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This blog documents Steven and Nil's adventures as they continue their search for a better world... a better way of living. Each entry offers commentary about current events, ideas or possibilities for the future or examples of what others have already implemented. We will also be sharing our experiences on the road in a campervan (our new home) to demonstrate the possibility of living a mobile, spontaneous and adventurous lifestyle. A lifestyle not dictated by routine and ritual but one led by passion and fashioned by the people and experiences we encounter. We are no longer battling to achieve a work-life balance but rather interweaving our work and our life—as Confucius said: “Choose a job that you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

It’s an exciting time to be alive as we are in the midst of a great transition. Social changes and disruption of existing systems are being driven by our newfound ability to connect and share information through the Internet coupled with an enormous range of new technologies.

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My Cathedral of Stars
inspirational stories, photography, spiritual, travel

The roof of my cathedral is sprinkled with stars
I gasp as a shooting star slices the Milky Way
A celestial river splashing across the sky-world
This wondrous galaxy has captivated me since childhood
Growing up on the equator of our common home
I had often wondered about its origins
Just as your ancestors and mine must have ruminated
Of life and how they came to be here
On those first nomadic journeys out of Africa
As they roamed this planet for thousands of years
In my mind’s eye, I can see them now
Sitting around a campfire with their clan
Watching the flames dance, casting shadows on eager faces
Young’uns entranced by the myths of their elders
Their stories shaped by the knowledge of their time
They must have looked up in gratitude
As they tried to unravel the mystery of our existence
A mere speck in this spectacle

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An Experience of Being Alive
conservation, photography, spiritual, travel

A faint light breaks through
The darkness of night
From my room with a view
I see the mist swirling
Surely it’s still, too early to rise
But then I look up to the morning’s greeting
A riot of colour
A feast for my eyes
The sky enveloped by a dusting of clouds
The mystery of life is about to unfold

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Sunday Reflection: Finding Your Tao (Way)
education, photography, spiritual, travel

“A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.” ~Lao Tzu

The beauty of living in a multicultural society is that you can transport yourself to another culture when the travel bug bites—by eating an exotic meal, visiting a temple or having a chat with a fellow wanderer—without leaving home. We had passed the turnoff to the Taoist Temple many times while in Brisbane so a few days ago we let our curiosity get the better of us. It is about 20 years ago that I first stepped into a Taoist Temple. While the symbolism and colour transport me back to that time in China, I’m missing the smells, the sounds, and the spirit that was all part of the essence of being back in Asia—an essence from my childhood that I can still conjure up if I close my eyes.

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Make A Change: Steven and Nilmini are interviewed by Dione Green BayFM in Byron
conservation, economics, public interest, urban sustainability

If you could change one thing about your life, or your world, what would it be?

This is the question that Dione Green explores on her program Make a Change, on BayFM in the Byron Shire. We met her in quite a serendipitous way while supporting an event that was looking to build a community renewable energy project as an alternative to Adani in the Mullumbimby area. Dione purchased a copy of Steven’s book and called us a few weeks later and invited us to be part of her show.

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Peter Kearney: Enabling the transition from Agribusiness to Agriculture
conservation, food, inspirational stories, urban sustainability

It is always inspiring to hear stories of how a small community stood up to big business and won.

We have come early morning to Samford to meet Peter Kearney, a man passionate about urban agriculture & feasting on organic, freshly grown food. This time it is our colleague Prof. Marcus Foth at QUT who has made the introduction. We pile into Peter’s car and drive to Millen Farm, a not-for-profit entity that came about because of the activism of this community. Eight years ago, about 500 Samford residents stood up to protest against Woolworths opening a store in their village.

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Make the Familiar Strange & the Strange Familiar
photography, spiritual, travel

“Discovery consists of seeing what everyone has seen and thinking what no one has thought” ~Anon

This is a photo from my Sunday meditation. I was reading a book recently that challenged me to make the strange familiar and the familiar strange. This is what I have tried to do with this series, a little different to what I have been shooting recently—landscapes and portraits. The close ups have been shot with my macro lens, a lens I rarely use. It is a great tool if you are looking at something really familiar like a barbed-wire fence and trying to see beyond the obvious harshness and discover the beauty that lies hidden or is enhanced by the environment around it.

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Substation33: An Inspiring Story about Converting E-Waste to E-Treasure
economics, inspirational stories, urban sustainability, waste

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~Margaret Mead

Did you know that you could assemble an entire 3D printer with e-waste, then feed that printer with more extruded material to continue building the parts of future 3D printers?

