Speaker, leadership Guide & Regenerative Consultant

Integrating Ancestral Wisdom For Future-Ready Leadership

From the internal to the external

The grim prognosis for life on this planet is the

consequence of a few centuries of fogetting what traditional societies knew."
-Noam Chomsky

Ryan (Ra) James

Ryan, (Ra for short), is a human being. And being a human means that we have a responsibility to care for the things that bring us life. This is our kuleana.

Over the last 12 years, Ryan has traveled and worked in over fifty countries on five continents. While on this journey, he was mentored by various elders of Original Peoples who shared with him their wisdom of seeing and being in the world. His current work focuses on integrating thousands of years of practical & ancestral wisdom with the modern world to assist in building a purposeful, kincentric and regenerative future.

He speaks & works worldwide with individuals, businesses, non-profits, educational institutions and governments to revitalize a worldview of inter-being while designing innovative & adaptive systems rooted in pragmatic solutions for applied action.

My core insight:

Wisdom is the missing link in creating
transformational human & systems change.


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Featured TEDx Talk

Ryan (Ra) has spoken with dozens of businesses, educational institutions and summits focusing on integrating transformational ancestral wisdom into our modern context to prepare businesses for the next paradigm of future-leadership. 

He illuminates the unseen parts of our individual and collective mindsets that continue to create compartmentalized systems of degeneration in the effort to rebalance human life with Earth. He does this through sharing about regenerative life-ways, bringing coherence into our relationships and revitalizing a future worth living in.

The Three-Tiered Approach

Restoring an Interconnected Worldview + Ethos
Reimagining a Culture of Purpose + Relations
Regenerating Systems + Adaptive Operations

Nodes of Focus

Activating Purpose, Radical Curiosity + Effective Altruism

Circular Economics, Regenerative Business, ESG 2.0 & De-growth

Biomimicry & Applying Nature's Genius to Work & Planetary Inspiration

Intersectional DEI & Building Integrated Cultures of Coherence

Climate Impact Entrepreneurship & Sparking Changemakers

Gen-Z & Millenial Inspiration, Engagement & Retention

How to Move From Burning Out to Resilience

Applying Ancestral Wisdom into Modern Organizations

Four key pieces of advice from cultural elders to find purpose

In this PDF, I share 4 key pieces of advice (with a short backstory) that I’ve been taught by some of my elders from around the world. These pieces of guidance have continually helped me to refine my purpose, energy and orientation

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Individuals & 1:1 Guidance

A highly transformational experience for those who want to take their wisdom, approach and creativity to a complete next level of vision.

Ryan crafts innovative & intersectional bespoke reprograms for executives, educators and anyone on the path of leadership who realize that we, as a collective need to revolutionize the way that we are approaching our lives, relationships and organizations. 

He offers multiple tiers and orientations of his 1:1 guidance including hybrid models of in-person and online.


Ryan works directly with organizations pertaining to speaking, consulting, L&D design and hosting executive leadership trainings and workshops.

He also acts as a turnkey chief impact and purpose officer that instills integrity, impact and intention into the genetics of an organizational framework and operations. 

Educational Institutions

One of Ryan’s main focus is on proper, holistic education. From university & post-graduate executive education to K-12 schools, his message and methodologies are scalable + integrative for learners on all levels. 

He brings in a combination of experiential wisdom, thought-leadership and creativity that sparks transformational change and ally-ship throughout the institution and student body.


Ryan guides two different online courses and hosts various in-person retreats. The course information is below

  1. (re)Biz: a 28-day online workshop & emergent creation lab for leaders who are ready to build a regenerative, post-growth world. This is the most revolutionary 31-day business workshop experience in the world. 
  2. FutureElders:  an eight-week un/school and podcast for elders-in-training.  Elders from around the world share in eight different weeks focusing on transformational ancestral wisdom & guiding us in creating our future in a beautiful way.

In our every deliberation we must consider

the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations."
-Haudenosaunee worldview

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