I share a determination with other like-minded individuals and organisations to bring about a glocal (globally-conscious local living) coexistence that benefits everyone and, naturally, involves responsible stewardship of our environment. I believe my household also serves to demonstrate how a high quality of life can be achieved with minimal cash flow.
I am inspired by the ultimate goals of the Free World Charter and The Zeitgeist Movement’s train of thought. However, much work is to be done before those lofty goals may come to fruition. For example, Australia, like all regions of the world, needs to become as self-sufficient as possible before its overseas resource requirements can be accurately and efficiently estimated. To these ends, I support the utilization of technology to free humanity from drudgery, and to ‘get off grid’, within reason by supporting a distributed economy and energy system. That means removing support from the monetary system (as opposed to ‘saving money’) and the detrimental food and energy industry so that support can be directed to positive systems.
It is a small-scale experiment and pilot study in cohousing, which is testing micro-economic methods for harmonious, fair, transparent cohabitation. It has been both an invigorating and challenging experience for me to be lessor (landlord), housemate and employer.
I formed Equanimity Foundation in January, 2011, but is not and has not been financially active. It is a contingency for future charitable and philanthropic work. To date has only one Principal Participant and is set aside due to the cost of transfering titles. Were it active, it would be a self-assessing income tax-exempt community service organisation for tax purposes.
To donate or bequeath estate to Equanimity Foundation (not tax-deductible), send a message via the Contact page. Only those who have a debt-free roof over their heads, please! A summary of the Articles of Association is available on request.
Six months of planning and 6 months of building was followed by 2-3 years of construction and development of the garden and rainwater harvesting systems, including a bungalow. The living space is a standard narrow-block design home by Garth Chapman Traditional Queenslanders, their draughtsman Kevin Hincksman and builders Designer Homes Qld P/L by Andrew Black. The space has an 8 star sustainability rating under the Qld Development Code MP4.1 due to the following features:
Surfmist (light, reflective colour) Colourbond roofing
3.1 kW PV system
450 Litre solar hot water system
30.5K litres of rainwater harvesting to all internal taps (except one inside and one outside for fire safety)
Energy efficient lighting (LEDs and Energy saver fluorescents)
Passive design – rear deck facing north
Awnings over windows
A 7.1 kW split level reverse-cycle air conditioner