Returning from Tasmania, my mind pondered back to farming. Not just our family farm, but to the future of farming and how our nation’s technology and innovation improvements pushed people away from the land. Through the stories of hops and lamp lighters, it’s clear in my mind that improvements don’t always improve fairly. That many are displaced due to efficiencies, creating more burden upon other industries and often places.
Following a short stay over in Sydney, it was back to airport- this time to Jakarta. In a world so foreign to my everyday life and work, this was an adventure that I had been looking forward to.
The first morning was my first surprise. The traffic- where to even begin. Like a crazy movie scene, scooters buzzed pass as cars forged lanes. Like an informal chaos, things moved unpredictably and created friction with the nearby streets.
Our time provided the chance to connect with old friends, meet new entrepreneurs from the region and gain a sense of appreciation for the culture and business activity surrounding our country. Our Government presence in these countries is amazing- as people work to promote our country, culture and values, as we hope to learn to inform ours.
It was also a day of incredible happiness at the farm- as a second Guraabi Bull was born, the first of a new injection of Strathgyle blood at the farm. Fittingly, the calf has been called Jakarta.
After a quick flight to Singapore, it was back to another embassy here to explore the differences in culture, business and entrepreneurship. But what has excited me more is the people.
Surrounded by an inspiring group of social entrepreneurs from Australia- it has been eye opening to have conversations that are often never heard, speaking emotionally and spiritually about values, beliefs and thoughts. We tested our ideas, explored new ground and gained a new appreciation for our own work and the work of each other.
And then to the people we have met, those who have developed technologies above those we have at home, investors seeking new ideas and Ambassadors and High Commissioners representing our country. It is these people who have opened my mind, expanded what it possible and tested my understanding.
So with a great hope that it won’t be long before I’m back, working on new things and exploring these countries again, I can’t wait to be home. Back on country. Back on the farm with new calves. And back with those I want to build this exciting new life with as quickly as possible.