* I believe that all work put out is an extension of ourselves - we are responsible for what we put out there. Further, if you feel you have something to offer that serves, do it.
* I am completely addicted to learning, with chief fixations being: nature meets culture meets technology and business; movement and mind/body wellness; entertainment (specifically film).
* I am passionate about innovation through questioning outmoded assumptions, improving the quality of education and using entrepreneurship to improve the world.
* I'm working towards the roles of organisational change-maker, philanthropist, mentor and astronaut (one day).
* The biggest conundrum I face in life is balancing the desire to improve the world with the desire to enjoy it (thanks E.B. White). Not a bad problem to have.
Currently train and compete in Squash at A-Grade; Olympic and powerlifting; Basketball; Table Tennis and Bikram Yoga. Watch AFL passionately and NBA casually.
Live music (festivals), films and documentaries, wandering in nature, checking out the city's most interesting suburbs and cultural events, cooking with friends, produce & farmer's markets.
Mindfulness (breathing) practice, chess, personal writing, deep philosophising with all sorts of interesting people.
Siddhartha (Herman Hesse); On The Road (Jack Kerouac); The Four Agreements (Don Miguel Ruiz); Stumbling on Happiness (Daniel Gilbert); The Personal MBA (Josh Kaufman); ReWork (Jason Fried); 1984 (George Orwell); Brave New World & Island (Aldous Huxley).
United States (2013), South-east Asia (2011), Middle East (2008-2009), New Zealand (2007).
Medium.com; Seth Godin (marketing); Tim Ferriss (marketing); Gary Vaynerchuk (entrepreneurship); Derek Sivers (entrepreneurship); Jason Silva (philosophy meets tech); Kelly Starrett (movement); Dave Asprey (nutrition); Roger Ebert (film) and many others.
PARTICIPATION: Volunteer with Sudanese refugees as a English & Maths tutor, mentor and carer; Movember 2009-2012; Down to Earth Cooperative (administration) 2011-.
DONATIONS: Against Malaria Foundation; Kiva.org; Kickstarter; Pozible.
ADVOCACY: Avaaz.org (global); GetUp.org (Australia).
Bursting* = short cycles of highly focused work while tuning out anything unrelated to the project at hand.
Plodding** = persevering with a steady and stable workflow day after day.
In any new field or area of my life that appears ripe for change, I am a burster(*). Very little inertia is experienced in most cases, and I attack transformations with great gusto. Once the shift is made though, my exacting nature compels me to undertake short test cycles of plodding(**), until I am ready to shift again for further refinement.
I have the utmost respect for people who are brilliant day-to-day grinders, but I semi-regularly burst my way through the night until daybreak or later without batting an eyelid while pursuing something that excites me. When I was a kid this may have meant forgoing the shower, but I have since learned to temper my enthusiasm with healthier habits.
In most businesses I have worked with, my approach is a combination of bottom-up and top-down. In one sense I am a stickler for small details and incremental improvement. On the other hand I'm a big dreamer with grand visions.
"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow Roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars..."
"When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius... and a lot of courage... to move in the opposite direction."
"A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention."
"The pursuit of perfection is a form of procrastination. If you are really serious about making things happen this year, seek progress, not perfection."
Most work I've done is either protected by a legal contract or is personal crap not fit for public consumption. As I explore further creative endeavours I'll be sure to add them to this section.
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