Exciting site changes!

We’ve got some exciting changes to the Root and Branches Web site to tell you about: You can now search the web site using the Search field under Geoff’s photo on any page. There’s a new menu called Contact the Gardener. When you hover over the menu, you will see two options. The first is …

Foundations of Co-

Photo: Clay Banks (Unsplash) The Landscaper’s Notebook 13 February 2021 My life’s raison d’être is shaped by my experience of radical hospitality – when someone has gone out of their way to include or empower me. The purpose of radical hospitality is to achieve outcomes that begin with ‘co-’. Co-design Cooperation Coexistence Collaboration Community Conviviality… …

World Service 2021, 1

If there were a theme to this episode, it might be the courage it takes to carry suffering with us, living with situations we can do little about, but carrying the weight, while praying in our own ways, hoping for the best and doing the little things that make a difference in supporting others. There …

New Look, Same Vision

The website takes on a NEW NAME, a NEW LOOK, and with some NEW CATEGORIES. With Steve Parker’s help we have made some transitions; from the website being about Geoff Boyce to a website of collaborators promoting a common vision, hosted by Geoff Boyce. The best of Geoff (in his humble opinion) will remain accessible, …

World Service #13 Christmas 2020

I hope you will allow me a little indulgence in this end of year edition. I am including two of my favourite songs . The first is by the late Leonard Cohen, simply entitled ‘Anthem’. I first heard it at a Richard Rohr retreat in Canberra some years ago. In the context of self-reflection, it …

World Service #12: Grief, Trump and COVID

This program was put together on the eve of the declaration of polls in the US election. Looking on, I am reminded of a comment by Miroslav Volf – that elections and enacting policy are one thing, but solving problems demands a ‘conversion of desire, responsible moral agency (love and solidarity), courageous truth telling and …

World Service #11

This World Service takes a bit of a turn away from personal wellbeing toward the post-COVID agenda – the kind of world we might want to build post-COVID. Who would have thought of serenading a bull elephant by playing Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata? Beneath the obvious act of compassion, lies the story of an elephant and the …

World Service #10

I wonder if, like me, in such a privileged situation in South Australia, life seems to have returned pretty much to ‘normal’ over this last month. I’m sure that is not the case for everyone in our seeming Covid-free State, particularly those who have lost jobs. And not for some other parts of Australia. Who …

World Service #9

When asking an economist what he thought the government should do about continuing with Job Keeper and Job Seeker, a reporter got the reply, ‘It just depends on how nice they want to be’. Now there’s a great question! What is the importance of kindness and compassion in economics? Discuss. English actor Emma Thompson comes …

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