Local sustainability


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. My background is in behavioural science and language. My first school was in Baghdad, Iraq. After highschool, I was accepted into Prahran School of Art to do sculpture, but opted for Behavioural Science (psychology and sociology) at La Trobe University. I dallied with Community Administration and started a 30 year career in teaching English to non-native speakers, teaching in Thailand, Japan, Europe and Australia. I am now more involved in voluntary community work and and self-employment.

Simon Cole

I am inspired by the ultimate goals of the Free World Charter and The Zeitgeist Movement’s RBEM (Resource Based Economic Model) and the Degrowth movement. 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, at home 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 redirecting support from the debt-based monetary system and the detrimental food and energy industry to more positive systems such as mutual credit, slow food and renewable energy.

I believe my household also serves to demonstrate how a high quality of life can be achieved with minimal cash flow. 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 as an investigation into how foundations work (I’m a very DIY guy). It has done a little philanthropic work, such as supporting a electric vehicle conversion start up company. To date it has only one Principal Participant (me) and is not particularly active. I have numerous Sponsored Activities listed that I think are worthy endeavours, were there more time and money.

To donate or bequeath estate, I recommend EVA (Ecovillages Australia). Donations only those who have a debt-free roof over their heads, please!

7 comments on “About

  1. Lillian Geddes
    March 21, 2013

    Hello – look forward to contact however intermittent.

  2. Satya
    April 2, 2015

    Hi Lillian – love to connect up again – Satya

  3. terence COLE
    July 17, 2015

    Hi Simon. You have a typo here and on your acknowledgements page

  4. T C
    July 25, 2015

    You can’t just make up words, ie “glocal”, and think the world will accommodate you bro. It is an oxymoron I would think you are aware. Sorry if you think I am hacking here, just want to help πŸ˜›

    • Equanimity Foundation
      July 28, 2015

      Thanks for the comment. It’s not a well-know word, but one that is used by back-to-basics advocates of global sustainability. I’ve added an explanation.

  5. T C
    July 29, 2015

    It is not in the online dictionary, so therefore it is not a word. The back to basics advocates are a diverse group of people amongst whom are some theists that might question “responsible stewardship of our environmet”.

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