Christmas Chaos, Covid-19 and Control

We don’t have control over a lot in life, but we can:
Choose to be gentle on ourselves, granting ourselves time to restore, reflect and re-energise when we need it.
Choose to be kind to those we interact with. It’s been shown the astounding ripple effect that small acts of kindness can have from tiny apparently insignificant acts of kindness. … More Christmas Chaos, Covid-19 and Control

Why Coronavirus is an Opportunity

A week ago I was feeling fairly blasé about coronavirus. We were laughing at the stupidity of people panic buying toilet paper and hand sanitiser. Since then, I’ve been realising the scale and seriousness of this pandemic. I’ve been devouring information from the World Health Organisation, discovering why we should approach the pandemic with a systems-thinking lens and curiously analysing interactive maps showing confirmed cases throughout the world. … More Why Coronavirus is an Opportunity

One Day

One day I hope that children won’t have to work so their families can survive,
That they won’t have to work in factories or scavenge plastic bottles or find crabs to sell. … More One Day

What Is An Ethical Traveller?

During my most recent sojourn to Myanmar, I thought about what it means to be an ethical traveller. As a person who strives to live a responsible life – both environmentally and socially, is it possible to continue this as a tourist? While on holiday, these aspirations don’t disappear for me, but the challenges are sometimes different and the boundaries between ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ become blurred. … More What Is An Ethical Traveller?

Computer Buying Tips for the Ethically Minded

So you want to buy a new laptop or a smart phone, but you’ve read about numerous social and environmental impacts during their lifecycles. You’ve learnt about polluting production processes – the leaching of toxic chemicals and the heavy reliance on fossil fuels. You are aware that making electronics requires the mining of minerals which … More Computer Buying Tips for the Ethically Minded

The Migrant’s Plight

Teaching Burmese migrants here in Thailand, I hear of their stories, their struggles and their aspirations: their predicament often dominates my thoughts. While working with a migrant population is a new experience for me, migration itself is woven into my heritage. Aotearoa/New Zealand, where I grew up, is a country founded on migration. My ancestors predominantly … More The Migrant’s Plight

Sustainability: an Exquisite Fabric

Sustainability is a concept I often mention to people I meet, often producing blank faces or a response like “What’s that?… Like environmental stuff?… So, are you a greenie/tree-hugger/environmental loon/hippie…?”

It appears to me that sustainability is not a term that is well understood in the general public or one that people can easily relate to. People often associate ‘the environment’ with it. … More Sustainability: an Exquisite Fabric