5 things I have done today to help the planet… [Day 014 – 28 May ’19]

Every little thing we do can be magic.

It is all about choices.

Some are easier, some are harder.

Make your choices. Make your changes.

It all starts with A Bee See.

1. I saved a bee…

When I went to give the chickens fresh water this morning I found a bee floundering frantically in the bowl.

Little bee wasn’t going to make it so I offered my glove and it hopped aboard.

A few minutes in the sun and then off it buzzed.

Bees are important, but they are having a hard time these days.

Every bee counts.

We received our Bee Saver Kit from Friends of the Earth today. This includes a ‘Bee Spotter Guide’.

I hadn’t realised how many types of bees there are in the UK. This one I think was a Buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris).

If you have a bit of space in your garden plant some bee friendly flowers – you can get inspiration from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust…

2. Ecover refilling

We use Ecover washing up liquid as an environment friendly option at the kitchen sink.

One of the big attractions is that our village shop offers a refill service so we can keep reusing he same plastic bottles. That’s a big fat win for the planet.

I got another refill today. As well as helping the planet, refilling also saves about 35p on the new bottle cost.

I think it was 35p but I got distracted talking to the owner of the shop. She is retiring and has been trying to sell the shop (and post office that comes with it) for two or three years now, but without any luck.

She is worried the shop will have to close if she cannot sell.

I asked if she had considered the option of it becoming a community shop as has happened with another village shop nearby.

She hadn’t, but thought it was worth thinking about.

3. Triodos is go

Today I got an email to say that my current account with Triodos Bank has been accepted.

I am really happy about this as getting a Triodos account has been on my to-do list for quite some time.

Being with a bank that only lends to “organisations that make a positive impact on people’s lives, protect the planet, or build strong communities” is definitely a happier place to be.

The Triodos Current Account has everything a ‘normal’ current account has including a contactless Debit Mastercard made from 100% renewable resources such as plant leaves and corn.

Next up I am looking to move my business account to Triodos as well…

4. Another green investment – Pavegen

I’m really rather getting into small scale investing in green start-up businesses.

Crowdcube is my go-to at the moment for this, but Triodos Bank also offers some investment opportunities but less frequently.

I have already put a small amount into Good Club and Sun Harvester.

Today I picked up on Pavegen, a company offering “a breakthrough smart city technology that converts footsteps into electricity and data”.

It really does look like a very clever idea and is attracting some serious investment interest…

Of course this is all just my personal whim and fancy – and most definitely not financial advice etc etc.

5. The Daily Donation – Bumblebee Conservation Trust

After rescuing the little bee today, I thought it appropriate to make a bee related donation.

A quick search on Ecosia.org (check it out) brought up the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

I had not heard of them before but it appears they do much needed work looking after Britain’s bumblebees.

You can start with the little things like saving a bee.

Then just work up from there.


[ header image from unsplash.com // other images from @pennsif ]

5 things I have done today to help the planet… [Day 011 – 25 May ’19]

Another big day for planet work.

School children striking, Zoe’s electrifying, and suppliers are changing.

And I have a new project – but it’s a secret for the timebeing 🙂

1. Watch this video

I certainly have been aware of the growing movement of school children and students striking for climate change but I must admit I haven’t really looked at it in any depth.

The strikes had quite unfairly been lodged in my “well-meaning, great idea but not going to achieve anything” file.

Then today I came across this video from Vice about Greta Thunberg and the school strike movement.

It changed my mind – dramatically.

I had not realised how large and widespread the protests have already become. And I certainly had not appreciated the depth of feeling, passion and purpose behind the movement.

I have great admiration for all those involved in the strikes and I do hope the politicians take notice and act.

The young people have every right to strike as it is their future that has been messed up.

I urge you to watch the video and if you have any way to help the movement in your country, please do.

2. Today we met Zoe

We took advantage of a trip to Swansea today to visit two more electric car dealers.

