Other People Working In Closure

Individuals

  • Amy Edmonson (US) – Harvard professor and author of Right Kind of Wrong: The Science of Failing Well
  • Cass Humphries-Massey (UK) is a facilitator, artist, thanatologist and founder of Navigating the Wilderness, a practice tending the wilds of grief.
  • Cassie Robinson (UK) is a leader in the UK charity sector and a co-founder of Stewarding Loss, an organization supporting civil society organisations to die well.
  • Dr. Dawn Langley is an organizational consultant focused on helping people understand change in action.
  • Dr. Erin Richardson runs the firm Frank and Glory. As part of its work of collection management for archives and museums, F & G handles “deaccession” and disposal projects to clear out redundant or mission-irrelevant objects from the collections.
  • Iona Lawrence (UK) is a a freelance strategist and a co-founder of Stewarding Loss, an organization supporting civil society organisations to die well and also The Decelerator (a project emerging from Stewarding Loss).
  • James K. Rowe is the author of Radical Mindfulness in which he examines fear of death as a root cause of systemic injustice and propose a more embodied approach to social change as a solution.
  • Jenny WInfield (UK) is a researcher and design strategist focused on taboos and trauma.
  • AndEnd.co (EU/UK) is Joe MacLeod’s studio for designing ends to products and services
  • Julia Samuel MBE (UK) is a psychotherapist focused on various types of grief and loss. She’s written several books, most notably This Too Shall Pass: Stories of Change, Crisis and Hopeful Beginnings.
  • Louise Armstrong (UK) is an organizational transformation coach with Stewarding Loss, an organization supporting civil society organisations to die well and also The Decelerator (a project emerging from Stewarding Loss).
  • Naomi Hattaway runs Leaving Well, which is focused on the art and practice of moving on from a place, thing, role, or job, with intention, purpose, and when possible – joy.
  • Faillory – Nico Cardeira runs down how and and why so many tech startups fail
  • Rem Moore and Sarah Wambold have been thinking about digital death as a second death or loss
  • Sarah Weiler is a teacher and facilitator and host of the Knowing When To Quit podcast
  • Theresa MacPhail (US) – Medical anthropologist who teaches a class on failure at Stevens Institute of Technology

Groups

  • The Decelerator (UK) is a 10-year initiative to support organisations and individuals to anticipate and design closures, mergers, CEO transitions, programming ends, and all sorts of endings as just part of the everyday life of organisations and inevitable cycles of change in civil society.
  • Stewarding Loss (UK) is an organization focused on supporting and influencing “civil society at all levels to dedicate the time, energy, care and resource to endings that it does to beginnings, uninhibited by fear, stigma or prejudice and rooted in best practice.”
  • The Care-Full Closures Fund (UK) – a fund coordinated by Stewarding Loss to support 4 organizations in either closing or merging
  • Stopping As Success (UK) – the goal of Stopping As Success: Locally Led Transitions in Development (SAS+) is to equip organizations with good practice to transition responsibly to make way for local leadership in the development sector.
  • The Endings Project (Canada) – University of Victoria backed project
  • The Graceful Degradation survey (US)
  • Volunteer Responsibility Amnesty Day (Global) is about checking with yourself, and ending the commitments you need to end – maybe by taking a break, or by rotating it on to someone else, or by sunsetting a project.
  • The Museum of Broken Relationships (Croatia) – this museum is focused on failed love relationships throughout history
  • The Museum of Failure – a touring exhibition displaying a range of failed products and services.
  • The Anarchaserver’s Nekrocemetery is an archive of feminist websites with zombie potential
  • Association for the Palliative Turn is a group of artists, thinkers, comedians, palliative experts dedicated to the Palliative Turn.

Groups Focused on Physical Death and Grief