For nearly two years I have been sailing with my wife and our young boys (three of them, now) while on sabattical. We have sailed through storms, swam from our boat to isolated beaches and introduced our children to new cultures. At the same time, we realised that we no longer want most of what we previously had. Living on the move, simply and minimally is infectious as you will see if you visit our blog at gone.world.
After the two years I was intending to go back to a wonderful, secure post as Director of Student Experience in Global Sustainable Development at the University of Warwick, UK. It was pretty much the ideal teaching-focused academic post. Enough control to genuinely shape the education of an astoundingly committed and interesting group of people. But also junior enough to avoid the politics which plagues academia. And, achievable in 35 hours a week. Awesome. Ideal. A job for a decade.
I have resigned. Life comes before work. Instead of a traditional career, I am now freelancing. I work from our boat when the wifi or phone signal is good enough to do so, and take time off when we travel to less-connected places. I am trying my best to keep the work I take on varied, enjoyable and mostly useful to society/humankind/the planet. So far, it is going well. I expect that at times it will be tough.
This website will be a location for my writings more than anything else. I have a few things still on my mind from “old-work” that I want to write down while they are fresh. Partly to remind me if I return to Higher Education, partly to share. My first posts will be on what I would be doing if I did return to work, climate education, and higher education more generally. They’ll come out “soon” – sign up for an e-mail newsletter if you want to be notified when they do.