First up I popped into the BMW dealer, Sytner, to check out the BMW i3.

Although the sales assistant was sure there was an i3 on site to look at, no one could actually locate it.

This MIA, along with the rather surprisingly low quoted range of only around 140 miles and the premium BMW price tag has knocked the i3 several places down our shortlist.

Next up we headed to the Renault dealer in the north of Swansea to look at their electric Zoe.

A few years ago we had the use of Renault’s electric fun car the Twizy for three weeks, so we have some attachment to the Renault electric family.

The dealer had a couple of Zoe’s in stock for us to look at.

Unfortunately we were not able to go for a test drive at the time, but the Zoe definitely has considerable appeal for us.

It is just the right size for us as a five door hatchback, it has a decent range around the 170 mile mark and it is several thousand pounds cheaper than the other cars on our electric shortlist.

Hopefully we can get back for a test drive some time this week as the Zoe is definitely leading the pack at the moment.

3. Ecotricity v Good Energy – any opinions?

Switching to a greener electricty supplier has been one of those things on my list that I have just not got round to doing. Now is the time to act.

There are two main ‘green energy’ suppliers in the UK which source their electricity solely from renewable generators – Ecotricity and Good Energy.

Both currently offer to donate £30 to the Centre for Alternative Technology if you switch to them and quote the appropriate code.

I can’t see a lot between them in terms of eco-credentials and what they are offering.

Their prices are not shown on the site so I will have to contact them to get a quote.

Ecotricity offer a ‘Fully Charged Bundle’ package that includes half price charging at their network of 300 electic car charging stations around the country.

As we are about to buy an electric car I think this will swing it towards Ecotricity for us.

Has anyone got any experience, good or bad, of using either Ecotricity or Good Energy?

4. My New Project

WARNING… this is one of those annoying statements people make about their ‘next big thing’ but then refuse to give any more details.

I’m joining the club. And I am excited about it.

These past few weeks I have been working on the specification document for a new eco/crypto project. That was finalised a few days ago and I also got the development team signed up.

Today the name was finally chosen and the domains all put in place.

In a pre-crypto form this project is something I have wanted to build for years. Now with the added spice of crypto and tokenisation the concept has come together perfectly.

The build will be starting in the next week or so and then I will be devoting a large amount of my time to the project. The aim is to get to a beta launch stage for a special event in November.

I am not quite sure yet how public it will be before then but keep reading here and as I expect I will be dropping a few clues.

5. The Daily Donation – UK Student Climate Network

After watching the video in #1 there was no contest for today’s donation.

The UK Student Climate Network is in the vanguard of the school climate striking movement in Britain.

Any support I can give I will.

£10 has been sent by PayPal to UKSCN.

The next strike is on 24 May.

Every day I learn something new.

It is exciting. It is rejuvenating. For me. And hopefully for the planet too.


[ image from @pennsif // video from Vice.com ]

5 things I have done today to help the planet… [Day 010 – 24 May ’19]

The end of another working week and 10 days into my challenge.

This is really making me buzz. Buzzing for the planet.

So much going on today – May flies, students striking, strawberries growing, organics studying, solar investing and the CAT inspiring…

1. My first strawberries from the polytunnel

It was only little, but I liked it.

We have not grown strawberries in the polytunnel before but we thought we would try them this year.

The heat of the polytunnel does appear to be keeping the slugs at bay, but they do need extra watering to plump them up.

We only got the polytunnel last year so we are still learning how best to utilise it.

This year so far we have cabbages, spinach, sweetcorn, peas, peppers and this evening I potted out some tomatoes there.

Still a bit of space left – not sure what I will add in there yet.

2. The Organic Student

Our eldest daughter is studying at Bristol University.

Bristol is a super green city. It has its own currency, lots of environmental and eco related activities and at least four organic cafes and restaurants.

Better Food were the first eateries in England to gain the ‘Organic Served Here’ Awards from the Soil Association. There are three Better Food outlets in Bristol.

