Lisa Wells ~ Making a life at the end of the world

August 30, 2021 Season 3 Episode 21
Lisa Wells ~ Making a life at the end of the world
Show Notes

Jade speaks with Lisa Wells, award-winning poet, essayist and author.

In her new book, Believers: Making A Life At The End of the World, Lisa seeks out and learns from trailblazers and outliers around the world who are pursuing radically hopeful lifestyles -- even in the face of climate despair.

There's so much to glean from this conversation: stories and lessons from those living the change, the treasures that await outside the norm, the beauty of bird language, the mess and wonder of non-tech-mediated human relationships and how to sow a fruitful future.

As Lisa puts it, it can take a lifetime to learn how to live -- but hearing from others who have made an art and science of living like tomorrow matters sure helps speed up the process.


  • It's not her first writing rodeo but it's definitely her first book; it took six years!
  • She interviewed those who were on the absolute edge of convention. What can we learn from them? 
  • Do human beings have an innate capacity to be beneficial contributors?
  • Growing up in a DIY sensibility
  • Finishing her education at wilderness school
  • Transformation inevitability
  • Reckoning with the reality that we need to make significant change
  • Pushing back on binary perspectives and stake-out positions
  • Making our transformation more attractive: Living in community, re-wilding, growing, trial and error
  • The physical intimacy of being on her knees in the dirt for the sake of future generations 
  • Recognising that we are just creatures on the planet with a very short lifespan
  • Wilderness school: becoming rooted in her bioregion
  • Learning birdsong as a foreign language 
  • Dismantling domestication
  • Owning what it means to be in relation to others who you are reliant on 
  • Playing the role of translator for the 'outsiders'
  • Managing balance as an empathetic person
  • If you want to be in relationship, you need to be willing to throw some chips on the table
  • Her vision of a fruitful future (without devices and with a whole lotta mess)
  • Why it takes a lifetime to learn how to live
  • Being freaked out by being immortal 


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