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.
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 small 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.
*Update: am on Instagram to connect with likeminded initiatives – I am juggling the balance!