Learn about the transformation of an old house (and its owners) in Midori Haus

First Chie Kawahara renovated a house to Passive House standards; then she wrote a book about it.

In 2010 Chie Kawahara and her husband Kurt bought an 88 year old bungalow in Santa Cruz, California. “Transformed in 2012 to Passive House, we preserved the original footprint and beauty of its Arts and Crafts style as we replaced the infrastructure so that it’s now a comfortable and healthy home.” Then she wrote a book about it, and I was honored to be asked to write the introduction. The book is out now and available on Amazon in Kindle form now, and will be in paperback shortly. Instead of reviewing the book, Chie and I agreed that it would be best just to publish my introduction here. There is lots more information on the Midori Haus website too.

Midori Haus Front© Midori Haus

There are some who say that the Passivhaus or Passive House system is worshipped by a cult of data-obsessed nerds who design boxy buildings with no charm. One critic claimed, “Passivhaus is a single metric ego-driven enterprise that satisfies the architect’s need for checking boxes, and the energy nerd’s obsession with BTUs, but it fails the occupant.” There are others that say it has become irrelevant; just add solar panels to the roof and net-zero it out.

The story of the Midori house puts paid to these arguments. Passive House is a chapter in a much bigger story, one describing a journey to find and build a warm, comfortable and healthy home that fits into the neighborhood. Passive House gives focus and direction, (“system thinking instead of a la carte ordering of features”) but the end result is so much more than just an energy-efficient box.

Passive House consultant Bronwyn Barry has noted that “passive house is a team sport” of architects, engineers and consultants, but the most important member of the team is, in fact, the client. And oh, what a wonderful, glorious client Chie Kawahara appears to have been; she and Kurt know what they want, do their research, fully participate in the process and respect the people they are working with. They are thoughtful, considerate and disciplined. Doing a complex renovation is a challenge and often the cause of marital disruption; Chie and Kurt handle it all with aplomb. Perhaps the book should be subtitled “How to be a client” and handed out by architects before every project.

Midori Haus Living Room© Midori Haus

To many people, houses are nothing more than real estate, a store of financial value. It’s one reason that healthy, green and passive houses are relatively rare- there is not much of a financial return on such an investment. Midori House will deliver other kinds of returns- in comfort, health, resilience, security, and happiness. The investment that the owners made was much greater than just money; it required a big dose of time and intelligence.

The story of Midori house proves that in the end what matters is people, not product; that Passive House is not an end in itself but a means to an end- a beautiful, comfortable home that meets the needs and desires of the people inside it. It’s about so much more than just data.

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Revolution: The Paradoxical Nature Of The Current Global Transformation

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Technology is changing, conversations are changing, the weather is changing and the way people interact with each other is changing. Things are rapidly changing in the world right now and we are here at the forefront to witness this beautiful transformation.

New universes are being discovered on the microcosmic level that defy our understanding of the laws of physics and many are waking up to a new way of being. However, much of this transition is strange and polar in its nature.

Something that is in effect on a mass scale is the law of polarity- we have more beauty and solidarity in the world than ever before, with people uniting on an astronomical scale to stand up against injustice. But coinciding with this- is division in a way that has not happened before, with the mainstream media and government campaigning to divide us into as small groups as they possibly can.

We are more connected than we have ever been- In 1929 Frigyes Karinthy came up with the theory of 6 degrees of separation- which says we are never more than 6 people away from anyone on the planet- this is now outdated, and with social media I imagine it would not be anymore than 2 degrees of separation. With this in mind, many people are in a bubble of digital connection- because while it has its beauty, being able to connect at a moment’s notice to just about anyone, it can take you out of the physical reality and put you in a bubble from real world connections.

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Understanding Automation and the Digital Transformation of Labour







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RPA, or robotic process automation, is becoming an increasingly disruptive force within the global economy. A complete transformation of labour — a Fourth Industrial Revolution — is already upon us, driven by advances in the areas of artificial intelligence. AI has already begun to impact both the philosophy and practice of business, and as it accelerates to include a wider range of applications, will become increasingly intertwined in all areas of life.

For millennial workers today, the workplace is changing beneath our feet. Technology jobs may offer flexible perks and benefits, and technology itself clears a path for efficiencies untold — but is there anything lost in the ongoing quest to further quantify, automate, and outsource natural human intelligence?  A thorough examination of its ethical implications is imperative as both its power and reach becomes more total.

The Evolution of Automation

The evolution of technology triggers an avalanche of societal and economic consequences. And the greater marriage of human intelligence to machine intelligence has, throughout history, meant many unforeseen changes. Incorporating more advanced AIs into our world means many new questions, as these bots are (at least in some sense) working as functional participants in society. How should they be programmed to make choices that reflect an ethical awareness and responsibility?

