Wabi-sabi

Wabi-sabi is the Japanese way of finding beauty in imperfection, richness in natural things and reverence of the simple and authentic. It is an acceptance of the transience of nature and the natural cycle of birth, growth, death and decay. Flaws and imperfections are also part of nature. They provide an interestingness that pushes something from merely pretty … Read more

Small is beautiful

E.F. (Fritz) Schumacher (1911-1977) was a German-born British economist, writer and social commentator. He is best known for his critique of Western economies and his proposals for human-scale technologies, decentralisation of production, cooperative ownership and conservation of natural capital. He believed that economics has become abstract and misses it’s essential purpose because it is not … Read more

Microadventures

Bivvy Bag

As Art Buchwald said, “The best things in life are not things”. The best things in life are intangibles like relationships, life events and experiences. Good experiences last a lifetime, at least as memories, and they can give us joy and build confidence, skills and vitality. Significantly, consuming experiences, and not material goods, is better for your … Read more

Halving cars

When we recently moved towns we went from a two-car family to a one-car family. We barely noticed the difference. Of course there was a time when no families had cars and so it now seems incredible that there are more cars in the United States than there are drivers. Countries like New Zealand and … Read more

Paul Hawken’s Unforgettable Commencement Address

Paul Hawken is a renowned entrepreneur, visionary environmental activist, founder ofWiser Earthand author of many excellent books including The Ecology of Commerce, Natural Capitaland most recently, Blessed Unrest a book about how disparate social movements throughout the world are redefining how we relate to our environment and to each other and are ‘healing the wounds … Read more

Suck it and see

A recent opinion piece on the Celsias website called “Fracking in Canterbury – No Compulsion to Publicly Notify and No Need to Consider Seismic Effect” highlights several issues that concern sustainability generally. The “suck it and see” attitude Just because a technology is available doesn’t mean it has to be introduced. Unfortunately the development of … Read more