Let your desire's poison inebriate the world's conscience. By Ian Browne.
Do you really believe that people aren't interested in what you have to say about the world? Well, they are...you just have to be clever and creative in how you communicate with them. My name is Ian Browne; I am the author and producer behind Shamrock News Darwin. My work was born in the beautiful NSW town of Nimbin a few years ago, where along with some ex-ABC radio journo's, we produced a weekly podcasted show on NIMFM that was sent to Sean Lennon (son of John Lennon). We were played daily on Sean's show in the United States. Shamrock News Nimbin then became Shamrock News Darwin. Yep, I moved back to the steamy Top End where I now work with indigenous community students in Darwin...but I travel through parts of Asia and I continue to write articles on matters of environmental and cultural urgency. I am educated in various academias via Sydney, Lismore and Darwin....this helps, but books, life and people will always teach you more.
You never know where your communication will take you. Dr Karl and I first met over the airwaves back in 1996. He since published an article I wrote on Cane Toads here in Darwin. More recently, Blue King Brown's Natalie Pa'apa'a and Carlo Santone supported my cause in educating the world's citizens about the terrible environmental practices and the indigenous folk's turmoil in Borneo. Carlo published my story in the Activism section of Blue King Brown's website. It is also found via Google searching... Ian Browne The kind Eyes of Sarawak. I journeyed to Borneo three times to create this story; I have good friends in Sarawak who are trying to help their people.
The Kind Eyes of Sarawak
"Sarawak's contemporary land use practices and desires in Malaysian Borneo." ‘How it is'
It was this Sarawak story that sold Shamrock News Darwin to the world. Berkley University in California teaches it and recently it was a weapon used by a British campaigner fighting elements of corruption in Sarawak.
Even good ol' Prince Charles's Copenhagen rainforest network group asked me for a copy. Just recently they offered to fly me on a discounted flight to Buckingham Palace to attend an environmental speech by Prince Charles. Not bad for an ex-punk wocka from Cronulla hey. My Sarawak story and my latest piece on Sri Lanka have been catalogued into the University system here in Australia. This opens the door for future works on Borneo and a new essay on Laos that I will begin next year. I intend to create a Shamrock News Darwin website...but until then the Sri Lankan story is available on Blue King Brown's website.
What can you do to inspire others? Well, be careful to a degree at first...get to know your clientele. I use humour to sell my story...not so much in my Borneo essay...but in my recent Sri Lankan story I hang my pitiful love life out to air. I over do the analogies of famous people to events in Sri Lanka a tad...but I also tackle very serious issues such as death and grievances attributed to the tsunami and the war in Sri Lanka. I have both Buddhist and Tamil friends here in seriously multi-cultural Darwin, so I had to make sure I didn't lean too far in any one direction.
• Talk to those interested in your passions....then talk to those not interested in your passions.
• Never be afraid to write with your 3rd eye, but what you say has to be what you really mean.
• Use real facts...research and reference accordingly.
• Write like a mad bugger and edit like a mad bugger.... use your friends to help edit.
• Use your own photos to help sell empathy and thus sell the story.
• Print out your story and drop them off at coffee shops where the ‘think tanks' and lefties congregate. If nobody wants to publish your work...go ahead and do it yourself anyway.
• More importantly...never give up...broaden your contacts...be polite, but always brave!