I am a writer, photographer and passionate urbanist based in Canberra, ACT.
The focus underlying this blog is that of moving toward a future that is able to be supported by the planet we live on. This is not a hippie manifesto nor an apocalyptic forecast but is actually integral to living satisfying and rich lives – and not just in the economic sense.
Having (almost) completed studies in Sustainable Development and Community Development I like to look beyond the obvious to find the trends and systemic influences in the way we live.
This is important as, currently, the Western world finds itself doing the same things over and over and somehow expecting different results, perhaps hoping that intention alone will fix the problems of several decades.
Here are a few random facts:
- I mostly wear thrifted clothes which I alter and mend myself.
- Because of this I have come to LOVE seamstress-ing (even love that word).
- The only makeup I have ever owned (and still use very occasionally) is ten years old.
- I try to replace driving my car with riding my bike around town as often as I can – something that I am hoping my children will come to appreciate in their later years.
- According to DuoLingo I am 50% fluent in French (but please don’t ask me anything, – without the App I’m useless), and 15% fluent in Swedish. I LOVE Swedish, it’s such a bOuNcY language! Next up: Finnish.
- There is still WAY too much plastic going through my house and I hate that fact (We fill one wheelie bin a month).
- I really think us privileged Westerners should be talking more about how the luxuries we expect are actually ultimately destroying our only home. Flight for example. (and another)
- I love personality tests and my Myers Briggs is INFJ, which rang so many sweet bells for me when I could read about myself. What? Anyway.
A few of my driving thoughts
I am a fan of Martin Buber’s I-Thou approach.
I think permaculture is a good way to go (permanent + agriculture = food/cloth/habitat production designed to last indefinitely) and am particularly excited about how these principles can apply to cities in order to sustain them and their inhabitants indefinitely.
Honesty and integrity are my determinants.
I advocate for a ‘nested’ economy that is located within community, in turn supported by the ecosystem surrounding it – not an economy that greedily takes over. Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economics is a worthy read in this area.
These days I prefer to incorporate photography with my writing, and see it simply as a means of communication. However I do still welcome family photography sessions. You can go to my Book In page to contact me.
Please note that I am not on social media because of this, this and this, among, many, many other reasons! Social media can be a useful tool, but I am all too aware of it’s all-consuming potential and its unique ability to polarise people over issues. It is not (as mentioned above) an I-Thou approach to relationships, but, sure, can augment existing relationships.