A little writing

Sometimes digging in deep to crafting a piece of writing provides a kind of abundance that I crave. Here’s one of those from a little while back. Stella slipped self-consciously out of the business meeting. Her mobile phone had buzzed impatiently one time too many for her keep ignoring it. It must be something serious, […]

Stepping up

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has” – Margaret Mead Imagine where we’d be without those thoughtful committed citizens.Imagine where we could be if more of us felt okay about joining them. I’ve been held back countless times from stepping up. Correction. I’ve […]

No such thing as waste disposal

Our office has plastic cups because washing up after ourselves must be too hard. I recently went to a dinner eaten from plastic plates, where afterwards all traces of our meal were swept into a plastic garbage bag. At a recent function, I reluctantly ate individually plastic wrapped biscuits and sweetened my tea with paper […]

Taking off the busy badge

Have you ever witnessed those workplace conversations where two colleagues one-up each other about who is more busy, more stressed, more in-demand and more unhappy? These conversations are oddly inverted, as if the worse your lot is, the more validated you feel. It’s a badge of honour. A busy badge. God forbid, maybe you’ve even worn that […]

What's mine is yours

With life sky-rocketing towards Christmas at a startling pace, one can’t help but think a lot about stuff. Stuff for under the tree. Stuff for the I-bought-this-generic-item-at-a-big-box-store-on-the-way-to-work secret santa gift exchange. Stuff bought but never used. Stuff lusted after but not really needed. That insatiable appetite to consume that is fed by shiny junk mail, enticing never-to-be-repeated sales and the race […]

Cauliflower and broccoli: rediscovered

What are your early memories of eating cauliflower or broccoli? My most vivid memory is at my grandparent’s house. Actually, the memory is replicated with each set of grandparents, maternal and paternal. As you wish, you may picture either house – the one heaving with cozy family love matched by Central Queensland humidity or the other, one of the […]

Debating on the dark side

A few Transition Bondi folks and I went head-to-head with an unflinching Centre for Sustainability Leadership team in a halloween-night debate last week which asked “Will community groups lead the change to a more sustainable future?”. We on the Transition Bondi team had to argue against the power of community groups, a beautifully ironic task given […]

"In Sydney, the forest speaks Polish at Easter"

…and Diego Bonetto listens. Last weekend, I had the privilege of participating in an edible weeds walk on the Cooks River. Led by Diego, about fifteen of us spent an enthralled couple of hours discovering some of the culinary and medicinal gems that typically just disappear below our shoes. Some of these weeds are comfortable […]