • People working with project management find inspiration and innovation for companies, organisations and business enterprises of all kinds
  • Politicians and Professionals working with urban, rural or regional development find new ideas for fostering community ownership and civic participation
  • Grassroots movements find support with proven methods for the implementation of their ideas for bringing about change in the communities to which they belong
  • Creative people and artists find methods which accommodate their own way of working that honours their talents and abilities
  • Psychologists and Coaches find playful methods for building visions, planning, implementing and celebrating new projects
  • Everyday individuals who may not ever have tried to do something outstanding before but who seek a pathway of making a difference in their own lives and the lives of others

Where does it come from?

Dragon Dreaming was first developed by John Croft and his late wife Vivienne Elanta while they were both working for the Western Australian Gaia Foundation that they co-founded.

All his professional life John has worked in the field of community development, community education and project development all around the world; in Africa, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand and since 2006 in the US and Canada, in Europe and Latin America.

As a community activist and deep ecologist, who has worked with indigenous people on four continents, he wondered how people in developed “Northern” industrialized societies could reverse the damage they were doing by their narrow consumerist lifestyles and instead build creative ways of regenerating our environments and fostering strong supportive communities needed for our future.

From 1974 through tertiary post-graduate research at the University of Western Australia, at London University, UNESCO in Paris and the ILO/UNRISD in Geneva, and working in a number of third world and developed nations, he explored the question of why do some projects work so successfully, while others fail so dismally, producing worse outcomes than if they had never been done at all. 

From 1978, in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and in Australia, he has worked in community, urban, regional and rural development assisting individuals and groups who have sought to improve their lives in various ways, using techniques drawn from “Community Building”, “Empowerment Education”, organisation development and “Experiential Deep Ecology”.

Dragon Dreaming is inspired by social and environmental activism, the new physics, Gaia and Earth sciences, living systems and chaos and complexity theory, and the ancient sustainable wisdom of indigenous cultures and Australian Aborigines.

The method integrates holistic aspects which have long been ignored, separated or divided in our cultures: our right and left brain hemispheres, logic and intuition, individual and environment, theory and practice, thought and action, work and play, success and failure.

Dragon Dreaming is based on liberating collective intelligence, creativity, cooperation and the sleeping power within ourselves and inherent in our communities.

After the death of his wife, in 2006 John travelled to Germany, and lived until September 2012, near the Lake of Constance, the center of central Europe. Since then he has been traveling, sharing his knowledge, holding workshops and presentations all over the world.

In 2012 he moved back to Australia where he is currently working on his book “Dragon Dreaming – opening the global heart”.  He still spends 6-7 months outside Australia in spreading the methods of Dragon Dreaming in new contexts.

Over the last 10 years there is now a growing worldwide community of Dragon Dreaming enthusiasts and trainers.

Some 5,500 people have been trained in the techniques, from Moscow, and Ankara to Ireland, Madrid and Lisbon in Europe, and from Canada and Brazil to Sri Lanka, Ghana and the Congo elsewhere.  There may be as many as 4,200 projects that have made use of some or all of the tools. 

These people are exploring the process of forming new Empty Centered Organisations around the world in order to pass on the knowledge and wisdom of Dragon Dreaming.

Come and join this growing community!!

How can I use it?

Dragon Dreaming is like an open-source tool-box: Many well-known and established methods have gone into the process of creating it – and anyone can develop it further. If you do, we would love to hear your experiences and your feedback.

It is highly recommended that until one has more than 10,000 hours of offering trainings (i.e. more than 5 years experience) that trainers, wherever possibly co-facilitate, with both a male and female presenter. 

Unless otherwise specified, it is recommended that the minimum number in a course be ten participants. 

A Dream Team of not less than 4 people is highly recommended in organizing any of these courses, and if possible fees are otherwise covered, these people can attend at no financial cost, as their work has paid for their attendance. 

Anyone can use Dragon Dreaming. It is, however, not only made up of theory, but rather consists of the actual practical experience.

The Dragon Dreaming Ebook

A systemic design process, a philsosophy and a methodological framework for the realisation of collaborative and regenerative projects, organisations and platforms.

Download it for free!

English French German Hebrew Latvian Polish Portuguese Russian Serbian Slovenian Spanish

The Design Process

Our activities are build upon a culture of a triple win-win-win. A win for ourselves personally, for the communities we live in and for the Earth as a whole.

Click on each stage to learn more

Dreaming

Every project starts as the Dream of a single individual, but daily experience teaches 90% of our dreams get blocked in the dreaming stage, and this usually happens because we do not share our dreams. 

How then do we make our dreams come true? 

The first step is to share your dream and build a team around your dream that assists in making the dream come true.

Click here to Learn More

Planning

The second stage is to build a plan: people do not plan to fail, they only fail to plan.  Again experience teaches us that 90% of projects do not work according to plan. 

This is because the “planners” are seen as the “head” of the organisation, and they blame the “body” of the organisation for not following the plan, whilst the “body” blames the “head” for being out of touch with reality.

Click here to Learn More

Doing

The third stage is where much of the work occurs.  This is the doing stage of the project, and international figures show that some 90% of business ideas, start-ups or non government community initiatives fail to last longer than 3 years. 

This often happens through “burnout” on the part of the initiators, and the lack of effective succession planning. People feel tired and exhausted, because they have not refueled themselves with the fourth step.

Click here to Learn More

Celebrating

The fourth stage of a successful project is celebration.  This is built upon gratitude and thankfulness, acknowledgement and recognition. 

It is celebration that connects the doing of a project back to the original dreaming.  We say 25% of any project needs to be celebration.  And it needs to be fully integrated throughout the process.

Click here to Learn More

In our conventional world of win-lose competitive enterprises, of every 1000 dreams, only 100 become plans, only 10 plans work according to plan and only 1 survives longer than three years.

Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field – I’ll meet you there.

Jalaladin Rumi

Want to hear from us?

Notify me

Insert your e-mail and we'll let you know about the latest news of the Dragon Dreaming network!

A world wide open-source interactive networking phenomenon which provides technology and philosophy that assists Activists, informal community projects, NGOs, Government and Business Enterprises

Shopping Basket
NewsletterInsert your e-mail and we'll let you know about the latest news of the Dragon Dreaming network!