NIMBY psychology comes to Harvard — from Australia! February was an exciting month for me. I spent it teaching in the Graduate School of Design (GSD) at Harvard University and giving lectures and classes at MIT and Tufts University. It was exceptionally cold for a person who lives in the sub-tropics. A… Continue reading NIMBY psychology at Harvard University February 2013
April 29, 2011 – 4:07 pm In an eco-village, there is more to life than managing weeds and water quality in the dams. What we have learned about social reform and social change in Western countries over many decades is that burning books and silencing dissent are very dangerous practices. What is my dissenting… Continue reading Silencing Dissent: charity begins at home
April 5, 2010 – 3:07 pm I’m mining the archive! Jarlanbah Permaculture Hamlet from Shirley’s house, 1993 The original dream for Jarlanbah Permaculture Hamlet was very different from the back-biting and suffering we experincce every day on this community. It was a dream with substance and charm. A real dream. Here’s… Continue reading The original dream for Jarlanbah Permaculture Hamlet
April 3, 2010 – 9:44 am It’s Easter weekend: a time for reflection on renewal, blessings and hope. I am awash with fresh insights following a fascinating community mediation about the dual occupancy (accessory dwelling unit) issue on this community. Sometimes people leave intentional communities. See “Leaving Utopia”, click here: Leaving Utopia… Continue reading (re)visioning Jarlanbah Permaculture Hamlet
March 15, 2010 – 9:59 pm Trouble in Paradise Tomorrow evening my neighbours are meeting to decide whether or not to try to ban dual occupancy (commonly called accessory dwelling units: https://www.mass.gov/envir/smart_growth_toolkit/pages/mod-adu.html ) in this eco-village of 43 dwellings on 22 hectares. The whole process has me mightily confused. Imagine the… Continue reading Trouble in Paradise: Dual Occupancy at Jarlanbah
Community pressure resulted in the closure of the antecedent of the Radio Hashbrown Blog. However, the archives remain. To read them, click here: https://radiohaajblarnblog.wordpress.com
August 2, 2009 – 9:52 pm The Guest Bedroom, August 2009 We’ve been living in our shed for three and a half years. House under construction for two and a half”¦ And on Friday the windows arrived for the guest bedroom in our house-under-construction project. It has walls, doors, a roof, a floor and… Continue reading One Sleep ’til the Windows Arrive: The joys of owner building
Jarlanbah Eco-village, Nimbin, NSW, 17 June 2009 Karl in the Shed The Introduction to Kitchen Table Sustainability starts the book off on a bucolic, if pessimistic, note. Three of the authors are sitting around the tables on the porch of our shed here in Nimbin and speculating about the future and the… Continue reading Knispering: Are Rats Smarter than Humans?