The path to this place and way of working has been long, with many turns. Travelling in the arctic years ago, looking for continuity in how cultures relate to the landscape, I found discontinuity; economic and political stability seemed to change everything. Working as crew sailing cargo to remote islands in the South Pacific, the quality of each day still came down to relationships. It has become aparent that paths, clearings, buildings and cities occur in time. They are made, inhabited, discovered, and renewed. It has also become aparent that our work goes and unfolds in unexpected ways. When in China I drew a simple map and gave it to a friend; within a few years this had become the road map for tours to those ruined and neglected temples, some of which have now been reopened. Direct action is what we do, but the greater purpose of that action is so often quiet, its ways subtle and elusive. I have come to sense that it is with an ear to the silence, and an eye for the invisible, that we must work.