William Lai

I’m born and raised near Paris, from Chinese/Malaysian and French/Algerian parents. Like a lot of people my age i wondered what to do after graduating. so i left school to explore the world in search for more meaning and purpose in my life. I went through very hard times and really amazing ones.

I was looking for a way to simplify my life because i knew that my lifestyle  wasn’t sustainable, i wasn’t thriving (neither was most people around me actually). I knew the impact i had on the world was immensely bigger than what met the eye . What could i do about it ?

For me who worked in childcare (literally with the future generation of people who will populate this land), how could i justify my unsustainable and wasteful lifestyle?

About 1 year ago a major turning point for my family and I happened! My parents wanted to buy a house in the suburbs of Sydney, but my younger brother and i put our veto. That’s when we found what was to become the Light House permaculture Farm, our very own paradise, for us to share with our many friends and family.As a basic definition, permaculture is a holistic design system for creating sustainable human settlements and food production systems. It is a movement concerned with sustainable, environmentally sound land use and the building of stable communities, through the harmonious interrelationship of humans, plants, animals and the Earth.

By this very definition, this system necessitates that our conduct is focussed on the good of the planet, nature and the people. It cannot work otherwise.

Learning every day more and more lessons, at the same time shedding everything unnecessary. I am today every thing that remains, the sum and result of those experiences have shaped the person i am today.

Everyday we are faced with a fundamental choice about how we approach life. Choose positivism. If we do not begin each day by saying ‘yes’ to life – even in the face of adversity – If we don’t then all else is lost. From this experience i have learned that content, community and purpose are the three pillars on which our positive revolution will be based!


PANEL: Echo of Young Voices


WORKSHOP: The Lighthouse Permaculture Farm – Choosing Positivism

William Lai and Aaron Rowe

What is it that gives us the energy to create change? What are the practices we need to take to implement change in our own lives? William and Aaron will take you through the practices and philosophy that have helped to create the change in their own lives and the community they have helped to create for themselves and others. Understand your own place in the world we are all creating. Everyday we are faced with a fundamental choice about how we approach life. If we do not begin each day by saying ‘yes’ to life – even in the face of adversity – then all else is lost. From this experience Will and Aaron and others have learnt that content, community and purpose are the three pillars on which our positive revolution will be based! Come and hear a different generational perspective on sustainable living and the future.

Co-Presenter Aaron Rowe

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