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Frank Fisher, who died earlier this year, was an inspiration to many people, an environmental educator committed to ‘social transformation to a more sensitive self-aware world’.  Among other things he was professor in the National Centre for Sustainability, Swinburn University of Technology, Melbourne.


Frank established The Understandascope in 2005, the name coming from cartoonist Michael Leunig’s cartoon. It was relaunched this year as a website – to continue Frank Fisher’s vision of ‘a more circumspect, humble and considerate society, increasingly sensitive and responsive to the consequences of our actions upon each other and the rest of nature’.


The Understandascope has launched an ebook Everyday Transcendence: the influence of Frank Fisher. Discover Frank Fisher and a link to download the ebook here.


Frank Fisher was a committed cyclist. Here is one cartoon from the ebook.

Fisher cyclist pic






  1. Nice one Simon,

    Thanks for that … looks interesting. I liked his reference to Taoism as it has intrigued me for a while and I recently bought another copy of “The Tao of Pooh!” I had it a long time ago and it got lost along the way. A lovely book showing how Pooh and his crew (But Pooh in particular) lived a life along the principles of Taoism. Keep at it and look at SBS’s item on Exercise at 8.30!

    Cheerio old bean.

  2. Nice one Simon. It’s been a pleasure ‘working with you’ on that book this year. Part of the mixed nature of the year … so difficult, yet so wonderful. Life essentially …
    All the best for the new year,

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