Here’s To The Crazy Ones!

May 29, 2009

Meet Phil Little A Futurist. A Mentor. A Friend.

Phil Little - A Sustainability Zealot!

Phil Little

In the spirit of my favorite ad of all time Think Different, Phil’s one of the crazy ones! A trouble maker. A rebel. A round peg in a square hole. Someone who sees things differently and someone who’s out to change the world!.

But whilst some see Phil perhaps as a crazy one some of us see genius, for the people who think they are crazy enough to change the world…are often the ones who do!

Actually Phil’s a Sustainability Zealot – been around for a while; 74 years to be exact. So whenever a grey haired revolutionist like Phil talks, I listen. Especially when it comes to things that really interest me like, Sustainable Innovation – or why the hell do we persist with the same draconian dysfunctional approach to residential housing construction?.

Phil’s taught me many things since our first meeting a few years ago now…

“Heh Tony, now your a smart chap so what do you know about UN Agenda 21? Or have you ever watched – Who Killed The Electric Car‘? or downloaded Annie Leonard’sThe Story of Stuff”

Buggar me, I didn’t have a clue. So I hired the movie, downloaded the video and read the UN report. (Follow the links)

But wait there’s more!

Heh Tony how much do you know about the Solar Decathlon?

The Solar what? The Solar Decathlon.

The World’s leading showcase of Solar Housing & Sustainable Innovation – Off-grid living (Energy, Water Waste) —a competition in which 20 teams of college and university students from around the world compete to design, build, and operate the most attractive, effective, and energy-efficient solar-powered house.

Australia has never sent a team. Not in 2007 nor in 2005 or 2002 and we’re not competing in this years challenge either. (Oct 09)

Further, it appears; No one from our three tiers of Government have even attended. No one from our Universities, or our Education Institutions. No one from our giant Energy, Water and Waste Utilities. And, No one from big Business.

But Phil Little has. Paid for himself to go. To watch, to learn, to meet other innovation leaders and to bring back new sustainable opportunities and knowledge, to help push Australia forward!

Since his return in 2007, Phil’s has been knocking on every damm government, university and industry door. But the answer is always the same...nothing!. curiosity yes. But let’s leave it to someone else, like Phil to make it all happen. Make it all happen?

Heh, remember when we won the America’s Cup! How proud our nation was. The drama, the intrigue. We were united around a competitive event – glued to our TV sets. But Phil’s no Bondy and the Solar Decathlon is different, it requires a collaborative effort from the media, Industry, Business, Government and Education – to get behind the youth of Australia and showcase Aussie innovation, ingenuity and our answers to a sustainable problems. The nation aligned and focussed around a real cause that spawns breathtaking opportunities and deliverable outcomes for education, training and the sustainable housing marketplace.

So I urge all the Captains of Industry and the leaders of our nation; Kevin Rudd, Peter Garrett, Penny Wong, Tanya Plibersek, Anna Bligh, Katie Jones…and anyone else that can assist to really get behind Phil Little’s quest.

I can hear the chant now….OZe OZe, OZe – Oi Oi Oi