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  • “Facing our future” – When art meets science

    Last month was the opening for my first ever public artwork, showcased on the Southern Cross University’s videowall in Lismore. Named ‘Facing our Future’, the video overlays quotes from climate scientists and climate change experts with satellite images of the Earth. The quotes are extracts of interviews conducted by me as part of a research project called ‘Living safely in a world of climate change’, which seeks to understand what measures climate change experts personally implement to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change on their own lives and on the lives of their (grand-)children. The satellite images originate from Geoscience Australia and the National Computational Infrastructure and…

  • Bolivian Story: Gabriela Rebeca Santa Cruz

    We met Rebeca the same night as Pablo, at Red Monkey, the only vegan vegetarian restaurant in La Paz. Rebeca was behind the bar mixing unusual cocktails that combine typically Bolivian ingredients like huacataya and locoto with fresh juices and of course, alcohol. When I turned up at Red Monkey for my first day volunteering in the kitchen Rebeca showed me around their food production garden, which is her baby and love. As we talked it became clear to me that she was feeling overwhelmed as the only person working in the garden, so I suggested I come one day a week to help out. It wasn’t a completely selfless offer, I…

  • Baby time: Changing roles for a month

    I am yet to experience the joys of motherhood but I regularly find myself reading about natural parenting and birthing. I’m not sure why but it seems to fit with my quest to ‘make sense of things’ so I roll with it. My friend’s frequent flyer points recently delivered me to their family in Perth, Australia, where I spent a month as part of their growing family – mum, dad, 2 year old Nova and 6 week old Lumen. Before arriving I wondered… how would I cope? After all, reading and doing is very different. My concerns dissipated quickly. Every morning I was woken by Nova, a beautiful little girl, whose…

  • Dear readers… thank you!!!

    Dear readers, To kick off the new year, we’d like to warmly thank you for your continuous reading and support throughout 2011…   Indeed, Making Sense of Things is growing, and was viewed more than 53,000 times in 2011! The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people, so if it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 20 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.   Here are some more crunchy numbers for you: Most visitors came from Australia. The United States & The United Kingdom were not far behind. We also had visitors from New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Israel/Palestine, India, Indonesia, Thailand,…

  • Coming out – or more about who we are…

    Dear readers, First of all, let us thank you for you interest in Making Sense of Things. We are in particular grateful for the comments you leave us, as they inevitably stir further thinking and exchanges. Balancing openess with privacy is always tricky on the Web, but given your overwhelming welcoming, positive and constructive response, CJG and I have decided to be a bit more open about ourselves. So in reality our names are Carly and Jean. We’ve just moved out from Brisbane (Australia) where we’ve stayed for the last 10 months and have flown back to London UK, where we’ll be staying for a couple of months. Carly is 31, has worked…

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