Our addiction to coupling – the values of a single life

I am not sure where I found my strong sense of identity. I think it arrived with me at birth. I was never the timid, frightened child. It was me, after all, that held my fists up to ward off the person bullying my older brother, all tiny me, undaunted. You would often find me in trees, high up, alone, … Read More

On the end of dominion, patriarchy and the dominant male archetype

As a child until about the age of 9 I used to go to Sunday School each week. When I was a young teen I went through a Christian/Jesus period, but not for long. In my twenties I started to explore new age things…went to any workshop in town, did a lot of ‘inner’ work, and lived the life of … Read More

The illusion of the bright shiny things

It is built into nature. To be attracted to the bright shiny things. The fish to the lure. The female peacock to the male in full plumage. The male to the female in full youthful and fertile splendor. Perhaps nature, our consummate teacher, has a purpose to this. Perhaps nature wants us to learn that the bright shiny things are … Read More

Future leadership attributes required for rapid change

*ability to see the whole system, not just the enterprise, and how it relates to other enterprises, the local and global economies, the emerging future and the past conditions *ability to empower others to lead, make decisions and take full responsibility for their actions, choices and consequence *leader as steward, not commander *comfort in extreme uncertainty and chaos *capacity to … Read More

Thinking of finance as a commons

Our monetary system is not controlled by government as a representation of its citizens, but by private institutions hell bent on getting the greatest return on investment for the shareholders. Banks in Australia happily charge plus 17% interest on credit card fee’s when the current rate is around 2%. Yet if you hold a superannuation account, some of your money … Read More

We really are all connected – even our photo’s now live in the same building

In a beautiful and emotively shocking presentation on the Gold Coast this past Sunday by a South East Queenslander now London based, Liam Young, the image of Facebook’s storage facilities were shown. This place of black and blue and machines and very carefully controlled temperature in a shed in a remote place in Oregon houses the photo’s of our lives. … Read More

Distracted by purposefully built illusions

The wonderful part of being an Aussie is we do have a ‘downunder’ view of the world. We watch, from afar, the world go mad. That is not to say we ourselves are not also caught in the mad contagion. After all we have a Prime Minister who is quite a climate science denialist, (and a Roman Catholic, so we … Read More

Building a sterilised world

Hand sanitisers Extreme overuse of antibiotics Removing play equipment from school playgrounds Overuse of vaccinations Never allowing children to be unsupervised Walking or biking to school ‘too’ dangerous Playing outdoors in the rain or cold…’too’ dangerous Signage everywhere to speak of the obvious, in case of litigation. Airport and other security now essential These are the costs of safety measures … Read More

Debt is a great way to keep people docile

“Debt is a great way to keep people docile” Dr Jason Hickel In this blistering and lucid article on the delusions of microfinance, Dr Hickel exposes a model that the West have looked on so favourably these last few years as a way to bring people out of poverty. Yet it has been shown to keep poverty alive and well. … Read More