hi there.

I’m George Watts, and this is chartreusian, where I aim to thoughtfully examine issues at the intersection of: faith | life | work | culture


Examining issues where we feel the friction between faith, work, life, & culture.


What Contentment truly is, how to get it and keep it.

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If you’re looking for tales of our family of six living and working in rural East Africa and before that the French Alps head to: www.pardonourfrench.com

If you are interested in details about our work in East Africa, our team, and where we serve have a look at www.wattsinafrica.com

This site is where I dig into issues many of us wrestle with – whether it’s understanding contentment, raising our kids, dealing with cross-cultural barriers, or struggles emerging from the constant pulls of home vs. work.

Just so you get some sense of what I’m like. In a span of 5-minutes, I may: email a research colleague on an academic paper we’re working on about the hybridities of multiple institutional logics; Snapchat my teenage daughter using the filter that makes me look like talking broccoli; try to sort out how to pay for a 40-foot container of rebar arriving from Turkey.

I have a wife and four kids, a motorbike that doesn’t run well, a PhD from Grenoble Ecole de Management in France, a weird growth on my left foot, and a strong affinity for cheese.

We have lived in a number of places and I’ve worked in a lot of different roles, but the thing I am most often requested to do is some combination of teaching/explaining/clarifying and that’s what I aim to achieve here.

Welcome – hope you enjoy your time.