Today, we had the privilege of taking a peak at what businesses in the very near future might be like. There is no reason why technology such as this should not be exploding the old narrative of a take-use-dispose model, bringing us closer to the tipping point for a transition to the new Circular Economy—the only way in my opinion to continue thriving as a society, while creating new jobs and social connections.

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Follow Your Bliss: A Reflection on my Dad
inspirational stories

Growing up, my dad’s bookcase spoke volumes to me.

Our house was lined with bookcases and those books contained philosophies, biographies, belief systems and histories from Sri Lanka and around the world. As a young girl the books in my dad’s library appeared stuffy and boring until I discovered the world of Bertie Wooster and his butler Jeeves. P.G. Wodehouse—the author of these books—introduced me to the world of the idle rich and kept me entertained for hours during a childhood where climbing trees, playing cricket, riding bikes and reading were the main forms of entertainment. My deepest regret is that I didn’t even begin to scratch the surface of that treasure trove but I do remember being intrigued to see books about many different religious ideologies in my dad’s collection. While my dad never spoke to me about what he may have uncovered in those books about Buddhism, Hinduism and many other belief systems, today it is enough for me to know that he searched.

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A Summary of Our Time in South Australia
economics, food, urban sustainability

We are following the Murrumbidgee River—the second longest river in Australia—to Adelaide. We thought we should make Hay while the sun shines. In the early days of our nomad life—back in Nov 2015—we followed the Murray River to Adelaide and 'sowed some seeds' that we have been 'watering from afar'. Now it’s time to help them grow.

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Peter & Christina: Giving Life the Green Light
conservation, economics, inspirational stories, urban sustainability

Part of the joy of living on the road is continually making new friends. While we were in Adelaide earlier this year, we had the good fortune to meet Peter and Christina Dawson, a couple with a unique vision who live in Port Willunga, about 45 minutes south of Adelaide. They are driven by a core belief that true change will come first not from government, but from the average person, free of bureaucracy and big corporate money. Their life and work is living proof of this and we are excited to find we have a lot of synergies between us.

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Back Panther: Inspiring us all to be better human beings
public interest

If you are sitting on the fence about seeing the Black Panther, could I persuade you to hop off and see this movie? For much of my life, I would not have included superhero movies in my must watch list. I’m really thankful that Steven has changed my thinking and introduced me to the many layers of messaging these movies convey, that isn’t automatically obvious in a trailer.

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Dupang Festival: Healing the Land & Healing Our Spirits.
inspirational stories, public interest, travel

It was more than 20 years ago that Major Lancelot Sumner—known affectionately as Uncle Moogy—voiced his dream to host a festival on Country. The Country, on which his ancestors the Ngarrindjeri people lived, fished, danced and told stories for thousands of years. Finally his dream has come true and we are here to share it with him. It feels like an amazing privilege. Uncle Moogy has opened up his land and invited the public to camp for 3 days at Long Point, a beautiful waterfront location on the Coorong—at the mouth of the Murray River. The Dupang Festival was part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival and brought together aboriginal dancers from all over Australia for three days of performance and workshops.

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In Celebration of Love: Wild & Free
inspirational stories

I look to the Wild for lessons in Love
The wind whistling through the trees caresses my hair
The rain bouncing off the rocks energises my body
The birds & the bees, the fur seals & whales send shivers down my spine
They mate without shame, in true abandon
They teach me everything I need to know
Everything I need to desire

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Uki Village News: Tweed Council Supports Land Regenerative Project
conservation, economics, efficiency, public interest

Friends in the Tweed! We have an article in the Uki Village News, Issue 98 Tweed Council Supports Land Regenerative Project. Download from:

Please share with anyone who might be interested in exploring the ideas of regenerative development in the Tweed and especially looking to support such a project in the rural village where they may live. At the end of last year, Tweed Council was unanimous in voting to give us in-principle support to proceed with designing and building a demonstration project that will showcase how the Circular Economy can be applied to the design of a place.

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Following The Rhythms of the Murrumbidgee
photography, travel

We are following the Murrumbidgee—the second longest river in Australia—to Adelaide. We thought we should make Hay while the sun shone. In the early days of our nomad life—back in Nov 2015—we followed the Murray River to Adelaide and sowed some seeds that we have been watering from afar. Now it’s time to help them grow.

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