“When we try to pick out anything by itself we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken, to everything in the universe.”

John Muir

Jim Jones, MSc

Independent Socio-Ecological Researcher-Practitioner

Visiting Scientist at Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience.

Based in Caledon, Ontario, Caledon

An ecologist by training with an interest in landscape process, I  explore socio-ecological approaches to understand and model connections between people and the environment to build resilient communities with my work on the Hedgelaying In The Ontario Landscape Project at the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience.

My current research focus through the Ontario Rural Skills Network is on the understanding of how crafts and skills help people to develop a holistic ways of living, embracing concepts of flow, systems theory, complexity, regenerative leadership and advocacy.

I have a long-standing interest in the exploration of connectivity and the many pathways we can take to explore the patterns created by separation and unity.

I assist community groups to form partnerships for change through facilitation, collaborative techniques such as Participatory Narrative Inquiry and Ketso and developing Citizen Science Programs (Hedgerows for Dormice (peoples Trust for Endangered Species 2009-11), Riversearch and Hedgerow Heroes (for Surrey Wildlife Trust 2011- present)

I am a hedgerow specialist, hedgelaying teacher and member of the UK Hedgelink Steering Group www.hedgelink.org.uk  I maintain the twitter link @HedgelinkUK. I explore the connection between people and hedgerows through storytelling at The Hedgerow Rite

My Researchgate Profile

I research, teach, speak and facilitate

Contact: jimtjones@hotmail.com

Instagram @TheHedgieJim Twitter @HedgieJim

Previously on “Jim Jones”

  • Living Landscape Manager for Surrey Wildlife Trust www.surreywildlifetrust.org .
    • Manager River Mole Catchment Partnership and Wey Landscape Partnership
  • Member of Hedgelink Steering Group www.hedgelink.org.uk  I maintain the twitter link @HedgelinkUK.
  • Mammal ID trainer at The Mammal Society www.mammal.org @Mammal_Society
  • 2009-2011 Hedgerows for Dormice Project Officer at Peoples Trust for Endangered Species  @ptes
  • Treasurer and Vice Chair of Surrey Mammal Group @SurreyMammals
  • I have worked in ecological consultancy and for the RSPB  as Volunteer and Farmer Alliance Officer (EERO).
  • I have also worked as a care worker for people with learning disabilities and as a motorcycle despatch rider, amongst other things.
  • In 2010  trekked to Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for PTES.

“He who holds to himself a joy

Does the winged life destroy

He who kisses the Joy as it flies

Lives in eternity’s sunrise”

Eternity, William Blake