AIs, fundamentally, are computer programs capable of autonomous decision-making. Within the last 300 years, automation technology has disrupted the lives of all human workers. When work first moved from the farm to the factory in the 19th century, labour met a new reality — the meaning of a “job” was redefined as people left behind an agricultural life for public work in mills and factories powered by machinery. Automated manufacturing gained further momentum during World War II in the manufacture of military supplies. In the 1950s and 60s, following the war, the United States experienced a second period of industrial upheaval. Many companies introduced newly sophisticated computers to the workforce, automating processes and functions to gain competitive advantage.

Gaining Momentum

The 1960s were defined by a willingness and a capacity to challenge the status quo — in 1964, IBM introduced the first mass-produced computer operating system, setting to motion today’s fast-paced era of digital innovation. Today, the combined force of digital technology and automation continues to redefine the nature of “work” and what the future of jobs will look like.

Erik Brynjolfsson, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and his collaborator Andrew McAfee, imagine that “Digital technologies — with hardware, software, and networks at their core — will in the near future diagnose diseases more accurately than doctors can, apply enormous data sets to transform retailing, and accomplish many tasks once considered uniquely human.” To come out ahead in the oncoming “race against the machines” depends on “recognizing the problem and taking steps such as investing more in the training and education of workers.” 

Evolving With Automation

Millennials are the largest generation working today. Employees in this demographic — digital natives — do have a much easier time adapting to new technology and digital workflows compared to older generations. Many millennial workers don’t want to find ways to conform to old, outdated business practices. When faced with a sluggish traditional job market, swathes of the millennial labour force have moved online to participate in the growing “gig” economy.  New platforms, like UpWork, TaskRabbit, and Textbroker, allow economic activities to be accomplished by on-demand freelancers rather than full-time employees. 

The future, they say, belongs to the fast. And according to futurist Dr. James Canton, “It is largely a matter of coevolution. With automation driving down value in some activities and increasing the value of others, we redesign our work processes so that people are focused on the areas where they can deliver the most value by partnering with machines to become more productive.”

Many workers in the “millennial” generation realize that in order to compete with computers, they must complete “natural intelligence” tasks with ever-greater speed and efficiency. This means handing out certain jobs to automation software, or even intelligent digital assistantsWhile there may be less paid work available for IT specialists, accountants, or even customer relations associates in the future, “social” skills and roles requiring collaboration with both humans and machines are in increasingly greater demand.   

However fast it will happen, there’s no doubt that a great shift is on the horizon. Working alongside “intelligent” bots and navigating the new digital economy will demand fearlessness in the face of digital automation. Remember we are only human, but in the future, that may be our greatest advantage.


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Why This Year’s Winter Solstice Will Be A Huge Portal For Transformation

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Winter solstice falls on the 21st of December and is the day which many believe to be the most powerful of the year for transformation. This year’s (2017) is especially powerful, here is why and how you can navigate:

There are many astrological reasons why solstice (and this year’s solstice specifically) will be powerful; however, I will start with the numerological reasons. 21/12 or 12/21 (depending on location) represents the bridging of duality. If you think of the 2 as your polar opposite sides- e.g. light/dark- happy/sad- creative/destructive- the 1 symbolises the bridging of this duality and bringing it into 1, meaning the realisation that duality is just 2 ends of the same pole and an understanding of these poles can help you to transcend the less desirable ends of the duality in question.

The fact that these numbers mirror is a powerful metaphor for taking a long hard look in the mirror. This day is a portal for transformation and was the date (in 2012) when the Mayan calendar ended. Last year around this time (the 4-year anniversary of the ending of the calendar) was the most energetically intense month I have ever experienced- with 2016 (represented by the number 9 2+1+0+6=9) symbolising the end a cycle and the death of many ideas.

The solstice is also supported by the trinity of 2+1=3 or 1+2=3 and to my understanding every duality is actually a trinity, with the middle ground being the sweet spot for transformation- the most simple metaphor here is hot, cold and warm- you can’t stay in the heat or the cold for too long, but warmth is the transcendent middle ground in which you can thrive. Also if you step back and view this duality/trinity you realise it is actually two sides and the middle ground of one pole- this is how we transcend duality, through the understanding that it is all just one.

We are now in 2017 or 2+0+1+7=10 which is the start of a new cycle, rebirth and fresh opportunity. We are obviously coming to an end of the year of new beginnings shortly after the solstice and with all new cycles things can be a little chaotic and full of uncertainty, that is why this year has been intense, but also abundant for many in different ways.

What is particularly interesting about this portal is that we will be moving into 2018 or 2+0+1+8=11 which is again the bridging of duality. So this year’s solstice will be like a springboard to starting 2018 in a unified way.

To add to this Mercury Retrograde will be running from the 3rd of December to the 22nd (the day after solstice. Mercury Retrograde is an astrological event which happens 3-4 times a year. This is when Mercury is moving through the cosmos in a different direction to earth.

Mercury governs communication, travel and learning. So when Mercury goes retrograde communication is stifled, technology falls to pieces and a metaphorical spanner is thrown into the works.

