Pondering the art of quiet observation in Stefan Geyer’s Zen in the Art of Permaculture Design

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Zen in the Art of Permaculture Design opens with a quote from a Zen teacher:

“For Zen students a weed, which for most people is worthless, is a treasure, and just like the Zen student, permaculture students also have the ability to see the potential in an ordinary weed, and so stands to learn a lot from Zen teachings.”

Originating from the Chinese adaptation of Buddhism, the concept that was later termed Zen spread through Korea, Vietnam and across to Japan, where it finally…


Be careful with what you tweet…. Past tweets can destroy your future

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Imagine being offered a life-changing job in one of the worlds largest magazine brands. Everything you have worked for has paid off, and this position will be a stepping stone to some of the most prestigious roles in the future.

Imagine losing the job offer after someone went through your Twitter account, highlighting tweets you wrote 10 years ago and then forgot about.

This is what happened to Alexi McCammond. A successful political reporter who covered the 2020 elections, she was recently named as the next editor-in-chief for…


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We all know someone who is simultaneously relaxed and productive. Not only do they produce more work at a higher standard than anyone else, but they still seem to have time to relax on weekends, sleep 8 hours a day, and take yearly holidays. Yet, they only have 168 hours in their week, just like you. How do they do it?

In the last 20 years there has been an explosion on productivity, time tracking and ‘hacks’ to improve focus and output, and most of the content, from books to podcasts, websites and gadgets tend to focus on tracking just…


Redesign Work, Cultivate Human Potential, Achieve Extraordinary Outcomes

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The word ‘regeneration’ is fast becoming the keyword of this decade.

With sustainability not living up to its meaning, and with the near daily reports of how climate change, global warming and our lifestyles are irreversibly damaging the planet, we need to think beyond business as normal. And while the business world is going gaga over missions to Mars and self driving cars, Carol Sanford calmly highlights what businesses should be focusing on to survive and become powerfully disruptive in the next 50 years of worldwide change.

A woman with a vision…


Good News! Travel will return, and more of us will travel, although our airplanes might look different…..

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There is no doubt that international travel will recover to its pre-2020 levels in the near future. After all, are you able to name even one person who no longer wishes to travel after spending months working from home, in lockdowns or ‘staying local’? While Covid-19 may change many of our habits going forwards, international travel is unlikely to be one of them.

In 2018, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNTWO) there were over 1.4bn international tourist arrivals globally — a historical…


Hint: Independence isn’t a number, it’s about enjoying life now

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2020 was a strange year. While it devastated some people’s livelihoods and health, others ended the year quite flush. Working from home has led people to save money on transport, takeaway coffees and eating lunch out. Others have finally had the time to launch their side hustles, and some key jobs within society have had people working crazy amounts of overtime.

And as shopping and work moved online, so did finances. Those who were saving money started searching for ways to reinvest their money, looking beyond the traditional savings account…


BP, one of the world’s largest carbon emitters and linked to a whole host of environmental damage, has a beautifully crafted website which depicts them ‘reimagining energy ‘ on their journey to net-zero carbon emissions. This recent documented journey allows them to continue extracting oil and dabbling in fracking, while also being included in ‘green funds’ as they are considered as working towards ESG (Environment, Social Responsibility & Governance) goals.

I hate to break it to them, but many individuals don’t want to invest their money with polluters, despite their new found journey towards eco-enlightenment. To be seen as a…


How water can damage businesses and profit margins

Water pouring into a person’s cupped hands.
Water pouring into a person’s cupped hands.
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If you are a homeowner, perhaps you’ve thought about the risk of flooding or water damage to your home, but for most of us, water isn’t a risk we readily think about. However, with water being the single thing that we need to survive on a day to day basis, it’s something we foolishly ignore.

According to the UN, the demand for water worldwide will be 40% greater than its supply in 2030, and that’s bad news for us all — especially those of us that are flushing perfectly good drinking water…


Before you invest in BTC, you need to consider what it is

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One of the most common questions people ask is ‘how do I buy Bitcoin?’ aka which exchange is best, but I never hear anyone discuss a plan for what they are going to do once they acquire some coins (or a fraction of a coin). People don’t know because many don’t know the mechanics behind BTC, nor have they thought about what it could become in the future. They also haven’t considered that a lot of the crypto world hasn’t been defined or created yet. We are just…


What if we could make money by making the world a better place for everyone?

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In today’s world, money makes money. If you have savings, you expect to get paid an interest on them. If you hold stocks & shares, you are only doing so for the return on investment (ROI). Many people buy houses and rental lets to make an income on them in the long run. There is a whole movement (called Financial Independence) that focuses on accumulating enough money to live off the returns. We’ve turned money from what it is — a store of value —…

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Recovering Travel Writer | Passionate about learning, personal development and the future of finance.

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