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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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Dupang Festival: Healing the Land & Healing Our Spirits.

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

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

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

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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The Peace Boat Making Waves around Australia

It is a little ironic that on the same day this government announced that it was going to be a leading exporter of guns, the Peace Boat docks in Adelaide. Peace Boat is a Japan-based non-profit organization that works to promote peace, human rights and respect for the environment. It carries out its main activities through a chartered passenger ship that travels the world on peace voyages. They are on a speaking tour—Making Waves—a collaboration between them and the ‘International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons’ (ICAN), in connection with local organisations in each city.

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Australia Day

The 26th of January is a day of pain for Aboriginal Australians and so it is a good day to stop and reflect on the words of this song titled ‘I Am Australian’ by The Seekers

“I came from the dreamtime
From the dusty red soil plains
I am the ancient heart
The keeper of the flames
I stood upon the rocky shore
I watched the tall ships come
For forty thousand years I've been the first Australian”

They are beautiful lyrics, which capture the spirit and heart of who we are as a nation.

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PolisPlan News Wrap 2017

Season’s Greetings!
It’s that time again when we reflect and give thanks for the year that has past and look forward to the year that is dawning. When we first started life in our motorhome two and a half years ago, we were unsure as to how long we could live life this way. Would we adapt to living together in such a very tiny space? Would we be able to get the balance right between discovering new places and finding the time and space to get work done and to read and reflect? We have now become so accustomed to living life spontaneously and being open to the opportunities that arise, that we can’t really imagine living any other way. Waking up to a beautiful sunrise or a foggy morning, winding down over a campfire with new friends or watching the sunset in silence are some of the highlights we experience on a regular basis. We love the opportunity to constantly meet new and interesting people, some of whom have now become life long friends.

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Building Sustainable Cities with Circular Economies

Town planning, like planning of all forms, must be about imagining the future. We need a new way of thinking about economies and cities—a new paradigm for town planning that attempts to extrapolate the future from the world as it is today not from the world of the Industrial Revolution.

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Update on Progress: Tweed Shire & Circular Economy Innovation Hubs

Changing the paradigm of land development was never going to be a walk in the park...but there is only one way to eat an elephant; one bite at a time. Yesterday, we chewed a big chunk. Tweed Shire Council unanimously resolved to support in-principle our project for regenerative land development in their Shire.

To say we are ecstatic is putting it mildly.

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Four Seasons in One Day

The moon was still up in the sky when I woke up for sunrise, a little past five this morning.

We had decided to work from one of our favourite spots in the northern suburbs of Brisbane—Nudgee Beach. I love waking up here because I can just roll out of bed for a sunrise shoot. I hadn’t done this in awhile so I’m excited. The place is still really quiet, except for the flocks of birds flying around. Most of the other campers are still asleep and it’s still a little too early for the bikers. I realise that sunrise in the summer is quite different to those I had witnessed in the winter. The colours are a little more subtle—more pink and purple as compared to the deep reds and oranges—and it’s in a slightly different spot, obscured by the mangroves. It has its own beauty though and the tide is out, creating stunning stratified patters on the beach—which means a beautiful foreground for a photographer.

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The Creative Spirit

The lush rainforest beckons
I’m hypnotised by the songs of the cicadas
Electric blue feathers capture my eye
I’m eager to rush in
But the gurgle of the creek on the lyrebird track
Seems to say
Slow down. Stop awhile.
Listen. Be refreshed.
Feel the energy of this ancient place

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In the Shadow of Wollumbin

Life in the sleepy backwaters of the Tweed Shire seems to be immune from the shopping frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday—a phenomena that appears to be gripping people in American cities in a frenzy of consumerism that is spilling into our part of the world. I find it quite ironic that it is the lead up to the celebration of the birth of a man who spread a message of simplicity that marks the point when retailers begin to turn a profit—thus going from being ‘in the red’ to being ‘in the black’. For us, it is time to recharge, to reconnect with our inner spirits and to indulge in the things that money cannot buy. It is a time to find stillness, to read and write and let our creativity flow from that stillness. It is a time to reflect on the year that is drawing to a close and to put some bold ideas out there to the Universe for the year that is about to dawn.

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Songlines & Cultural Narratives

Last month, we took a ‘walk’ across the Australian desert, in the ‘Songlines’ exhibition at the Australian National Museum in Canberra. If you can get there before the 25th of February 2018, then this is an experience not to be missed. It will give you a wonderful insight into the longest continuous culture in the world; one that we now know to be over 70,000 years old. Here is a sneak peak and my insights, which I hope will arouse your interest.

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Everything is Connected: Green Institute Conference 2017
politics, public interest, urban sustainability

“You are the universe, you aren’t in the universe.” ~Eckhart Tolle

We have travelled to Old Parliament House, in Canberra to attend and present at the Green Institute Conference, ‘Everything is Connected’. It is the 25th anniversary since the federation of the Australian Greens, so it is a time to both reflect on the past and look to the future. While many people will say the Greens are a ‘one issue party’, many Greens will counter with the argument that they are a broad church and that they are just as passionate on issues that range from social justice and foreign policy to energy and economic policy.

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The Hotel Hotel for People People
efficiency, travel, urban sustainability

New Acton is the innovative precinct that claims to put Canberra on the map for design, creativity and originality. It is definitely a suburb for the well heeled, but Canberra is home to politicians, diplomats as well as a transient home for travellers keen to get a glimpse of our capital city, so there is certainly no lack of custom for this posh precinct and all it offers.

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