I thought I knew our carbon footprint pretty well. All the things we do that add temperature warming gases to the atmosphere. But when you assess it in detail, there are a few surprises.

In the last couple of days I used the carbon footprint calculator from Carbon Neutral to look into our lifestyle. It uses Australian estimates and you select your location to get accurate information. For example, living in South Australia we are rich in renewable electricity, so using electricity is better than other places. …

I’m worried about how hard it is for many people to take action to reduce their impact on the climate. It seems we can all start at home, where we’re in control of what we’re doing. So I decided to start my own journey in January 2021 and write about it. I’m going to post a few times each week, so people can see the ups and downs of my effort to cut our carbon emissions.

I live in Adelaide, Australia, in a city apartment with my partner and I work from home. …

Inspiration versus Sustainability

Humans are interesting. Despite our social and environmental challenges, we don’t like to give up. Our spirit to make things better and solve problems drives us to improve support services and develop new programs.

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I’ve seen and experienced good intention across many non-profit and for-purpose organisations. Committed people were having great ideas for nature conservation, youth education, migrant and refugee support, environmental sustainability, creative arts, youth employment and sports development.

These are diverse sectors with one thing in common. They struggle to make their good ideas first sustainable, and then scalable.

I’ve worked with many experienced practitioners…

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Kata x Social Impact.

A dark stage; the arrival of a single breakdancer; the envelope of an organic percussive beat; artistry and intensity begin to layer each other; and the human spirit telling its story.

Last night, sitting in the audience of Kata, a dance performance by Anne Nguyen Dance Company at Adelaide’s OzAsia Festival, I felt intensely this troupe of dancers breaking a wider story about what it means to seek, engage and experience impact.

Kata is a system of individual training exercises in martial arts. Dancers blended this discipline of kata with the broken down, raw energy of…

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Australia elects a new federal government on May 19. Despite a mature election process, the quality of policy debate has fallen dramatically in the last decade. A combative parliament and news cycle driven by social media is no place for rational policy formulation. Has the art of debate and compromise been lost?

Revolving party leaders and frequent ministerial changes are the tip of an iceberg-size policy problem. Critical policy is missing public consultation and expert input, meaning sophisticated or innovative policy ideas are overlooked in the political race to look decisive. What is Australia’s reluctance to master the art of…

Andrew Reilly

Designer and developer of human services and how to make them sustainable

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