When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be

Lao Tzu

Who Am I?

That is perhaps the only question worth answering?

A Futurist, Social Activist, Daoist and Entrepreneur. With a career that has seen him as the Scottish Chair of the Institute of Consulting and as a Director of technology consulting and outsourcing with multinational clients. Holding active roles in the third sector and political organisations, I can normally be found working with innovative organisations discussing the possibilities of the future.

“There are few people in this world that you meet who have true sight (for the subtleties of what is going on) or vision (for the subtleties of what will make a difference). There are fewer still who bring these together in as powerful a way as Ian does. I highly recommend that… if you’re TRULY up for it… Ian will help you succeed in your next major business challenge.”

Martin Dowson – TEDx Speaker and User Experience Practitoner

Fun Stuff


Ian Burgess Tai Chi

In the late 1990s, I made the transition from external martial arts to the internal systems; this encouraged by wanting to achieve a better understanding/awareness of my own body. After finding schools who still maintain their martial background, I settled on Tai Chi Chuan and am still feeling like a beginner focusing on the basics.

If you are interested, I teach classes in Edinburgh and the surrounding area at HME Edinburgh or look at the main HME site  Heaven Man Earth.

My study of Daoism began in my early twenties, with the initial focus on the mediative practices and understanding of the worldview. The positive impact this had on my life lead to a deepening commitment and over time adopting Daoism and being given the name 理山 (Li Shān – Orderly/Principled Mountain)


A passion discovered in college, with some photos just a record of events and others an attempt aesthetically pleasing images. I now travel and switch between my Sony DSLR or iPhone.