Byron was born to a German mother and Hungarian father and raised in the suburbs of New Jersey just outside of New York. He attended university in the Bronx and completed a BA in Internstional Relations and Philosophy at Manhattan College. After university, Byron came to Japan as a participant of the government sponsored JET Program Programme and had his first encounter with country living in Miyazaki Prefecture. In 2007 He moved up to Tokyo and began a career in human resources and recruitment consulting, He has a certificate in Human Resources Management from Temple University Japan and over 5 years of experience as a "salaryman"' working in recruitment, project management, marketing and branding.
In 2010, the novelty of big city life and working in corporate Japan began to wear off and Byron began his search for a lifestyle and career that was more in line with his growing interest in sustainability. In an effort to escape the rat race, Byron made a clean break from his corporate job and enrolled in a PDC at the Permaculture Center of Japan, located in Fujino, a rural community in the mountains outside of Tokyo. This experience opened his eyes to the world of sustainable living and food production and since then he had been actively pursuing his interests in these areas while freelancing in Tokyo.
After years of coaching others on their corporate job search, Byron began to have doubts himself about the entire profit driven, work obsessed consumerist culture which he himself was a part of. In the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake and the following tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster, Byron relocated to rural Fujino where he set up his own business (Sekaibito K.K.) in pursuit of a better way to work and a more satisfying way to live.
Byron is working on a number of permaculture projects in rural Fujino and Tokyo while pursuing a MSc in Sustainability Development and Peace at the United Nations University. Currently he is researching the development of the Transition Town movement here in Japan while actively participating in the movement in his local Fujino. In the future he hopes to further his permacultural education abroad while gaining more practical experience through local projects and global aid work.
|Permaculture Design Course at PCCJ|
|Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course|
|Teacher: KIYOKAZU SHIDARA|
|Location: Fujino, Japan|
|Date: Aug 2010|