I am Naomi Edwards. I am a true blue Queenslander that has lived along the coast my entire life. Sand grains have been and are never far away, if anything probably too close.
I am a disrupter of institutions. My honest opinions have inspired thought provoking conversations on how to rethink the practice of coastal and natural resource management. Having found myself being deeply caught inside the web of decision-making circles and institutional networks responsible for coastal, waterway and natural resource management, it’s of no surprise that I find myself currently researching a Phd on the culture, identity and institutions of coastal professionals in Australia at Griffith University. I am also a leader for sustainability fellow from the United Nations University, and in 2016 I was awarded as a National Young Landcare champion and ambassador for my commitment to social and environmental justice.
I am also is a master of facilitating co-designing for change and an inspirational speaker, facilitator, collaborator and network queen, and program and brand designer. I know heaps of people that know lots of stuff. If you have a coffee with me, expect me to whip out my pos-it notes and co-design your idea, possibility and dream, and then connect you with people to make it happen.
I also love cuddling my island-rescue dog Elle, drive a convertible, have an obsession for good quality design and have proudly seen every Grand Design episode more than once. I love my family, friends, flatmate and my incredible boyfriend!
Life can be good. I dare you to disrupt it to recreate it.
Here is a bit more about me:
I’m originally from the northern tropics of Townsville and moved to the Gold Coast when I was a child. I work professionally in the coastal and environmental industry between the crossroads of business and community development. I love designing, pitching and packaging ideas. I am proud of co-founding a national non for profit, Intrepid Landcare, that connects and empowers young people to act and lead with Landcare.
I’m use to be a committee collector. Some people collect stamps. However more recently I have slowed down to concentrate on a few things – Intrepid Landcare, my Phd and a few other things.
Someone once told me, “This here – looking over to an un-vegetated coastal dune – is your canvas Naomi [it did look like a canvas]. What you choose to do with it is up to you, however you can create your own masterpiece”. As nature is a true artist, I love advocating and inspiring others to follow and create their own environmental masterpieces.
I find it interesting how your roots also shape you to be who you are and perhaps will become. My father being an artist, who fell into the Paper Mache` scene (yes, I did have the best piñatas growing up at birthday parties), and my mother, a disability advocate, together created me. Also, being one of four siblings, and two step-siblings, attention was sparse, so seeking attention had to be fast and savvy. Hence, I have a sporadic mind that is constantly thinking of ideas to engage people to become interesting social environmental artists in their own right. I live.
Everyone has ideas, channels of thoughts and ideologies that sprout from discussions, inspiration or simply put, fleeting thoughts. I guess this is the reason why I decided to free dive into the blogging space, to at least, put my own channel of thoughts and ideologies that sprout from discussions, inspiration or simply put, fleeting thoughts out there.
As I love the coast, I want to share my grains of ideas to shift your sand and carve channels to create more coastal masterpieces. Being a professional in the environment space, living on the coast, breathing the coast and saving the coast, this blog is solely for my coast, your coast, our coast, and the coast’s own coast.