In the final episode of the system thread, I explain why, for the most part, I have kept politics and specific affiliations out of exploring system alternatives. I attempt to integrate several of the previous episodes in this thread into a vision of empowered community adaptation and innovation that includes all voices and addresses hierarchicalContinue reading “Systems 8”
I read the final chapters and bring the story to its conclusion. I then reflect on what I was trying to explore through the creation of this narrative when I wrote it, and what I would perhaps change today, and invite creative collaborators to get in touch if they think there’s merit in working togetherContinue reading “After the Collapses 8”
Final interview of the series by request from some listeners, is with Mike Cahn, my partner in life and many projects. In this episode, he tells us about his “aha” moment when he began to consciously question the mainstream system and its values, while also talking about some of the things in his upbringing whichContinue reading “Interview with Mike Cahn”
Gathering in ideas and materials from throughout the year, this final episode on practical skills encourages a stock-take of existing materials and projects, to see what you have in your stores and what you have enjoyed doing. It then suggests a few more ideas for crafts and outdoor work such as bare root tree plantingContinue reading “Practical 8”
Samhain is a time of letting go. The leaves fall and sap stops flowing. This meditation draws you down to rest, where things can flow underneath like the stored fertility in the soil and the unconscious dreaming of winter.
I have been using development as a frame for exploring what is optimal and what happens if there are interruptions or barriers. In this final episode, I summarise the phases of development that I’ve covered so far using Piaget stages and finish up with the later stages of adulthood that I am sitting between nowContinue reading “Wellbeing 8”
In this final episode, I conclude my explorations of where my formative years have brought me and are still playing out in my life today. I finish up at a time that’s almost up to date. I’m happy as the proverbial pig still mucking in new practical projects and integrating my experiences in community developmentContinue reading “Identity 8”
In this final episode of the thread about those that have lived on the islands of Ireland since humans first came here, I sum up the themes explored. The common thread is adaptation and integration with the changing landscape and ecology and human migrations. This is something that we must continue today to face ourContinue reading “Ancestors 8”
In the ancestors thread, I am not looking to replicate the vast work by scholars of Ireland, who know a great deal more than me about the many peoples that came to our shores over millenia. I do lean on snippets of their knowledge, as I try to imagine the lived experience of our predecessorsContinue reading “Ancestors 7”
In this interview with Steve Golemboski-Byrne of Lackan Cottage (recorded a few years ago), he shares his journey from the career and life he left to create a permaculture lifestyle and livelihood. Steve now inspires an empowers others to consider resilience, off-grid living and community connections.