Geoff is the director of Tangent Consulting and has over 20 years of group-work experience. He is passionate about working with communities and organisations to help progress their most complex challenges and co-create a better future.
His optimism is fueled by a belief that most social change starts with a single conversation – like a seed that produces stronger connections and relationships. Geoff’s capacity to facilitate group dialogue, between diverse people and perspectives, creates the conditions for sustainable collaboration well beyond the facilitated event.
Geoff has worked as a designer and facilitator of group processes with a diverse range of clients within Australia and internationally. He has worked within and across sectors including sustainability, indigenous housing, natural resource management, public health, physical theatre and education. Geoff works collaboratively with colleagues from across the globe and has contributed to work in the USA, Canada, the UK, Netherlands and New Zealand.
Geoff is a contributor to the Art of Hosting community, the Australian Facilitator’s Network and the Applied Improvisation Network. Beyond his professional counselling and group work training, Geoff is an experienced Solutions Focus practitioner. He applies his working knowledge of complexity theory and regularly uses the Cynefin Framework to assist group decision making in times of high uncertainty. Geoff is a keen student of the connections that exist between separate fields of practice including: Living Systems Theory and Organisational Leadership; Improvisational Theatre and Teamwork; Neuroscience and Group Creativity and Innovation. Geoff brings this practical wisdom to all of his work.
Geoff graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy (1991) at LaTrobe University in Melbourne. He worked in a diverse range of healthcare and workplace rehabilitation settings for over 10 years. In 2004, Geoff set up a successful consulting practice (Tangent Consulting), where he continues to work today. In 2013, Geoff joined forces with Russell Fisher and Suzie Brown to expand the breadth and depth of his work. Together, as Rusty Brown Consulting, they offer a unique package of consulting expertise.
Geoff has a passion for growing food at home, surfing and playing guitar. He lives with his wife and 3 sons in the south west of Victoria.
Since 2007, Geoff has written a blog on facilitation, behaviour change, visual communication and community development at Yes!AndSpace.
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More About Me
As a parent, facilitator and musician I apply the principles of Improvisational Theatre – it’s a practice, discipline and art form like no other! I am part of a worldwide movement called AIN (Applied Improv Network) made up of people who apply improv to what they do.
My love of music & community has seen an annual music festival emerge in my home town of Aireys Inlet.
Before working for myself, I was an Occupational Therapist working in illness and injury prevention.
I live with my beautiful wife and 3 active boys in the township of Aireys Inlet on Victoria’s Surfcoast.