Albert Sedlmayer was born in War-ravaged Germany in 1946. At age six his family moved to Australia and became Australian citizens. From 1962 he lived thirteen more cold-war years back in Germany where he trained as cabinetmaker and architectural draughtsman, designing houses.
In 1975 he and his German wife moved to New Zealand and started their adoptive family. He began boatbuilding, founded a successful yacht design business and pioneered marine CAD/CAM applications. He taught yacht design evening classes and wrote technical papers and articles for the marine industry and yachting publications. Concurrently he learned creative writing, trained as counsellor and studied theology, majoring in relationships. In 1992 they moved back to Australia, where he joined an innovative ship design company as senior Naval Architect. In 2012 he founded Sedlmayer Associates Pty Ltd, Naval Architects.
Albert spent significant life-periods living fully immersed in the diverse cultures and attitudes of different nations. His vocational profile has endowed him with methodologies to solve complex, dynamic problems. Counselling experience has instilled him with a deep, empathic insight into humanity. After decades of studying people, world events and technology he realised that a great, sustainable world-future was achievable, so harnessing Information-Age power and engaging his design-thinking ability he wrote FutureQuest.
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Future Quest: Building an Awesome World Future (Satis Shroff)
Sedlmayer, Albert, Future Quest 2012 Aurora House, Sydney, Australia
ISBN 978 0987304032, 488 pages, Paperback
Can you write about world peace and how to change the world? There have been politicians who’ve had a vision or a dream of a change in the society and set about achieving their goals. The author Albert Sedlmayer mentions that his Dad was a natural problem solver. ‘Genetic predisposition,eh?’ you might ask.
In January 2009 I started writing FutureQuest, and late 2011 got this 130,000-word non-fiction manuscript to a stage ready to present to a publisher. In researching publishers it quickly became apparent that large publishers were overwhelmed with submissions, apparently preferring low-risk manuscripts from previously-published authors. I saw that they seem to have set publishing programmes that could never do justice to a work like FutureQuest, which engages in world events with a measure of time-sensitivity. My wife Gigi, who is also a published author, then came across Aurora House so In March 2012 I approached Linda Lycett with my book proposal.
Linda accepted the publishing challenge, fully understanding its time-sensitive nature and embarked on a thorough edit forthwith. Mid 2012 I reviewed all my bibliography citations and found that many needed updating in the light of unfolding world events and new research, which also required some rewriting. Linda took all this in stride, fully acknowledging the necessary updates, even though it meant re-working some of the editing to achieve the best possible book. In December 2012 FutureQuest was published.
During the entire editing/ publishing process I felt confident that Aurora House had the right mix of professionalism and enthusiasm to make FutureQuest as good as it could possibly get. Even though we live in cities a thousand kilometres apart, communication was excellent and at all stages I was in full control of my project. Linda’s experienced guidance and direction brought a high measure of certainty to the successful outcome. I will be publishing future works with Aurora House.