Joining Loose Ends: How a long walk revealed a new life
A travel memoir for our times by Rescope Project director, Keith Badger
It was a crazy idea for a grand adventure – and it changed them in ways they never imagined.
The British author and his wife took a year out from their suburban Australian life to return to the country of his birth and trek from one end to the other. Creating a unique 2,801kms route from John O’Groats to Land’s End, they left the roads behind for the countryside, lugging backpacks through rocky cliff paths, sunken holloways, thousand-year-old earthworks, windswept moors and dense forest mires.
Over five gruelling and exhilarating months, Keith and Debby walked as planned. But what began as just a long walk transformed into a second, unexpected journey, to a place not shown on any maps. By the end, there could be no going back to the life they had left behind. A modern travel memoir, Joining Loose Ends is the inspiring story of a couple who slowed their lives down and discovered a new way of seeing the world and their place in it.
Get more info including how to buy the book here.
And thanks to everyone who joined us at the Melbourne launch event at Readings in Carlton.
All profits from the sale of this book will be dedicated to furthering the work of The Rescope Project.
"Few have the courage to walk away. In Badger’s case, he walked away and then walked across the entire English Isle in what became a spiritual awakening. Reconnected with nature and his own humanity, he came face-to-face with the contradictions embedded in our culture’s assumed truths that contribute to our extractive relationship with each other and with the earth. Badger's story is an inspiring look at one man's journey of rediscovering the beauty all around us, and the inherent serenity and order among the chaotic." - John Fullerton, Former MD of JP Morgan, and founder and President of The Capital Institute
"Keith Badger’s book is no walk in the park. It is a long quiet walking reflection on the wealth and poverty of our acquisitive western lives in the early 21st century. It is a book for those setting off and arriving. Read it and get walking …" - Professor Kate Auty, Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment (ACT)
"To misquote George Bernard Shaw, 'All progress depends on the “unconventional man”'. Keith found new understanding, new heart, new direction and new commitment, from a most unconventional walk. The challenge for all of us is to step out for a while and reflect on what really matters in this world." - Dr John Hewson, former leader of the Liberal Party of Australia & Professorial Fellow at the Australian National University
"Keith Badger has written a story of great importance in ‘Joining Loose Ends’, as it shows how important it is for us not to deny our inner promptings or intuition. The result has been a story of personal transformation: exactly what is needed if we are to both confront, and provide solutions to, the Anthropocene epoch that humanity and our Earth have now entered. The story is both well written and highly readable, and I recommend it highly. Badger evinces the courage to actually join the loose ends." - Charles Massy AO, regenerative farmer, speaker & author of Call of the Reed Warbler
Cover art: Sarah McConnell
Inside illustrations: Jason Davenhill on the back of recycled scrap offcuts of RAF flying charts
Publisher: Rescope Publishing
Published: December 2017
Format: Hardback & Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-6482012-0-5 (Hardback); 978-0-6482012-1-2 (Paperback)
Everyday Transcendence: The Influence of Frank Fisher
A diverse & moving compilation in tribute to a pioneering systems thinker
Everyday Transcendence is a very special ebook - a compilation of essays, poems, photos, cartoons and sketches by family, friends, colleagues and graduates of Rescope Project founder and Australia's Inaugural Environmental Educator of the Year, Professor Frank Fisher.
The book was brought together during the last months of Frank's life. We managed to complete the manuscript for him to see before he died. A couple of months later, the book was completed and his life celebrated at a wonderful launch event.
Edited by Anthony James (ED of The Rescope Project), Kate Auty (ACT Commissioner of Sustainability & the Environment), Fran Macdonald & Louise Kyle
With the assistance of many others, including Eric Bottomley from CERES, Professor Ian Thomas from RMIT, and Dr Simone Taffe and the rest of Swinburne University's Faculty of Design.
Cover design by Sam Fisher & Katelyn Testa
Cover photo by Nick Lawrence
Back cover photo by Rodney Dekker
Cartoons by Simon Kneebone & Michael Leunig
Publisher: The Understandascope
Published: October 2012
ISBN: 978 0 9871 7725 4
Response Ability: Environment, Health & Everyday Transcendence
An anthology bringing together a selection of pioneering works by Frank Fisher
Response Ability is an anthology of Professor Frank Fisher’s writing from over three decades of pioneering sustainability education and action. Featuring illuminating insights from a life dedicated to systems thinking and the understanding of how people think and act. It brilliantly explores the inter-dependent reality of issues such as energy, transport, equality, democracy, health, illness and disability, bringing it all together to demonstrate how to take more effective action towards regenerating the systems and stories we live by.
‘I welcome this book, which should be on the desk of every thinker and in the shoulder holster of every activist. We should be taking responsibility for our futures; this book, as the title suggests, provides us with Response Ability.’ – Professor Ian Lowe AO
‘So many people are relieved to witness the advent of this book Response Ability, a selection of writings by Professor Frank Fisher, launched in July 2006. Frank has been pondering, writing and acting for several decades and we were concerned that so much water had flowed under the bridge and now might be headed to the open sea. How timely to dam the flow and trap in one place so many enriching and enabling ideas.’ – Eric Bottomley, Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies (CERES)
Cost: $20 ($5 postage within Australia, $10 standard international)
Request your copy by emailing the book seller here.
Edited by Fran Macdonald
Cover design by Sam Fisher
Publisher: Vista Publications (all rights now with Rescope Publishing)
ISBN: 1 8763 7010 6