As many of us are getting ready for a new year, here’s today’s ‘Folks for a World that Works’ (#ffawtw) correspondent, Martyn West, who picks up where OurNet’s founder Michael Brodie left off with his update. The #ffawtw Q&A is an inspiring mini-interview with someone in or around the OurNet community. We’d welcome YOUR input or interviewee suggestions, so please do get in touch. Today, Martyn has the ‘talking stick’…
Originally from the UK’s Midlands, Martyn West has worked in IT and communications, and now works in retail and environmental assessment.
He is also a prolific rambler, tackling the entire UK coastline. When people meet him on his epic wander, they often ask: “why are you walking around the coast?” He simply shrugs his shoulders and says “it’s a challenge!”
Martyn enjoys the feeling of solitude, which he claims is “something of a drug”.
“The not-talking to anyone for hours on end is such a joy,” he adds. “I also need to be going somewhere and that somewhere is in the far distance. Once reached, I’m looking towards the next point on the horizon.”
Thank you Martyn for taking the time to talk to us and being one of the ‘folks for a world that works’, can you begin by telling us about yourself and your big passion?
I currently work for a well known DIY chain and I also carry out Energy Performance Assessments on domestic properties, I enjoy both jobs because I get to meet a lot of really nice people and I get a real buzz from helping them in whatever way I can.
My big passion is the environment, this is where my job as a Domestic Energy Assessor comes in to the fore, as I am able to produce a report for a customer that highlights the ways that they can help reduce their carbon footprint by making their homes more energy-efficient. It’s a double-whammy, as not only do they help to save the planet, they also save a few quid on their energy bills.
What would a ‘world that works’ look like to you?
A balance between the haves and have-nots. I am a realist and you will never rid the world of the greedy, it’s just a case of working a way of tipping the balance a little so the people at the bottom of the pile do not have to live in poverty.
For goodness sake it’s the 21st Century. No one should be relying on food banks to feed their children.
I am also a great believer in “the pay it forward” way of life, where as I do a good deed for someone and then, someday, someone does me a good deed. But I don’t wait around for my turn. I just keep doing good deeds!!
What is stopping us from creating a ‘beautiful world we all know in our hearts is possible’?
To put it simply… Self Preservation. It keeps all governments in power as they throw the general populous (their drones) the occasional financial bone.
People are happy with an extra few quid in their wallet/purse, election time rolls around and the political parties promise this and that, and are voted in because they are the most likely to make us financially better off, it’s quite ingenious how they manipulate people. It’s all done with such precision.
“Never look back!” – Martyn West, epic rambler, who can be found on LinkedIn