There are also numerous organic selling shops across the city.

To help with my daughter’s student finances, and to encourage her to eat more healthily and more sustainably I have offered her a deal. I will pay up to £25 per week for any organic produce she buys.

Also I will provide a monthly allowance of up to £50 per month for eating out at any of the organic restaurants or cafes in the city.

With students, school children and young people now being at the forefront of the climate movement, at least my daughter will be eating as planet friendly as possible.

3. Hello Big Barn

Big Barn is an online marketplace for independent artisan food producers across the UK.

It provides both for buying from your nearest local producers, and for buying from individual producers across the country.

I have known about the site for several years but never tried it. Today I decided to give it a go.

Most of the local producers near me are meat producers, so I opted for buying from two producers in the marketplace – Camphill Village Trust in Whitby and Huntly Herbs in Aberdeenshire.

Between them I got a good range of organic jams, marmalades and chutneys. For organic products the prices were quite reasonable. However the big kicker is that because you are buying from two separate vendors you incur two separate delivery charges.

I am looking forward to trying the products when they arrive – particularly the organic Banana Ketchup from Camphill.

One product on the site that caught my eye was the Penguin Pie from Brockleby’s Pies – luckily there are no penguins in it…

4. Investing in the Sun

I am newcomer to startup investing.

I made my first small investment in Good Club the other day via Crowdcube.

Today I have made a similar investment in Sun Harvester who have designed and developed energy storage systems that store clean renewable energy to power homes and businesses.

Investing in innovative young companies like Good Club and Sun Harvester that are doing good for the planet is way more satisfying that playing around with crypto-currency trading.

And maybe one of these small companies might hit it big and I get a good return on my investment.

5. The Daily Donation – Centre for Alternative Technology

CAT in Machynlleth in north Wales has already been on the donation list, but it is an organisation that is very close to my heart as my eco adventures in life were inspired by my teenage visits there in the 1970s.

Therefore today’s donation of £10 went to CAT’s Inspire Action on Climate Change appeal.

I was particularly inspired today to see so many young people out on the YouthStrike4Climate demonstrations today.

Will the politicians keep on ignoring them…?

This is simply energising.

Thinking every day of new ways to help the planet.


[ images, in order, from unsplash.com, @pennsif ]

5 things I have done today to help the planet… [Day 008 – 22 May ’19]

The train keeps rolling, jump aboard if you want to help the planet.

Organic food, plastic cotton buds, Ethical Consumers and Twitter, Twitter, Twitter.

And for good measure it was World Biodiversity Day.

1. A 100% Organic Food Shop

Our family’s goal is to go 100% organic.

We are always on the hunt for new organic products and new places to buy them from.

Fresh fruit and vegetables are always an issue. We can grow an increasing amount, but for a while yet we will still need to buy some.

Luckily we have a Co-operative supermarket not too many miles away that has a decent amount of organic fresh produce.

It isn’t always available but today I got lucky and all the items I required were in stock.

I achieved a 100% organic food shop – fruit, veg, bread, cheese…

There is though the issue in the Co-op, as in all the supermarkets at present, of the excessive plastic packaging on organic products. I have started on that – but that is a different story.

2. Get those plastics right out of my ear

Although the UK Government these days seems to be totally and solely embroiled in the never ending mess of Brexit, it did manage to pop its head up today a do a bit of good for the environment.

In response to public concern and in a bid to limit ocean pollution, the UK government will be introducing new controls on single use plastic items next year. This will cover plastic straws, plastic drinks stirrers and plastic cotton buds…

We don’t use straws or drinks stirrers so they are not an issue for us, but my daughters particularly do use cotton buds. So far they been plastic.

The news today prompted me to make an instant change.

We were needing some more cotton buds, and a quick search online found some bamboo and organic cotton ones.

