Atman Karsa, aka Tony Eng, is an adopted Austronesian. Born and bred in Southeast Asia, he is a migrant paternal great-grandson of a defeated Kuomintang Major-General who served in Jinzhou, China. His maternal grandparents are nanyang pioneers in Sungai Petani, Malaysia. They managed a string of kopitiams and coconut plantations. Atman drew early inspiration in regenerative ways from his mother, a home-based gardener, and he was exposed at an early age to the subject of natural resources from his father, who worked as geochemist.
He received a thorough grounding in vertical mesh metrics during his adulting years; he was generously mentored by several local exemplars, namely the late Dato’ Seri N.S. Selvamany (non-communalism), Dato’ Seri Dr. Abdullah Fadzil bin Che Wan (indigenous cultural heritage), Dato’ Chan Yew Mun (palm oil monocultures), Tan Sri Dato’ Ahmad Azizuddin bin Zainal Abidin (the tin mining biodiversity catastrophe), the late Dato’ Seri Yeop Junior bin Yeop Adlan (social impact and the third sector), Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Khoo Kay Kim (social history), Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Visu Sinnadurai (social justice and the aristocracy), Tan Sri Dato’ Seri DiRaja Mohamad Tajol Rosli bin Ghazali Jawi (socio-political leadership), and Tun Mohammed Hanif bin Omar (communal leadership and social structure).
Atman is paralleling his current pathway with cycle-based deliverables for adaptive outcomes, influenced by Socrates (the Socratic method), Lao Tzu (natural reality), Baruch Spinoza (metaphysical naturalism), Mahatma Gandhi (the economy of permanence), Hugh Low (place-based conservation), Ernst Friedrich Schumacher (natural capital), Douglas Tompkins (conservation entrepreneurship), Yi-Fu Tuan (humanist geography), Thich Nhat Nanh (mindfulness) and Ren Farong (environmental daoism).
A 'Great Transitions' optimist, envisioning the advent of a new paradigm, redirecting the global trajectory toward an environmentally equitable, culturally enriched, and ecologically resilient planetary civilisation. Atman is currently, adapting his lifestyle to become a minimalist nomad, living consciously for ecological wealth.