Hi, I’m Tim Gray. I’m a writer, finer world advocate, geek, communication mentor and game designer living in Nottingham, UK.
I’ve long been fascinated by the relationship between social change, psychology and communication. Back in the 80s-90s I was involved in the local Friends of the Earth group and the Local Agenda 21 processes that came out of the Earth Summit. Even then it was clear that complicated human things were going on, because people weren’t responding to issues and solutions the same way that I did. How strange! I’ve been pondering it on and off ever since.
I’ve had a patchwork sort of history, as an environmental newsletter editor, freelance web designer, inter faith project worker, roleplaying games self-publisher and voluntary sector administrator.
In terms of various personality profile windows, I’m some variation of a highly sensitive person, introvert, scanner and mechanic. I like boardgames, mythology, fantasy fiction, walking and biscuits.
I have another site called called Words That Change The World about communication skills for making a difference.
About The Upward Path
This is a name for a thing that’s been lurking in my mind since the early 1990s. We were talking, then, about ‘sustainable development’ – which, with its definitions, was a perfectly reasonable way of talking about the thing, but it quickly became clear that it was too abstract and academic too get traction easily with the general public.
A lot of people put a lot of effort into giving it traction, and it got altered to the slightly friendlier ‘sustainability’, and there was some success but it didn’t really stick. I occasionally talked about not getting hung up on it, and treating it as just ‘doing things right, in a joined-up way’. It clearly involved more than collecting a bunch of environment and development issues under an umbrella.
Fast forward to 2014, and I’m writing my book Crowd/Control. It’s clear that cultural forces are leading us into making the world worse, and we stand at a point where we have to choose. I needed a label to use in passing for the alternative of working together in pursuit of higher values, and ‘the upward path’ came out.
Later, that stuck with me. I realised it was a simple and powerful metaphor that fit with ideas I already had, for instance about the nature of skills. Since then I’ve referred to my idea of unity more and more often by that title. It’s kind of become ingrained, to the extent of occasional speedbumps when I’ve used it with people who don’t know what it is!
That’s one of the main reasons for setting up this site: so I can point people to it and say, “There. That.” And to see whether it will find wings with a wider audience.
Pictures of Tim on the site are by Ursula Kelly Photography.