Author Archives: Giselle Wilkinson - 4allsentientbeings

About Giselle Wilkinson - 4allsentientbeings

Environmental conservation, community and cooperatives have been enduring threads in my life. Promoting sustainable lifestyles and more lately, focussing on restoring a Safe Climate, is work expressed predominantly through organisations such as The Sustainable Living Foundation (which I co-founded in 1999 - current President) and the others listed as links below. I am some way into a professional doctorate with MIECAT on "Mobilising Whole Communities to Restore a Sustainable Environment" and have in recent years moved into MURUNDAKA – a (more) sustainable, (more) affordable co-housing community / housing cooperative in Heidelberg, Melbourne (for which I gave up my co-op house of 19 years including veggie garden and small orchard) and it's great. I'm also a mum of two grown up daughters and have five step children.

What we Learned About the Commons through the Covid-19 Pandemic

Giselle Wilkinson, Colin Hocking, Jose Ramos, Gilbert Rochecouste, Maya Ward How Our Questions Came About The ideas in this article first surfaced when a few of us asked the question, ‘What would a Commons response to the pandemic look like?’ … Continue reading

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Adventures on the global climate trail: The Quest – Safe Climate Conversation

It was 2015. The quest was to track down people working on rapid emission reductions, a full renewable-energy transition & social transformation. Scientists, activists, mobilisers and artists with evidence, messages and commitment geared to avoiding dangerous climate change. Geared, in … Continue reading

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Exploring contrasts – Brazil

Brazil: the Free University in Curita; Itaupo Dam, the Binacional Hydro Plant and nearby Foz do Iguacu. Australia: trying to hold the memory of our devastating Climate Change Bushfires (Feb 09) while experiencing these truly phenomenal Water Falls. Exploring contrasts … Continue reading

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The Firestorm of 2009

This is Daryl Taylor’s  personal account of the terrible fires that engulfed his family and community. Over ten years later it is still riveting, sobering and heart-breaking to read. What became known as Black Saturday on February 7th provides a … Continue reading

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Transformative Change in Action

first published in July, 2014 as an article in New Community magazine The future must enter you before it happens It’s lonely to get to the future first The Muses … in the dreaming … we are participating I am … Continue reading

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Power in Community

The sequel to Founders and Founderhood, this article asks where does power reside in a community organisation? Where does it reside in a cooperative intentional cohousing community? Especially in a community which, by intention, is seeking to be an opportunity … Continue reading

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Founders & Founderhood

Great change is needed to address our social and environmental crises in the very challenging times in which we live. People gather in response to take action to help bring positive, solution-oriented change to our world. Change making projects, activities … Continue reading

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Talking to my Federal MP about climate change urgency

For the last twenty years Jenny Macklin has been my Federal MP in the safe Labor seat of Jaga Jaga. During that time she’s held political offices, been Minister or Shadow Minister of numerous portfolios (Aged Care, Social Security, Status … Continue reading

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The Roof, The Panels, the Car and the Energy Freedom Plan

The first electric car delivered at Murundaka cohousing community has moved Earth Co-op’s living vision closer to realisation. Although quite momentous it is not the first significant step to be taken. This group is part of a local groundswell addressing … Continue reading

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A Co-housing backstory

What more is there to learn from a co-housing community? I was one person involved in creating Murundaka Cohousing Community, the establishment of which of course has its own backstory. I offer a sliver of my story and ask forgiveness … Continue reading

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