I’m getting a bit frustrated about the lag between interviewing people and getting the material up on the blog. There’s so much happening about each place I roll into, and by the time I’ve got it edited and polished, a few weeks have passed in between.
There are a few common themes that keep rising up. These reoccurrences are partly because of the way I’m shaping the trip, but also I feel reflect growing trends/thoughts/momentum.
Each conversation I have, I hear where and how the project came from and how it has evolved. It seems common sense has many shapes. Whether it is teaching people to live more sustainably via programs such as Living Smart, or taking something such as a mattress and seeing it as a materials harvesting opportunity, not land fill, as in Dream Safe (keep your ears peeled for that one). When you hear these flourishes explained, it just makes sense. It seems we’ve gotten to a point where the push for maximum efficiency and speed, has pushed us into reverse. We’ve reached a point where the economies of scale have grown so large, that the broad templates we use to paint how our society, economy and communities work have lost their definition. On the macro they seem to make sense, but on the micro, they appear distorted and ill fitting.
I’ve also been thinking about how this transformation on the ground, is part of Australia becoming its own. Shaping, acknowledging that we are in a unique spot on a number of levels. Remembering and rediscovering the old ways, while in tandem developing further, new ways of living. Ones that work and respect our land, way of thinking, history. All while at the same time, in the back of your mind realising we live in a global environment.
I’m seeing this reflected in the journey that I’m in the midst of. I feel a little like I’m constantly zooming in and out, with kilometre long, pneumatic legs. Like some sort of out of control Easter show ride. On the top level, it seems to be grinding along, hedging bets both ways and not gaining much meaningful ground either way. But zooming in, conversations are morphing into action and outcomes, relatively oblivious to the dithering above. Each place I visit, I’ve had little to no idea of what’s happening in the area, but after scratching, have found a teeming collection of ideas becoming functioning reality, settling in.
My journey has been a scattered one, and has only shown some of what is happening around Australia. There are people all over, who are actively making changes and providing ways and means for others to adapt and evolve. However my trip has only scratched the surface. There was little pre planning or direction, and the areas I visited are by no means hot spots for sustainability within oz. Or maybe they are.
Rather then feeling a sense of dread or fear that is measurable in the higher levels, I’m feeling a sense of excitement, enthusiasm and opportunity, low to the ground. As I’ve been travelling, I’ve been catching up with friends scattered around the place. Now seems to be the time that we’re each starting to find passions and have the enthusiasm to follow, shape, and form them. We’re entering the time of life where we have the opportunity to make or take a contribution to how our world, on whatever magnification, operates.
It’s going to be an interesting time I think. (To state the bleeding obvious) Ain’t No Easy Way (BRMC) just came on, and I rekon that’s a good one. I rekon when life is easy, it’s boring. It’s getting the balance right the tricky bit. Well there’s my rant for tonight. Give it time and it might evolve into something a bit more coherent.