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The thing about rivers

February 21, 2011


The hobby farm between Logan and Mount Tamborine in South East Queensland where I grew up has a tiny creek running through the front of it. The two houses on the property are far away from the creek, built, in 1977 and 1981 respectively, above the 1974 flood line. I distinctly remember my dad pointing […]


January 12, 2011


I smell burning candle wax and steaming asphalt. Over-abundant adrenaline seems to crystallise. Water from the air settles on my skin to mingle with rising sweat. Later, I will smell rotting mud, feel queasy fatigue, and boredom. Things are still. Sounds are the occasional whisper of a passing car or rattle of a truck, buzzing […]

Friday News Picks

December 10, 2010


Here’s some of the bits and pieces of the internet that kept me entertained and interested and thinking this week. Hope you enjoy. The Queensland Government announced that Aboriginal languages will added to our school curriculum next year. Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg is following Bill Gates’s and Warren Buffet’s lead and donating most of his […]

Tipping Point 08: Oh yeah, that’s right

November 15, 2010


  There was a mini-project within the conference that I haven’t mentioned yet. On the Friday, MC Dick got the delegates to split into groups of five or so to work on a creative project exploring some aspect of climate change. Over the two days, the groups got together during break times to formulate their […]

Tipping Point 07: Where we stand on climate change

November 15, 2010


On Friday morning at TippingPoint, there were two presentations. One I’ve already written up and the other was entitled Climate Change: Where We Stand. It was delivered by Professor Jean Palutikof, Director of Australia’s National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility at Griffith University in Brisbane. The facility is charged by the Federal Government to provide […]

Tipping Point 06: Open Space Workshop Part 2

November 13, 2010


Today the open space workshop continued with participants being encouraged to work in a collaborative, action-oriented way, building on the exploration vibe of Friday. Several new topics were suggested and I captured most of them below, including the names of the people who brought them up where I knew who they were. Food sustainability. What […]

Tipping Point 05: Open Space Workshop Part 1

November 13, 2010


After lunch on Friday, an open space workshop started. I’d never heard of the format before. First of all, the group identifies topics for discussion and then splits into smaller groups for parallel meetings on each of the chosen topics. The conference MC Dick Robertson asked people to suggest topics that they felt personally connected […]