Ecological organisations

Organisations are a web of relationships, each one rooted into webs of ecosystem and social system relationships from which they cannot (and should not) be detangled.

By paying careful attention to the ecology of an organisation -  meaning, the relationship of an organisation to the ecosystems and social systems without the organisation - organisations can play a vital role in supporting planetary, ecosystem, and social system health.

It's time for us to reimagine organisations as rich, fertile webs of relationships. Stories of organisations as radically responsible for and responsive to planetary, ecosystem, and social system health. Stories of organisations listening deeply to non-human voices and incorporating their wisdom into decision-making and strategy. Stories of organisations shifting from profit-based metrics to an alignment-based compass, from domination-oriented goals to ecosystem-triggered introspection, and from organisations as legal entities that belong to us to organisations as living systems we steward (just for a little while).





Ecological Organisations



The Ecological Organisations Framework is offered freely to any group, community, or organisation that wants to share, develop, and utilise it for non-commercial purposes. 

Ecological Organisations Framework 1.1 by Anna-Marie Swan is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Click here to download the framework in PDF format.

Click here to read more about the framework's birth and intention.



Ecology: The study of organisms and how they interact with the environment around them.

Ecological Relationship: The relationship between organisms of different species.






I work with organisational leaders, stewards, and those in source roles that feel the call of ecological organisations, and have the courage, authority, and commitment to lead and inspire reimagined organisational stories.


Organisational design support

Organisational coaching

Reflective, investigative partnership

Organisations as self-organising systems.
Embedding organisations in surrounding ecosystems and social systems.
Organisation-wide transformation.
Decentralised, participatory organisational governance and decision-making.
Transitioning organisations into commons.
Disrupting unhealthy organisational patterns and discovering new ones.
Supporting organisations in becoming more ecological organisations.
Organisational and ecosystem reconciliation and repair.
Shifting from management to facilitation, organisational ownership to stewardship, and top-down leadership to shared leadership.
Organisational seasonality and dissolution.
Integrating wisdom councils and non-human beings into governance.