Mike and Karen Sliwa are currently living off the grid somewhere in New Mexico. Learning how to grow food, secure clean drinking water, build durable shelter, and finding a supportive community are important goals. Both public educators left their teaching careers and to travel and build their self sufficient skill sets. Mike has been invited to speak over the past six years on how privilege has shaped his life experience and the responsibility that comes with it. Speaking truth to power is the objective of every presentation Mike delivers. He continues to share his message of fighting for sanity in a dominant culture that needs inequity to maintain it's survival.
My passion is being a student of the world. During my travels I want to gain insight and knowledge from an extraordinary world.
Infinite growth on a finite planet results in no future all living beings. Inherent privilege has given birth to a culture that is blind to the consequences of it's daily existence. A culture that requires oppression and privilege is devouring the living planet and most of us continue to search for a solution that is sadly staring us in the face. The species and people outside of the dominant culture have the answer which the rest of us once attained. If we cannot see that taking more than one needs is the only way out of this mess then we are unfortunately out of time. The skills that we all once had have been forgotten and replaced by convenience and greed. We cannot just walk away and hope to survive. I have decided to chase a different carrot and take personal responsibility for the life I lead. I no longer rely on a hopeful technological solution or the perfect candidate. I am awake and I know that awareness is no longer enough. I am moving towards the exit of empire.
White privilege, durable/sustainable living, homesteading, patriarchy, heterosexism, social justice, environmentalism, economic/social/environmental collapse, film making, public speaking, TED.
Adjusting to any personality is my greatest strength.
I recently spoke at TEDxBHC and TEDxNottingham. Both universities (Arizona State Honors College and Nottingham) asked me to speak about my journey from the classroom to the the road in search of durable/sustainable living skills. It dawned on me during my talk that these students were in fact my audience. They were not only open to the possibility of change but were willing to walk through it's door. I would love to continue my journey and telling my story through the lens of TED. My privilege has taken me to places I surely didn't earn but I have begun to listen and learn from those who are oppressed by it. I will spend the rest of my life continuing on this path and I would like to thank TED for being part of it.
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