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Portfolio > Projects:

> Reprap Opensource 3D Printer > Animachine @Youin3D, Berlin > Industrial Energy Monitoring > Medical Device Firmware > Nanode, DIY IoT Device > Electronic Medical Records > Sustainability Research > Open Source Ecology

Portfolio > Actions:

> UCL Occupation > Occupy London Tech Team > Cryptoparty London > Hurricane Hackers > Fliehkraft, Berlin > Eco Village

Portfolio > Academia:

> Secondary: Christ's Hospital > Uni: Durham > MIT Graduate App and Collab

Portfolio > Creative:

> Writing > Artwork > Concepts & Design

Portfolio > Talks:

> Assembly + Lightning Talk @CCC > RW Society @PP Intl > Trust but Verify @Fabrica > Revolutionary Apps @Frontline Club > List: Talks

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> Poetry > Film > Books > Music

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> IT / Engineering > Security > Sustainability

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Green Engineering / Sustainability Consulting
Let's put aside the empty gestures of green-washing and superficial corporate social responsibility, leaving them to decompose with the rest of the 💩 on the compost heap. With my love of nature combined with my engineering expertise, I express my preference for resilience and sustainability in both system design and also in my personal life, I can confidently guide businesses and individuals genuinely committed to enhancing their resilience and sustainable practice with integrity. Sustainability and resilience, for example permaculture, are really about praxis not theory alone- I recognise that everybody is on their own personal journey to become aware of the importance of these themes in the way that they live and what they do in order to have what they need and each one has a unique situation and perspective.

I am committed to sharing knowledge about alternatives and using the time of my life to further open source software and hardware projects that put the necessary technical and engineering knowledge into the public domain so that we can all, globally, collaborate and also have dignity in access to our basic needs whilst minimising our impact on each other and on the planet. There are groundbreaking initiatives like the Open Source Ecology project that could really benefit from talented engineers from taking time from their busy schedules to collaborate together for the good of all.

We can all learn a lot from advanced governance and management structures like Sociocracy and Holocracy. I have seen them working to great effect over the course of 2 years. The outcome: it was one of the most enlightened and pleasant office environments that I have ever worked in. I regularly participated in the Plenum group process as well as learning facilitation, group collaboration and discussion techniques from real experts. A really intentional and wonderful self-run co-working space (Thinkfarm in Berlin). The space was focused broadly on shaping societal change for a more socially just, ecologically sustainable, future together. There were so many absolutely fantastic projects and people there.

As a Sustainability Consultant I can offer service grounded in extensive practical experience, provide invaluable insight and assistance to implement systems and practices tailored specifically to meet your needs. Drawing from my experience across different settings from London to Berlin and from Brandenburg to USA I can assure my clients receive the very best information and support for integrating these solutions into their lives and businesses.

My journey really began with an eco-engineering course where I learned what it would take for the average family in the UK (in terms of lifestyle choices and engineering systems) to live more sustainably. Participating in that course deepened my understanding and appreciation of environmentally-conscious design principles within the context of engineering not to mention the importance of installing an maintaining your own infrastructure. This very early influence on my engineering education has enabled me to critically reflect on the impacts that modern lifestyles have on the environment and also to explore creative ways of incorporating sustainability into aspects of my engineering work throughout my career and also in my life. Recognizing that technological advancements go hand-in-hand with societal development and taking care to see the whole picture and not ignoring the so-called 'externalities': we all share the same biosphere, the same planet. I aim to get the balance right between the problem to be solved be it with appropriate technology or the 'cutting-edge' and also critically reflect and practise 'enough' to just do what is needed: roots not branches. It does pose a serious challenge: how hardcore is our DIY?

I then studied electronic engineering at university. After graduation I worked 'in industry' in London in the cleantech / green engineering sector at innovative companies such as Moixa (London, UK) where I focused on industrial data collection and energy-saving and with Nanode (London, UK) focusing on a self-built, low-power, microcontroller for environmental sensing and data collection. Around the same time I also had a close connection with the OpenEnergyMonitor team through the community around the Nanode project. In the following years I further broadened my engineering experience moving from firmware, software and electronics to mechanical design and CnC fabrication systems through collaboration and participation with the Reprap Project (Bath, UK) and the Open Source Ecology project (Maysville, USA). After leaving London for Berlin I continued to pursue my interest in CnC machines, specifically 3D printing Youin3D (Mitte, Berlin).

Merging these experiences with a conscious reduction over the years in my participation with consumerism and exploitation led me naturally to embracing and adapting to voluntary minimalism over the course of five years—discovering the joy in the art/praxis of simple and sustainable living within an eco-village situated in a large forest. For those who share a love for sustainability and alternative solutions and culture, lets work together and I can offer practical assistance rooted in authentic knowledge—a guiding compass towards creating lasting positive change. For a start lets have some foraged nettle and birch leaf tea together and talk about your project.
My diverse range of experience embraces not only the urban but the rural, blending cutting edge theoretical knowledge from academia, industry and the plethora of ideas available on the internet with practical wisdom: trust but verify, learning by doing, seeing what actually works in practise. In contrast to the silence of a forest and the complex and rich beauty of nature, as I have previously mentioned I was born in a city. I can say that living and working in bustling cultural capitals like London (UK), Berlin (Germany) and New York (USA) I have gained very valuable insights and connections from working with progressive individuals and organizations but these places also suffer from a glaring contradiction: we all want to live better lives that reflect our values but we are also constrained by the material dimensions of life and the fact of the built environment dictating largely what is permissible, and also therefore what is not possible there. Clearly there are some approaches to increasing resilience and sustainability which are possible and make sense in cities (which are in point of fact 'degraded habitats' / clearings in the forest) and some approaches which are better suited to more rural settings where there are still living eco-systems and living soil.

In conclusion, outside of the traditional engineering industry I have used my technical skills and collaborated with my network for radical actions such as in New York, Occupy May (Communications) in 2012 and Hurricane Hackers (facilitating mass collaboration and co-ordinating disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy) in 2012 and engineering design contributions through collaborations at innovative organizations like Open Source Ecology (Working on their 3D printers, Backhoe and the CnC Torch Table) in 2013. I have also delivered complex projects like a solar-powered communications and medical records system which has greatly improved access to healthcare for a very large population of people living in an extremely remote region around lake Tanganyika. After delivery of that project I continued to work in the Thinkfarm in Berlin (since it was such a fantastic environment) alongside many other excellent people and projects that were actively engaged in social, ecological and transition. There I was able to develop my network and conduct further research and exploration into alternative governance structures, ecology, appropriate technology and alternative solutions over the course of 2 years and finally testing things out as a daily living practice over the course of 5 years living in an eco-village.