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CART Logo

CART Logo

I had fun working with the Center of Applied Research & Training (CART) on their logo. They chose the logo on the left. CART is a recently founded research firm in Liberia that, in the words of former Rotary Scholar…

Rachel Smith Presentation

Rachel Smith Presentation

Michael Michaux of the Toowong Rotary Club invited me to Rachel Smith’s presentation on sustainable transport. She discussed her findings from researching at the BMW Guggenheim Lab. BMW is looking into increasing  accessibility to cars but not necessarily ownership. The future, she said,…

New Business Cards

New Business Cards

  The Rotarians and others I’ve met seem interested in both my professional and personal interests. I wanted my card to share a little of both. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @michaelahillen  

Fundraising at the Home Festival

Fundraising at the Home Festival

I joined the Rotaract Club of South Brisbane a month ago. Today we were fundraising at the Home Festival, a community market in Kangaroo Point. I left impressed with the generosity of Australians. Hundreds of community members chipped in to…

Back to Mt. Tibro

Back to Mt. Tibro

James and I climbed the six-pitch Sunburnt Buttress of Mt. Tibrogargan. Though a more challenging climb than my previous ascent, I felt more comfortable with the exposure. I led three of the pitches, enjoying one of them more than almost…

Packing for Adventure

Packing for Adventure

Packing for adventure should take 20 minutes. Any longer turns a trip into an ordeal instead of a simple routine. I streamline packing by always having gear organized. Here’s my list. I have lists for various kinds of adventure (bike…

The Ekka

The Ekka

My Rotary host counselor Allan Male invited me to the Ekka, Queensland’s 137-year- old agricultural show. I was among the 70,000 who spent the national holiday enjoying the rides, games, horse shows, and strawberry sundaes. The festival introduced me to…

Current Loves

Current Loves

Read: Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art Drink: Chai tea at 3 Monkeys in West End Listen: “Ocean” by John Butler Music venue: The Joynt near South Bank Shop: Avid Reader on Boundary Street. Do: Indoor climbing at Urban Climb…