Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

As I mentioned last week, a lots been going on. Unfortunately a distinct lack of time, and a respect for timing my announcement, have meant that I’ve not been able to talk about what’s been going on.

So, what’s happening?

As of October 1, I will no longer be working full-time for NETaccounts. The decision has been a long time coming and has involved a lot of thinking and reflection before I decided what I needed to do. I am extremely proud of what I’ve achieved with NETaccounts and there’s a big part of me that does not want to leave. It has been a great place to work, a tremendous challenge, and a privilege to work with the people there: Marc, Emma, Jusa, James and Will. I have learnt so much and been so warmly and unconditionally supported, which made my decision all the more difficult.

But in the end, being honest with myself, I have come to realise that the IT business is not where my heart is at anymore. In fact, as much as I enjoy it, I have begun to question how exactly I ended up where I am (which I think is part of the issue).

When I look deeply at the kind of person that I want to be, and the kind of things that I want my professional and personal efforts to achieve, I realise there is a rather broad disconnect between what I do for a living (being building software), and how I want to live (don’t get me wrong – NETaccounts does a lot of great things in this regard, more than any employer I’ve worked for). This disconnect has existed for a very long time and only now do I really feel that I am confident enough to start doing the things that I love.

So what are those things? I am passionate about music – performing and writing. I am passionate about advocating for human rights, especially in the area of workers rights and ethical business practices. I am passionate about spiritual learning and personal development. And I am passionate about my relationships with the people who are important to me (an aspect of my life that I feel I all too often fall short in).

It’s no secret that I am working with a great bunch of people to start an ethical fashion label. It’s also no secret that I play in a band – but I am also hoping now to have some energy to commit to performing my own material with a full band. I will still be involved with NETaccounts, as I really want to see it succeed, and, as I said to someone last night, see the product grow up some more before I let go. I also have another IT project that combines music and coding, but that’s probably going to be a slow burn.

I still have to earn a crust, though, and I really don’t know what is going to come next in that regard. I don’t have any concrete plans. Of course I have ideas. And, in my stronger moments, a willingness for the adventure.

In weaker moments I think to myself “Wtf am I doing? Why am I leaving a perfectly good job? And for what?” All I know is that something is missing and I need to change what I am doing to find it. As a friend of mine wisely says (I think it’s a Covey quote) “The biggest enemy of great is good.” I’m heeding that advice and venturing into a great unknown.

Of course, I’m scared shitless. Last time I did this it ended in tears. I can only have faith that I am older, wiser, and that this is the right thing for me to do, and not a reaction to anything sub-conscious that I don’t understand yet. Only time will tell I suppose…

Wish me luck 🙂

Onward!

FTA

SMH: Labor split on free trade puts Latham to test.

“Mr Latham and most of his front bench are widely expected to come down in support of the agreement.”

This is stupid – not only in terms of the content of the agreement and the damage it will have for Australia’s national interest, but also in terms of the election. This is a key issue where Latham can differentiate the ALP from the Liberals, and given the lack of support within the party, and with the general public, I think it would be a grave mistake to accept the agreement, whether the Senate inquiry takes a “relatively benign view” or not.

For more info on why this agreement is a bad idea (and there are many reasons), check out No FTA.org, and this Democrats media release.

Admission

Labor points out that the Howard Government, after years of public denial, have finally acknowledged that “greenhouse gas emissions were leading to global warming and other climate change, including droughts and more unusual weather events”. No shit Sherlock. Welcome to the 21st century! In fact, maybe they’ve just caught up to the 1990s – whichever – it’s progress.

Sudan

Jim Moore continues to call for action and pressure in Sudan. Lance Knoble points to a great article on the topic.

On the home front, the Australian Democrats (here, here, and here), and even Labor, are pushing for action:

Its time the world community, including the Australian Government, acted now by trebling our humanitarian aid effort to the Sudan from $8 million to $24 million…

The Corporation

We’re going to see the film “The Corporation” on August 3 (at the Chauvel cinema for an Oxfam fundraiser). I missed it at the recent Sydney Film Festival which was a bit of a downer, because it looked really interesting. It was timely that I (finally) read Abe’s excellent review (pt 1, 2, and 3). Makes me want to see it even more.

Genocide in Sudan

Jim Moore:

The special attractiveness of this method is that a genocidal government can initiate the collapse through a short, intensive campaign of terror lasting just a few months, and then sit back as the results unfold.

At the later stages a genocidal government can even ask the international community for “help”–knowing full well that adequate help–including military protection for victims–is unlikely to be offered and in any case can be rejected under one pretext or another.

Timor Leste boundaries

ABC Online: E Timor ‘holding out’ for better boundary deal.

The claim of Mr Howard is that the disputed boundaries were “negotiated with Indonesia when Indonesia was part of East Timor”. Does anyone know what the boundaries were before annexation by Indonesia?

(The other thing I noticed is that the article, nor Mr Howard, called the country by its proper name – Timor Leste)