I have found that a little exercise before a blender full of bananas to be the best way for me to start the day. Time spent walking, conversing, gardening or reading also do me good. Few things are as nourishing as being useful to others.
I love dancing to live music, but parties hold little interest for me. I much prefer conversations one-on-one or in small groups. I am not looking for lots of friends, just a few good ones. Sharing a laugh is as important as a fabulously deep discussion. I am particularly partial to British humour. The silly, the absurd and satirical amuse me endlessly.
Quiet solitude is slso something I need. One of my favourite things to do is sit on my verandah overlooking the garden with a book in one hand, a coffee in the other, with some fine Japanese jazz playing on the stereo.
I'm passionate about sustainable cities and design. I have a keen interest in permaculture, organic food and urban agriculture. I love hiking in the wilderness, but I am an urbanite at heart. I want to be able to walk or cycle everywhere - to work, to the markets, to the cafe or to the beach. I'm appalled by much of suburbia and yearn for the tight cobbled streets of medieval European cities like Venice and Amsterdam.
Besides spending much of my life studying, I have valued my time making documentaries and volunteering with environmental groups. I studied politics, philosophy and sociology along with media before going onto to do an MA in sustainability. I studied that which interested me. I'm now reaping the seeds I sowed - doh! I would love to get some more work in sustainable assessment. I've been having a bit of a break, but looking to re-emerge from my comfy cottage and engage with the world again.
When I become overwhelmed by the problems of the world, I try to remember that everything we do changes the world - at least in some way. As Gandhi said, 'be the change you want to see in the world.' So I try to take some heart in the small choices I make every day. The good work of good people is a constant inspiration.
STUFF I VALUE:
wilderness & biodiversity
STUFF I'M INTERESTED IN:
creativity & critical rationality
friendly discussions and talk-fests
passive solar design
green walls & roofs
trams / light rail
cobbled streets of medieval European cities
STUFF I LIKE DOING
walking & cycling
good conversations over coffee
movies and documentaries - quirky
music - my stereo is one of the great joys of my life
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." I try to take Gandhi's words to heart. I also agree with Peter Cundall that happiness comes from being useful to others.
I am looking for green collar work that inspires me to get out of bed with a smile on my face. I would like to get more sustainability assessment work - by far the best job I've had to date. Meanwhile, I shall get back into volunteering - with the local council or the Greens.
Suggesting how you can make your house more comfortable.
Banana smoothies, sandwiches, salads, pizza, roast veggies, Indian and Thai curries.
Roald Dahl - 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' and 'BFG'
Bill Mollison and David Holmgren - 'Permaculture 1&2'
Jane Jacobs - 'The Death and Life of Great American Cities'
Allan Jacobs - 'Great Streets'
Aldo Leopold - 'A Sand County Almanac'
JP Sartre - 'Being and Nothingness'
Peter Singer - 'Ethics Into Action'
EF Schumacher - 'Small Is Beautiful'
Hunter S. Thompson - 'Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail'
Amelie, American Beauty, Apocolypse Now, Being John Malkovich, Bladerunner, Bright Young Things, The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, Casablanca, Central Station, A Clockwork Orange, Dead Man, Delicatessen, Dr. Strangelove, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Fargo, Fear and Loathing in Los Vegas, Fight Club, Full Metal Jacket, Garage Days, Ghost Dog, Head On, In A Savage Land, Lantana, The Life Aquatic, Life of Brian, Little Fish, Little Miss Sunshine, Lord of the Rings, Lost In Translation, Love In Limbo, Maangamizi, Mad Max, Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Dr. Fred A. Leuchter, Jr., Mullet, Naked, (Pi), Rebel Without A Cause, Requiem For A Dream, The Royal Tenenbaums, Sick, Star Wars V, Tape, Taxi Driver, Trust, Underground, Zoolander
Barry Adamson, Air, Antony & The Johnsons, Louis Armstrong, Bach, Beck, The Beatles, Bjork, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, The Dirty Three, The Doors, Doves, Baxter Dury, Eels, The Flaming Lips, Eels, Gomez, Ben Harper, PJ Harvey, Jimi Hendrix, Iron & Wine, Janes Addiction, Karma County, The Kill Devil Hills, Little Aida, Jimmy Little, Bob Marley, Massive Attack, Mercury Rev, Morphine, Van Morrison, The Necks, Nirvana, Beth Orton, Portishead, Omara Portuondo, Radiohead, R.E.M., Xavier Rudd, Sigur Ros, Nina Simone, Elliott Smith, Spearhead, Sufjan Stevens, Talking Heads, Tricky, US3, Sarah Vaughn, Suzanne Vega, The Velvet Underground, Violent Femmes, TOM WAITS, M. Ward, The White Stripes, The Winter Ship, Neil Young, Yoshimi and Yoko
I am a bit of an audio snob. I have really gotten into the world hi-rez vinyl rips :o)
I have a great fondness for bicycles, my Global chef knife and my stereo.
How can we increase the speed of social change.
Sustainable design and sustainable transport.
How to make cities more vibrant, green and equitable. Can they work without cars? What the world might be like in 2050 - the aftermath of peak oil (will there be a Great Barrier Reef or a Bangladesh?)
How to improve the sound of my stereo. (Will that braided power cable I put together make it sound better?)
I'm always looking to find good people to talk to about the things that matter - especially over good coffee :-)