Finn has been actively involved in permaculture education, community development and facilitating change throughout Aotearoa New Zealand since 2003. His particular interests and skills are in behavioural permaculture, the realm of social ecology, social innovation, co-design and behaviour change. He is co-founder of Auckland Permaculture Workshop, CommonGround Community Gardens, Transition Pt. Chevalier, Grey Lynn 2030, Permaculture Friends Savings and Our Amazing Place (formerly Pt. Chevalier Treasure Hunt). More recently, Finn has co-founded Resilio Studio – a sister organisation to Auckland Permaculture Workshop – a design consultancy that recognises the need to design with and for people and planet. Finn’s work currently focuses on social innovation, placemaking, community development, co-design and collaboration.
Finn brings to APW a thorough understanding of teaching pedagogy and practice, dynamic facilitation and accelerating learning practices, a love of human cultures and a breadth of experience and exposure to indigenous knowledge and sustainable practices from around the globe.
Finn teaches on the Philosophy and Design, Living Communities, Economics For People, Urban Design and Living, Empowerment and Resilience and Living Locally in the Auckland Bioregion modules of the APW PDC.
Bachelor of Anthropology and Bachelor of Psychology (University of British Columbia, Canada); Post Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Victoria University, New Zealand); Permaculture for Third World and Indigenous Peoples (Erda Institute, NSW, Australia); Advanced Permaculture Design training (Earthcare Education Aotearoa and Holmgren Design Services); Diploma of Permaculture (Permaculture in New Zealand).