I am a freelance journalist and writer who has lived in Africa for 8 years and traveled extensively in Indonesia, and I have ancestral ties to both of these regions – two of my spiritual homes on this big, beautiful, stupendous planet.  Island of Spice is a homage to Ambon and the Maluku islands in Indonesia, my mother’s home and the famed but elusive “Spice Islands” that Columbus was searching for when he inadvertently stumbled upon the Americas and proved Copernicus’ revolutionary worldview of the Earth being round and orbiting the Sun.

My evolution as a copywriter has been a process of learning, growth and discovery, of finding opportunities to apply my writing skills in areas ranging from grant writing, television programs and narrative documentaries to multimedia presentations, product launches and advertising campaigns.  The posts in this blog draw heavily from my experiences in South Africa, and offer ideas, journalistic perspectives and concepts that I hope people will find interesting and relevant to our rapidly transforming world, but are not necessarily just tied to Africa or Indonesia or one region or country.  I like to write about emerging trends relating to spirituality, technology, psychology and social change, as part of a dynamic future that is unfolding before our eyes.

If you are interested in my work as a copywriter, I invite you to visit my main web site at www.islandofspicemedia.com. Through my personal journeys with language, communication, interpersonal and cross-cultural experiences, I strive to bring creativity, inspiration and insight to my work, whether it’s producing an educational video, creating a web site or helping an organization develop a blog, newsletter or social media content, or writing journalistic features.  I gladly welcome any dialogue or inquiries about the articles and posts in this blog, or potential copywriting, marketing or media communication projects.

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Magic pink rhododendron flowers on summer mountain.Carpathian, Ukraine.

Magic pink rhododendron flowers on summer mountain.Carpathian, Ukraine.

A special series on the emerging trends

of the “Hidden Seeds of a Benevolent Future”

In collaboration with Solution Link, a digital and print media and marketing company, some of my blog posts relating to “Trends, Observation and Evolution” are part of a special series I am writing called Signs of the Times: Hidden Seeds of a Benevolent Future.  The underlying philosophy of the Hidden Seeds of a Benevolent Future series is to highlight critical developments, technologies and innovations that are creating constructive and far-reaching change.  The general progress of these changes in our global civilization truly are, in fact, benevolent – even though the general mainstream media news emphasis on violence, political conflict and trauma may give way to a sense of doom and gloom.  There are reasons to believe that humanity’s glass is in fact, half full.

Please visit the Solution Link web site and see the Hidden Seeds series on their blog at: http://www.solutionlinkims.com/blog/signs-of-the-times-the-hidden-seeds-of-a-benevolent-futureSolution Link has vast experience in marketing and digital communication as well as virtually any print media project or production – from brochures, direct mail, flyers and posters to high end advertising and graphic art and design packages – all with tremendous focus on quality in messaging and great customer service.

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I would like to thank everyone for visiting my blog and Solution Link for sponsoring the Signs of the Times: The Hidden Seeds of a Benevolent Future series in particular.  It is my hope that there is something of value here for everyone.

James Ainsworth


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