We interview people 30 and under for their take on life, and we hope their stories will inspire you. Contrasts and paradoxes are part and parcel of life – which therefore seems quite black and white at times. This month we interview Donnie Maclurcan.
Born at: St Leonards, Sydney
Lives on: Dangar Island on the Hawkesbury River, Sydney
What are you doing with your life now?
In my local area I’m working with a voluntary team to create a community directory of resident passions, resources, knowledge and skills. Nationally, I run Project Australia – a community organisation offering free support to any Australian not-for-profit idea, project or organisation. Internationally, I work with the Post Growth Institute on projects like Free Money Day and am currently designing a new macroeconomic framework based on not-for-profit enterprise. I’ve also recently returned to improvisation theatre and pulled together a training team to get my mum fit for her 60th birthday in November.
Do you have other plans for your future life?
I’d like to show how the world could be brought to just three degrees of separation over the next 10 years.
How are you going to achieve that?
By personally connecting with 20,000 ‘network hub’ people who each know at least 2000 people who in turn know 200 people. That is, create a world in which your friend and my friend are always friends, no matter who or where we both are. Combine this with methods to map individual and collective strengths and the ability to more easily share offers and needs and I believe we can ‘network the world for good’.
What do you think about goal setting?
I’m a fan of setting long-term, short-term and daily goals. I make a point of reviewing my longer goals each week. I find things easier when I break bigger goals down into manageable chunks. When I ran across across Australia in 2002, for example, I sometimes focussed on just getting from one telegraph pole to the next.
What’s the best thing that has ever happened to you?
Being initiated as a man in 2011 through the New Warrior Training Weekend run by the Mankind Project.
What effect did that have on your life?
I feel a new sense of peace when I think of my daily struggles as a man, son, brother and human being. I’m more comfortable in acknowledging my ‘shadows’, rather than denying or hiding them.
What’s the worst thing that has ever happened to you?
Many years back, I jeopardised an important relationship in its earliest stages by sleeping with another woman.
How did that affect you?
I felt sick in my gut, guilty and alone for months. It understandably brought huge tension into the long-term relationship that took a number of years to work through.
Have you been able to see the gift in that?
Yes, but it was an extremely painful way to learn. It’s made me much more careful and considerate with important decisions around which society now seems so flippant.
Do you have a sense of yourself as being more than your body and brain?
Yes. I believe my body and brain are physical manifestations of my soul.
Do you have a feeling that there is an energy greater than you, something that might have all the answers?
I believe in an omnipotent ‘all-knowing’ life force, but I don’t distinguish between it and us. I’ve found two books particularly enlightening on the topic: “Conversations with God: The New Revelations” and “Many Lives, Many Masters”.
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