Some time off, and a shift in focus towards the environment

Submitted by charles on Sun, 09/02/2018 - 14:32

Having taken some time off to reflect on work, life, and the work of my life, I feel a strong pull towards working on projects that have a measurable positive environmental impact.

Since I started working full time on building websites some 18 years ago, I have been kept busy by a continuous stream of new and existing clients who have provided me with many opportunities to learn and grow. But, being always occupied with other people’s work and priorities, I never found, or more accurately, I never made the space to think about my own motivations and goals, and what I’d like to contribute to the world personally. So when my last set of contracts completed, I felt it was the perfect opportunity to take some time off to create some space for reflection.

During my sabbatical I listened to a discussion on climate change and read a book which opened my eyes to the environmental cost of our consumer culture. I’ve always had a deep connection with nature, and over the years this love and awe of our natural world has become an ever stronger presence. This natural affinity and passion, coupled with a growing awareness of the harm that we as humans are doing to our environment leads me to want to be more proactive about using my experience, *training, and skills to help where I can.

Right now this means that I would like to work with organisations and companies that are part of the solution. As a Drupal specialist, I am first and foremost looking to those who use Drupal in some way, but I am also open to working with other technology stacks and am looking into the new breed of tech pioneers (e.g. http://widgets.weforum.org/techpioneers-2018/) for inspiration, direction, and synergies.

*I also have a biological sciences background, with a Zoology and Entomology undergrad, and a Wildlife Management Honours degree.