As February 2020 opens, more than a billion people are huddling in their homes, uncertain of their collective fate. In walled off cities resulting from a general quarantine, the Chinese are being denied access to their greatest strength, each other. And there is no timeline...
I started Sylvester, Xu & Associates 18 years ago on the idea that, in a rapidly developing country the rules
would be more important, not less. Some guidelines would be necessary to control the chaos. And there
would be a need to teach all those lawyers.
And as a general matter, when countries join the UN and sign all those environmental and human rights
treaties, all that new stuff becomes law. In this case, it was China during a cultural and social revolution.
And as an academic of the law of those social changes, a third of my life passed from within Mainland China, trying to make as much sense of it as I could. Then to share what I learn as we go. So, I have been a kid in a candy store for a very long time.
Yet, after 15 years of 'living in a concrete box in the sky' as anyone who has ever lived in a high rise understands, it was time to experience nature again. So, my wife and I are scouting documentary film locations for a series of nature films for Chinese children.
In the meantime, our civilisation is having a conversation with itself. In response, Ella is opening our doors to assist in any way we can. She has been running my business for a very long time and I trust her judgement as much as I do my own.
She is the future. Building China. Supporting Civil Society. Right now...
4 February 2020
Sea of Cortez
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Eos is our home. At the moment, we are in Mexico at the top of the Sea of Cortez. We came here to prepare Eos for a Pacific crossing and more with the idea of giving our 50's to the sea.
This transition to a tiny, minimalist life after decades of an international expat executive life has not been the easiest of turns to negotiate on the road of life...
Yet, I would not trade it for the world. Why? Well, there is no more fun way to live that I know of. And there is no other self-sufficient, autonomous way to travel to the most remote reaches on earth - and back.
That, and for most of my life -- if I could not find a job doing what I wanted --
I would start a company and hire myself. How else are you going to get your dream job? It also eliminates arguments with your boss...unless you talk to yourself.
Eos.earth is our company. We promote minimalism, tiny living and hope. Our job titles - you know the ones we hired ourselves for - is explorer in residence.
We hope to discuss what is really going on out there and to share what we find. So far, we have seen more hope and optimism than anything else. M
Almost 18 years ago, Sylvester & Associates came to life from inside Mainland China and is still thriving as an environmental and human rights firm supported by our corporate advisory and trustee work.