If I hunted round a bit more I am sure I could find some a bit cheaper but for now the ones I have ordered are from a small family company called Alyn…

Here at Alyn, we aim to create renewable sustainable products that help protect the environment and preserve our planet for future generations. Our small family company offers high quality nature-friendly alternatives to conventional items. Alyn products are biodegradable, made from renewable raw materials and free of harmful plastics and synthetics. Even our packaging is 100% compostable!

3. The Ethical Consumer magazine is in the house

I mentioned a few days ago that I had subscribed to Ethical Consumer.

Today the magazine arrived in the post.

Although I already had online access to the digital copy, it is nice sometimes to sit down and browse through a real magazine.

And this magazine is well worth a browse, a full-on read and a total absorption.

There is so much fascinating, and important, stuff in there. The latest edition has in-depth studies of supermarkets, cat & dog food, cooking oil and paint. As well as a truck load of other interesting news.

If you have any desire to spend your money ethically and more sustainably you really should subscribe to this magazine.

It is £29.95 per year in the UK. Money very well spent.

If anyone in the UK would like a subscription to the magazine but really can’t afford it I will buy them a subscription. All you have to do is make a ‘5 things I have done today to help the planet’ post like this one every day for a month, and tweet about it with the hashtag ‘five4theplanet’.

Of course they will have to be real things you are doing! I will make this offer for up to 3 people until the end of June.

4. Twitter – seems like a great tool for eco-campaigning

I have to date been a rather low key Twitter user.

Now I am moving up a gear.

I have started following accounts from various environmental, conservation and organic organisations.

It really is a great way to find out what is going on and to make contact with people.

And it is fast moving.

I am really getting into it.

Through Twitter just today I have found out about a campaign against a damaging oil exploration project in Cardigan Bay, about a new sustainable fashion event in Swansea, about the Seed Festival in Stroud and about the B Corporation business program.

5. The Daily Donation – World Biodiversity Day – WWF

Today was the United Nations sanctioned International Day for Biological Diversity.

Thank you to @mr-greens for alerting me to this.

Many organisations work to maintain and improve the biodiversity of the planet. But one of the most stand-out and long established is WWF.

Instantly recognisable by their iconic panda logo WWF work tirelessly to protect nature in the UK and all around the world.

Today I have sent my daily donation of £10 to WWF. According to their site that is enough to buy 40 seedlings for forests in Tanzania.

Wow, more than a week gone and I have kept up the daily challenge.

Each day I learn more and want to do more.

So much to do.

Never sure I am doing enough. But at least I’ve made a start.


[ images, in order, from unsplash.com, @pennsif, Ethical Consumer ]

Heading back to where I came from…

I’ve mentioned in several posts before my background in environmental campaigning.

I spent many years involved in Friends of the Earth from local volunteer to regional director with many roles in between.

They were great days in the 1970’s, ’80’s and ’90’s particularly. I enjoyed them immensely.

But life changes and I moved into other areas.

The issues that I was campaigning on then have, by and large, not gone away. The issues have become problems.

And now the problems have become a crisis. And that a crisis is becoming an emergency.

That emergency now teeters on the brink of becoming a catastrophe…

Climate, extinction, pollution, plastics, desertification, degradation.

Take your pick. They are all breaking bad.


My Personal Dilemma

This presents me with a dilemma.  Do I sit back and let the world go to pot.

Or do I stand up and be counted again.

Four decades have passed since I first manned the environmental barricades. A lot has changed. And age has left me less nimble than before.

But back in the day I was pretty good at what I did. And I have learnt a lot over the years that may come in handy.

Although I had retired from active service I have decided to re-enlist again and do my duty.

I have only have one life. We only have one planet.

Make it count.

Priorities must change.


[ image from pixabay.com ]

Steem has been good to me – 5 ways I am trying to give back

In the 18 months I have been on the platform steem has given me a lot.

I’ve learnt so many useful skills. I’ve met so many interesting people. I’ve done so many things I never thought I would. I’ve even earnt a tidy pile of steem tokens.

