About the blog
If you are new here, this blog will give you the tools and understanding to create a lifestyle beyond sustainability. Sustainability is very unspecific and the way it is usually approached is by an analytical perspective: reduce CO2, reduce waste, fly less. It’s based on numbers. Sustainability though is complex and any change is a change in a whole system. Instead of an analytical approach then, we need a systematic approach. This blog is about this. A systematic approach that goes beyond mere sustainability and includes the relations within the system. The relationship to yourself, others and the planet. It’s about a shift in worldview, in our very understanding of this world and once understood and embodied, it can not just change your life, but at the same time all life surrounding you.
The assumption is that in order to do that, we need to start with ourselves first. Once we transform ourselves, we transform the system surrounding us.
The ideas are not new. Although new scientific findings, from physics, biology, network theory and systems science, reveal the validity of this approach, a lot of it is common knowledge in ancient traditions and spiritual approaches. That’s why this blog takes this knowledge into account. It’s not about new age ideas of wishing for a purple car and getting it, but about the perception, mindset and thoughts that come from these teachings and eventually make a new way of being and living possible.
My name is Jessica. Before I became a researcher, writer and lecturer about sustainable lifestyles, I used to be a mechanical engineer. In reality I’ve done, tried and approached very different and (to me) interesting things that were always guided by the question: How ought we life our lives? As an individuals and as humanity?
In my work and through this blog, I seek to develop an understanding of the world that integrates many subtle facets of reality, and also provides new, positive stories of what humanity can do together and what it can become in the future.
I believe in Utopia, Tofu, and changing the world by starting from within.