About the blog: This started out as a blog about living simply and sustainably. If a topic could tick one of these boxes, it could belong in my blog: cooking, food and farming, growing, inspiration or making. But life, well it’s changing, and I’ve got more things to say.
So now, good is better tells stories that fascinate me, in the hope they may fascinate you too. There’ll be a lot about the Los Angeles River, the subject of my doctoral research and the object of my deepest affection. There’ll be things about Nourish, an event series I curate in Sydney. There’ll be politics with a small P, and whatever else seems to need attending to. And – advance warning – posts tend to be few and far between while I’m deep in PhD land.
This blog takes its name from a childhood rhyme that seems to have got under my perfectionist skin: “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Good is better but better is best!”
About me: Tilly Hinton is a PhD candidate at the University of Technology, Sydney where she holds a UTS Chancellor’s Research Scholarship for Outstanding Potential. Her research is about love and the Los Angeles River. She uses history to understand how people relate to nature in messed-up landscapes, finding stories of baptism, paint, fishing, friendship, crime and profound change. Tilly is the founding curator of Nourish Talks, an event series in Sydney which explored complex environmental and social issues in surprising and uplifting ways. She has led and contributed to a range of education, environment and community development initiatives. Past projects include the GREENhouse at Woodford Folk Festival, TEDxGympie, several Learning and Teaching Weeks at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and nationwide higher education workshops. Animated by a driving curiosity about ambiguous river landscapes, Tilly completed a Master of Arts in 2012 in which she examined people’s perceptions and connections with the highly urbanised Los Angeles River to better understand ecological responsibility as a mechanism for social change. She graduated with a Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence. Tilly consults to government and universities, cooks, takes photos, writes and was a Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellow in the class of 2016.
Tilly can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.