Most of all I have had my mind opened to the whole wide world. And all the people that live there.

The world is wondrous place – particularly when you get to know the residents of steem.


As a hobby, as a business, as a social network, as a place for personal development, or even just as a place to hang out and pass the time of day steem has been a full time giver. And I have been a full time taker of every opportunity that steem has sent my way.

But it cannot be all take and no give.

In these bloodied crypto days steem needs us. It needs us to do some giving not taking.

So I am revisiting, reviewing, re-evaluating what I do for steem.

Can I do what I do better, smarter, harder, faster. Can I do it with more brains than mourn.

This is what I do…

1.  A Dollar A Day @adollaraday

This is a charitable giving project that I got up and running in May. Steemians donate 1 SBD a day and I pool those SBDs to give out larger donations every day to currently 16 carefully vetted projects in 9 countries round the world. A Dollar A Day is on target to give out US$ 5000 by the end of the year.

2.  SteemClub-UK @steemclub-uk

I started this project more recently when I could only find well under 100 active steemians in the UK – barely more than 1 in a million of population. We’ve kicked off with a well attended first virtual meetup, discussions about mini-meetups and regional events are underway, I have set up an auto-voter with 5000 SP so far to give out a little something to every active steemian in the UK. The UK steem community is starting to come together… and there is so much more to come.

3.  MSP Waves @mspwaves

Through various name and format variations I have been hosting shows on MSP Waves since January. I have done The Alternative Lifestyle Show, My Life In 8 Songs, Here Comes The News, Use-Case Radio, The Random Radio Show… All have had a common theme of interviewing the people of steem. That is my radio thing. Now to the tune of around 400 interviewees. That is 400 steemians for whom I have provided a little bit of visibility and promotion for themselves and their projects. And we’re still going strong.

4.  Fundition

I work for Fundition, steem’s very own crowdfunding platform, doing Founder Support. That is I help people with preparing their project proposals and giving them ongoing assistance. So far I have helped several dozen founders with projects which have gone on to raise thouands of dollars. Fundition keeps on working for the good.

5.  And coming next… the Positive Steemians Club

I am always cooking up new ideas to try out. Some work, some don’t. There are still so many areas I would like to help with – improving onboarding and retention, growing the steem community in South America, developing the homesteading and prepping communities, encouraging more young people on to steem… the list is endless. Alas my time and resources are not. So I have to be selective. Last Thursday I threw a new idea up in the air to see if it would stick – the Positive Steemians Club. Giving air time to those great steemians with positive ideas to promote and improve steem. I hope this project has legs.

And one last thing, I buy steem. When I can afford it and when someone is selling. I do all my trades person to person to lessen or avoid fees and exchange costs as much as possible. If you are selling buzz me…

So that is what I am doing to give back to the community, and to help grow steem.

One person. Never enough. Giving it my best shot.

 

Steem UK : introducing @steemclub-uk to support UK content creators

As one small step to help support and grow the Steem community in the UK I have set up the steem account @steemclub-uk.

I am delegating a large chunk of my available steempower to this account and have set up an auto-voter to start giving small votes to UK based content creators.

I have delegated 500 SP to test it works. Once all is going okay I will increase this to 2000 SP.

Initially I plan to give all 120+ UK steemians a 10% vote per day.

I will monitor this over the next week or so to see if this percentage is sustainable.

I am trying this out as a personal commitment initially but if anyone would like to delegate to the account feel free.

Options for voting percentages

Once it is established there are a number of options to be considered for determining who gets what voting percentage.

  • Should everyone get an equal vote regardless of other factors?
  • Should people be rewarded with greater voting percentages if they are active in promoting steem in the UK?
  • Should people be rewarded with greater voting percentages according to how much they have delegated to the account?
  • Or should some combination of all three measures be employed?

If activity in promoting steem is a factor how should that be determined?

Thoughts and opinions welcome on this…

Curation Trail

I have also set up a Curation Trail on the @steemclub-uk account if anyone fancies supporting that with their vote.