This does not need to be a bad thing, it can be a great time to relax, reflect and ride the waves of existing ideas. If you think of yourself as a smartphone- Mercury Retrograde is a good time to switch it off and plug it in to charge. Retrograde can be navigated and understanding this can help you to take control instead of being at the mercy of retrograde.

There will also be a new moon on the 18th, which symbolises new beginnings- so the period between the 18th and the 22nd will be a portal for transformation.

Winter solstice is also of course the shortest day of the year- the lead up to this day can represent the stepping into the darker aspects of ourselves that want to heal- after this the days get progressively longer leading up to summer solstice which is the embrace of the lighter parts of ourselves. We often think of the new year as the time to embrace the change and many get lost in the indulgence of Christmas- however, we often mistake the crazy energies of solstice for Christmas energy, and again awareness of this can lead us to being able to utilise it to step into your full power.

This year I will be at a special plant medicine retreat in the jungle of Peru from the 16th to the 22nd of December. I will be a participant, not a host and the retreat will run as it usually does- however, I will be there to explore ideas with other guests, help with a vision boarding exercise for the new moon and facilitate a sharing circle on the final day of the retreat (and retrograde). I will also be there to help you make sense of your numerology, any number patterns and/or dates that are significant to you. The retreat will be intimate with just 9 people (myself included) and there are only 3 spots remaining. Please email me if this sounds like something you would like to know more about [email protected]

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Conservation Blogger Documents The Transformation Of The Caterpillar To A Butterfly: Here Is What She Found (With Video)


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Wildlife filmmaker and conservation blogger Jess Murray captured the life cycle of the butterfly- from caterpillar, all the way to it spreading its wings as a fully grown butterfly. The 21 day process showed the beautiful transformation which is often used as a metaphor for the growth and development (rebirth) we can go through when faced with certain experiences in life.

Taken from her website According To Jess she outlined the process as follows:

Day one:

This is what my caterpillars looked like when they first arrived. They were about 4mm in length, and were being kept in a clear plastic cup-like housing that contained a layer of food, as can be seen in the photo below. This food contained all of the essential nutrients that they needed to grow.

Day three:

By day three you can see that they had already grown a huge amount, which isn’t surprising when you learn that they spend their entire days munching away on their food.

It is also very interesting to note that caterpillars do not grow the same as mammals do. In fact, they grow by shedding the outer layer of their skin, which is known as their exoskeleton. So in the simplest terms, as the caterpillars eat and eat and eat, naturally their bodies will get bigger, and to allow for this growth, they must shed their external layer so that their body can expand. Once they have shed this exoskeleton, their new outer layer will harden into a new exoskeleton, and this process will continue until they are at their final size.

Day five:

By day five, the caterpillars had grown to a wonderful size which allowed us to see their markings and minute features, including their mouths and feet. You can also see a web-like material in the cup. This is actually known as webbing and is a great sign of healthy caterpillars. This webbing protects the caterpillars from dangers, as they use it to stick to their host plants so that any wind does not blow them off the leaves that they need to protect them. They also use the silk webbing as a ladder to move around the cup, as you can see in the photos.

Day seven:

Day seven was a really exciting day as the first caterpillar had begun to build its chrysalis! It is clear that this is happening when the caterpillar climbs to the top of the cup and hangs down in a J-shape, as can be seen in the photo above. The caterpillar will hang down, shed their exoskeleton one last time, and then harden into chrysalides.

Day eight:

By day eight, three caterpillars were forming their chrysalides, whilst the other two were preparing to – an exciting time as the butterfly stage was near!

Day ten:


By day ten all five caterpillars had formed their chrysalides. At this point it was important to wait a full two days until they had all fully hardened before removing the lid and placing them in the chrysalis station, as shown above. This makes it easy and simple to move them into their new enclosure where they would safely develop.

This image shows one of the chrysalides close up so that you are able to see where the caterpillars feet were, and how these have completely hardened and turned a beautiful golden colour. Fascinating hey?

Day seventeen:

 

By day seventeen I was incredibly happy to see that all five caterpillars had emerged as beautiful fully-formed butterflies. The images above show the empty shells, demonstrating the way that the butterflies gracefully emerged. The red liquid that you can see is nothing to worry about…it is actually a liquid substance known as meconium and is essential to the creation of healthy butterflies.

As the butterflies emerge their wings are folded and soft. As they spread them out they force the liquid meconium through their vein system which strengthens them. Following this, they expel the leftover liquid out of their body, which is what can be seen around the butterflies.

Day eighteen:

During the next three days, I filled their enclosure with fruit and fresh flowers sprinkled with nectar. Despite the butterflies being fully formed, they needed 2-3 days to get used to their wings and develop an ability to fly successfully.

Day twenty-one:

By day 21 it was time to release them. Although it was sad to see them go, butterflies are an incredibly important part of our environment – and hopefully they will mate and lay their eggs nearby!

Below are some photos of the butterflies taken just before I released them

The experience was also captured in a series of video diary entries:

This is a very intimate and beautiful metamorphosis captured by Jess: You can follow her work on her Facebook page HERE and please share this article.

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