I'm not really big on introductions, especially not on the internet, but as a courtesy to the group and out of respect for our host and all of you who have put this together, I thought I should say hi and at least sketch out why I'm here and what I hope to be doing alongside you.
I live in eastern Canada. Currently I'm in a tiny apartment in a densely populated urban area with almost no access to land, no yard (only wooden balconies that, due to the building angle, see less than half a day of rather shaded sunlight at most), and no car. I bike or walk everywhere I need to go, currently. Obviously this is not really a sustainable way to live, but the land prices here are absolutely outrageous.
At the time I'm writing this, also, I have become recently unemployed by the startup I used to work for.
I work in a rather niche aspect of high technology, writing embedded software for a particular type of microcontroller (the type that are unobtanium right now and partially responsible for the auto chip shortages, etc). Interestingly enough, the same chips are also widely used in such products as solar power MPPT trackers/converters, grid-tie inverters, battery management systems, and other so-called "green" tech.
I'm not so sure I want to keep doing this, at least not for the industrial clients/employers I typically have, but there are so few jobs (it seems to me) available for things that actually help the earth or are compatible with a slower pace of life. I'm studying biodynamics as I look at some of the local farming practices (it strikes me as the most sane comprehensive foundational perspective for agriculture that we have currently at our disposal), but I know nobody in the industry here and you kind of need a car to go visit these places - they're hours outside the city in most cases.
I should say, I'm not remotely new to the idea of living simply - I've lived fully off-grid for several years before, though not far from city resources at most times. I'm definitely struggling with not having property I can modify to my own needs and not having any place to really grow plants - between the lack of sunlight and the harsh winters even the hardier outdoor plants don't grow well on the balcony.
So, I'm here to glean what I can, get ideas, look for inspiration, try to understand what is working for others, and hopefully through the synthesis and conversation I'll find some direction that I might be able to actually head to truly "collapse early" myself, in a more useful and long-term workable sense than just getting by in such cramped urban spaces.
Looking forward to getting to "know" a lot of you more as my time here on the forum continues. And thanks David for your efforts to keep this place running!