SteemClub-UK Discord Server

I have also set up a Discord Server to help with networking and the organisation of events and meetups.

More on that to follow shortly.

Next Steem UK Virtual Meetup

The next Steem UK Virtual Meetup has been set for Thursday 29 November.

This will take place 8pm – 11pm UK time during my radio show on MSP Waves.

Everyone is welcome to join in.

 

Pennsif’s Progress #591 – Reducing my footprint, increasing my impact

As I get older and the days tick by I find I am increasingly refining my goals in life.

At a certain point in life one realises that the phrase “you have all the time in the world” no longer has any bearing. Time becomes your most precious resource. And every day counts.

So dreams of opening a restaurant, or building a house with a balcony, or learning six languages, or writing a science fiction novel, or travelling to every continent, while still valid and potentially possible, have to be filtered.

The realisation, and acceptance, that you are unlikely to achieve everything in life you had hoped to is harsh but necessary.

I have now signed that pledge of acceptance and am narrowing my life plan to those things I do so want to achieve.

In fact that want is more than just a want, it is a desire I am fiercely whipping up into a compulsion.

Compulsion can be read with a negative inflection but as I mentioned in a previous blog I only have two modes of operation – full-on or not at all. I don’t do half-ar$ed.

So what I am going to do, I am going to do to the biggest, the best and the boldest of my abilities.

I have now settled on my two remaining goals – to minimise my footprint, and to maximise my impact.

Minimising My Footprint

I live on a homestead. We have our own water supply and we deal with our own sewage, we produce much of our own food and the percentage increases year on year, and we have planted 10,000 trees on our property.

We have traveled some fair distance on our journey to reduce our footprint on the planet.

But we still have a long way to go.

Our electricity usage is one area we are really keen to cut down on. In fact as I wrote about yesterday our goal is to move towards going offgrid – but frustratingly steem’s low price is holding us back on that at present.

The second big area I want to deal with is our use of petrol for car transport.

Living in a very rural area, reliance on public transport is not viable, so getting an electric car would be the next best option.

And if we could charge that car from our own solar electricity even better still.

There are a thousand other ways in which we can, should and will reduce our ecological and carbon footprint. But we are on the right path and I relish the challenge of day by day getting better and better.

Maximising My Impact

I have always been an activist, campaigning in one form or another for a better world.

I think I got it from my mother. She wouldn’t take any crap, and she was always getting involved in local community activities.

Much of my early adult life was spent working, at various levels, for one of Britain’s major environmental campaign organisations.

Then I took a few years out to set up a business and raise a family. But these past few years I have been retracing my steps and rejoining the battle.

And in the past year steem, particularly through A Dollar A Day, has opened a new channel to bring about some worthwhile change.

Now I am ready for action and I want to do more.

And more.

And more.

I have just today launched a new @communityaction project where I will be focusing most of my activity bridging the on and the off steemchain worlds.

Hopefully this will give me one more route to make a positive impact on the world.

I don’t want to have my name in lights or on a plaque on the wall, but I do want to do my bit.

And one day when my grandchild asks that fateful question “What did you do Granddad to save the planet?” I will be able to answer “Everything I could”.

 

 

 

Pennsif’s Progress #594 – My first day at the Food Bank

Today I started volunteering at the local Food Bank, or Banc Bwyd as it is known in Welsh.

From what I have seen of food banks in the big cities my local one is rather a low key affair.

The population of the town and surrounding catchment area is only about 3,000. There is certainly some unemployment and poverty in the area but it is quite well ‘contained’ so the ‘clients’ for the food bank are measured only in handfuls each week at most.

The foodbank is only open for business 3 days a week, staffed by a rota of volunteers mainly drawn from local churches.

I have just become one of the volunteers and today was my induction day. I will mainly be ‘on call’ for the food bank on Wednesdays.

