In the aspiration for a better world, leadership lives in appearing from the social fabric of the world, to invite others to creating a new world.
Phoenix Functions draws together a number of threads of Owen Allen's personal and professional development through innovations in physiotherapy, dance, and leadership
Owen grew up on a farm in Far North Queensland. He still lives in the area. He developed a dogged belief in an unrestrained inquiry of the world. His formative and transformative experiences in life have included: a natural attraction to the impossible as a child through the bible, fantasy, and science; playing and working in the farm and surrounding natural environments; negotiating abusive adults; studying and practicing physiotherapy; finding a spiritual home in the Baha'i Faith; treking among mountain villages of Papua New Guinea; raising three sons; sitting honorarily on boards of national rural health organisations in Australia.
His legacy projects are now found in creating a global movement around his innovative method in inclusive community dance performance and dance as a common human language; and designing conversations in leadership for a flourishing global society and ecology.
He is now routinely travelling internationally, building a network of contributors, dancers, theatre-makers, environmentalists, and peacemakers.
Owen has been practicing physiotherapy since 1981. He's gotten to see a few things about the the nature of the human form and its movement.
In 2011, Owen was drawn to dance, contemporary forms, and, in particular artistic and experimental work. He has since facilitated community classes with adults of various capabilities including performances with rural men and women from which he has now designed a facilitator training program, rEvolve.
Our network of conversations is the most important factor in our wellbeing. Community doesn't just happen. It requires leadership. Community leaders abound in all sorts of communities. They create the communities through insight, invite, and support. For many of us community might seem like a struggle. It takes some transformation of ourselves as leaders to meet community with ease.
From 1994 - 2009 Owen sat on committees and boards or national rural health organisations to advance the health of rural residents in Australia. He completed a postgraduate diploma of rural and remote health through James Cook University in 1998. He completed the Being a Leader Course of the Erhard-Jensen Initiative in Cancun, Mexico, October 2018, in order to advance his contribution that 'The World is Dancing'.
In 2019, Owen took his rEvolve method of inclusive community dance training and performative design on tour through the USA and to the International Conference for Movement and Cognition, Tel Aviv.
As part of his vision to bring dance and leadership to the world, Owen documents his work on a youtube channel. You will find links to these through the relevant pages on this website.