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. Atman is paralleling his current pathway with cycle-based deliverables for adaptive outcomes.
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.