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Logical&Intuitive

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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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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Behind the Line: Musings from Canberra
history, politics, public interest

I am beginning to wonder if Pauline is right. Perhaps, we are being swamped by migrants! Or perhaps it's time for us to wake up and acknowledge that we are a multi cultural nation of migrants and that being a global citizen might actually be a good thing.

But the law is the law and the rest of us are required to abide by it.

The particular law in question at this time is Section 44(i) of the Australian Constitution that says a person is incapable of being elected to Federal Parliament if they have dual citizenship. A number of politicians appear to have been caught out because they didn’t do their due diligence. The two major political parties are resisting the calls for an audit to determine how many more there might be. Perhaps that money spent on the postal ballot might have been put to better use.

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Louise Hardman: The Plastic Collective (Empower*Innovate*Create)
conservation, inspirational stories, urban sustainability, waste

Louise still remembers the autopsy and the moment she saw the large amounts of plastic in the stomach of a sea turtle 25 years ago. A few years later she visited Thailand with her daughter and watched a little girl throw rubbish into the river. It was how everyone disposed of rubbish, believing that the river magically took the waste away. The seeds of an idea to do something about marine pollution were born. University degrees in zoology, marine science and environmental education took her down the path of teaching, keen to educate the next generation. But it wasn’t till she was laid up in bed after a couple of accidents that the thought to process plastic waste into new products started to germinate. Unable to walk for a few months, Louise developed an idea for a start up business and The Pacific Collective was born. Now known as The Plastic Collective she is developing a machine known as the Shruder, for shredding and extruding plastic waste.

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From Wasteland to Wetland
conservation, public interest, waste, water

After mining the area since 1969 for antimony, Broken Hill Antimony abandoned this site in 1974, leaving behind 16,000 tons of waste tailings as a spreading plume along the foreshore of this wetland. They left—having on sold the site to a private buyer—without any attempt to remediate or rehabilitate the site. The tailings were rich in leachable material and included antimony, arsenic, mercury, lead as well as residues of cyanide. The soluble leachate and insoluble sediment caused large impacts on the flora and fauna using the wetland.

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Reconnecting with Food: Where has it come from and how was it grown?
food, public interest, urban sustainability

There are many reasons why we are drawn to the towns and villages of Northern Rivers and the mid North Coast of NSW. The abundant access to regional, pesticide free organic food through farmers markets and local grocers is one of them. Clear and transparent food labelling and chats with local farmers are also part of this equation. While I am trying to be more discerning about the food we eat and how it has been grown, I am often frustrated at the lack of transparent labelling. This is why I so enjoy shopping at local markets or in this instance at the Happy Frog in Coffs Harbour. About 80% of groceries in Australia are sourced from the big supermarkets, which leave many of us quite disconnected from the origins of the food we are eating.

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Look At Me Now

“Look At Me Now.
Even the name demands attention. Headlands are vantage points for viewing other places but this headland calls for the gaze to be turned onto itself. It particularly demands an awareness of time. There is an urgency to this call to ‘Look At Me Now’ and the suggestion that a series of looks, a sequence of repeated observations, might offer different conclusions each time. What do you see when you look at me this time?”

These were the words I found on the notice board on our Sunday walk at the 'Look At Me Now' headland walk at Coffs Harbour.

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A Sustainability Challenge from Byron Shire
conservation, efficiency, energy, urban sustainability, waste, water

Do you know how much water and energy your family consumes? When you purchase your groceries, do you think about what’s in season, how it’s packaged or how far it has travelled? Have you thought about the toxins in the cleaning products you use? The answers to these questions are not just about the environment. They are also about your budget, your health and how you can be more resilient, so if you’re up for a challenge read on…

I recently came across the sustainability challenge sheets that Byron Shire has compiled for their residents. These provide information and strategies to help residents reduce their energy usage, buy local, minimise packaging and avoid unhealthy chemicals. I hope that by sharing this information, it might provoke some conversations in the places where you live and work or that it might even lead you to set up a challenge for your own family.

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