When I am on call I will get a phone call when I client want to come to collect a supply of food. Then I have an hour to go to the supermarket to pick up sufficient bread, milk, spread, fresh fruit and vegetables according to the size of the client’s family and whether they have children or not.

Then I take the fresh goods back to the food bank HQ to make up the rest of the ‘food parcel’. The aim is to supply enough food for 3 meals for 3 days.

The food parcel is made up mainly of tinned and dried food, pasta, tinned meat meals, cereals, tea, coffee etc according to a prescribed menu structure. Parcels also include toilet rolls, toothpaste, soap, sanitary towels.

[This is not a photo of the current food bank supplies – it is about ten times more than this now.]

Clients (people needing food) are not allowed to contact the Food Bank directly – they have to be referred by one of the ‘agencies’ both third sector and local authority. Each agency is initially given 10 vouchers to use for people in need.

A client is only allowed a maximum of three food parcels in succession to cover any difficult, emergency situations. This is commonly when their benefit payments have been delayed. Then the agencies are supposed to have sorted out their situations.

The Food Bank has plenty of food. It is also has plenty of money from donations.

One of its biggest problems is ensuring the food stock gets rotated so the oldest is always used first. That is real prepper territory!

Alas no clients came today but it was fascinating to see how this food bank operates.

I see all things nowadays through steem-tinted spectacles – but I am so far struggling to see any steem angle on a food bank.

I suspect there is but I just need to think this through a bit harder.

Just for interest I saw this recent article in a leading British newspaper about food banks…


On the way home from the food bank I visited another local charity who are going to make use of a dozen leverarch files I no longer need.

Steem did slip into the conversation and they are keen to sign up.

That has given me a whole new idea.

But it is 3am now so that will have to wait for my next post…

 

 

 

Pennsif’s Progress #599 – Time for change Copy

I am not quite sure why but I feel it is time for a change.
It might be the life jolt as my two eldest daughters go off to university in September.
Maybe it is because I will shortly be entering my 25th year of trading with my business.
Perhaps it is reaching one year on steem.
Or is it just because I am getting ever older…
But it is time for a change.
Talking with @kennyskitchen on my Alternative Lifestyle Show yesterday made the idea bubble up to the surface again. Kenny spoke about how he had spent some years travelling around taking on new challenges, living on the edge of his comfort zone and always looking to be ‘levelling up’.
That gaming idea of levelling up really struck a note for me. To keep on growing you really need to keep on leveling up in life. Learning new skills, meeting new people, absorbing new ideas, experiencing new experiences.
As you get older and accumulate more responsibilities of family, property, business the possibilities for change seem more limited.
In another few years some of those limitations will be removed and the options for locational and experiential change for me may open up again.
For now the change will have to be about doing more and doing different where I am, with the resources I have and the time available.
That is not so bad for me.
While in my younger years my change experiences involved a lot of travelling around the world, in my later years my passion for change became more directed outwards.
I became a campaigner, an activist and an organiser.
In various shapes and sizes, and in various roles and guises, I have been doing battle for change now for 40 years.
It is in those footsteps I want to re-tread and redirect my current efforts.
That does not signal that I want to lessen my involvement with steem, in fact quite the opposite.
I am a strong believer in the potential power of steem.
For me personally I want to see greater uses of steem.
Through my work on the A Dollar A Day project I have witnessed glimpses of a powerful use of steem.
In little, tiny, small ways steem has changed lives.
But I believe it can do so much more.
Now I want to take out steem out on to the frontline, wear it proudly on the streets, thrust it into the limelight and even chose it as my weapon of choice in hand to hand combat if it comes to that.
I want to explore new ways to use steem as an agent of change.
I have no magic silver bullet for steem, but I am cooking up a few ideas.
In the next day or two or three I will be posting about my new project.
This will be my change for the moment. Not a full 180, but definitely an appreciable rebearing.
First though I’ve got to do some jiggling and some juggling with my rather overloaded steem schedule.
What gives…


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